The latest independent operator to announce that they will be opening at Manchester’s Kampus garden neighbourhood will be Beeswing, a new wine bar, bottle shop and kitchen.
Beeswing (named after the crust formed on old wines, which resemble the wing of a bee) will be a collaboration between wine expert Anna Tutton (the founder of Vin-yard, previously at Hatch) and Joe Maddock (of West Didsbury tapas bar, Pinchos.) It is set to open in March 2022.
The pair have recently been working together on a series of pop-up supper clubs and felt like they were ready to open something more permanent. The new venue takes its inspiration from some of the neighbourhood bars seen on their travels, with lighter dishes and sharing plates on offer throughout the day - big on flavour and using fresh, local ingredients.
Located above Nell’s, the New York Pizza and Bar which opened its doors in November, Beeswing will overlook the Kampus garden, with seating indoor and outside. Opening for breakfast and morning espresso until late, the bar, shop and all-day eatery will be a place to share a bottle over lunch, or grab a laid back post-work supper with friends.
Beeswing will serve a rotating list of delicious and interesting wines from small producers around the world. All wines will be available by the glass, carafe or bottle, meaning that wine lovers will have an opportunity to try out some lesser-known wines, alongside old favourites.
For Kampus residents and those looking to grab a bottle on their way home (KAMPUS is conveniently near Piccadilly Train Station), there’ll also be a wine shop.
“We want Beeswing to be a real neighbourhood bar,” says Anna. “A warm and inviting place where you can come and enjoy a glass (or two) of wine and an hour turns into several without you noticing.
“We’ll be serving simple but delicious food, all day long, with an ever changing menu using the best fresh local produce. Being alongside like-minded independent businesses in the amazing surroundings of the garden neighbourhood is what attracted us to Kampus and we can’t wait to be part of the community.”
Beeswing is set to join a growing community of independent operators at the neighbourhood being developed by CAPITAL&CENTRIC and HBD, with Manchester favourites Pollen Bakery and General Stores being the latest hospitality businesses confirmed.
“This isn’t going to be some stuffy wine bar with intimidating wine lists,” says Adam Higgins, CAPITAL&CENTRIC’s co-founder said. “In true Kampus style it’ll have a super relaxed vibe offering something a bit different to what you get elsewhere. It’ll also have Kampus’ very own wine shop where residents can come and grab a bottle on their doorstep. With Nell’s Pizza and Bar already open, Pollen and General Stores coming early next year and now Beeswing, we’ve already got a really nice mix of indie businesses in the Kampus neighbourhood – and we’ve lots more to come!”
Kampus, is a vibrant new neighbourhood built around a garden just over the canal from the Gay Village. Its collection of old and new buildings offers various architectural, making use of historic buildings that lay derelict for years.
The Kampus gardens and Bungalow are the central feature of the community and are permanently open to the public, with the Bungalow operating as a village hall for pop-up events and community groups such as Báhn Vì and Bread Flower.
Residents have already moved into the one and two bedroom apartments in the North Block and refurbished 1960s brutalist tower called The Stack. To book a viewing visit www.kampus-mcr.co.uk.