Mc Connel & Kennedy expanded from its humble beginnings in the late 18th century to become Manchester’s largest employer, spinning cotton and manufacturing textiles throughout the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian eras.
Spinning stopped in 1959 and the multi-storey mills have been refurbished and converted into apartments and commercial premises.
Ancoats Coffee is a coffee shop and roastery housed in Royal Mill – the oldest amongst the complex of historic mill buildings on Redhill Street.
The coffee shop’s interior is given character via pillar-supported, brick-ribbed ceiling vaults and exposed brick walls. Daylight is let in to reflect off white stone floor tiles through large glass doors and windows facing out onto the courtyard between Old and New Sedgwick Mills.
Coffee is roasted on site and Mani and Tom are very knowledgeable about varieties and blends.
After a double espresso that tasted of lemon and caramel, Mani introduced me to a blend of cold brew that smelt and tasted of cognac.
He then had me try an Ethiopian brew which tasted of strawberries and blueberries.
After I explained to Mani and Tom about 25 Pockets of Manchester they gave the assemblage a sticker label for a coffee blend that tastes of Praline, Tangerine and Milk Chocolate.
Tom then sent me to Piccadilly Records and told me to ask for Martin or Matt.
Mani passed me a bottle of cold brew to deliver to Martin along with the message “don’t worry, everything will be fine” (Brexit had just been announced).