Northern Quarter café opens two new branches in Manchester

Black Milk

A café which specialises in milkshakes and desserts is opening two new sites.

Black Milk, which started out life in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, has opened for business in the Selfridges store in the Trafford Centre and at Manchester University’s Student Union.

Black Milk was launched in 2015 and are looking for new opportunities to expand.

The Trafford Centre site, which officially opened this week, offers a grab-and-go selection of waffles and milkshakes.

Founder Olly Taylor’s first job inside Unicorn Grocery store in Chorlton, where there is an emphasis on organic, zero-waste produce.

He said: “It’s taken a long time, we’ve been working closely with Selfridges for about a year. They’re so professional and so meticulous with every detail, we’re so happy to be working with such an incredible brand.

“In my eyes it’s the best department store in the world – it’s always been an iconic moment getting that yellow bag, and they’ve always got such an eye for exciting food trends.

“The first time I ever saw a sushi conveyor belt within the UK was when Yo Sushi opened inside this Selfridges. They’re always working with local spirits brands too which is great. They’re so on it. ”

The firm has just celebrated its first birthday at its Oldham Street cafe, and as well as two Manchester sites have also been running a collaboration with fashion brand Fiorucci at their shop in Soho in London.

Olly added: “They’re a really exciting brand. They’re fashion forward and the relationship has worked so well.

“We’re really proud to be sharing a space with such a prestigious brand in London.

“We altered our menu slightly for that branch, we’ve given it an Italian influence with things like a Tiramisu freakshake and biscotti shakes.”