Culinary plans for Haigh come to the boil

Haigh Kitchen Courtyard launch
Haigh Kitchen Courtyard launch

PLANS have been unveiled to create a regional food and drink hub in Wigan.

The ambitious project forms part of the £12m Haigh Woodland Park development.

The Kitchen Courtyard will celebrate all things culinary, housing up to 10 artisan food and drink producers, suppliers and retailers.

Set within the existing Stables building, the courtyard aims to welcome more than 150,000 food tourists each year, with the main attractions targeted to be a baker, deli, butcher, cheese maker, chocolatier, ice cream parlour and new restaurant and tea room.

They will be set around an upgraded courtyard with a micro-brewery and cask beer bar as an anchor tenant.

Developers are now formally introducing the opportunity to prospective tenants.

Coun Paul Kenny, Cabinet member for leisure, said: “This is an exciting venture set to offer a high quality mix of food and drink for people visiting the park. As well as working with established local producers, suppliers and retailers, we would also like to support start-up businesses who may be interested in taking units. I’d encourage anyone who thinks they may be a good fit for the site to get in touch.”

In readiness for the Kitchen Courtyard, work is under way to relocate the current art-based tenants into a new Craft Loft upstairs within the Stables Courtyard.

The first units of the Kitchen Courtyard are due to be open for business by Easter 2016.

For further information and a prospectus, interested tenants should contact Keith Bergman on 01942 828271 or via email on k.bergman@wlct.org