Explore Ancoats Food & Drink Tour

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor
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Explore Ancoats Food & Drink Tour at The Horsfall, Ancoats 30 July — 17 December 2021 Tickets from £55 — Book now

Fascinated by Manchester’s rich history and also love food? The Explore Ancoats Food & Drink Tour is the one for you. Based in and around Ancoats, the world’s first industrial suburb, this walking tour takes you on a culinary journey of the district recently named one of Time Out’s 50 hippest neighbourhoods in the world.

Hear gripping tales of Victorian street gangs, Italian ice cream empires and satanic mills

And that accolade is well-deserved. True to Manchester, it’s a melting pot of cultures and experiences, from an award-winning chip shop (The Hip Hop Chip Shop) to Mana, Manchester’s revered Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant.

The Ancoats Explorer food tour tells the story of how a rural landscape on the outskirts of Manchester, with a scattering of farms and cottages, was transformed into one of the most densely populated industrial landscapes in the world with multi-storey steam-powered mills which were hailed as a marvel of the Late Georgian era. This is your chance to hear gripping tales of Victorian street gangs, Italian ice cream empires and satanic mills, along with many more.

Fascinated by Manchester’s rich history and love food? This is the tour for you

Of course, by the end of the 20th century, the industry had gone, the mills were empty and the area rundown. The reverse of this decline started with the New Islington housing project and the area can now be found on lists of ‘hippest’ neighbourhoods (Ancoats was listed in Time Out’s 50 hippest neighbourhoods in the world). Ancoats is now home to some of the city’s best independent eateries and bars and the Explore Ancoats tour will show you around the best of them, starting off from the Horsfall Gallery. Make sure you come hungry!

Explore Ancoats Food & Drink Tour at The Horsfall, Ancoats 30 July — 17 December 2021 Tickets from £55 Book now

Performances

Date
Time
Session Features
30 July 2021
1:30pm — 5:00pm
6 August 2021
1:30pm — 5:00pm
13 August 2021
1:30pm — 5:00pm
20 August 2021
1:30pm — 5:00pm
27 August 2021
1:30pm — 5:00pm
3 September 2021
1:30pm — 5:00pm
10 September 2021
1:30pm — 5:00pm
17 September 2021
1:30pm — 5:00pm
24 September 2021
1:30pm — 5:00pm
1 October 2021
1:30pm — 5:00pm
8 October 2021
1:30pm — 5:00pm
15 October 2021
1:30pm — 5:00pm
22 October 2021
1:30pm — 5:00pm
29 October 2021
1:30pm — 5:00pm
5 November 2021
1:30pm — 5:00pm
12 November 2021
1:30pm — 5:00pm
19 November 2021
1:30pm — 5:00pm
26 November 2021
1:30pm — 5:00pm
3 December 2021
1:30pm — 5:00pm
10 December 2021
1:30pm — 5:00pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

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Castlefield Artisan Market

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The Jane Eyre

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Hallé St Peter’s

Grade-II listed church recently renovated by the Halle Orchestra to be used as a venue and rehearsal space.

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Erst

An offshoot of the popular Trove bakery in Ancoats, this new restaurant specialises in perfectly-formed and eye-catching small plates with a focus on environmentally-friendly practices.

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