Altrincham is set to get a new food and beverage hub made from shipping containers.
The hub comes from the team behind The Con Club and UNAGI street food and will be built in the area next to Everyman Cinema on Central Way.
The thriving new community space will house a variety of local traders serving up delicious food and drink.
‘One Central’ has initial plans of providing takeaway and delivery services throughout lockdown followed by an official launch in December when restrictions are lifted.
There will be a brand new heated outdoor terrace where guests can relax, drink and dine under a giant disco ball.
David Vanderhook, owner & founder of The Con Club said: “It’s been an incredibly tough year for hospitality, more now that ever it’s important that we radiate community spirit through a joint passion for food and drink.
“We want to champion smaller operators and independents that have a fantastic product to preview, but no platform to do so. We co-founded takeaway UNAGI street food on the cusp of the first lockdown, trading from a small airstream on Central Way and the response was incredible.
“We’ve since established a loyal following and we want other local traders to have that opportunity without the worry of extortionate rent and rates!!”
Of the first to take residence are local chefs, Luke Barnes and Brent Norbury of Choza. They’ll be bringing an ever-changing menu of South Americana and European inspired dishes.
They will be joined by owner of award winning Tatton Perk Coffee, Mark Lee-Kigariff who will be bringing a ‘Coffee Winter Wonderland’. Expect award-winning hot chocolates and artisan donuts from lockdown start-up Holy Dough.
The resident of the final container is yet to be revealed but there are plans to offer ‘guest slots’ to budding street food traders.
Altrincham’s already popular and amazing food and drink scene just got a heck of a lot bigger! Find out more here.
These cosy Alpine-themed huts with festive drinks and karaoke are back this Christmas
This will get you in the festive spirit!
Christmas this year isn’t going to be as festive as usual, but there are still some events happening that can help take your mind off the awful year we’ve just had.
Earlier today we brought you the news that Dunham Massey’s light trail is still happening, and now we’ve got something else to get you in the festive spirit.
Bar Hütte is returning to Manchester this year, bringing with it some magical, cosy Alpine huts where you can drink festive booze and singalong to karaoke.
This year, however, it will be moving from its traditional spot at Spinningfields to the Great Northern Square from December 3rd, with – of course – a new Covid-secure approach.
The epic Christmas village will come complete with a giant Christmas tree, and you’ll be able to book your very own private ‘hütte’, which will be perfect for social distancing.
Once in your hütte, you’ll be able to order festive drinks like hot gin and mulled wine, as well as Irish hot chocolates, and there’s also oven-baked pizzas on offer – you can also grab the classic ‘Bombardino’ cocktail, which is complimentary for all bookings.
This year there’ll be even more hüttes to choose from, with 24 set to make an appearance, each complete with a karaoke machine loaded with festive hits.
The event runs from December 3rd throughout the month and you can book here now – each hütte costs £50 for an hour and 45 minutes use, and comes with complimentary pizza, a Bombardino and karaoke machine.
Dunham Massey’s festive illuminated Christmas light trail is still happening
This will be mint!
Christmas isn’t looking as festive as usual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, but there is a small ray of light.
While it’s still up in the air whether we will be able to have a big family get together on Christmas Day, Dunham Massey has spread some festive cheer, confirming its stunning festive illumination trail IS still going ahead.
Due to the current restrictions it’s now expected to start on December 3rd when the lockdown is lifted, and is being extended into January 2021 to make up for the cancelled dates in November.
The stunning light show has taken place each Christmas for the last three years and sold out each time. The after-dark event brings visitors through a winding path of lights trail through the park.
Huge snowflakes create an aerial kaleidoscope over the gardens, there are colour-changing reflections on the lakeside and trees dripped with silvery shards of lights, baubles and stars.
This year the tunnel of light will return and visitors can expect some brand new installations too.
Tickets are still on sale but are selling out fast – currently there are only a couple of tickets left for December, with quite a few still available in January.
Tickets cost £20 for adults and £13 for children three to 16. You can opt for a £60 family ticket instead which includes admission for two adults and two children.
The event is planned to run from December 3rd through to January 10th, and you can find more info and book tickets here.
Happy Mondays and James to go on huge arena tour together in 2021
Two massive names on the Manchester music scene have announced they will be reuniting for a huge arena tour in 2021.
The gigs in 2021 will mark the first time the two bands have performed together in more than three decades.
They will be heading to Manchester AO Arena on December 3rd, as well as venues in Leeds, Dublin, London and other cities too!
Tim Booth, lead singer of James, said they will be packing ‘two years of frustration’ into the gigs.
James will be supported by fellow Factory label mates, Happy Mondays, including Shaun Ryder and Bez making a return to the stage.
James, formed in 1982, has released 15 studio albums and have consistently had chart-topping success with more than 20 million albums sales.
Tim Booth said: “So looking forward to seeing you. We will pack two years of frustration and explosive joy into these gigs.
“It feels like a new dawn to trumpet a celebratory tour, a week after the first news of hope.
“We’re playing with the brilliant Happy Mondays. We last played with them in 1988, hopefully, this time they won’t steal our rider or try and spike my drink…”
Tickets for James with special guests Happy Mondays go on general sale November 20th. Get tickets here.
The full tour dates for next year:
Thursday, November 25th – Leeds First Direct Arena
Friday, November 26th – Birmingham Utilita Arena
Sunday, November 28th – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Tuesday, November 30th – Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Wednesday, December 1st – Dublin 3Arena
Friday, December 3rd – Manchester AO Arena
Saturday, December 4th – London The SSE Arena, Wembley