On Stage: AVA – The Secret Conversations


Local Food Producers to Support in Manchester

Local produce around Manchester to get you through lockdown and the Christmas countdown.

With strict restrictions continuing in the North and a second national lockdown, you might be feeling at a loss for where to get your daily coffee, indie beers and fresh produce, especially in the lead up to Christmas. Luckily, there are plenty of local producers around Manchester still open and still relying on your custom - here’s just a few to whet your appetite.

Image via Ancoats Coffee Co. on Facebook

Ancoats Coffee Co.

Royal Mill, Redhill St, M4 5BA

Manchester’s certainly not short of cafes and coffee shops, but with most of these forced to close their doors, how do you find your coffee fix? Ancoats Coffee Co. are a speciality coffee roaster, priding themselves on sustainability and ethical production. Although their beautiful mill café space is closed for the foreseeable future, all of their coffees are available to buy online, and their eye-catching packaging makes them perfect for Christmas gifting. If you’re familiar with Ancoats Coffee, why not try out Passionfruit, a new roasters based in Old Trafford, selling their seasonal coffees as well as subscription packages online.

Image via Bernie’s Grocery Store on Facebook

Bernie’s Grocery Store

Hawthorn Grove, Stockport, SK4 4HZ

We mentioned Bernie’s in our Christmas Shopping Guide for their ever-expanding stock of local suppliers, and it doesn’t stop there. Pop-up outdoor coffee is appearing from local businesses like Blossom Coffee Roasters and Kafeine, as well as new surprising products including honey from Highfield Hives, veg from Organic North, and homemade baked goods. The perfect, friendly little shop to support indie businesses and find a new favourite product!

Image via Trove on Facebook

Pollen Bakery

Cotton Field Wharf, New Union St, M3 6FQ

Possibly the best thing since sliced bread, Pollen is a sourdough bakery found in New Islington. Known for its brunch menu, pastries, coffee and of course freshly baked loaves, the café is staying open for takeaways, continuing to feed our carbohydrate cravings. You can also order for collection or local home delivery via the Pollen Bakery webshop, including their famous 28 Hour Sourdough. If this isn’t enough for you, Pollen isn’t the only MCR bakery continuing to serve the masses during the lockdown - Trove, the sourdough bakery found in Levenshulme and Ancoats, have moved their menu to Deliveroo, also selling a range of bread, pastries, coffee and provisions from their shops to takeaway.

Image via Cloudwater Brew on Facebook

Cloudwater Brew Co.

Piccadilly Trading Estate, M1 2NP

Pubs and bars have closed their doors, perhaps for some time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create the same experience from home. Cloudwater are a brewery with an appreciation of the changing seasons, using seasonal ingredients and the precision and creativity of brewing to craft their unique beers. Their online shop is waiting to take your order, and will deliver your beers direct from their coldstore - and there’s more, with breweries Seven Brothers, Track and Northern Monk also delivering to local beer lovers.

Image via Sadler’s Yard on Facebook

Norbury Farm Shop

Jacksons Lane, Hazel Grove, Stockport, SK7 5JS

In the suburbs - and maybe a little further - out of the city centre, you’ll find a more rustic answer to independent producers. Norbury Farm Shop is tucked away in Hazel Grove, selling locally sourced meat, cheese, fresh fruit and vegetables. The shop is still open throughout lockdown and offering free local delivery within a 5 mile radius, or collection from store. Get your Christmas orders in now - a perfect opportunity to support local farms and producers when they need it most.

Alternatively, there are other urban producers around Manchester - Glebelands City Growers is a market garden which supplies produce to Unicorn Grocery, as well as other shops and caterers. PATCH is a community kitchen garden supported by NOMA, offering the opportunity to learn about growing your own food. It’s never too late to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty - especially when you can take home some food at the end of the day!