• A new pie and mash café is opening in Manchester this spring

A new pie and mash café is opening in Manchester this spring

5 January 2022 by Deanna Thomas

Multi award-winning independent piemakers Great North Pie will be bringing their handcrafted pies to the city centre this spring. They are planning to open a pie and mash café in Manchester’s Kampus neighbourhood. They will be the first to occupy a unit in Little David Street – a long forgotten street which has been closed off for decades.

Pie-lovers will be able to enjoy some of Great North Pie’s popular classics such as the ‘Classic Lancashire Cheese and Onion’ – made with Dewlay’s Tasty Lancashire cheese, caramelised white onion, white pepper, nutmeg and panko breadcrumbs – alongside a seasonally changing range of pies using locally sourced ingredients.

Great North Pie’s modern take on a traditional pie and mash café, will be licensed so visitors can choose to enjoy a matching beer or glass of prosecco from a full drinks menu. 

Husband and wife team Neil and Sarah Broomfield started Great North Pie ten years ago, making pies in their home kitchen for local farmers markets. The business is now one of the North West’s success stories with a permanent pitch at Altrincham Market and a stylish café in the Lake District village of Ambleside.

With booth seating inside and outdoor seating on the cobbles of Little David Street, the new contemporary café will look out over the Kampus garden and the canal. The new unit will be designed by Manchester-based Up North Architects who also designed Nell’s New York Pizza and Bar across the way. The pie and mash shop will open all day from 9am until late.

“Since we started out making pies at home for farmers markets, we’ve always wanted a base in the city centre,” says Pie maker and owner Neil Broomfield. “We’d been looking for a while and as soon as we saw Kampus we knew it was the right place for us. It had to be somewhere intimate and cosy and Kampus really nails that laid back vibe. 

“We’ll be keeping things simple, just great northern pies and mash, with loads of gravy, and a few beers. The Kampus gardens are one of the nicest places to come and sit in Manchester and with the mix of independent traders that are coming, it’ll be an amazing community to be part of.”

Little David Street, part of the Kampus neighbourhood being developed by HBD and Capital & Centric, is thought to be one of the only untouched cobbled streets in Manchester and it’s just minutes from Piccadilly Station.

Adam Brady, HBD said: “Great North Pie is something of an institution when it comes to pie and mash and it’s amazing to welcome them to the Kampus community. They’re the first to sign up at Little David Street which will have cafes, bars and shops all spilling out onto the beautiful cobbles, giving it an almost European feel. It’s exciting to see how the Kampus neighbourhood is growing, whether you live here or not there’ll be something for everyone, and there’s lots more to come. There’s really going to be nowhere else like it in the city.”

Great North Pie is the latest name to join Kampus which, with the likes of Nell’s Pizza, General Store, Pollen and Beeswing also signed up, is fast becoming a haven for some of Manchester’s most-loved indies.