Dishoom, the Bombay-style café concept, has moved a step closer to a long-mooted opening in Manchester.

The group has applied for a licence to open a restaurant in the historic Manchester Hall development, which has yet to be accepted.

The grade II listed former Freemasons Hall has recently undergone a multi-million pound redevelopment to transform it in to an events venue with several planned restaurants and bars.

If successful it will be Dishoom’s second opening outside London, following its launch in Edinburgh in 2016.

It comes ahead of the soft launch of Dishoom’s fifth London restaurant in Kensington on 16 November.

The site will briefly close at the end of the month before relaunching with a two-week ‘immersive’ theatre production exploring the stories that inspired the restaurant, before officially opening on 15 December.

Dishoom opened its first London site in Covent Garden in 2010 and has since expanded to Shoreditch, King’s Cross and Carnaby.