One in every of Manchester’s most well-known and long-standing bars has closed for good, after greater than a decade within the metropolis centre.
Hanging Ditch, which stood within the shadow of Manchester Cathedral, stated that Covid-19 has ‘sounded the loss of life knell’ for the intimate spot.
It has additionally cited a drop in metropolis centre footfall and the small measurement of its bar as causes for the closure.
The bar opened again in 2008 and was credited with revolutionising the wine bar idea within the metropolis, utilising a Coravin system that extracts wine by the cork and permits prospects to order by the glass.
Though small, it was a busy spot in fantastic climate due to its sunny south-facing terrace.
Hanging Ditch offered wine by the bottle to remove in addition to working as a bar, in a main location beside Harvey Nichols and Selfridges.
Its proprietor Ben Stephenson has gone on to open a second, a lot bigger website in Ancoats – Blossom Road Social will proceed to commerce after lockdown.
He stated it has been ‘a pleasure to be a part of the DNA of Manchester’ and is urging followers of the bar to submit their favorite recollections of Hanging Ditch on social media.
Ben stated: “The location was at all times tough to run as a consequence of it being very climate dependent, which doesn’t at all times work out so nicely in Manchester.
“Nevertheless, the cosy store was usually packed like sardines on Saturday afternoons when the climate wasn’t so good!
“The arrival of COVID-19 sounded the loss of life knell for Hanging Ditch, the cosy intimacy of this small website made it unattainable to commerce in a secure method.
“As well as, following lockdown the footfall in Manchester Metropolis Centre has decreased dramatically.
“Hanging Ditch and our loyal crew of ‘ditchsters have been proud to offer you wonderful wine and nice occasions over the course of our historical past.
“It should maintain particular recollections to many, and it has been a pleasure to be a part of the DNA of Manchester.
“Though Hanging Ditch has now been misplaced for good, its spirit lives on within the type of Blossom Road Social in Ancoats.”