Liam Fray To Open Northern Quarter Restaurant

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Courteeners’ frontman, Liam Fray, has today confirmed plans to open a new ‘all day dining’ restaurant in Manchester’s vibrant Northern Quarter.

‘The Smithfield Social’ is a joint venture between Fray and two key local hospitality figures in Jobe Ferguson (Liars Group and TNQ) and Anthony Fielden (TNQ).

The name is inspired by the city’s historic Smithfield Market, with the old Teacup Kitchen site set to be transformed into a Manhattan-inspired all day food and drink venue, serving locally sourced, seasonal and fresh produce.

It will be split into two main areas. The first will serve coffee, brunch and cocktails, with Jobe Ferguson stating it will be the ‘best coffee in town’. The second area will be a formal table service style dining experience.

Jobe commented: “There’s light at the end of the tunnel. There are dates, and I’ve got a countdown on my phone counting down the seconds to reopening! Me and Ant have had TNQ for 17 years, it was one of the first places in the Northern Quarter. We just live and breathe it. Having the Teacup Kitchen site which was a real place, we want to keep that going. We’re really excited about it. We’re going to be part of keeping the Northern Quarter the amazing, diverse place it is.”

Anthony Fielden said of the trio’s partnership: “We’ve all had a huge input in all elements of the project, Liam and Jobe have got really involved in the food side. We’ve basically done everything together.”

The restaurant will open its doors for outdoor guests from 12th April in line with government guidelines. It will have entrances on both Thomas Street and Edge Street, and will be open flexibly from 8am-1am, 7 days a week.

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