We are all about the independents – and the best indie cafes, bars, restaurants and shops from Manchester and the North.
The newest members of the Kampus community tick all the independent boxes: Cornerstone and Nell’s Pizza. Brought to Kampus by Common & Co (the people behind Common, Port Street, Nell’s and The Beagle), we will soon have two new places to eat and drink. Cornerstone, a traditional boozer reimagined for the 21st century, and Nell’s, whose legendary 22” New York-style pizzas have kept us fed and amused all through lockdown(s).
Common & Co was founded by Jonny and Charlotte Heyes, who have run the Northern Quarter’s Common for the last 15 years. They’re the first operator to join our community. “Kampus represents a development with a sense of purpose, it kind of knows what it’s about, what it’s for,” said Jonny. “Lots of developments end up being a bunch of buildings searching for a reason to be, furiously post-rationalising. We got the impression that the vision for Kampus would be something we, as an independent operator, could get on board with.
It will be a thoughtfully curated selection of independent businesses as part of a neighbourhood ecosystem, which is nice. All it was lacking was a pub (and a pizza shop).”
“Common were one of the first bars in the Northern Quarter and have become a Manchester institution,” said Adam Higgins, co-founder of Capital & Centric. “They’re going to be setting the tone for what we’re creating at Kampus: independent, laid back and for everyone. And the timing couldn’t be better as people start coming back into the city and life gets back to normal.”
The canal-side, garden-facing pub and pizza shop will open at Kampus in July – we’ll see you at the bar.