Opening date announced for new Northern Quarter pub in historic former Cottonopolis building

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A new pub is set to open in the Northern Quarter next week, taking over the space formerly occupied by Cottonopolis. 

The Lamb of Tartary, from the team behind Ancoats’ award-winning Edinburgh Castle, is a new pub and grill, featuring an ‘all day dining’ menu of British classics. The new pub will open to the public on Friday, March 1.

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The Grade II listed building has been redesigned and now includes ornate panelling, exposed flooring, seated booths, and plants, giving the space a new light and airy feel. In a nod to its predecessor, Cottonopolis, the name comes from Mediaeval folk tales that said lambs were born from cotton plants found in Tartary, or modern day Central Asia. 

A sneak peak of what's on the menu at the new pub, the Lamb of Tartary, opening on Friday 1 March at the former Cottonopolis site in Manchester's Northern Quarter. Credit: Lamb of TartaryA sneak peak of what's on the menu at the new pub, the Lamb of Tartary, opening on Friday 1 March at the former Cottonopolis site in Manchester's Northern Quarter. Credit: Lamb of Tartary
A sneak peak of what's on the menu at the new pub, the Lamb of Tartary, opening on Friday 1 March at the former Cottonopolis site in Manchester's Northern Quarter. Credit: Lamb of Tartary

The Lamb of Tartary’s kitchen will be open on Wednesday-Sunday from 12pm, closing at 9pm on Wednesday and Thursday, 9:30pm on Friday and Saturday and 8pm on Sunday. The bar will be open 3-11pm on Monday and Tuesday, 12-11pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and 12pm-1am on Saturday. 

Director Nick Muir commented “We’re excited to finally be able to welcome the public into The Lamb of Tartary next week. The venue has had a complete makeover, transforming it into a light and airy space perfect for enjoying a pint with friends or a meal with loved ones. 

“After seeing such success at Edinburgh Castle, we are looking forward to creating something more accessible and casual to those who visit whilst still championing local produce and suppliers we’ve spent the last year or so building up. If you are looking for your new local in the Northern Quarter, then The Lamb of Tartary is certainly it!” 

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More information about the Lamb of Tartary can be found on the pub’s website and social media

What’s on the menu?

The menu at the Lamb of Tartary has been put together by executive chef Shaun Moffat. The ‘all-day dining’ menu will include a range of small plates, including Atlantic prawn cocktail with melba toast and burrata, crown prince pumpkin and green sauce. There will also be a variety of meats and fish available from the grill, including Otterburn Farm Pork, available in bacon collar and loin chop cuts, as well as Cornish Lobster with Hollandaise.

The brunch menu will be available on Saturdays from 12-3pm. Some of the dishes you can expect are bacon chop, fried egg and chips; wild mushrooms, fried egg on toast; and English muffin, potato rosti, fried egg, cheese and tomato jam. 

The Lamb of Tartary will have an extensive range of drinks available. There will be 24 different beers on tap, including Manchester Union lager and cask beers from Buxton Brewery and Mobberley Brewhouse. There is also a cocktail menu to enjoy, including the favourites like Gimlet, Old Fashioned and the Sidecar, as well as classics with a twist, such as Espresso Martini with chocolate and orange, and a Paloma made with grapefruit and rosemary soda.