Top 50 Gastropub’s sister site to relaunch after overhaul

By Joe Lutrario

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Major renovation: Cottonopolis will become The Lamb of Tartary pub
Major renovation: Cottonopolis will become The Lamb of Tartary pub

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The sister site to Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub Edinburgh Castle is set to be relaunched after a major overhaul.

Nick and Hayley Muir will relaunch their Manchester restaurant Cottonopolis as The Lamb of Tartary pub next month following a complete overhaul of the Northern Quarter site.

The Asian-inspired restaurant and bar closed late last year after eight years with the pair – who also operate the Edinburgh Castle in nearby Ancoats, which is on the Top 50 gastropubs list for 2024​ – teasing an ‘entirely new food and drink offering’.

Billed as a public house and grill, the Newton Street site will offer an all-day dining menu curated by Edinburgh Castle’s executive chef Shaun Moffat consisting of “a variety of accessible British seasonal dishes spanning from brunch, small plates and Sunday roasts”.

24 beer taps

The menu aims to be both comforting and exciting, containing both British classics and grilled meat and fish dishes.

The Lamb of Tartary will be showing key sports fixtures throughout the year including the Rugby Six Nations, the UEFA European Championships and Wimbledon.

The new bar will have 24 different beers on tap, including local favourites Manchester Union Lager and Cask Beer from Buxton Brewery and Mobberley Brewhouse.

“It’s an exciting time for the team to be working on this new project at The Lamb of Tartary. We all loved Cottonopolis and will miss it dearly, however, we are looking forward to launching this new concept to fall in line with the success we’ve achieved at the Edinburgh Castle,” Moffat said.

Slightly more casual

“The Lamb of Tartary will be a slightly more casual affair while still championing the produce and suppliers we’ve spent the last year or so building up.

“We will continue to utilise the best produce to create new favourite dishes and modern takes on classics, and as a result allow us to offer an exciting food and drink concept.”

Although the sites that have earned a place in the Top 50 Gastropubs list have been announced, the position they have attained will be revealed in full on Monday 22 January 2024 at the current number one Parkers Arms, Newton-in-Bowland, Lancashire and will be revealed on Instagram​ throughout the day.

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