Hatch, Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 7ED – Visit Now
Hatch review by Dominic Fung:
A (literal) bus-full of Thai cuisine. A bright red pancake van. A nano-brewery. With all these and more, Hatch has something for just about everyone. After being an egg of potential for so long, it has hatched into a lively centre just in time for Christmas. Fully prepared for the holiday season ahead, you can find all the traders in a maze lit by fairy lights and neon signs galore.
The food stalls are what really shine – aside from all the fairy lights
An afternoon at Hatch is like someone cherry-picked 30 stalls from the Christmas markets and tucked them all into the side of Oxford Road. What this makes for is simply a great afternoon or evening out. While they offer regularly hosted events, which range from “Little Elf Workshops” for kids to their “Drink and Draw” nights for letting out your inner artist, their food stalls are what really make them shine – aside from all the fairy lights.
Taking a leaf out of the American book of street food are Charlie Mac’s Fancy Corndogs with their “fully loaded” corndogs. These skewered and battered sausages are perfect to take a bite out of as you meander between each renovated container and peer through the windows to see what is on offer. Not only do they create these iconic snacks but they also serve up nachos and fries made to order.
Vegan arancini which puts the ‘real’ version to shame
For those looking for some vegan goodness, fear not – Herbivorous is there. A popup shop that makes exclusively vegan food done right, they are sure to please even those that haven’t touched a vegetable in years except to pick the sprouts off their Christmas meal. There’s the Big Kahuna Burger (that Jules himself would approve of) and “vegan arancini” which puts the “real version” to shame. But Herbivorous doesn’t stop there. In addition to these are the staple onion rings and cheesy chips. To top it all off, their menu has the added bonus of a 15% discount for students.
If you fancy a tipple after perusing all the food and fun that Hatch has to offer, Number Eight has you covered. This unique bar has the concept of shaking up eight equally unique cocktails at any one time such as the “Rum and Raisin”, a delightful rum and Frangelico combination which you may also choose to enjoy your concoction on their terrace and let your gaze wander.
Beyond this, Hatch has plenty more options. If you want to explore them for yourself, and maybe pick up a Christmas present on the way, you can find them on Oxford Road.