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.”