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Booths Cafe Opens At MediaCityUK

But what more should we expect from MediaCityUK's food and drink?

Written by . Published on June 23rd 2011.

Booths Cafe Opens At MediaCityUK

INDEPENDENT retailer Booths, has unveiled a cafe at MediaCityUK ahead of the official opening of their new store on the Peel Group development at Salford Quays.

In the fullness of time maybe MediaCityUK will follow Spinningfields’ example. The latter provided a mess of dreary Cafe Rouges until The Alchemist opened, a one-off, local, carrying zip and panache. 

The café will be located on the ground floor of the MediaCityUK Open Centre (the front of The Studios) and will open from 7am daily. It will offer sandwiches, salads and cakes - whilst a specially trained Booths Barista (aka cafe worker) will serve a selection of Fairtrade teas and coffees.

Stephen Wild the Managing Director for MediaCityUK said: “The arrival of the Booths Café has been timed to coincide with the start of preparations for Music Boxes and Crash of Elysium, the two Manchester International Festival (MIF) events that are to take place here at MediaCityUK. We hope that residents, employees and visitors pop into the Open Centre and take in the wonderful views over the piazza, whilst having a bite to eat or drink.”

Booths have 26 stores across Cheshire, Cumbria Lancashire, Yorkshire and their MediaCityUK store will be their first in Greater Manchester. Located behind The Studios, the store will be spread over two floors and will open this autumn.

The landscaping and public areas of MediaCityUK have become a favourite family stroll. What’s been lacking so far – albeit the place is only just opening up – is a good venue, aside from a functional Holiday Inn, in which to get a cake and tea. Booths may help provide the answer.

As for the future of food and drink generally in MediaCityUK, well, there’s a chain Italian restaurant on the way with Prezzo, there’s a Costa Coffee arriving. Not much of any interest there.

Not much interest elsewhere on the Quays - Pizza Express, Lime Bar, the Lowry restaurant with its crazy opening times (noon - 3pm, evenings 5pm - 8pm. Closed in the evening when there is no theatre performance).

In the fullness of time maybe MediaCityUK will follow Spinningfields’ example.

The latter provided a mess of dreary Giraffes and Cafe Rouges until The Alchemist opened, a one-off, local, carrying zip and panache. The Alchemist is the see-and-be-seen bar-restaurant that brings people into the heart of Spinningfields. Cafe Rouge could never do that. Will Prezzo for MediaCityUK? 

The luuvies of the Beeb and Granada/ITV will need a good bar as a focal point for post work chatter. A place to unwind and whinge - good Lord how those broadcasters love a whinge - and alcohol helps.

Let’s hope there's a proper speakeasy open sooner rather than later. It will add immensely to the attraction of MediaCityUK. Apparently there are to be other operators announced. If Mr Wild wants some advice about good people up here, Confidential would love to help out.

Such a venue would also be an asset for the general visitor. It'd be good as a family to stroll down on warm days and enjoy a glass of beer on some elegant terrace overlooking the gardens in MediaCityUK.

We can’t just let media folk who work there enjoy this fine new area of the city to themselves. 

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

Residailent TrJune 23rd 2011.

It's going to be interesting what food and drink offer is around. Spinningfields has the rest of the city to fall back on if you don't want Cafe Rouge, there's nowhere to go at The Quays if you want anything decent to eat or drink. It's all glib, could-be-anywhere food. Not that I've eaten at the Lowry restaurant because as the report above says it's never open when I need it to be. But a good boozer or bar with good food is absolutely necessary to give Mediacity a sense of place.

AnonymousJune 23rd 2011.

the Alchemist is not a one off, it's part of a chain and there could be 2 or possibly three of them in this city alone by this time next year...

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Rolf HarrisJune 24th 2011.

its a local boys chain though, run by Tim Bacon, who has OCD, a good thing for this industry.

MandyJune 23rd 2011.

Alchemist is locally owned and part of Living Ventures. But it's one-off for now. It's made Spinningfields hold on to to its workforce after office hours more than any other venue down there. It's also complemented by Gaslamp and the Mark Addy. All very different from one another but they offer choice to drinkers.

Simon SmithJune 23rd 2011.

I've no objection to ITV 'luvvies' spending lots of cash at posh cafes, but if any BBC types do it we should cut their pay.

In hard times I'm not sure the government should be spending any money at all on Radio 5 chit chat, the lamentable BBC breakfast show and lots of other downmarket BBC rubbish. To be required to pay for upmarket food and drink for those who manufacture this dross is adding insult to injury.

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AnonymousJune 24th 2011.

'The government...' ? You really haven't got a clue. No-one forces you to watch TV.

EndgameJune 23rd 2011.

This place is too important to be a bland shell of windy modern barren squares and rectangles. It needs the good venues from the beginning to populate the place.

Chris HandleyJune 29th 2011.

Manchester is obsessed with mediocre chains and all you can eat buffets, mainly because thats what its audience generally wants! Since MediaCity is trying to be different, and will employ many people from outside the region, I was disappointed yet unsurprised to hear about Prezzo. Sure its decent for a chain, probably on a par with Gusto, but whats the point when theres already a Pizza Express and Bella Italia within a 5 minute walk? Independents just cant afford the rents, hence Arbuckles has been boarded up for years, and another reason that Manchester has a stupidly quick turnover amongst new, non chain restaurants. The vast majority of locals couldnt care less about that one bit. The Alchemist isn't a chain, but its as good as one, since its owned by the guys who run Gusto, Blackhouse Grills, and now Australasia. So in reality, they are all chains, just a northern, slightly glitzy one. Hopefully a decent bar will land in The Quays soon, as after over 4 years living there, as there will 100% be a market for it in 6 months time, and I'm giving up hope for the areas bar and food scene. Why didnt Holiday Inn think to perhaps put their bar on a higher floor with good views, as a selling point? And just one decent quality al fresco waterside place to eat would be nice. The Beefeater and Exchange (chains!), just dont cut it.

EARLE OF DISBURYJuly 26th 2011.


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FurFoxAcheJuly 26th 2011.

Did you get that from Jeremy Clarkson? Well done.

James SpencerJuly 28th 2011.

Dear Earle what exactly is at White City (ah the real one) where they are coming from. I just hope the taxi arrangements are as good

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