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Colony Food & Drink Guide To Piccadilly

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25 October 2021

New to Piccadilly? For Colony members new & old, we wanted to create a guide to help acquaint yourself with the local food and beverage providers. Our Space & Community Coordinator Lucy made this helpful guide to get you started.

Located just a three-minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly station, our Colony Piccadilly site is surrounded by plenty of tasty food and drink offerings to take advantage of. Centrally located, Colony Piccadilly is sandwiched between the Northern Quarter, Oxford Road and Portland Street, so whatever you’re looking for, we hope our guide can help you find the best spots for lunch, after works and early finishes.

The Circus Tavern

It’s hailed ‘Europe’s smallest bar’, and to us Mancunians, The Circus Tavern has been a staple on Portland Street since 1842. Located between Chinatown and Manchester’s Gay Village, The Circus Tavern can host only a small number of people, so you’re best getting in early. If you fancy an after-work pint in a traditional pub setting and don’t mind getting cosy, pop in and sample some of the beer on offer.

Location: 86 Portland Street, Manchester M1 4GX


Frankie’s Toasties

We all love a good toastie, whether it’s for breakfast, dinner, or an afternoon snack. Frankie’s Toasties on Portland Street does sweet toasties, cheesy toasties, vegan toasties and even a toastie full of English Breakfast ingredients. There’s also a vast selection of milkshakes on offer to wash your food down. If you don’t leave feeling satisfied, then you’ve done it wrong.

Location: 98 Portland Street, Greater, Manchester M1 4GX



If you haven’t had a Gooey, you haven’t lived.

With their own kiosk in the entrance of Ducie Street Warehouse, Gooey has built a reputation for its small, but flavoursome, menu of freshly baked cookies and donuts.

Gooey recommends popping the cookies in the microwave for 15 seconds to get the full experience. Grab yourself a cuppa and you won’t be disappointed. Their freshly baked cinnamon roll with white chocolate cream frosting is also worth the six-minute stroll.

Location: Ducie Street Warehouse, Ducie Street, Manchester M1 2TP


Canal Street

If you’re after a good night, Canal Street in Manchester’s Gay Village is a must visit. There are too many bars to name just one; from G-A-Y’s vast and affordable drinks menu to Via’s eccentric interiors, there is guaranteed to be something for everyone.

Gay village isn’t limited to Canal Street either, if you venture a few minutes in either direction, you’ll find murals, the Richmond Tea Rooms, tattoo studios and chippies.

Location: Canal Street, Manchester, M1 3HE



You’re not going to want to say ‘no’ to YES.

YES is a venue just off Oxford Road set across four floors, with a bar, gig space, and roof terrace for all of your social needs. And the menu isn’t limited to just drinks; there’s a pizza menu offering half price slices every day from 12 until 6pm. They’ve added a fully vegan menu as well, featuring fried chick’n and loaded kebabs.

Location: 38 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7DB



A relatively new addition to the city, Hatch on Oxford Road is a complex of food and drink vendors, and shops nestled within a load of shipping containers. Within Hatch, you’ll find Parmogeddon: serving fried chicken (and veggie options) topped with creamy béchamel and a serious helping of cheese. Gooey (previously mentioned as part of Ducie Street Warehouse) also have a kiosk in Hatch, so you can get your cheese fix and also satisfy your sweet tooth.

Another honourable mention within Hatch is Bondi Bowls, serving Aussie inspired, naturally gluten free bowls and smoothies. If the 10-minute walk to Hatch is too much for your lunch break, then they are also available for delivery on Foodstuff!

Location: 103 Oxford Road, Manchester M1 7ED


Piccadilly Central

Piccadilly Central (formerly Monroes) is a restaurant, bar, and hotel just a 30 second walk from Colony Piccadilly, perfect for planned (or unplanned) after-work drinks. If you’re looking for somewhere close with a warm, cosy feel, Piccadilly Central is a pub to add to your list.

Location: 38 London Road, Manchester M1 2PF


Nell's Pizza

If you've ever dropped into Common in the Northern Quarter then you'll be familiar with Nell's Pizza. Rivalling Manchester's top pizza spots, Nell's is opening a brand new site of its own in Kampus, just across the road from Colony Piccadilly. If you fancy taking on a 22' pizza with your team, or want to try a slice on your lunch break, Nell's, Kampus, is set to open on Friday 5th November!

Location: 20 Minshull St, Manchester M1 3EF


If you've enjoyed Lucy's guide to Piccadilly and would like to know more about Colony Memberships, give us a call on 0161 974 3939.

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