Prestwich Social offers a colourful carousel of everything from breakfast and brunch to dinner and cocktails.
The people behind it are Doug Waldron and Brett Collier, who own late-night bar The Liquor Store, known for its creative cocktails, Manchester themed décor and cool tunes.
For their new hybrid café bar Prestwich Social, the focus is on all-day drinking and dining, using ethically sourced ingredients.
The decor is a bright colour palette of sunflower yellow and Santorini blue, complimented by evergreen foliage throughout and nods to the glamour of Manchester’s past and present.
Locals can start their day with beautiful breakfast and brunch dishes (from £4.95) like Smashed Avocado and Eggs (£7.95) or Shakshuka (£6.95) served until 2pm, or enjoy an all-day menu including sandwiches (from £7.95) such as a Fish Finger Sandwich; salads (from £8.50) like Asian Salad; small plates (from £5.50) like Salt and Pepper Chicken; big plates (from £8.95) like Mediterranean Linguine; burgers (from £13.00) like Southern fried chicken burger; and grill dishes (from £15.95) like ½ Peri Peri Chicken and of course classic steaks.
As the day goes on, it will be all about after-work drinks, with beautiful cocktails, craft beers and wines.
And now the venue is open you just know the service will be spot-on, thanks to Doug’s background in hotels, restaurants and bars and a natural sense of hospitality instilled in him by his father, who trained at luxury London hotel The Dorchester.
For co-owners Doug and Brett, Prestwich was the obvious location for the new venture.
“Despite obstacles like government restrictions being extended, it’s been a really successful opening and we’re excited to be open. Locals seemed to enjoy the food and drink during the half-price soft opening period.
“My business partner Brett is from Prestwich, and we had been looking at the suburb for the last couple of years,” Doug explains. “We’ve joined community conferences and communicated with local residents before switching the lights on because being part of the fabric of the village is very important to us.
“I’m slightly nervous but also very excited to open the doors,” says Brett. “I’ve always wanted to have my own dining concept in my hometown, but now that Prestwich is arguably more happening than places like Didsbury and Chorlton, there’s a lot of expectation and pressure on us. With people working from home a lot more these days, why shouldn’t locals have a city centre quality venue on their doorstep.”
The 5100 sq ft, open plan glass fronted former Orange Tree premises, in the busy village location, is perfect for “something colourful, bright and family friendly,” Doug believes, offering “brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, and after work drinks.”
Prestwich Social is open from 10am until midnight in the week, and until 1am at weekends, “so not a mega late night, but well into the evening,” says Doug.
And from the sounds of it, people will likely want to hang around all day with a food menu offering many locally sourced favourites from Bury Black Pudding and Grandad’s Sausages to a “really good burger”.
“We’ve got a strong stance on the food being ethically sourced and local,” says Doug.
“We want the story behind our suppliers, such as where the meat comes from. That’s important to us, and to the people of Prestwich.”
As for cocktails (from £7.95), you can expect “unique drinks that we created ourselves, with lots of fresh herbs and floral creations” and many city centre favourites from The Liquor Store founders.
Choose from classics such as bellinis and daiquiris, or specials like “Blue Tuesday”, with Ciroc Red Berry Vodka, Blue Curacao, cherry and Ting; “Anti-Social Behaviour” with Captain Morgan Gold Rum, apricot brandy, Absinthe, peach cordial, pineapple juice, blood orange syrup and orange juice; or a cheeky nod to the former vendor, “The Orange Tree” with Tanqueray Sevilla Orange, prosecco, pink grapefruit, orange and lemon juice.
Or if you’re feeling really sociable, why not share a martini tree? That’s 12 branches holding espresso or pornstar martinis (£65)
Prestwich Social is open seven days a week from 10am - 12am Sunday - Thursday and 10am - 1am Friday and Saturday.
Check them out, don’t be antisocial.