respected reputation for their knockout sourdough loaves and the simple, seasonal grub served up at the tiny Stockport Road cafe they opened in 2011.
Towering, triple height windows flood the whitewashed space with light, and minimal, Scandi styling and soft pink and grey furnishings create a serene atmosphere inside.
An open kitchen stands to one side, connected to a cafe counter f i l l e d with cakes and pastries made fresh on site every day. Above it, a shelf is stacked with Trove’s award-winning loaves, from its best-selling sourdough to weekly specials such as toasted oat and dark spelt.
House-made produce including seasonal jams, preserves and granola are also available to buy, along with ceramic takeaway coffee cups made by local artisan Little Torch.
A seasonal brunch and lunch menu will be served until 4pm, with dishes including French toast made from homemade croissant loaf, pear, creme fraiche and granola (£6.50); hot smoked trout with potato, dill and caper salad (£8.50); and merguez sausages with fried egg, labneh, dukka, pickled turnip and zhoug on toast (£8.75), as well as a changing selection of specials, sweet and savoury pastries, salads and soups.
In the evenings, the space will be open as a cafe bar, serving keg beer from local breweries such as Blackjack along with wine on tap and a small bottle selection.
Trove is in good company in the area, across from the soon-to-open Mana and near to Sugo Pasta Kitchen and Elnecot, while around the corner, Cutting Room Square is home to Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza, The Jane Eyre, Second City, Seven Brothers, Nam and newly-opened Canto. Nearby, New Islington Marina is also home to Pollen Bakery, where queues out of the door are a common sight at the weekends.
Anyone who’s ever tried to get a table for brunch at Trove’s Levenshulme cafe will know queues are likely to follow them here too.
Trove Ancoats will also soon be joined by sister site Erst, next door but one, a new ‘laid back evening space and neighbourhood eatery’ from the same team. The menu will revolve around simple, seasonal dishes making use of their sourdough, pickles and ferments, served alongside natural and organic wines and local craft beers.
Until then, Trove Ancoats is open from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday; 9am to 8pm on Saturdays; and 10am to 5pm on Sundays.
Some of the delicious savouries and cakes at Trove Ancoats
The new Trove Ancoats