All-day dining sensation Caravan to open first restaurant outside London in Manchester

The breakfast-through-dinner spot has seven restaurants in the capital

By Ben Arnold | Last updated 11 March 2024

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Caravan, the all-day dining hit from London, is set to open its first outpost outside London in Manchester’s St John’s this summer.

With a globally-inspired menu, the breakfast-through-dinner spot has seven restaurants in London, from Canary Wharf to King’s Cross, as well as a spin-off restaurant, Vardo in Chelsea.

The Manchester branch will open close to Aviva Studios, the former site of Granada Studios, and near to new openings like Fenix and the soon-to-open Soho House.

A 200-cover space, it will boast two all-day dining rooms, a bar, a private dining room for hire with its own sound system, two outside terraces, a takeout coffee brew bar and a dedicated coffee roastery.

Founded by three friends from New Zealand in 2010, the menu spans everything from fresh fruit and grain bowls for breakfast to to fry ups. Other dishes include Korean style buttermilk fried chicken with kimchi pancakes and gochujang ketchup, fried jalapeño cornbread with fried egg, spinach, curd cheese, mojo verde and chilli butter.

There will also be wood-fired sourdough pizza served through the day, as well as its own house-roasted range of coffees and cocktails.

Laura Harper-Hinton, co-founder and CEO of Caravan said: “We are so excited to be taking Caravan on the road to Manchester, but more importantly, we are really looking forward to spending more time in this incredible city. We’ve had nothing but great vibes and support from everyone we’ve come across so far. 

“We’ve chosen a unique location which sits right next to the new Aviva Studios, behind the historic Granada Studios and right in the heart of a growing new district at St John’s. 

“We hope to attract a real cross section of the city to our beautiful new restaurant and roastery. In our London spaces we see everyone from early morning gym goers and commuters grabbing coffee, business lunches, baby dates and cocktail heavy birthday parties in the evening. We’ll be open morning, noon and night and you’re all welcome anytime that suits you.”

Mike Ingall of Allied London, the team behind the St John’s development added: “Caravan are one of very few successful businesses that have managed to take a relaxed coffee house culture and develop a combined wholesome food, drink and restaurant offering whilst keeping that distinctive coffee culture. 

“Bringing Caravan to our unique mix at St John’s was an obvious move for us bearing in mind what we are creating, and Caravan will be an operation I am sure Manchester will love. A place where people can come in the morning and stay all day and night.”

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