February 14, 2020
Bundobust Manchester: a second site for the city
Bundobust have gone from strength to strength since launching their first bricks-and-mortar restaurant on Mill Hill in 2014. We’ve been onboard for the whole ride. That means we’ve seen an exciting pop-up become a new venture on a quiet Leeds street, which brought new life to the whole area. We then saw them create venue number two – an amazing basement space just off Manchester’s Piccadilly. A third venue on Bold Street, Liverpool, followed. And now? Bundobust Manchester 2.0.
Bundobust Manchester 2 + Brew
The new venue is called “The Cartway”. Set within Bruntwood Works’ Grade II-listed St James’ building on Oxford Road, it’s an amazing period property. With their usual flair for the unusual, though, Bundobust have chosen what was the indoor carpark as their new venture. They’ll transform the space into an 150-cover restaurant, bar and brewery, whilst retaining some of the amazing, original features. They’ll be bringing in another glass atrium (mirroring the first Manchester site) and using those design cues which make a Bundo venue so recognisable.
But this isn’t just a new Bundo venue – this venue has an inhouse Bundobust brewery. Any Bundobust visitor, whatever venue they visit, can’t fail to notice the unswerving passion for great beer that goes hand-in-hand with the food offering. Bundo have always run amazing tap takeovers with some of the nation’s, and world’s, best breweries, and have used Leeds all-stars Northern Monk to brew their special spice-infused witbier Bombay Dazzler since the start.
But now it’s time for a fresh approach – Bundo want to make their own brews, as well as continuing to stock the best of the best to pair with their street food-inspired dishes. A 10hl stainless steel brewhouse with 9 fermenting vessels will allow Bundo to produce up to 28,000 pints monthly. The beers will currently only be available at Bundo sites (although there’s scope for them to be stocked in bars too, eventually). An unfiltered Keller lager and a session pale ale are already planned, and co-founder and beerhead Marko is planning a solid core range of 3 beers, with limited edition specials too, designed to complement the food.
They plan to kick-off with a series of amazing collabs – renowned Copenhagen brewers Mikkeller are already confirmed. Keep your eyes peeled for opening dates – they’re currently hoping to open in May.