After what has been the monumental success of the summer in Manchester, England, the team behind Escape to Freight Island, located at Depot Mayfield, are proud to announce the true vision for this unique urban destination, with the addition of The Ticket Hall, launching on Friday 30th October 2020.

The Ticket Hall is the next chapter of Escape to Freight Island’s story, which started with the extraordinary arrival of Platform 15; the original outdoor area that opened in the summer. From Friday 30th October a host of new food vendors will descend on the venue, taking over the industrial indoor space. The fully heated, new opening will feature table seating, a wine shop, bars and a bike cloakroom.

The Ticket Hall is positioned underneath the original and striking roof structure, within Depot Mayfield, and will see the vision for Escape to Freight Island unfold into a sprawling indoor market, which captures the atmospheric charm of this imposing building.

Joining the original and much loved Baratxuri, Voodoo Rays, Patty Queen and Madre will be delicious new offerings such as Sugo Pasta Kitchen, the critically acclaimed Manchester-born pasta restaurant that takes its inspiration from its deep rooted southern Italian heritage; Mi & Pho, the award-winning family run restaurant which will offer authentic Vietnamese dishes; Plant Grill, a vegan offering of modern cuisine created by Dan Hope of Fire Bird Hope and Krum fame, and El Boleto, a San Sebastian style Deli selling small plates and the freshest produce to enjoy at home or on site, and The Jane Eyre cocktail bar- serving classic cocktails with a twist.

The Ticket Hall will have two tap rooms, Camden Town and Pomona serving a tasty range of beers, plus the independent wine shop; Forever Changes will add to the market takeaway vibes. Another addition to the multifaceted urban space, and a first for the city of Manchester, is a bike cloakroom, in partnership with world-renowned cyclewear brand Rapha, which will enable visitors to safely park their bikes while they enjoy the full Escape to Freight Island experience.

Luke Cowdrey, co-creator said: “When we launched Platform 15 at Escape to Freight Island this summer, we created one of the most forward-thinking venues of its time, in this country. It’s a place of positivity; somewhere that people can safely meet with their family and friends and experience some of the most beautifully crafted food and drink with world-class entertainment. The Ticket Hall is the next phase in our long and interesting journey developing Escape to Freight Island.”

James Heather, development director at U+I for the Mayfield Partnership, said: “The extraordinary success of Escape to Freight Island this summer has underlined Mayfield’s role as an outstanding location for culture and entertainment. With Freight Island expanding further into Depot Mayfield, we’re excited to welcome yet more visitors to enjoy this distinctive space and contribute to the soulful regeneration of Mayfield.”

Simeon Aldred, of Broadwick Venues said: “I am excited to be working with the Freight team on the continued day one regeneration of Depot Mayfield with the Mayfield partnership. Proving and establishing the space as a place for culture and food.”

The site will continue to operate with the world leading ‘Safe + Social Manifesto’.

Platform 15 is set to change with more information to be announced soon.


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