(l-r) Alston Bar & Beef Manchester general manager Rikki Bennet with Liam Mooney, general manager of Corn Exchange.
Glasgow’s award-winning Alston Bar & Beef will launch its second UK venue in Manchester this year.
The much-anticipated restaurant and bar will be located in Manchester’s Corn Exchange and will serve quality steaks alongside a selection of the world’s finest gins.
The 160-cover venue, which will contain an additional private dining area, is set to open its doors in Autumn this year, following an extensive fit-out of the 6,500sq ft basement space.
This will be the first English venue for its Scottish counterpart Alston Bar and Beef in Glasgow and represents a £2m investment from owners Glendola Leisure.
When open, Alston Bar & Beef will be the first venue in Manchester to offer Tweed Valley steak on its menu. The beef is selected from the top 1% of Scottish beef and dry hung for 35 days.
The chosen cut of beef will be seasoned and cooked in a high spec Montague oven which can reach a temperature of 600 degrees; sealing in the flavour to deliver a tender & delicious steak.
At the bar, an initial selection of 58 gins from all over the world will be available, several of which are distilled here in Manchester, including Manchester Three Rivers and Manchester Gin.
A selection of bespoke gin-infusions, created in-house will also be on offer. Each will be created, using a blend of botanicals, many of which will be foraged from the Manchester area, and created via a cold-compound process.
Alex Salussolia, managing director of Glendola Leisure, said: “Having seen such success in Glasgow, we’re confident that Alston Bar & Beef will make the perfect addition to the Manchester food and drink scene when we open our doors this Autumn.
“We have big plans to transform the space at the Corn Exchange into a welcoming environment that will provide the perfect back drop for people to come and enjoy the best gin and steak on offer in Manchester.”