Bringing A Slice Of South Africa To Heaton Moor

Tereza Pevna | 31st August 2016

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MAD’s newest bar Tusk Heaton Moor opened its doors at midday on Bank Holiday Saturday.

Fresh from a complete refurb and makeover, the new venue is light and modern, with palm print wallpaper, oak paneling, brass features and neon lighting to give a colonial yet contemporary feel.

Open from 9am until late, seven days a week, MAD (Mark Andrew Developments) the name behind Northern Quarter hot spots such as Rosylee, Walrus and Hula, promises delicious cocktails and fantastic food in stylish surroundings.

With no expense spared, there’s a marble bar top, oak plantation shutters and brass finishes throughout, with sumptuous foliage and a mix of soft cushioned seating and dining chairs for flexible eating.  The innovative lighting and new sound system creates a stunning setting for cocktails, music and food, complete with a snug area for more private or group bookings.

Regional suppliers have been used, with Ancoats Coffee beans being served alongside a full breakfast menu that includes Homemade Potato Cakes with Streaky Bacon £3, both a Full English and a Halloumi breakfast at £7.95 and £7.50 respectively, and Simply Sourdough section which celebrates the finest sourdough bread, delivered daily from the Lovingly Artisan bakery in The Lake District.

Throughout the day, they will be serving quality, grilled meats such as 28 day Dry Aged Sirloin Steak with hand cut chips at £17.95 , classic salads and lighter bites like the Smoked Tuna Carpaccio £7.25 and toasted sandwiches with skinny fries, which start at £5.95. The star of the show will be the handcrafted pizzas, with dough being hand-made daily on site and the pizzas stone-baked in a traditional, Italian pizza oven. The pizzas, created by Exec Chef Jayne Brady and Head Chef Adam Hinton, start from £7.50 and include a Wild Mushroom and Truffle pizza (£9.95), Smoked Duck and Spring Onion (10.95) and 2 vegan pizzas ( Green with Envy and The Mediterranean) both priced at £8.50. Gluten-free diners won’t be disappointed, with the kitchen offering Gluten free pizza bases, bread and burger buns.

MAD’s mixologists have also been working up a new cocktail menu that will put Tusk Heaton Moor firmly on the bar map. Featuring MAD’s famous Zombie (£9.50) packed full of rum and tropical juices, there are also some refreshing twists on much-loved classics like the Garden Margarita and South Manchester Bramble, both priced at £7.50, and the Salted Caramel Espresso Martini at £8.

The cocktails sit alongside an impressive selection of draught and bottled beers, a solid wine list and a back bar boasting over 200 spirits. Gin is a favourite, as shown by the Gin Copa list, which offers guests their choice of gin with the perfectly-matched botanicals and specific tonic to enhance the flavour. For those that are looking for some sparkle, there is also a range of prosecco, sparkling wines and champagnes including the very special, Ace of Spades.

Mark Andrew, Managing Director says “I’ve lived in the area for 23 years and I’m ecstatic to be bringing our latest venture here. We’ve evolved Tusk for Heaton Moor and created a really unique space, which will be the perfect backdrop for enjoying cocktails, music and a casual dining experience.”

“We hope that people think we’ve brought something special to the area,” added Jonathan Hawkins, Director, “and we can’t wait for the local residents to come and check it out”

To keep up to date with Tusk Heaton Moor’s events and progress, customers can follow Tusk Heaton Moor on Facebook and Twitter, or sign up to the Tusk email database on the website;