New Century reveals new food traders – with steak, sushi and wood-fired pizza

Zumuku Sushi, Tallow by Tom Lowe and Wild by Ply join the independent kitchens, which open on 26th August
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New Century, Manchester’s new events, music, and food and drink destination, has announced the next three food traders who will be joining the ground floor kitchens to complete their foodie line-up.

The 10,000 sqft kitchens will open on Friday 26th August, and seat up to 300 people hosting six of the North’s best independent food operators as well as a coffee and a grab ‘n’ go concept.

Seating up to 300 people, the 10,000 sqft kitchens will be the beating social heart of New Century, hosting six independent food operators alongside New Century’s coffee and grab ‘n’ go concepts.

These include chef Adam Reid with his brand new concept ‘The Butty Shop’. , Banh Vi with unique, plant-based Asian food, and 2021 British Street Food Awards ‘People’s Choice’ winners, BaoBros23.

Zumuku Sushi is the next trader joining New Century’s stellar line-up, bringing independent Japanese cuisine to the table.

Sushi chef Benjie did two years of training in Japan, before moving to the UK to live and work.

In 2018, he took the plunge with his wife Flora and long term friend Hyacinth to set up the first Zumuku takeaway in Wilmslow.

Following the success of their first site, Zumuku now have venues across the UK, with New Century becoming home to the seventh Zumuku site and the first in Manchester city centre.

Diners can expect authentic, fresh sushi as well as other Japanese favourites. 

Classically trained chef Tom Lowe is the next trader joining the New Century roster.

Inspired by the great steakhouses of the UK and Europe and his passion for well bred, native beef, Tallow was born.

Using only sustainably sourced, 28 day dry aged beef from local butchers, Tallow will provide the highest quality steaks, burgers and sides. 

Northern Quarter favourites Ply will complete the core New Century line up with their elevated pizza concept, Wild by Ply.

Collaborating exclusively with Wildfarmed, chef Carl Fraenki-Retti has developed his recipe using their biodynamic flour to create a 24-hour slow proved dough, which forms the basis of a vibrant menu of pizzas with a range of seasonal toppings.

Each pizza will be wood-fired in a custom-built pizza oven at the helm of New Century’s ground floor, with all the dough made daily on the premises and hand stretched. 

This vibrant selection of the best independent food will sit alongside local beers, wines, a creative cocktail menu and artisan coffees, teas, juices and smoothies.

The soon-to-be-revealed space has all been designed to inspire creativity and collaboration and will spill outside onto Sadler’s Yard for al fresco dining, drinking and regular events. 

As well as the kitchens, music and events venue above, the ground floor will be home to Access Creative College. An established national college (that counts Ed Sheeran as one of its alumni and a Patron), ACC specialise in kick starting careers in the creative industry.

With a successful music, games and media college already in Manchester on Oxford Road, New Century will be home to the college’s third site in the city with degree-level courses in music, games and computing delivered by the innovative educational provider, DBS Institute.

The state-of-the-art creative campus will include a media centre, production pods and the opportunity to experience work in a live venue within the same building.  

The venue is located between Victoria Station and Shudehill, right at the heart of one of central Manchester’s best connected areas, the 20 acre NOMA neighbourhood.

New Century is opening its kitchens on August 26th 2022. The live music and events venue upstairs will be opening in September. 

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