Manchester coffee champs Grindsmith, who were the first in UK to ditch take away cups and single-use plastic, are grinding out success by opening another shop in the city to add to their impressive portfolio of pioneering coffee houses.
Opening at 62 Bridge Street, the exterior of the previously unloved building will be clad in a coloured crystal mosaic inspired by the arts and craft movement which flourished in Manchester between 1880 and 1920.
Inside, the interior will make you know you’re in the city’s hottest new brunch place and is ‘designed to appeal to Manchester’s super stylish’.
You’ll be welcomed with the brand’s gold insignia etched into the floor, marbled concrete walls, accents of blush pinks and neon lighting, surfaces that are bright white and ceilings draped with lights and real plants.
The shop’s key features include a living plant wall, floating botanical raft, theatre kitchen and horseshoe-shaped bar area that will breathe new life into the service of fantastic quality coffee.
Appealing to the Spinningfields business set and the growing brunch crowd, Grindsmith Bridge Street ‘will combine a fast turnaround bar service with a relaxed and comfortable lunch area to cater for all’.
The menu has all the Grindsmith brunch favourites including the Full English and vegan breakfasts, stacked buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup and lunch-time Power Bowls that will keep you going throughout the day.
The coffee will be roasted right here in Manchester at the company’s dedicated coffee roastery and laboratory. The brand’s signature blend, Sixth Day, will be showcased on the bar alongside a selection of single origin coffees.
“The store has been designed with fantastic service and experience in mind,” says co-founder and creative visionary of Grindsmith, Luke Tomlinson.
“We wanted to treat our customers to a stunning environment that feels very different to anything they’ve had elsewhere in the city where they can still enjoy all their favourite Grindsmith classics.
Co-founder and the operational mastermind behind the business, Pete Gibson added: “Alongside the improved workflow at the bar and dedicated restaurant team, we are also introducing a market-first app that will enable our customers to order their drink and food from their phone.
“The aim is to speed up service so our team can focus on crafting the perfect coffee and brunch for every visitor.
“We are excited to bring something that showcases Grindsmith’s potential to the city centre. Coffee is at the heart of what we do but we also want to innovate the way people interact with it.”
Above Grindsmith will be four floors of boutique office space brought to Bridge Street by the Watch This Space team.
Michelle Rothwell, founder of Watch This Space, said: “We are delighted that we have a scheme which has the potential to become a dynamic working environment, given the right attention.
“This building has been unloved for some time and needs new life injecting into it. We want to turn workspace on its head and create new ways of working and are delighted to have Grindsmith below to cater for our tenants.”