The cult favourite bakery is expanding.
Attracting queues around the block since it first opened back in 2016, Manchester’s flagship sourdough bakery, Pollen, is a cult favourite, to say the least – and now, Mancs are finally getting more of it.
Opening up a brand new pastry and coffee kitchen in the thriving new neighbourhood, Kampus, the talented pastry team will be relocating to the brand new 2,600 square foot unit, which consists of an open kitchen where guests will be able to watch the team at work when visiting the patisserie.
Overlooking the stunning Kampus garden, the venue will boast both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as dedicated space for both workshops and supper clubs – something that has already been implemented at Kampus by current residents, Le Social Wine.
Joining General Stores and Nell’s pizzeria, the brand new location is a testament to the bakery’s long-term success, marking an incredible journey from their humble beginnings, which saw founders Hannah Calvert and Chris Kelly serving cruffins and sourdough loaves under the arches of Piccadilly.
Hannah Calvert, at Pollen, said: “We’d been looking for a place in the city to grow for a while and Kampus really appealed to us. The location right next to the canal is perfect and it’s rare to find somewhere with such a strong sense of community and independent spirit, where we’ll be side by side with other like-minded businesses. Alongside all the usual grab and go Pollen favourites we’re going to be expanding the brunch menu, with lots of local seasonal produce and some exciting new creations. The support we’ve received from the Manchester community over the years has been incredible, so it’s great to start the next chapter with a new cafe, even more cakes and pastries in a pretty incredible setting.”
Adam Higgins at CAPITAL&CENTRIC, said: “In only a few years Pollen has become a real Manchester treasure. They struck a winning formula with their amazing hand-made produce and it showed with their loyal following willing to queue round the block for hours. It’s a massive coup for us to be bringing their famous bread and bakes right into the heart of the city centre at Kampus and we’re proud they chose to be part of our growing community of indie businesses. It’ll be great for our residents to be able to pop downstairs and enjoy a coffee and a pastry in the morning or for those who work nearby to grab a loaf or stop by for lunch.”
The brand new venue is set to open early 2022. Stay tuned right here for updates.