Pod – A Fresh and Tasty New Phase

It was a sad day when Pod closed it’s doors in the week leading up to Christmas, with many a Levenshulme resident freaking out about where to go for a tipple or get some respite from their other halves over the holiday season. So it is a huge relief to hear the news that a much beloved Levenshulme Market trader – Neil Buttery of The Buttery fame, has decided to step up to the plate quite literally with the aid of new business partner and Front of House Manager, Brian Shields and get it back into gear. 

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It’s a new year and a bright new start for Pod. Love Levenshulme was invited into the hustle and bustle of the old post office building in advance of it’s re-opening on Tuesday 12th of January.There is palpable excitement in the venue. Friends and family members are busy scrubbing floors, filling the dishwasher and deciding where to place furniture and artwork. Of course the lovely Maxine who is part of the well established furniture is busy prepping the bar area. The fresh new paint job, a soft lavender shade of grey indicates the calm, homely vibes the team are aiming for.

Both the men wanted to share their vision of what Pod will be in the future. Here’s a run down of some of the new, exciting plans:

There will be 30 covers, incorporating a large communal table for groups, a mixture of  2 seat and 4 seat tables and a chesterfield for lounging. We wanted to make the best use of space and ensure we are catering for all our visitors.”

The new Pod will have a strong focus on food, with good quality, home made produce being celebrated on site. Brian says “ Where we can make it ourselves we will” and where they can’t they have secured suppliers of freshly baked breads and cakes. They’ll also be serving up Tim Peaks Coffee, which Brian explains: “is a Fairtrade, blended coffee venture set up by Charlatans musician Tim Burgess with a portion of the profits going to the David Lynch Foundation, plus it tastes good!”  Both bizarre and wonderful.

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Neil adds:

“This is the first phase of our changes. We are going to focus on fresh, very good British food. Where else in Manchester can you get a rabbit pie on the menu?

Speaking of the menu, it sounds traditional and experimental all in one. There’ll be a selection of three starters, three mains, three desserts. Neil gets animated at the explanation of the Toulouse sausage cassoulet and the 19th century Indian lamb curry. Along with the pies and puddings which many Levenshulme Market customers will be pleased to see available 7 days a week. Meat and veg platters will also be available, suitable for vegans as well. Food galore.


Another exciting addition, along with the staple craft ales and lagers is the new wine menu. A promise of a carefully considered wine choice, with 5 reds, 4 whites, rose and prosecco to choose from will certainly be welcomed in Levenshulme.

Though there will be many changes ahead, both Neil and Brian understand their clientele desires and want to create a welcoming atmosphere for all.

Neil says:

“It will still be a place to come, relax and meet for a coffee and cake. We have seen the success of Trove and though we will be offering up something completely different we are also striving to be a destination for food and equally as unique. We want to bring more people to the area and help it to thrive.”

Let’s wish the men well with their new venture.  We can’t wait.



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