Maray heads to Manchester for biggest site yet

By James McAllister

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Photo credit: Instagram (@marayrestaurants)
Photo credit: Instagram (@marayrestaurants)

Related tags Maray Street food Middle eastern cuisine Manchester Liverpool

Liverpool-based restaurant group Maray is expanding outside of its hometown for the first time later this year with a new site in Manchester that will be its biggest to date.

As revealed by Code Hospitality​, the Middle Eastern-inspired brand has secured a site in Bruntwood Works’ Union building on Brazennose Street, not far from Albert Square and Deansgate.

Set to open in the summer, Maray Manchester will be the group's largest restaurant to date and feature a wraparound terrace.

The group, which was founded in 2014 by James Bates, Tom White and Dom Jones, operates three sites in Liverpool. The concept was originally inspired by the owners’ experiences in the Le Marais district of Paris, an area influenced by Middle Eastern food.

“Opening a restaurant in Manchester has long been an ambition of ours and we have combed the four corners of the city to find somewhere we felt was just right," Bates told Code​.

“We’re so excited to get going at Union, we love the area and feel like we’re going to be right in the middle of it all, in a city with a huge reputation for loving restaurants, nights out and a good drink”. 

Dishes on the Manchester menu will mirror those in Liverpool and include the 'disco cauliflower' – served whole and doused in chermoula, harissa, tahini, and yoghurt and sprinkled with pomegranate, almonds and fresh herbs; buttermilk fried chicken with harissa and pickles; and cured trout served with a soft boiled egg, crostini, harissa cream cheese and pickled beetroot.

Last year, Maray hinted that it planned to expand outside of Liverpool, appointing Lucy Noone Blake, former reservations and marketing manager at Hawksmoor Manchester and hospitality consultant, as its new chair.

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