Taurus has taken pride of place as a Canal Street favourite in recent years. After nearly three months of waiting and a 100k refurb to boot, it will be re-opening its doors today and it was certainly worth the wait!
‘…the same friendly atmosphere
it’s renowned for…’
The iconic Canal Street joint has a new industrial look, but the same friendly atmosphere it’s renowned for amongst local revelers. When you first step inside, you’re struck immediately by the stripped back interiors, with a nod to Manchester’s industrial past.
Concrete ceiling pillars, exposed brickwork and original floorboards give the venue a sheer rustic look which contrast with the stylised, bespoke fittings and pendant lighting.
“We’re aiming for a Northern Quarter vibe, with Spinningfields quality and a Canal Street welcome,” says new general manager, James Cunningham.
But’s it’s not just the interiors that have changed. James is bringing the high-end dining experience from Michael Caines and Harvey Nichols to the Gay Village’s bar and dining scene.
“Taurus, at its heart, has always been a real community hub, and we absolutely want it to continue to be that and develop it,” says James.
“But at the same time, we’d like to bring in some of the influences from around Manchester to allow our chef a bit of creativity to create something that’s over and above what the village may have had in the past.”
The food created by head chef Denis Gore showcases an eclectic array of dishes to put Taurus on Manchester’s foodie map.
From gourmet sandwiches such as whiskey steak, roasted red pepper and mushroom (£7.50) and the revamped Taurus fish finger buttie (£6) to more classic dishes with a Taurus twist, such as their take on fish and chips and sausage and mash (both £11.50).
Vegan and vegetarian food is also on the menu, with the Malaysian Chu Chee Curry (£10) guaranteed to be a hit with veggies and meat-eaters alike.
The bar also boasts a wonderful collection of beers and wine as well as an extensive cocktail menu to keep the party going well into the twilight hours.
The downstairs event space will give local performers the chance to entertain, with Taurus Bar & Kitchen hosting performances for Greater Manchester Fringe and Manchester Pride Fringe.
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