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Damson For MediaCityUK

At last a good restaurant lands in luvvie land on the Ship Canal...and will help the kids as well

Written by . Published on November 15th 2012.

Damson For MediaCityUK

AT LAST some quality for MediaCityUK.

Since it first started operation the shining city of broadcasting in the west central area has lacked a destination restaurant.

Indeed, given the erratic opening hours of The Lowry art centre's restaurant across the water on Salford Quays, the whole area has been crying out for some really decent nosh. The only choices previously have come in the form of chain blandness. 

The new location is situated overlooking the MediaCityUK garden and piazza. It lies above Prezzo restaurant and will no doubt dominate it in terms of food offering too

Now Damson is to join the food party and give it a boost. And its also giving youth a boost too. 

The original Damson is a multiple award-winning restaurant in Heaton Moor. It specialises in modern British cuisine. The Beeb folk will love it.

It opens in January 2013. 

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Damson was established in 2009 by Steve Pilling and Simon Stanley. Together the pair have received more awards from the Manchester Food and Drink Festival than anyone else in its history. 

The new location is situated overlooking the MediaCityUK garden and piazza. It lies above Prezzo restaurant and will no doubt dominate it in terms of food offering too. It will cater for everything from breakfast meetings to private dining. 

The menu will include signature dishes such as Whitby crab and parsley risotto with salt and vinegar cockles; grilled scallops with slow cooked middle white pork belly and Bury black pudding croquettes, and for desserts, spiced apple puree, golden raisins and caramelised pain perdu with roasted pear, honey and yoghurt ice cream, Earl Grey tea jelly and honeycomb. 

Damson’s well-known wine list will also be available at MediaCityUK.

As a bonus the new site has been developed in association with Salford City College alongside their multi-million pound new skills centre ‘FutureSkills at MediaCityUK’. Phase one opens in early 2013 with phase two opening in the summer.

The partnership will allow the Damson team to deliver bespoke training to Salford City College’s hospitality learners via apprentice schemes.

Steve Pilling said “This is one of the most exciting projects I’ve been involved in yet. The opportunity to be at the forefront of a new dining community in the region’s most exciting location and to invest in the region’s hospitality industry at the same time is a fantastic thing.”

It's all good news down in luvvie land.



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

AnonymousNovember 15th 2012.

Luvvie land? The wastelands according to Max Hastings the other day. (www.dailymail.co.uk/…/-suits-bean-counters.html…)

I think he's pinched the term from that other "Manchester hater" Matthew Parris actually. Heck, those "One Nation Tory" commentators, eh? And I thought we were meant to be the ones with a chip on our shoulders?

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rinkydinkNovember 22nd 2012.

No sane person reads the Daily Mail anyway. It hasn't got a nice word to say about anybody. There are two things I hate - that rag and Metrolink customer "service"

rinkydinkNovember 23rd 2012.

Luckily, no sane person reads the Daily Mail and believes what it says!

Poster BoyNovember 15th 2012.

The trade projections would make interesting reading.

Is there the evening and weekend trade from a resident population to make restaurants (such as Damson) viable at Media City? It isn't exactly a 'destination'.

BBC-types are not allowed to have expenses anymore...

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crisbyNovember 16th 2012.

Foodies could take the tram from Chorlton. As will yours truly from Beswick if they ever get the east Manchester line working.

AnonymousNovember 16th 2012.

I'd say its a fantastic addition to MediaCity. As i live nearby, as do many of my friends, i am a bit confused by Poster Boy's assumptions, it's not exactly in the middle of nowhere? Many other establishments in the vacinity are perfectly successful 7 days a week.

And as for the BBC not having expenses anymore...i dont have expenses but i still go out for lunch and after work drinks? Just seems like a fairly negative and naive view.

AnonymousNovember 16th 2012.

Pointless cynical vitriol from Poster Boy - why bother?
By the sounds of it a hugely postive development from a widely respected (non-chain) restaurant team. The training link-up is genius, this entrant will hopefully bring this whole area to life and I would say there is the local population (both resident and over-nighters) to give it a fighting chance.

Would you media city haters be happier if they'd built the thing in Birmingham?

