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 next month, which consists of an open glass-fronted 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 (their biggest cafe space yet), as well as dedicated space for both workshops and supper clubs – something that has already been implemented at Kampus by former pop-up residents, Le Social Wine.
At the cafe, guests will be able to enjoy fresh loaves, pastries and cakes, alongside coffees and a ‘proper breakfast’.
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.
Co-founder Chris Kelly said of the new venue: “Our second location in Kampus forms part of our evolution and growth. After drastically running out of space at our Ancoats bakery, the new location re-homes our pastry team in a dedicated pastry kitchen behind a glass gallery so you can see all the action taking place throughout the day and the masters at work. We will still serve the full range as usual at the Marina, but the new kitchen will allow us so much more creative freedom.
“With a bigger café space, we’re creating a brand new, modern, refined menu which will change with the seasons and showcasing the best produce available at the time. We’re working with some fantastic suppliers and can’t wait to show you a taste of what we’re working on.”
In addition to both a larger kitchen and cafe space, Pollen at Kampus will also offer a more expansive seasonal menu, serving up the best produce that’s in season right there and then.
Pollen will open on Thursday June 9th, and will open its doors bright and early Wednesday-Friday from 7am-5pm and Saturday-Sunday 8.30pm-5pm.