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New retailers: Beauty 101 is a Korean and Japanese skincare specialist. Owner Alexis Li set up the business when she noticed that choices were limited when it came to Korean and Japanese skincare products. The products that were available were either extremely expensive or had long wait times on delivery, so Alexis decided to bring the best of Korean and Japanese beauty to the UK.
Beauty 101 has been trading online for a year and they are delighted to have their first physical shop at Hatch, revealing the secrets of Korean and Japanese skincare to a new audience.
The second new trader joining the roster is Last Ember. Owner Mark Lavelle specialises in handmade soy wax candles, made right here in Manchester on the Hatch site. Last Ember also curates and sells a beautiful selection of gifts and homeware. Shoppers can return their empty candles for a discount on their next purchase and if they’re sticking around to take in the full experience of Hatch, can even get a new candle poured and cured on the day whilst having a bite to eat and a drink.
Established in 2021, Last Ember has been trading at local markets over the last year and is delighted to be opening its first permanent operation at Hatch.
Full review early 2022: Hatch has steadily grown its collection of colourful containers since it first opened on Oxford Road back in 2017. We took a trip over to explore the wares of its newest traders, beginning upstairs in the brand new Beavertown bar.
Its décor is a vivid reproduction of the brewery’s signature can artwork, meaning it felt a lot like having a pint inside one of their cans. Beavertown favourites such as Neck Oil and Gamma Ray are available on draught, a treat if you became used to sinking them back during those long, long lockdown months.
Bondi Bowls served up first in the ground-floor eatery, 12Ten. Their eponymous Bondi Bowl is a nutritionally balanced, plant-based feast for the eyes. Protein and good fats come in the form of hummus topped with seed sprouts and black sesame seeds, carbs from umami earthy black rice, and more vitamins than you can shake a stick at from a rainbow of raw and pickled vegetables in miso dressing. Best of all is the sensational charred sweetcorn.
Parmogeddon proudly introduces their newest invention – parmo in a bao. The Teesside delicacy of deep-fried breaded chicken escalope topped with cheesy bechamel sauce is novelly presented in a fluffy steamed bao bun, with pickled red cabbage to round out the flavours. What a time to be alive.
Cheeky Tikka Bites talk us through their “Indian food with a modern and cheeky twist”; much of which is gluten-free and vegan, with no ghee. This is evident in the healthy, vibrant dishes, beautifully decorated with micro herbs and edible flowers. The chaat bombs are especially pleasing: delicate, crisp pani puri shells bursting with a festival of hot, sweet and sour flavours within. Then there’s the tandoori chicken tikka roti flatbread filled with perfectly spiced chicken; fiery, tangy tamarind chutney; mint raita and salad. Plus a vegan roti, piled up with all the fabulous tastes and textures of chickpea chaat.
After decades of supplying artisan hotdogs to United fans on match day, Bury family firm Grandad’s Sausages bring saucy laughs with their tagline, ‘Putting a smile on Grandma’s face for over 50 years’. Tonight’s seriously tasty offering is a brioche bun generously filled with a huge, meaty, well-seasoned sausage made from outdoor reared pork; lashings of ketchup, mustard and crispy fried onions.
Neapolitan style pizzeria, I Knead Pizza, serves fantastic pizzas fresh from their 400-degree wood-fired oven. Chewy, springy dough with crisp exteriors, blackened at the edges and topped with a tangy tomato sauce. A good base maketh the pizza, but toppings are still important: the vegetarian option, Can You Dig It, has a smorgasbord of colourful sweet vegetables, olives and fior de latte mozzarella. Equally good is the vegan Margherita, topped with vegan cheese and classic fresh basil.
The last of the mains comes from Fuku. They’re understandably keen to point out that their Japanese name “means luck, like lucky cats”, and is not pronounced… the other way. Here, we’re wowed by an incredible chicken katsu curry. Hot, tender chicken in an unbelievably crunchy panko coating, served on rice with arguably the best katsu curry sauce in the city – pleasingly warming with a real backbite. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a pile of delicious crispy sweetcorn spring rolls on the side.
Romeo from Sicilian arancini and cannoli specialists T’Arricrii provide the perfect ending to the feast: Cannolo tradizionale and its newly created vegan twin. Both are delicious brandy snap shaped cylinders, prettily piped full of pistachio cream and decorated with glacé cherries at each end. It’s difficult to choose between the tradizionale’s shell of dark crunchy fried pastry, and the chewy, sweet, almond shell of the dairy-free version, which has both ends dipped in dark chocolate. To paraphrase one of cinema’s greatest lines: leave the gun, take the (vegan) cannoli.
It’s worth following up your meal with a drink at Hatch’s in-house neon-lit, 80’s-themed cocktail bar, Miami Ice. Everyone should try one of their chocolate espresso martinis: a revelation, which tastes for all the world like drinking tiramisu.
Enjoy yours with a DJ set in the heated outdoor seating area – a perfect place to enjoy spring and summer evenings with friends. The beauty of Hatch is the ability to mix and match whatever you choose, from great food and drink options to suit all tastes. If you haven’t been for a while, it’s high time you return to enjoy what’s on offer this summer.