New rooftop cocktail bar to offer views across Manchester


20 Stories

Two bars are about to open on the 19th floor of a new development in Manchester as part of D&D London’s new restaurant with leading chef Aiden Byrne.

The new 20 Stories at No 1 Spinningfields will feature one bar between its restaurant and grill and a second on the large rooftop terrace with views across the city.

Due to open officially on March 1, 20 Stories (pictured) will specialise in modern British cuisine developed under Aiden who most recently has been at Living Ventures’ Manchester House.

The bar manager is Stuart McLachlan who was also formerly at Manchester House and has worked in the city at The Lowry Hotel and San Carlo restaurants.

He has created a cocktail list that will pay homage to the array of cultures that make Manchester the diverse city it is today while also being inspired by nature and by Aiden’s seasonal British menus.

Award-winning New York-based firm CetraRuddy has worked in collaboration with UK-based design agency DesignLSM to create the interiors of the 15,263sq ft space that makes up 20 Stories.

CetraRuddy’s designs have gained inspiration from the way of nature, the Manchester area and the city’s ever-changing skyline as seen from the rooftop.

Using locally sourced, tactile materials that embrace elements of luminosity and reflectivity, the space will be filled with charges of colour and organic forms to complement the spectacular views.

The restaurant will celebrate local produce, with fresh vegetables coming directly from the restaurant’s own farm in Cheshire, and meat sourced from small suppliers throughout Lancashire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. Dishes will include Yorkshire Wolds duck breast marinated in Forest Gin botanicals and served with confit duck leg and juniper sauce.

Alongside the restaurant, the more casual grill will offer hearty northern fare such local rare-breed steaks and braised Texel lamb hot-pot pie with red cabbage for two to share.

The desserts will also embrace the local area, combining shortcrust pastry, raspberry, custard and flakes of coconut in Aiden’s version of the Manchester tart, and offering an extensive selection of local cheeses served from a hand-crafted cheese trolley carved from a single piece of yew.

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