Central Bay: new food hall coming to Salford Quays this summer

Salford Quays is getting a £3.5million transformation with this new food hall and street food terrace.
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A new food hall is coming to Salford Quays this summer. Named Central Bay, after the area’s original loading bay docks, the new food and drink complex will cover 25,000 becoming one of the largest of its kind in the North.

In total, there will be four new independent restaurants, 13 kitchens and space for pop-up events, indie markets and live performances, as well as a recreation space for children. Even more facilities are expected to be announced soon.

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Central Bay will comprise two parts – the outdoor terrace, which covers 2,000 square feet and has enough space for around 600 guests, and the food hall, developed by Blend Family, the operators behind Liverpool’s GPO and Sheffield’s Cutlery Works, which won food hall of the year at the British Street Food Awards 2022. The food hall will be known as Kargo and the terrace will be called Kargo Mkt.

The new £3.5million waterside food spot will showcase the best local talent both in the kitchens and in the artwork and signage throughout the venue. In a nod to Salford Quay’s industrial past, a key part of Central Bay’s design will include recycled shipping containers.

Stephen Wild, managing director for MediaCity said: “Central Bay is an ambitious and transformational project for Quayside MediaCity which will be a fantastic place for our growing number of residents, workers, students and visitors to enjoy great food, in a tranquil yet vibrant waterside setting.

“It will be truly unique and a celebration of local food, drink and art – which is what we know, from the Salford Vision 2030 research piece, local people want to see and access. Central Bay will add another dimension to MediaCity and Quayside and will bolster its growing reputation as a leading leisure and cultural destination.”

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Matt Bigland, founder and CEO of Blend Family, said: “This is an exciting development for us and the passion that the Quayside MediaCity team have for creating new, exciting experiences for everyone who lives, works, and visits the area is infectious. We can’t wait to announce Central Bay and Kargo’s first line-up of incredible food vendors and bring our offering to Salford.”

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