Revere Pub Company has opened The Lost & Found in Cheshire, reports Mark Ludmon. Pictures by Ben Carpenter
If is four years since The Lost & Found burst onto Birmingham’s cocktail scene. Now firmly established, the concept is being rolled out by Revere Pub Company, part of brewer Marston’s. After opening a second site in Greek Street in Leeds in August, it has now unveiled The Lost & Found in Knutsford in Cheshire.
It has been created in the Grade II-listed former town hall designed by leading Victorian architect Alfred Waterhouse, covering 4,133 square feet with a two-tiered 215-cover bar and restaurant plus 88 covers on its outside terrace. With interiors by leading hospitality specialist Concorde BGW, all the bars have a Victorian botanical theme to match the quality of the cocktails.
Whereas Birmingham’s bar is inspired by the character of botanist Hettie G Watson, Knutsford has fictional butterfly expert Emily B Kingsley. Alongside butterfly motifs in the wallpaper, artwork and pendant lights, it is furnished with vintage bric-a-brac and bespoke seating. Modern materials contrast with and complement the building’s original features, which include a high-vaulted ceiling and large arched windows, along with the signature use of brass and metal work. Up a staircase, past a graphic saying “Shh”, is a 14-cover private dining room and a “secret” bar, accessed through a door behind a portrait (pictured below).
The three bars’ drinks list is inspired by the female professors representing each site, with ornithologist Virginia K Stevenson in Leeds completing the trio. Under “Lost”, you find twists on classics, such as the Long Lost Island with Absolut Citron vodka, Sailor Jerry rum, Tanqueray gin, Don Julio tequila, Briottet Crème de Bergamote and Teapot Bitters. Under “Found”, signature drinks include the Gingerbread Milk Punch with raisin-infused Appleton Estate Signature Blend rum, Briottet Pain d’Épices, orgeat, milk and cream, and the Kentucky Peach Smash with Maker’s Mark bourbon, Briottet Crème d’Abricot, peach puree and peach bitters.
Food ranges from the classic to the contemporary, including steaks made with beef matured for at least 28 days and cooked in a Josper oven. Sourdough pizzas are made fresh in a wood-fired oven, with an open kitchen adding theatre. Toppings include Peppadew peppers, chorizo iberico, smoked streaky bacon, caramelised pineapple and West Country brie. Another highlight is the Sunday roasts, ranging from British sirloin and slow-cooked belly of pork to roast chicken breast with crispy bacon and stuffing.
The concept has evolved significantly since Birmingham, says Revere’s managing director Colin Sadler. “The drinks list has been honed and developed across the group in keeping with cocktails we saw to be favourites in our first site. The design has also naturally developed from site to site – each has its own identity and own mythical Victorian professor who influences the interior. We hope to develop The Lost & Found concept further – we are always looking for new sites.”
The Lost & Found, Old Town Hall, Princess Street, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6BY
Tel: 01565 760096
Behind the scenes
Design: Concorde BGW
Architects: Pinnegar Hayward Design (PHd)
Lighting: Tyson Lighting
Furniture: Revivalist Furniture
Signage: Widd Signs
Catering equipment: YCE Catering
Originally published in the December 2016 print edition of Bar magazine.