Cottonopolis team signs up for Ancoats pub

The team behind cocktail bar Cottonopolis have been brought on board to operate the former Edinburgh Castle pub, part of Step Places’ Cotton Square development in Manchester.

Dating to 1811, the Edinburgh Castle is currently being restored and will house a pub on the ground floor and a 52-cover restaurant on the upper floor, with further concepts and designs to be revealed this summer.

The former pub adjoins to a new-build element which is currently being delivered by contractor Eric Wright; this features 11 apartments and 11 townhouses in a scheme designed by architect Buttress. There is also a retail unit, which currently does not have a tenant.

The 3,400 sq ft pub is set to open in the autumn.

Harry Dhaliwal, managing director of Step Places, said: “We’re delighted to have Nick, Hayley and their team on board. With such an iconic building that’s so rich in history, it was imperative  that we got the right operator who will transform the space and make the venue as illustrious and popular as it once was.

“Nick and Hayley get the area and our residents and I am looking forward to seeing its success. Our Cotton Square development is looking superb and I can’t wait for people to see more of it over the coming months.”

Nick Muir, director of Cottonopolis, added: “The Edinburgh Castle pub has been popular and serving locals for centuries so we’ve got big boots to fill. We truly believe that our plans will ensure we’re giving the area, our neighbours and visitors what they want – a quality place to eat and drink, exuding Northern grit, a stylish twist and exceptional standards.”

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It’s really sad to see the gentrification of another Manchester area. Why can’t these greedy developers leave the spaces alone. It used to be great round there, a bit like the northern quarter….then the suits move in, the prices go through the roof and they start serving slices of cucumber in gin cocktails.

Do us a favour, you’re ruining the city.

By Just my opinion

‘Just my opinion’ – Ancoats was a derelict wasteland before all the recent development happened. If you love ugly environments that much then move to Miles Platting or Collyhurst. Gentrification is a good thing

By Anonymous

just my opinion obviously votes Labour lol

By Dan

Agree with “Just my opinion” its the epitome of “try hard” around there. Too much, too fast – overdeveloped and almost all PRS. Not a “community” at all, and not organic enough to be called cool.

The PR releases will say otherwise though

By Ann Coates

Best place in Manchester at the moment is Ancoats, I think they have done a really good job of the place. The best bit though is the clientele that go to the area, no chavs and the streets are actually clean and not full of rubbish.

By Bob

Some people are just born to complain.

By Anti-Moaner

Those who say there is no community do not know the area.

By NQ Resident

Greedy developers – lol. Not seen one person in a suit in Ancoats, seen plenty of happy hipsters though. ‘just my opinion’ board a flight to Syria if you like rundown areas?

By Jeff

I live there and its like some kind of bizzare university campus for people in their 30s. A transient rental vortex


People are always amazed when they stumble upon Ancoats, such a bustling nice area hidden away.

By Dan

Wow @Jeff – ‘Boy that escalated’ Anchorman moment right there!

By Realist

@Just my opinion – Are you ok? It is literally a derelict building..

By Anon

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