Handmade Pub Opens in Hidden City Square ; Volunteers Created Whole Venue

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Handmade Pub Opens in Hidden City Square ; Volunteers Created Whole Venue


Heward, Emily, Manchester Evening News


IT'S a crazy idea on paper: a pub built almost entirely by volunteers with little to no craftsmanship skills.

But thanks to the passion of a talented group of designers and doers - and hours and hours of hard graft - The Pilcrow is now ready to welcome its first drinkers tonight. Situated in Sadler's Yard, a new public square hidden away at the heart of the new NOMA neighbourhood, the wooden-clad cabin is finally complete and the team were busy putting the finishing touches on the interior this morning.

From the wooden mosaic table tops to the ceramic tiles that line the bar, just about everything inside has been hand made by members of the public using traditional crafts methods taught by local artists in a series of free workshops throughout this year. Together they've painstakingly crafted everything from the wooden and ceramic beer pump handles to the willow hanging baskets and ceramic plant pots that decorate the stylish, Scandi-influenced space.

Ben Young, project lead, said: "It was overwhelming how quickly the workshops filled up and how many people wanted to get involved and help us built a pub. …

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