Thanks to regulan gen-contributor Chris Walkden for sending in this update on the Manchester Tap, or rather the Piccadilly Tap, from the Insider Business website:
Bloomsbury Leisure Group, which runs the Euston Tap and Holborn Whippet craft beer bars in London and The Lanes and Crofters Rights in Bristol, is planning to open a bar in a vacant unit at Gateway House on the approach to Piccadilly station in Manchester. The company has put in a premises application to open a bar called Piccadilly Tap at the site, which would be open Monday to Saturday from 10.30am to midnight and on Sundays from 10.30am to 11pm.
Jonathan Dalton of Bloomsbury Leisure Group told the Insider Business website that there has been significant interest in the company’s plans ahead of the launch, and, subject to licensing, Bloomsbury aims to open the Piccadilly Tap at the end of February. He said: “Our 25 taps will be a mixture of cask and keg, with a couple of taps especially for the up and coming local breweries of Manchester. Manchester can look forward to a busy bar with affordable craft beers on tap. Though we will have a wide range, and use our networks to bring the best beer in the UK, our view is, craft beer should be affordable. We stick with breweries who share this view – in other words there will no £6, 1/3 pints.” Dalton said the decor of the bar would “suit the era” of Gateway House.