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The heart of Manchester since 1212

When we set out to open our bar, it was important that we created something grounded in our location and heritage whilst offering a welcoming ambience for our customers. We wanted to create a venue that was inviting in all circumstance: work or play, solo or friend-group. 

To share our story, we need to share Ancoats story; one that is integral to both Manchester's and Britain's industrial history.  

The first recording of Ancoats was in 1212, as a small settlement of just a few dwellings. The area was then called "Elnecot"; a name derived from the Old English 'Ana Cots' or 'lonely cottages'.

It was the 1800's and the Industrial Revolution that truly put Ancoats on the map and it became known as "the world's first industrial suburb". The building of the canals and the rapid establishment of many mills saw the area become a major producer of cotton, glass and iron.

By the 1900's, Ancoats was one of Manchester's most densely populated areas, and was soon to grow even bigger. Many Italians seeking a more secure life away from Italy found a new home in Ancoats and they created what became known as Ancoats Little Italy

In naming our bar Elnecot, we wanted to reclaim and reflect our location's rich heritage.  It's a theme we've carried throughout. From the building and furniture materials chosen to show off our industrial roots to the menu created with a solid nod to our area's inherited culture. 

We're proud to be part of what is once again a lively and industrious area. We look forward to our bar & kitchen being a central and much loved meeting point for our neighbours, colleagues and visitors alike.

We look forward to welcoming you.