Drake & Morgan announces two new bars for Manchester

Refinery Manchester Spinningfields

Bar and restaurant group Drake & Morgan has announced plans to open two new sites in Manchester as part of its plans to expand outside of its London heartland.

It is to create The Refinery in a 5,800 sq ft, 185-cover site in the new Cotton Building in the Spinningfields development off Deansgate.

Due to open in the autumn, it will be the third location for The Refinery concept after Southwark and Regents Place in London. It is pictured above as a computer-generated image.

Its second site is due to open in Manchester in spring 2017 in a 6,000 sq ft, 185-cover site at One St Peter’s Square, the city’s largest new business development – part of a £185m redevelopment of the area.

Drake & Morgan has also announced this week that it plans to open a new bar and restaurant in West India Quay in London’s Docklands, Part of the Land Securities and Schroders mixed-use scheme, it will cover more than 13,000 square feet across three floors with 400 covers. It is due to open in spring 2017.

The group, which operates nine venues around London, is due to follow the opening of The Refinery in Manchester with a new bar and restaurant in the St Andrew’s Square office development in Edinburgh’s New Town. Announced last year, it was originally set to be the company’s first outside of London.

With the opening of The Commission at Heathrow Terminal 4 this summer, the new sites will bring the group’s portfolio up to 14 within the next 12 months.

Managing director Jillian MacLean said: “We are delighted to be bringing our bars and restaurants to Edinburgh and Manchester and to be expanding in our heartland in central London.

“We look forward to accelerating the rollout of our business and welcoming more lovely customers to Drake & Morgan.”

Retail and leisure property consultancy Lunson Mitchenall acted on behalf of Drake and Morgan.

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