Cottonopolis to re-open as The Lamb of Tartary, a ‘new public house and grill’

The name relates to Manchester's history of cotton

By Ben Arnold | 11 January 2024

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Cottonopolis is to become a ‘new public house and grill’ called The Lamb of Tartary, and it will open next month.

The curious name derives from ‘an old tale where people believed that The Lamb came from the cotton plant’. 

According to legend, it was ‘believed that the lamb was a living member of the plant attached to it by a stem, similar to an umbilical cord, that propped the lamb above the ground. The Lamb would be able to graze the grass around the plant for food’. 

Cottonopolis closed its doors after Christmas, with owners confirming that it would re-open after a refurb and with a new concept.

The new pub will feature an ‘all day dining’ menu which has been devised by Edinburgh Castle’s executive chef Shaun Moffat.

It will champion accessible British seasonal dishes from brunch and small plates to Sunday roasts, with an emphasis on British classics and old school grills.

Moffat said: “It’s an exciting time for the team to be working on this new project at The Lamb of Tartary. We all loved Cottonopolis and will miss it dearly, however, we are looking forward to launching this new concept to fall in line with the success we’ve achieved at the Edinburgh Castle.

“The Lamb of Tartary will be a slightly more casual affair whilst still championing the produce and suppliers we’ve spent the last year or so building up. 

“We will continue to utilise the best produce to create new favourite dishes and modern takes on classics, and as a result allow us to offer an exciting food and drink concept.”

The new pub will open in the grade II listed former cotton warehouse, and will also boast 24 beers on tap, as well as plans to show key sports events like the Rugby Six Nations, The UEFA European Championships and Wimbledon.

Beers will come from Manchester Union Lager and cask from the nearby Buxton Brewery and Mobberley Brewhouse. You can follow The Lamb of Tartary here…