Cutting Room Bar & Cafe looks out onto Cutting Room Square and five large, copper monoliths.
The monoliths commemorate Ancoats’ historic place at the centre of the cotton trade and as birthplace of the industrial revolution.
Cutting Room’s interior is rustic/urban. The bar is built over stacks of old suitcases, there’s an assemblage of vintage cameras on a wall and on the long, wooden tables are sewing machines, jars filled with buttons, and candles in bone china teacups.
On one of the walls hangs a black and white illustration of Ancoats Mills at its industrial heyday in 1913.
I met Sam and Adam working at the cafe and tried the homemade chilli Bailon had recommended. It was served together with crispy, chunky chips.
I explained to Sam and Adam about what I was doing and was given a fistful of old buttons for the assemblage.
Sam told me that the buttons come from the button collection of a local lady who was around when Ancoats Mills was still in business. She had accumulated a large quantity of buttons and had gifted her collection to the cafe.
I was initially instructed by Sophie to see Adam Egan at Stage & Radio but the venue was closed for renovation and so I was told instead to see someone at Ancoats Coffee.