Cottonopolis’ image monopolises the links to the city’s history by utilising the famous worker-bee of Manchester. Refashioned in a more structured, honey-comb like way, this signature bug with a screw for a body acts both as the logo and the source of design inspiration for Cottonopolis’ stylish interior.
Wooden structures and sharp angles characterise this almost one year old swish venue, and tasteful Japanese art adds colour to the nude-navy blues of the decor, finished with soft copper lighting which is a telling allusion to the experienced Architect background of co-owner Nick.
Though a definite Japan inspired theme to the restaurant and bar, it is in no way a novelty Japanese restaurant. You don’t have to eat with chopsticks, there’s more on the menu than sushi. They serve English breakfast tea and a cocktail called Milk & Two Sugars, though funnily enough the most popular hot drink is green tea, by a long way.
Intrigued to find out more about the part tea has to play in Cottonopolis’ overall experience, I spoke to Penny, head bartender, who told me of the importance of the tea drinking ceremony in the venue.