Hatch – Manchester’s new food, drink and retail pop up.
NOW OPEN on Oxford Road, Hatch is the striking new addition to Manchester’s thriving cultural scene. Hunkered down under the city’s iconic Mancunian Way flyover, it’s home to some of the most exciting and creative independent businesses in the city!
Hatch supports brand new ideas – helping to launch entrepreneurial fashion, jewellery, art, craft and design start-ups.
Clustered around an inviting courtyard, new ventures launch on a regular basis, rewarding visitors with a fresh experience every time. It also provides a space that is designed to help independent brands grow and develop, as small and artisan operations are welcomed, and for some it is a chance to trial a city centre operation, or even a first ever ‘real’ HQ.
Hatch is designed with disruptive, independent businesses in mind and is run by the people from iconic Manchester destination Afflecks.
With a series of live events already off the ground, an ever-growing portfolio of independent operators on the horizon, and ‘Phase two’ expansion planned for August, this is only the beginning of an exciting story for Manchester and here’s just some of what you can expect to find.
Paint Sayers… Street artists who ordinarily create wall mural art, their new Hatch shop is their first ‘physical’ business – previously having had an online-only presence. Rebellious and passionate, Paint Sayers is the work of Manchester-based Mural Artist Lee Hartley. They specialise in wall murals, live art and custom artwork, and they’re now operating from their own little shop at Hatch, where they take commissions, and originals and prints of their work can also be found.
Beehive… Similarly, it is a first shop for independent florists Beehive too… They bring a stunning selection of flowers, plants and bespoke floral arrangements to Hatch. The beautiful blossoms will be adding a splash of colour to the space under The Mancunian Way.
Nonsense… With a permanent outlet already in Prestwich, Nonsense, is bringing its quirky blend of unique gifts to Hatch, selling everything from indoor plants and ceramics, to stationary and books. The husband and wife team, Alex and Jeanette also host children’s craft workshops for little ones to show off their skills and create masterpieces to take home.
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Love + Labour… Hatch’s Natural Wine shop – Love + Labour – are the city centre’s first all low-intervention wine retailers. Helping shoppers bring home something different for the table, Love and Labour sell all-natural, organic wines only.
The team behind the store, James Jensen and Katie Scott hope to expand their space and open a new bar where they can serve up their organic creations by the glass. James said: “It’s great to be part of this new community of independent operators and set up a more permanent space in this up and coming part of Manchester. This is an amazing opportunity to showcase our unique wines to a wider audience and we’ve already had a lot of interest in the products from local students and professionals.”
Takk and Ol… Northern Quarter artisan coffee house, Takk, is one of Hatch’s anchor brands – they have a more permanent home at the development where they’ve created a pop up version of their Nordic-inspired coffee bar and welcoming work space – Takk Espresso Bar. The Takk concept is born of a love for the food, drink and styling that owner Phillip Hannaway and his team discovered on their travels throughout Scandinavia and Iceland, and that’s exactly what Hatch customers can expect too – with one big, exciting addition… Ol is Takk’s baby brother – a nano brewery and keg bar. A collaboration with Byrne the Cake Brewery and completely unique in Manchester, Ol serves up the bar’s own beers brewed on site, allowing customers to drink it straight from source. They also serve up the best craft beers from around the northwest so customers can expect pints, bottles and cans from the likes of Track, Runaway, Cloudwater and many more.
Ol overlooks the courtyard – Hatch’s lovely, outdoor courtyard and al fresco dining area. Serviced by the evolving street food traders, there’s plenty of seating, shelter from the elements via a living green terrace roof, festoon lights and a DJ booth.
Well Hung… For the discerning carnivores, the Well-Hung kitchen serves an affordable and quality range of lunch and dinners, including classic steak and dripping chips with a chimmichurri sauce, or eat-on-the-go tasty steak sandwiches.
Blue Caribou… British Street Food Award finalists Blue Caribou Canteen serve up the finest poutine this side of the Montreal. Poutine is French fries and cheese curds topped with gravy hailing from Quebec. Blue Caribou’s poutine uses squeaky Québec-style cheese curds made to an authentic Canadian recipe in the Forest of Bowland. It’s all lovingly handcrafted, and the preparation remains true to the authentic foundations of the dish with ingredients sourced from local artisan producers.
El Marchador… Serving up Mexican-inspired street food. They are Hatch’s taco specialists bringing incredibly tasty, 100% plant-based and gluten free Mexican food to the community. Customers can expect a vibrant and delicious menu including tasty vegan tacos and tamales.
Eat and Sweet… This family-run Jamaican takeaway is based in the Northern Quarter and now have their very own Hatch outpost too. A welcoming Caribbean kitchen, they serve up jerk vibes and gorgeous, Jamaican soul food. Affordable and authentic they offer meat and veggie options, home cooked with a whole lot of flavour and love.
Toby Sproll, head of Bruntwood retail, said “With Hatch, we wanted to create a vibrant communal space – somewhere that had a real energy about it and provided a new eating and retail experience, not only for the students, residents and workers in and around the Oxford Road corridor but for anyone visiting the city.What we have on offer at Hatch will continually evolve, drawing people back time and time again. Hatch is operated by the team that manages Afflecks in the Northern Quarter; and we sourced inspiration from the Afflecks model, which has been successfully championing creative, independent traders for years. Hatch is about developing a ‘neighbourhood’ feel on Oxford Road by bringing people together through a shared love of food, shopping and socialising. It will play an integral role in the wider Circle Square community we’re developing – acting as an incubator for innovative start-ups, and emerging entrepreneurs who are looking to expand their offering or be part of something exciting and different.
We’re already talking to a number of exciting traders for phase 2 of the scheme, which will see us grow the site with an additional 18 units and we’re focused on making sure we get the right mix of makers, operators, innovators and start-ups in, to ensure Hatch becomes a ‘must visit’ destination and a lively community hub that people want to be a part of.”
Hatch, Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 7ED – hatchmcr.com