Faulkner House welcomes new 50-seat dining venue

Artist's impression of Higher Ground venue

A 3,000 sq ft dining venue is to open in Bruntwood Works’ Faulkner House, near Manchester’s Piccadilly train station, next month.

The team behind neighbourhood wine bar and bottle shop, Flawd, is set to relaunch the pop-up restaurant concept, Higher Ground, as a permanent venue a the site.

The new venue, seating 50 guests, will open as a British bistro and bar on the ground floor and aims to attract guests from across the UK to the new location on New York Street.

It’s also a key intersection in the centre of Manchester and is already home to a number of businesses as well as culture destinations including Manchester Art Gallery and St Peter’s Square.

The move into Faulkner House marks the start of the transformation of the area as Bruntwood Works is set to welcome a raft of new hospitality businesses to the location over the next 12 months.

The building has recently undergone a £2.7m transformation including a redesigned external façade and internally it features a sophisticated lounge seating and a host point in reception, as well as the interior incorporating materials such as bamboo to enhance the themes of nature and harmony.

It also includes artwork created by Sheffield-based Peachzz, an artist whose work looks at nature and how it contrasts with the concrete structures of urban life.

Higher Ground owners, Joseph Otway, Richard Cossins and Daniel Craig Martin, are behind critically acclaimed Ancoats neighbourhood wine bar and bottle shop, Flawd. The focus for Higher Ground will be on daily changing menus depending on the season and ingredients will be sourced from the North West with a focus on organic, small-scale agriculture and small herd, whole carcass cookery.

Seasonal produce will come from a variety of local farms including their own partner farm, Cinderwood Market Garden in Nantwich. The wine list will encourage discovery and curiosity with a spotlight on small-scale, low intervention winemakers from around the European continent. Guests will have the option to sit at dining tables or kitchen counter seats which offer a great view of the open kitchen and charcoal oven.

Charlotte Wild, head of retail and leisure, Bruntwood Works, said: “It’s fantastic to be welcoming such an exciting collective of talent to the building, which will transform this part of the city. The seasonal and expertly crafted menu will no doubt attract guests from around Manchester and further afield, creating a new dining destination on New York Street.

“The arrival of Higher Ground will add to what is set to be an exciting hospitality community in this neighbourhood.”

Richard Cossins said: “We’re now over three years into our journey of owning our own business and we’re only just about to launch our first full-scale restaurant. The most exciting times are without question still to come and we look forward to contributing even more positively to the city of Manchester.”

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