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Escape to Freight Island to double in size with new traders and a bike cloakroom

Sugo Pasta Kitchen, Mi & Pho and The Jane Eyre are among the list of new traders

Escape to Freight Island, located at Depot Mayfield, has been one of the summer’s great success stories. And now it’s about to get bigger.

Later this month, the open air food and drink venue will double in capacity with the addition  of The Ticket Hall.

From Friday 30th October a host of new food vendors will descend on the venue, taking over the industrial indoor space. The fully heated, new opening will feature table seating, a wine shop, bars and a bike cloakroom. 

The Ticket Hall is positioned underneath the original and striking roof structure, within Depot Mayfield, and will see the vision for Escape to Freight Island unfold into a sprawling indoor market.

Joining the original Baratxuri, Voodoo Rays, Patty Queen and Madre will be new offerings such as Sugo Pasta Kitchen, the critically acclaimed Manchester-born  pasta restaurant that takes its inspiration from its deep rooted southern Italian heritage; Mi & Pho, the award-winning family run restaurant which will offer authentic Vietnamese dishes; Plant Grill, a vegan offering of modern cuisine created by Dan Hope of Fire Bird Hope and  Krum fame; and El Boleto, a San Sebastian style Deli selling small plates and the freshest produce to enjoy at home or on site.

There’ll also be The Jane Eyre cocktail bar, serving classic cocktails with a twist. 

Photo: Jody Hartley

The Ticket Hall will have two tap rooms, Camden Town and Pomona serving a tasty range of beers, plus the independent wine shop; Forever Changes will add to the market takeaway  vibes.

Another addition to the multifaceted urban space, and a first for the city of Manchester, is a bike cloakroom, in partnership with world-renowned cyclewear brand Rapha, which will enable visitors to safely park their bikes while they enjoy the full Escape to Freight Island experience. 

“When we launched Platform 15 at Escape to Freight Island this summer, we created one of the most forward-thinking venues of its time, in this country,” said co-creator Luke Cowdrey.

“It’s a place of positivity; somewhere that people can safely meet with their family and friends and experience some of the most beautifully crafted food and drink with world-class entertainment.

“The Ticket Hall is the next phase in our long and interesting journey developing Escape to Freight Island.”


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