In the heart of Manchester’s creative Northern Quarter, Manchester Craft & Design Centre is housed in a former Victorian fish and poultry market building. It’s home to 19 working studio boutiques where 35 artists, designers and craftspeople produce and sell unique work six days a week, including jewellery, ceramics, photography, furniture and graphics.
Oak Street Cafe Bar is Manchester Craft & Design’s in-house eatery and also the little sister of the renowned Cornerhouse Manchester and provides a wide range of delicious treats, with exciting and innovative specials everyday. The menu at Oak Street Cafe Bar offers a wide range of choices including options for those who follow a vegan, vegetarian, wheat free or coeliac diet and uses local growers, brewers and makers wherever possible. Stalybridge Brewers, TicketyBrew and First Chop from Ramsbottom supply their beers; Chorlton-based Barbakan & Unicorn lavish them with fresh bread and produce and Produce Partners in New Smithfield Market supply their fruit and veggies.
The staff are trained baristas and offer a delectable selection of hand pumped espresso coffees made from Ipanema coffee, which is a single estate, 100% Arabica and Rainforest Alliance approved bean from Brazil. Their teas are made from Liverpool’s Brew loose leaf tea in individual pots and they also make their own lemonade and ginger cordials as well as offering a wide range of fruit juices and Fentimans bottled drinks.
MCDC itself also hosts a wide range of workshops, exhibitions and events throughout the year and is a hub for creative activity in Manchester.
The Centre’s patron and elbow frontman, Guy Garvey, has this to say:
“Years ago I’d sit and scribble in the cafe, or wander around the shops watching people work. It’s one of those warm personal destinations thatI’ll meet friends from out of town in and if you like to give personal gifts then there is nowhere better in the North West. I’m very proud to be a patron.“
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