Hatch Manchester, a series of beautifully converted containers beneath the Manucian Way on Oxford Road, is one of the shining stars of the city’s culinary scene. It plays host to a revolving cast of pop-up ventures, taking in everything from fantastic quality vegan food to wonderfully authentic Sicilian cuisine. The line-up changes often, but these are our current favourites. Head down before the new kids turn up and take over!
Here are our picks
Firebird Hope, Arndale Food Market, Manchester, M4 3AQ - Visit now
Not only do Firebird Hope make the best chicken sandwich in Manchester, they also make the best vegan dish in Manchester – on a par with Bundobust, another diner with its origins in the world of street food. Firebird Hope are based here for the time being, but who knows for how long? With food this good they’re a dead cert to move on to something more permanent.
T’Arricrii, Hatch, Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 7ED - Visit now
Owners and brothers Romeo and Riccardo are a big part of why T’Arricrii is well worth a visit. It’s an understatement to say they’re proud of their heritage, and given half the chance they’ll chew your ear off for hours about their love of their homeland’s foo, and their desire to put smiles on people’s faces with their food. You’ll leave grinning from ear to ear.
Mama Z, Hatch, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M1 7ED - Visit now
Looking for high-quality Filipino cuisine? Mama Z is your woman. Make sure to try the delicious Adobo, a hearty pot of slow-cooked meat or veg, with soy sauce, garlic, bay leaves and vinegar. It’s food that’s undeniably filling without ever being greasy or heavy.
Ol Brewery Bar, Hatch, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M1 7ED - Visit now
This nano brewery and keg bar is a collaboration between bigger sibling coffee shop Takk and Byrne The Cake brewery. It’s the perfect place to unwind with one of their unique homegrown beers – but don’t delay if you’re heading for after-work drinks, it’s not the biggest place on the block and seats are limited.