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New NQ Bar For Former Nickleby's Pub

Allotment promises to bring some countryside to the Northern Quarter

Written by . Published on May 1st 2014.

New NQ Bar For Former Nickleby's Pub

A NEW bar is set to open in the Northern Quarter. This will occupy the former Nickleby's pub site in June 2014.

Work has yet to begin but plans for the bar already include an 'indoor living wall' and a corrugated iron bar'

'Combining rustic charm with fresh produce', Allotment aims to be the perfect lazy summer location. Owners Gavin Williams and James Kennedy intend to create 'a welcoming and homely atmosphere, leaving you with a lovely warm feeling and a desire to return.'

The new venture will be located in the former Nickleby's Pub location on the cusp of Dale Street and Little Lever Street. Work has yet to begin but plans for the bar already include an 'indoor living wall' and a 'corrugated iron bar'.

Allotment will occupy the former site of Nickleby's PubAllotment will occupy the former site of Nickleby's Pub

Both the food and drinks menus will reflect the outdoors theme of this bar with locally sourced fresh produce (of course, what else?) making its way into dishes such as steak and ale pie, fish finger butties, Beef Wellington and steak sandwich with sautéed apples and red onions.

The menu will also offer a sharing option called the Picnic Basket Platter, which will aim to 'recreate the excitement and anticipation experienced as you open up a picnic hamper to reveal the treats inside'. Eh?

Allotment will continue their outdoor living theme through to their cocktails. Instead of the typical spirit sections, the bar menu will offer a rosemary section and a thyme section. Alongside cocktails, beers from around the globe will be available with Heineken, Amstel, Birra Moretti and Krusovice on draught, with cask ales from Southport Brewery and Caledonian Deuchars.

"Our cocktail menu is planned to make people take a step out of their comfort zone. Encouraging them to drink something they've not necessarily had before," says owner James Kennedy.

The editor, Schofield, recalls a visit to Nickleby's fifteen years ago. 

"I went with some mates on a Northern Quarter pub crawl. The idea was we'd only visit un-gentified traditional pubs. We measured these by the stickiness of the carpets. Nickleby's was run down with no proper ale just fighting lagers, seats with holes in them and a general air of anger and menace. It was a shocker, but not as bad as the Gullivers on Oldham Street where a Glaswegian tried to sell me his wife for a fiver."

Clearly Allotment despite its weird semi-rural name on one of the most 'urban' of streets will be an improvement.

Work is scheduled for May with an opening date in early June.

Follow them on Twitter at @AllotmentBar for more information.

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28 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

DanMay 1st 2014.

Another bar, really? A bar called Allotment sounds like a ridiculous joke.

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AnonMay 1st 2014.

Ah no. Another place to socialise with friends & enjoy ourselves?! How awful. Lighten up, dick head. This city is too full of people like you, wanting to whinge about anything & everything. Bore off. Have a drink.

Hall of Hall HallMay 2nd 2014.

Don't go there then ! Stay in the Locks

Jonathan Schofield - editorMay 2nd 2014.

This weekend I'm going to remove all pointlessly negative rants. Only constructive ones will be retained. It's Bank Holiday Weekend and idiotically downbeat comments such as Dan's are simply too depressing, too sweeping and too uninformed. Confidential will be mostly wearing a smile over these next four days. We'll be Manchester Sweetness And Light Confidential.

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Poster BoyMay 2nd 2014.


Calum McGMay 6th 2014.

Fuck yes - thank you, Schofield. People like Dan should crawl off and live somewhere miserable. I cannot believe how often a new opening announcement is immediately followed by negativity - before the place is even open. Oh and although it's "another bar", it's replacing a pub. So not really "another". Just different.

DavidMay 6th 2014.

To be consistent Ali,you should mention Mr SCHOFIELD own super negative review of a certain new French steak restaurant on King Street,that he denounced for being different.

Calum McGMay 6th 2014.

I don't have the time, David. Bugger off.

JoanMay 2nd 2014.

What about negative rants about Piccadilly Gardens?

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SquirrelitoMay 2nd 2014.

They're allowed Joan - it's not negativity, its outrage at neglect & incompetence. Totally different animal.

AnonymousMay 5th 2014.

Sorry Councillor Davies negative rants about Picadilly 'gardens' are perfectly justified. If you'd like them to stop have a word with Sirs Leese and Bernstien.

JoanMay 5th 2014.

Anonymous: my question was made within the context of JS's comments. I have neither stated nor implied that negative rants about Piccadilly Gardens are not justified.

ChorltongalMay 2nd 2014.

Rosemary and thyme in cocktails? How bloody pretentious! I'm boycotting the place before its even opened! (Only joking! I love botanical cocktails me. Gin = good, thyme = good: ergo gin + thyme = GOOD!) Plus at least the outside of the building is atypical of the other NQ bars. I'll be checking it out for sure. (Is there going to be any outside space though?)

AnonymousMay 2nd 2014.

Looking forward to getting some decent ales in the NQ - good choice getting Southport and Deuchars under the pump.

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mancadamMay 2nd 2014.

you mean to go with the myriad other decent ales that are sold in the NQ?

AnonymousMay 2nd 2014.

I would hope that Anon is being sarcastic

Jessica MyersMay 2nd 2014.

Doesn't dusk til pawn have a corrugated iron bar?

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mike_aMay 2nd 2014.

It's too in there dark to notice (great cocktails though).

Jennifer HarveyMay 2nd 2014.

And they put Sage and Peas in their cocktails....

Patricia CallaghanMay 2nd 2014.

Sounds good to me, worth a try.

AnonymousMay 2nd 2014.

Will they have outside space? I hope so with the garden theme...

NazcaMay 2nd 2014.

So, don't leave us hanging, did you take him up on the offer?

TimMay 3rd 2014.

Dan's comment is totally innocuous, I don't see why people are so upset by it. I read it and shrugged my shoulders, seen a LOT worse than that.

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AnonymousMay 6th 2014.

He's being negative about the place before it's even open. What an arse. Give the owners a break.

SteveMay 4th 2014.

We had the place back in 1988 - Glad to hear that life is being put back into the old place - Good Luck with the venture!

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AnonymousMay 6th 2014.

That's the kind of posting we need more of :)

AnonymousMay 5th 2014.

Good luck to them

M-Dog ManchesterJuly 29th 2014.

Just ignore Dan. He'll go away eventually. Or get annoyed and explode. Either way it's a result.

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