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The Dockyard Bar: First Look

Niamh Spence on the bar that will liven up MediaCityUk

Written by . Published on December 14th 2013.

The Dockyard Bar: First Look

The Dockyard has opened at MediaCityUK. 

As the Dockyard is a freehouse there will be a constantly changing range of guest ales from local brewers and microbrewers.

The new pub/bar is operated by Steve Pilling and Simon Stanley who not only have Damson restaurant close by the new venue but also a sister Damson restaurant in Heaton Moor and the Red Lion pub in High Lane. In autumn 2014 they will open a city centre restaurant on Deansgate in the former courthouse building on the fringe of Spinningfields.

With a capacity of up to 200 people and a strictly no bookings ethos the team are expecting the venue in the heart of MediaCity to be busy from day one. 

A sparse, timber and metal interior befitting the Dockyard name and Manchester's industrial history, looks on to the gardens in front of the tram station and towards The Lowry and Imperial War Museum North.

The pub/bar will lead with the drinks offering, serving an array of keg and cask ales, pale ales, beers and ciders, as well as a broad wine list. Fine wine will be served in carafes at prices such as £7.50, as well as by the bottle. 

Phone camera menuPhone camera menuAs the Dockyard is a freehouse there will be a constantly changing range of guest ales from local brewers and microbrewers.

Food includes breakfasts of bacon butties, porridge, bloomers and beans on toast. The main food menu is dominated by butties, burgers, pies and soups.

The Dock Yard can be found at Dock Yard Building, MediaCity, Salford. M50 2HQ.

Dock Yard exteriorDock Yard exterior

Stripped and metallic interiorStripped and metallic interior

The Dock Yard is the new place to be in Media City

The Dockyard is gets going in MediaCity

Raise your glass...Broadcaster Stuart Maconie in classic 'MEN-man-in-a-pub' pose

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Lots of barrels in the viewable cellarLots of barrels in the viewable cellar

Industrial aestheticIndustrial aesthetic

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The DockyardThe Dockyard

Tables And BikesTables And Bikes- horizontally. Arty. 


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AnonymousDecember 14th 2013.

EDITORIAL COMMENT: This rant has been removed. A month or so ago we published a new comment policy to stop idiot ranters such as the author of this one. Jonathan Schofield - editor www.manchesterconfidential.co.uk/…/Rant-And-Comment-Policy-Manchester-Confidential…

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AnonymousDecember 15th 2013.

But we all want to know what the rant was!

AnonymousDecember 14th 2013.

It would be nice if the bar featured prints of heyday-era Manchester Docks rather than what I suspect are generic stock images of 'Big Chains'. A bit of local history might help soften some of the hard edges and make the place a bit more interesting. How about a stonking image of those majestic Manchester Liners ships that used to grace Dock 9? With the loss of the cranes the area could do with more installations celebrating the area's history and identity.

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EricDecember 17th 2013.

Agree wholeheartedly with this point.

AnonymousDecember 14th 2013.

Nothing can liven up Media City. It's another Peel disaster.

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Jonathan SchofieldDecember 15th 2013.

Anon do you regularly visit MediaCity and The Quays? Just been round on a bike ride this sparkling morning. It's beautiful, epic - I mean the whole area not just MediaCity of course, but you can't treat one small part of the whole separately. Peel are guilty of high-handedness in the extreme in some of their dealings and some of us may have thought several years ago that any media quarter should have been in the city centre - the BBC staff would have appreciated it more. But that hasn't happened, this did. And slowly with the Dockyard and other ventures MediaCity and The Quays are gathering a real sense of place. Maybe look to the positive occasionally eh?

ShybaldbuddhistDecember 15th 2013.

How is Media City a disaster? It's getting better all the time imo.

IanDecember 16th 2013.

MediaCity is one of my favourite places in manchester.

AnonymousDecember 15th 2013.

Media City is a ghetto of taxpayer funded affluence, and is in very poor taste in these days of austerity.

AnonymousDecember 16th 2013.

Well above ANONYMOUS above, what would you do instead, leave it like a waste land, unless you can come up with better ideas, which I suspect you can't, don't bother, tell us your ideas if you know better!

AnonymousDecember 16th 2013.

The Courthouse restaurant won't open until Autumn? What's taking so long?

AnonymousDecember 16th 2013.

Looks like a great addition to Media City!

EricDecember 17th 2013.

Can I correct the writer and subsequent commentators that the destination is MediaCityUK. Not MediaCity, MediaCityUk or Media City. Just MediaCityUK. May as well be accurate with the use of the subject destination.

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The God Of Small ThingsDecember 17th 2013.

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

EricDecember 17th 2013.

It's all about attention to detail :-)

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