Glendola Leisure to open second Alston Bar & Beef in Manchester

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Glendola Leisure is to invest £2 million in a site in Manchester for its Alston Bar & Beef concept after its success in Glasgow.

It will be located in Manchester’s Corn Exchange and will be a destination for high-quality steaks alongside cocktails and spirits, including a large selection of gins.

The 160-cover venue, which will contain an additional private dining area, is due to open this autumn after an extensive fit-out of the 6,500 sq ft basement space.

It will build on the success of the original venue, which opened three years ago beneath Glasgow’s Central Station.

When it opens, the bar will stock 58 gins from all over the world, including several distilled in Manchester such as Manchester Three Rivers and Manchester Gin.

It will also offer bespoke gin infusions, created in-house using a blend of botanicals, many of which will be foraged from the Manchester area, and created via a cold-compound process.

It will also 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 for the best flavour.

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 and delicious steak.

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 backdrop for people to come and enjoy the best gin and steak on offer in Manchester.”

Interior design and architecture practice Jestico + Whiles has been appointed designer of the new venue after its work on the original Alston Bar & Beef in Glasgow.

Pictured above as a computer-generated image, the design will draw upon the heritage of the late-Victorian Corn Exchange’s location and the culture of the city of Manchester as well as reflect elements of the original venue in Glasgow.

Guests will enter via a feature staircase and will be greeted by the stylish bar centred around the extensive gin offering.

The restaurant space will draw the eye to a 10-metre-wide mural feature wall which has been specially commissioned from Manchester-based street artist Tank Petrol. The space is completed by a high-spec show kitchen and private dining room catering for up to 12 guests.

James Dilley, head of interior design and hospitality at Jestico + Whiles, said: “It’s great to be working with Glendola Leisure once again on another exciting venue and in a new location following the success of Alston Bar & Beef Glasgow.

“Our design for the Manchester venue will draw upon the history of the Corn Exchange together with the wider context of the city to create a unique space featuring a dramatic interior environment and distinctive ambiance.”

Riki Bennet, general manager of Alston Bar & Beef Manchester, added: “Whether it is our stunning venue, the top 1% of Scottish beef we will have on offer, or our huge range of bespoke gin infusions and gin-based cocktails, Alston Bar & Beef will offer something for everyone and it is great to be one step closer to our official launch.”

Founded in 1973 by chairman Peter Salussolia, Glendola Leisure Group operates more than 20 venues across the UK including Waxy O’Connor’s in Manchester and London, Frankenstein’s in Edinburgh and Silk & Grain in the City of London.

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