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Poster BoyNovember 16th 2012.

...because it was an objective observation (not a criticism of either Media City or the Damson team), based on the experience of restaurants in much larger 'isolated' urban regeneration schemes such as Broadgate and Canary Wharf.

It could be of course, that the economics are assisted by substantial incentive packages to de-risk the investment for the operators a la Spinningfields.

Why would anyone not want Media City to be successful?

AnonymousNovember 16th 2012.

The Alchemist#3 is opening just underneath it too. Hopefully before long, you'll be able to have a half decent night out in The Quays.

Edward CrossNovember 16th 2012.

Fantastic News - We'll be take the tram from Sale & Altrincham (me & the Chairman have planned it already!)

John KirkhamNovember 16th 2012.

Great news about Alchemist opening there, I hadn't heard of that yet.
From living relatively nearby, Prezzo always seems busy and there is a fair amount of people milling around nearby (residents, Lowry theatre goers, people going to the LowryMall and alot of football traffic even without the match being on) so I think I'd be a great addition. Soon people will be spending their entire evening around the Quays as well as their day.

AnonymousNovember 16th 2012.

You'd be surprised. I went to Prezzo on a Monday lunchtime fully expecting to be one of the only tables in there to find the restaurant 3 quarters full when we left...

EditorialNovember 16th 2012.

We have been in touch with Living Ventures, the company that runs The Alchemist bars, and there are no plans for The Alchemist to open at MediaCityUK. Moves were made to open at MediaCityUK but Living Ventures now tell us this is no longer the case - although that doesn't mean that sometime in the future the situation may change. (THIS COMMENT HAS BEEN UPDATED FROM THE EARLIER POSTING.)

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PaulNovember 16th 2012.

You really need to do your homework. The licensing application has been posted on the front door for weeks and it names the Alchemist as the applicant.

Burt CodeineNovember 16th 2012.

I think that entirely ridiculous 'female actress' Vanessa Redgrave at a pop at Media City recently (or at least so it was reported via that equally odd cat Matthew Parrs). It's a set of functioning 'studio's' for christ's sake, not phallic symbol of money by a global bank or cultural museum. Part and parcel of success I guess. From most casual observers, it's most definitely a success (and I for one can't wait for further phases). The right time for something like Damson to come along and I'm sure it will be a fantastic addition to 'the Quays'. A pint in the Mark Addy, catch a 'waxi' to the Quays for catch a live recording of a show (we need a 'Live from Manchester' Chat Show a la Conan O'Brien, Leno et al - post Ross) then a bit of fine 'scranning' at Damsons.
All adds to the tourist experience...

Great location...just needs to grow and evolve now.

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PaulNovember 16th 2012.

If you believe Matthew Parris then you are a fool. He is so intensely bitter about everything to do with Media City. His article a few months back was completely ridiculous. His description of Media City is nowhere near anything I have observed.

EaNovember 16th 2012.

Alchemist is opening too...fact! I have inside info!

AnonymousNovember 16th 2012.

Alchemist is opening

AnonymousNovember 21st 2012.

Let's hope the kitchen is kept a little more hygienic than the original Damson.

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pollolocoNovember 21st 2012.

what a twattish comment!

AnonymousNovember 21st 2012.

Reply to last comment....broken record!!! Damson is immaculate ...I've personally seen the kitchen! So excited ...amazing restaurant, top notch food and fabulous talented chef owner Simon Stanley! Can not wait...damson didn't win Cheshire life restaurant of the year for nothing!

JanieBNovember 24th 2012.

If you are going to post negative comments about the cleanliness of the kitchen, at least do it under your own name. Otherwise you just look like some incredibly jealous competitor with sour grapes. Right to be jealous too - Damson is fab!

paulNovember 25th 2012.

how come people are posting in my name this is confusing

AnonymousNovember 28th 2012.

I hope media city like freshly prepared then frozen, defrosted to order food.

DigsterFebruary 3rd 2013.

Does anybody know what (if anything) is happening with Alchemist at Media City please? I noticed that the signs on the doors have been removed but there doesn't appear to be anything going on inside.

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