Kro! What’s that when it’s at home?
Kro is a Danish village pub. Obviously Manchester isn’t a Danish village but we hope our bar will have the qualities and comforts of a KRO; it’ll have good food, good beer and a warm welcome.
The Ruby family, who run KRO, come from the West coast of Jutland in Denmark. The head of the family, Borge, trained to be a chef and then during his national service was the chef for the King of Denmark, on the Royal Yacht. He then came over to work in the London Hilton as the bars’ manager, which was followed by a time managing the Danish Food Centre, Cross Street, Manchester.
The Danish Food Centre was the first place that served real coffee in Manchester. They had the largest cold buffet table outside of Scandinavia, and they boasted a cafeteria, a bar, a retail shop, a first class restaurant as well as a take away service.
Jytte Raff, another Dane and a close family friend, worked along side Borge to expand the Danish Food Centre, in the 1970s. She has since been developing her own very successful outside catering business. Jytte’s Kitchen is renowned throughout the Greater Manchester area, especially for her Danish open sandwiches and Speciality Cold Tables.
Mark Ruby, Borge’s son, also trained to be a chef and worked in the Royal Hotel,
Copenhagen and on the QE2.
In 1999 we opened KRO Bar opposite the Manchester University Student Union in a delightful Grade II listed building. This popular cafe bar serves breakfast and lunch during the day and has regular band nights in the evening.
Such was the success of KRO Bar we also opened KRO Piccadilly set in the heart of Manchester. On the lawns of Piccadilly Gardens, this is our largest and busiest KRO yet!
A great place for a drink and something to eat. The perfect meeting place before or after shopping or whatever the excuse! So wherever you are on Oxford Road or the city centre you are never too far from one of our welcoming award winning bars, restaurants or cafe.
Not just the city centre now!
KRO has opened in the suburbs of Heaton Moor, on the promiment corner of Heaton Moor and Shaw roads. With a private function room, Heaton Moor is perfect for all types of events from parties to product launches and seminars to wine tastings.
KRO also has an outside catering business which is based at KRO Bar on Oxford Road. KRO catering has taken over the clients from Jytte and are proud of its continuing growth in the city centre and around. For more details of our Catering business visit www.krocatering.co.uk