New owners turn Manchester bar into beer destination


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Award-winning Manchester bar The Violet Hour is being relaunched as Saison, with a focus on offering beers from around the world.

The site in West Didsbury has been taken over and transformed by the team behind Dulcimer in Chorlton, also in south Manchester, which specialises in beer alongside cocktails and spirits.

The Violet Hour was opened three years ago by Dan Pollard who has sold the business to focus on his new bar and restaurant The Pen & Pencil in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

Saison will offer 16 keg ales, four cask beers and a list of 40 bottled beers plus an impressive wine, spirit and cocktail menu. Breweries featured will include Blackjack, Runaway, Track, Squawk, First Chop, Siren, Weird Beard, Alechemy, Anarchy, Arbor, Stone, Smuttynose, North Coast, Heretic, Brooklyn, Edge, Mikkeller, and Galway Bay.

Co-owner David Bell, who previously helmed Dulcimer and Trof Group’s The Deaf Institute in Manchester, said Saison would not be a “carbon copy” of their other bar.

“Dulcimer’s one of a kind and has its place as one of the first bars of its type in Chorlton but, with Saison, we wanted to try something new,” he explained.

“We’re bringing all our beer and cocktail expertise to the table, and we’re also looking forward to showing our passion for food with an exciting seasonal menu.

“We chose the name Saison not only because of its Belgian beer connotations but because its meaning – season – reflects our culinary ambitions.”

For the launch on Friday (September 11), the Burton Road bar is partnering with local chefs Oh My Glaze who are taking over the kitchen to provide free tasters of the new menu.

David added: “We’ve long been fans of the vibrant bar and restaurant scene on Burton Road and, when looking for a home for our new venture, couldn’t think of a better spot.

“I think our offer perfectly suits the neighbourhood and hopefully presents locals and visitors alike with another attractive drinking and dining option in West Didsbury.”

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