Prestwich has steadily become a hotspot for great new bar and restaurant openings recently, showing other Manchester suburbs how it’s done.
And now, eagle-eyed locals might have noticed there’s been a licensing application to open a new business in The Orange Tree premises.
For the new suburban café bar Prestwich Social, opening this Spring, the focus is on all-day drinking and dining, using ethically sourced ingredients.
Locals will be able to start the day with fantastic coffee and brunches, with an all-day menu that will also include quick and fresh lunches.
As the day goes on, it will be all about after-work drinks, with beautiful cocktails, craft beers and wines.
And 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 Doug, Prestwich was the obvious location for the new venture.
“My business partner Brett is from Prestwich, and we’ve been looking at the suburb for the last couple of years,” Doug explains.
“Ten or 15 years ago those areas weren’t quite what they are today. And Prestwich is definitely on its way up.”
The 5100 sq ft, open plan glass fronted 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 will open from 8am 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 menu offering favourites from avocado and bacon brunches 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, we’ve got high hopes for the menu from The Liquor Store founders.
The cocktail list is still in development, but will include “unique drinks that we’ll create ourselves, with lots of fresh herbs and floral creations.”
We can’t wait. 2021 is already looking up.
Prestwich Social plans to open at the end of March. You can get 50% off your first visit by signing up at prestwichsocial.co.uk.