North to open 10th site

By Nikkie Thatcher

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Company growth: North is now at 10 sites including its taproom (pictured) on Sovereign Street in Leeds (image: John Slemensek Bokehgo)
Company growth: North is now at 10 sites including its taproom (pictured) on Sovereign Street in Leeds (image: John Slemensek Bokehgo)

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Leeds-based business North Bar/North Brewing Co is set to open its 10th venue, which is located in Manchester.

The new site – North Taproom: Circle Square is in the city’s Oxford Road and will be opening its doors later this year.

The Manchester bar will showcase the company’s extensive core range as well as an ever-changing line up of beers, wines, cocktails, ciders and spirits from a plethora of local and international producers.

For its food offer, guests will be able to enjoy contemporary Asian street food, served early until late by fellow Leeds-based firm Little Bao Boy, which will have a permanent residency at the venue.

The 2,590sq ft taproom will house 100 covers seated inside with room for an additional 30 standing guests alongside an outdoor seating area that overlooks the green event space at Circle Square.

Drinks offer

The venue will feature 24 draught lines including 18 lines of keg and one cask as well as house made Negroni, a rotating selection of cocktail lines alongside wine and fizz.

Furthermore, there will also be a myriad of low and no-alcohol options always available for guests.

This is the second opening announced by North recently as in September, it revealed it would be opening its first venue outside Yorkshire​ – North Taproom: Snow Hill in Birmingham.

On the latest site, North co-founder and director John Gyngell said: “Our new bar in Manchester marks a huge milestone for all of us at North.

“We’ve actually been looking for a Manchester site for the past 25 years and have come very close a number of times!"

Inspirational city

He added: “Many of the North team have lived, worked or studied in Manchester and we make a habit of visiting as regularly as possible.

“The hospitality scene in Manchester has provided tonnes of inspiration over the years and we can’t wait to bring North to the city.”

Circle Square, where the taproom will be in the city, is a joint venture that includes Vita Group and chief operating officer Max Bielby said he was “delighted” to sign with North.

He added: “[North] will act as a real draw for the development, bringing in new audiences and driving footfall for Circle Square as visitors take in everything this great destination has to offer.”

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