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NEW OPENING: An Ibiza-style bar and restaurant from the creators of Ramona is coming to Ancoats

The brains behind Ramona are bringing the vibes of Ibiza and California to Ancoats

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We’re all aware that throughout the last few months, Ancoats’ resident Detroit-style pizzeria and margarita bar, Ramona, has boomed in popularity – so we can expect some seriously good stuff from their next venture.

The latest offering from the team is ‘The Firehouse’, which will take residency directly next door to Ramona in a renovated former warehouse.

Expected to boast a 250 person capacity, The Firehouse will take inspiration from the teams’ travels to Ibiza and California; epic yet intimate places they didn’t want to leave.

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While its sister venue has become famous for dishing up slabs of pizza and marvellously salty margs, The Firehouse will be taking on a somewhat different vibe with the help of its ‘Slow Fires Open Kitchen’, which will take on cooking techniques used by Chef and Owner Daniel Mullen.

Diners can expect small rustic plates coal-roasted and blistered over an open flame, alongside incredible baked goods and a weekend brunch menu. Diners will also be able to eat next to the woodfire kitchen chefs in the exclusive Open Table, where they can get the full Slow Fires experience.

And as for the tipples?

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Well, The Firehouse’s bar will be specialising in the wild spirits of Latin America – we’re talking tequila, mezcal, pisco, rum and cachaça. Agavé, the primary ingredient in all of these spirits, is the inspiration behind the bar’s selection – to this very day, the plant is still cooked in fire pits and slow fires from three to thirty days.

It’s these slow, real processes that inspire the Firehouse bar team and define the offering overall.

Wild spirits provide the base for the fresh fruit cocktail menu, where bar duo Jonny Brown and Mike Cartledge will be shaking up fresh infusions, syrups and shrubs to compliment the cocktails.

Everything, from the toasted coconut flake infused pisco, the jalapeno shrub, and the charred pineapple agave, takes time and everything is made by hand.

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The venue’s co-owner, Adelaide Winters, said on the new venture: “The Firehouse has been an idea of ours for a long time, inspired after spending summers in California and Ibiza. The sort of places that we just never wanted to leave.

“Intimate, yet epic and all lovingly made. Where everything is enticing, the welcome, the food, the music, the drinks. All the best it can be. For everyone. We just wanted to open somewhere that gives the sort of experience we’re after when we go out.”

The Firehouse will be an all day venue open Thursday – Friday from 12pm-12am, and at the weekend from 10am til late – it’s set to kick off this weekend with a soft launch from Friday to Sunday.

Make sure to follow The Firehouse’s official Instagram account for updates and official opening dates.

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New makers market with everything from dog accessories to house plants and jewellery coming to Manchester

Get this one in your diary!

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A brand new makers market is coming to Manchester this late May Bank Holiday weekend, with something for everyone.

Taking place at New Jackson – a new urban neighbourhood located at the southern gateway to the city – Manchester Made Market will be held on Saturday May 25th and Sunday May 26th.

Over the two days you’ll be able to browse a selection of local artisanal traders and small businesses from across the region.

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There’ll be everything, from food produce, homewares, crafts and creations to dog accessories, house plants, jewellery and homemade soap.

Among the traders will be Manchester and Cheshire-based florist and floral artists Dot & Flora, graphic artist Ablott MCR selling music prints, HGT with crochet fashion and homeware designs, and artisan candlemakers Leaves and Prickles.

Elsewhere, there will be essential oils and other treatments from Grounded Wellness, permanent jewellery from Sealed Links, and desserts from Cake With Heart.

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There will be plenty of street food options to keep you topped up while you shop, including The Wild Grill, Food Sorcery, Salvi’s and new favourite Medlock Canteen.


Neighbourhood Brew will be supplying some great drinks as well.

Supported by Renaker, the market is free, but you can upgrade your experience with a limited, free VIP ticket with access to the dedicated bar area.

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Manchester Flower Festival returns with tributes to Sarah Harding and Caroline Aherne

It’s taking place later this month!

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The legendary Manchester Flower Festival is returning to our city later this month, complete with pop-ups, installations and tributes to some local icons.

Taking place over the late May Bank Holiday, the event will be headlined by its ‘Floral Trail’.

This year’s theme is Manchester Icons, with a host of names past and present being honoured in flower form, including the late comedy legend Caroline Aherne, pop star Sarah Harding and suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.

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Collaborating with Manchester illustrator Stanley Chow, floral designer Liv Woodward will create a portrait of Caroline Aherne at the Floral Marquee on New Cathedral Street, using sustainably sourced plants and flowers.

Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding will be remembered in a ‘tribute garden’, sponsored by the AO Arena, with visitors able to donate to the Sarah Harding Breast Cancer Appeal by scanning the QR code at the display.

The homage to Pankhurst has been created by female-led Decordia, featuring an ornate wooden Manchester Town Hall-inspired planter with sashes, posters and colourful icons, alongside a wicker figure of the suffragette herself.

This can be found at the corner of Cross Street and King Street, adorned with purple, green and white plants – the colours of the suffragette movement.

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Other local legends will also be honoured with their own installations, including Happy Mondays vocalist Rowetta and iconic Manchester brewery Boddingtons .

Fringe events will be taking place too, at locations including Northern Quarter art shop Fred Aldous, The Bridgewater Hall, the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel and the National Trust’s Castlefield Viaduct.

Selfridges Exchange Square, El Gato Negro, Tast Catala, Franco Manca, Grand Pacific Manchester and Urban Playground will also be taking part, with alfresco dining, festival-related dishes and cocktails.

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Now in its seventh year, the Flower Festival, which is put together by Manchester City Centre Business Improvement District, attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year, with live entertainment, workshops, and arts and crafts markets.

It all happens from May 24th to May 27th – head over to the website HERE to find more information.

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Billie Eilish announces FOUR Manchester shows as part of world tour

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Pop star Billie Eilish is coming to Manchester, with four dates confirmed at the new Co-op Live arena.

The Grammy and Oscar-winning pop icon will be playing Manchester’s newest arena on July 19th, 20th, 22nd and 23rd, 2025.

The dates are part of a full world tour taking place next year, in the wake of Hit Me Hard And Soft, her fourth studio album which is due out on May 17th.

The full UK dates:

  • 7 July 2025 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow
  • 8 July 2025 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow
  • 10 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 11 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 13 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 14 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 16 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 17 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 19 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester
  • 20 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester
  • 22 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester
  • 23 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester


Presale tickets go live tomorrow, Tuesday April 30th, at 12pm and are exclusive for Co-op members only.

To become a Co-op member, click HERE, and enjoy exclusive benefits.

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