KAMPUS, Manchester’s new garden neighbourhood and the former campus building for Manchester Metropolitan University, will welcome its first food and drink residency later this month.

Higher Ground, led by Joseph Otway and Richard Cossins, will offer Manchester brewed beer, natural wines and a daily changing menu in a chilled out setting.

Joseph, formerly the head chef at award-winning Where The Light Gets In in Stockport and ex-Relæ in Copenhagen, will be overseeing the food. Dishes will include an oxtail madras pasty – a homage to his late-night visits to Longsight.

“We were drawn to the Bungalow from the very beginning, and as we learnt more about KAMPUS and the focus on building a community, we knew it was the perfect fit for us,” says Joseph.

First residency in garden neighbourhood KAMPUS will be 'inclusive and inspired by Manchester' I Love Manchester

“We want to offer something that’s approachable and easy for everyone to enjoy, whilst also supporting growers and producers we are passionate about.

“We’ll be serving a small selection of beers from just down the road and we’ve put together a carefully selected list of wines to drink by the glass or bottle. Plates are going to be simple and delicious, nothing complicated, and ideal to share.” 

The KAMPUS development features 533 apartments across five individual buildings, with the first apartments launching in Spring 2020. The aim is for The Bungalow to feel like a village hall, supporting community activities.

“There’s nowhere else like the Bungalow in the city and we’ve been dying to get it open to the public,” said Adam Higgins, co-founder of Capital & Centric.

First residency in garden neighbourhood KAMPUS will be 'inclusive and inspired by Manchester' I Love Manchester

“People might have wandered past on Canal Street and wondered what we were doing with the building and we’re made up to reveal what’s happening.

“We always wanted to keep it as a flexible space, to be used for anything from pop-ups to yoga classes or community events.

“Joseph and Richard really understood the community feeling we’re creating at KAMPUS – understated, inclusive and inspired by Manchester.”

Higher Ground is located in the Bungalow at KAMPUS and accessed via Minshull Street. It opens on Friday 21st February.

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