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Hanging Ditch founder sets out to challenge ‘normal wine merchant model’ with new venture

Published:  01 November, 2018

Hanging Ditch founder Ben Stephenson has revealed the plans for his latest venture - a wine retail, entertainment and social space that works from morning to night.

Poised to open its doors early next year, Blossom Street Social is pitched as a “pioneering new take on a wine merchant, bar and collaborative dining experience”.

The new space, which will be situated within Manchester’s Life’s Smith’s Yard development on Blossom Street, has taken its cues from the Hanging Ditch design, including the ‘wall of wine'.

“No detail has been left out, right down to amazing acoustics to ensure the right ambiance and environment for soulful lyrics & Bossanova beats during the week and acoustic music at the weekend,” said Stephenson, adding the aim was to “challenge the normal wine merchant model”.

The wine list will focus on quality offerings at everyday prices as well as a selection of fine wines dispensed by the glass.

Local craft beers will be dispensed from keg, while cocktails will major on a simple list of classics delivered with “the very best quality ingredients”.

Coffee will be supplied by local roastery partner Grindsmith, who will also be involved in the training of baristas.

Food will include deli plates from high-end food suppliers including Harvey & Brockless, Brindisa & Trove Bakery, with the kitchen designed to enable guest chefs to take charge of the catering for regular events.

The design is being led by Stephenson and his father Roger Stephenson OBE, who is also currently working on the Halle St Peters extension just across from Blossom Street Social.