With two very different locations, one in the Great Northern Warehouse, Deansgate and one at Greengate Square near Manchester Cathedral, this new operator has quickly established its reputation across the city for great coffee at very reasonable prices, friendly staff and fast Wi-Fi.
The Greengate Square site, The Grindsmith Pod, looks, from a distance, like a glorified garden shed. However, upon closer inspection provides an intimate and comfortable space for meetings, catch ups or just filling time. The open space adjacent and its fountains, further provide a lovely spot on a sunny day. All in the shadow of the city's majestic Cathedral.
The Deansgate site is ideally situated for the many attractions in The Great Northern Warehouse which is also home to the AMC Cinema, Lifestyle Gym, 235 Casino with its signature James Martin Restaurant and a number of smaller varied businesses, the GN Warehouse is a veritable cornucopia of interesting attractions. As one of its pivotal businesses, Grindsmith is a light and airy space, with comfy seating on a couple of levels and lots of little nooks and crannies, which give the place a 'Tardis' feel. Shared with another great, Manchester success 'Escaltor '(a collection of burgeoning, mainly digital businesses), Grindsmith portrays a new, contemporary look and feel, housed in one of the city's major Victorian buildings.
If you are a real coffee head but not a global, corporate retail junk coffee drinker, you will like it here and we promise you won't regret it. The have BonSoy which is soy milk from Australia if you are dairy free and its delicious.
Although you won’t need a computer to wade through the endless list of coffee options, associated with so many other mass brand coffee houses, you are offered a good list of styles/sizes to choose from.
So with its yummy coffee and simple, contemporary look, this is a creative space to chill or work in and they also have nibble/sandwiches for a light lunch, all nicely served by a friendly and knowledgeable team.
Whilst the crowd here is undoubtedly a younger, image conscious bunch, Grindsmith caters for all ages, races and genders and is frequently enjoyed by them all.
Both venues are very LGBT friendly.
Make sure you pop your head in to one of these 'not so hidden' gems and watch the world go by.
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