They sure do like their coffee in the Northern Quarter, and the café scene in Manchester’s most vibrant neighbourhood just welcomed a major new player in the sizeable shape of Foundation Coffee House.
Clocking in at an ample 330m2, the venue is laying claim to the title of Manchester’s biggest coffee shop, and we’ve every reason to think they’re right (if you think yours is bigger, drop us a line and we’ll get the tape measure out). There certainly shouldn’t be too much of a scrum for a table, anyhow, and the 7am opening time is good news for early birds who want to beat the morning rush, too.
Co-owners Adam Chapman and creative agency NoChintz have designed the venue to cater for both off-duty and work time, offering booths for larger groups, smaller café tables for hot-deskers, and an informal meeting area. Two main design motifs tie the space together: glazed white tiling with black accents run around the perimeter extending into the booths, and the hexagonal shape of the tables which makes further appearances on the concrete floor and dotted around the walls. Coffee geeks will appreciate the La Marzocco espresso machines and Nuova Simonelli grinders in use at Foundation, used to prepare Origin Coffee produce. Pastries come from Levenshulme bakery Trove.