ANDY CRONSHAW

Stockport Express - - Gardening Food Wine -

BIG news this week in the city cen­tre’s wine scene with the an­nounce­ment of a new ven­ture in An­coats from Hang­ing Ditch owner Ben Stephen­son.

The am­bi­tious pro­ject will be called Blos­som Street So­cial and will open at the Manch­ester Life’s Smith’s Yard de­vel­op­ment right op­po­site Sugo.

Ac­cord­ing to Ben it will be ‘a pi­o­neer­ing new take on a wine mer­chant, bar and col­lab­o­ra­tive din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.’

Blos­som Street So­cial will be open morn­ing to night with that es­sen­tial morn­ing cof­fee sup­plied by Grind­smith, who will also be in­volved in the train­ing of baris­tas.

Food will in­clude deli plates from Har­vey & Brock­less, Brindisa and Trove Bak­ery. The kitchen has also been de­signed to host pop-ups.

Wine will, of course be on sale, and the de­sign of the re­tail of­fer­ing will take its cue from the ‘wall of wine’ at Hang­ing Ditch.

Ac­cord­ing to Ben, the in-house wine list will fo­cus on ev­ery­day prices as well as a se­lec­tion of fine wines dis­pensed by the glass from a Co­ravin sys­tem. Lo­cal craft beers will pour from keg and there’ll be a short list of clas­sic cock­tails.

Ben said: “Fi­nally! Hav­ing looked at sites all over Manch­ester we’ve de­cided there’s no bet­ter place than An­coats to open our new con­cept. We’re hugely ex­cited to ex­pand on the suc­cess of Hang­ing Ditch and can’t wait to wel­come our new neigh­bours!”

●●The wall of wine at Hang­ing Ditch

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