Zumuku Sushi, Ply and Tom Lowe’s Native Beef Venture ‘Tallow’ Join New Century’s Impressive Line-Up of Food Traders

The 10,000 sq ft kitchens will open on Friday 26th August, hosting six of the North’s best independent food operators.

By Emma Davidson | Last updated 23 August 2022

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Manchester’s new events, music, and food and drink destination, New Century, has announced the next three food traders who will be joining the ground floor kitchens to complete their foodie line up.

Zumuku Sushi is the newest trader to be joining New Century’s stellar cast, bringing independent Japanese cuisine to the table. Sushi chef Benjie did two years of training in Japan, before moving to the UK to live and work and in 2018 he took the plunge with his wife Flora and long term friend Hyacinth to set up the first Zumuku takeaway in Wilmslow.

Following the success of their first site, Zumuku now has venues across Greater Manchester, with New Century becoming home to the seventh Zumuku site and the first in Manchester City Centre. Diners can expect authentic, fresh sushi as well as other Japanese favourites.

Classically trained chef Tom Lowe is also joining the New Century roster. Inspired by the great steakhouses of the UK and Europe and his passion for well bred, native beef, Tallow was born. Using only sustainably sourced, 28 day dry aged beef from local butchers, Tallow will provide the highest quality steaks, burgers and sides. 

Northern Quarter favourites PLY will then complete the core New Century line up with their elevated pizza concept, Wild by Ply. Collaborating exclusively with Wildfarmed, chef Carl Fraenki-Retti has developed his recipe using their biodynamic flour to create a 24-hour slow proved dough, which forms the basis of a vibrant menu of pizzas. 

The menu will feature a range of seasonal toppings, with each pizza then being wood-fired in a custom-built pizza oven at the helm of New Century’s ground floor, where all the dough will be hand-stretched and made daily on the premises.

This vibrant selection of the best independent food from Manchester’s culinary talent will sit alongside local beers, wines, a creative cocktail menu and artisan coffees, teas, juices and smoothies. The soon-to-be-revealed space has all been designed to inspire creativity and collaboration, and will spill outside onto Sadler’s Yard for al fresco dining, drinking and regular events. 

As well as the kitchens, music and events venue above, the ground floor will be home to Access Creative College. An established national college (that counts Ed Sheeran as one of its alumni and a Patron), ACC specialise in kick starting careers in the creative industry. 

With a successful music, games and media college already in Manchester on Oxford Road, New Century will be home to the college’s third site in the city with degree-level courses in music, games and computing delivered by the innovative educational provider, DBS Institute

The state-of-the-art creative campus will include a media centre, production pods and the opportunity to experience work in a live venue within the same building. The college aims to provide a platform for creative experience like no other.

Each aspect of the New Century ecosystem will complement one another with talent, education, live events and hospitality industries coming together to create an exciting new community for Manchester.

The venue is located between Victoria Station and Shudehill, right at the heart of one of central Manchester’s best connected areas, the 20 acre NOMA neighbourhood.

New Century is opening its kitchens on August 26th 2022.