Sandwich pop-up seeks crowdfunding for new upscale Prestwich bistro 'The Pearl'

The driving force behind SANSAN, ventures into a bold culinary project with a £28,000 crowdfunding campaign underway to realise this upscale dining vision.

By Manchester's Finest | 18 July 2023

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Following the success of SANSAN, a sandwich pop-up launched during lockdown, the entrepreneurial spirit of owner Sam Terris Taylor is leading him towards an exciting new venture. Taylor has initiated a crowdfunding campaign with a goal of £28,000 to establish a ‘neighbourhood bistro’ in Prestwich, named The Pearl.

Taylor has secured a location on Bury New Road, the site of an old computer shop, which he plans to transform into a 24-cover restaurant specialising in classic European dishes. Every menu will be crafted to champion the finest produce from across the British Isles.

“We want to create a spot where you can come with friends and family, have a nice meal, great customer service and leave feeling like you’ve been really well looked after,” Taylor stated.

Despite significant initial investments, including personal funds, loans from family, friends, and financial institutions, the financial demands of the project are exceeding the starting budget. In response, Taylor has launched a Kickstarter campaign, offering contributors various rewards, such as pre-paid meals, limited edition merchandise, and tickets to the grand opening, with a three-course meal, to help bridge the financial gap.

Emphasising his commitment to excellence and simplicity in cooking, Taylor is excited to join Prestwich’s thriving food scene. He is determined to collaborate with small, sustainable producers who value flavour over fast production and actively promote British heritage varieties. From organic fruits and vegetables to unique items like smoked Tamworth pig-cheek or seasonal day-boat mackerel, The Pearl’s menu promises to be a celebration of Britain’s culinary heritage.

The projected grand opening of The Pearl is set for September 2023. This timeline allows for any unforeseen setbacks and also coincides with the availability of the last of the summer produce.