Manchester Social 101, Spinningfields fave; The Alchemist Bar & Restaurant has now opened in Alderley Edge, on the former Grill on the Edge site. The concept from the multi-award winning Living Ventures, opened to the public on the 15th November. The bar, renowned for its creative cocktails and dining menus in cities including Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool, is making its first debut in suburbia with their new site on London Road; right in the heart of the village.
The team headed up by Manager Dave Rotherham, who has worked for The Alchemist in Spinningfields and New York Street, leads a management team of four overseeing the two storey site, which has a capacity of 150, including a restaurant situated within the venue’s conservatory. The opening has created around 40 new jobs
Guests are greeted by a stunning two storey glass façade making a real statement on the high street. A central island bar on the ground floor gives the bar team the chance to create a bit of theatre when mixing an array of ingredients with unconventional equipment. Their remarkable craftsmanship will lead to concoctions worthy of a true alchemist including the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Smoky Old Fashioned and Bubblebath. There will also be an extensive wine list available.
The first floor at the Alderley Edge site will be home to a smaller bar area, also available for private hire; with a capacity of around 55. The Alchemist will also be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week from 9 am through to 10.45 pm. From classic favourites like special fried chicken in a basket to Japanese ramen or smashed avocado and poached eggs, there is something to suit all moods.
Opening hours will be 9am to midnight Mon –Wed. Thurs 9am to 1am . Fri 9am to 2am, Saturdays 10am to 2am and Sundays 10am – 12am (alcohol available from 11 am). The Alderley Edge Alchemist will also be open on Boxing Day, unlike sites based in city centre locations, offering locals a welcoming festive haven.
Simon Potts, Managing Director of the Alchemist said: “We’re thrilled to be bringing The Alchemist to Alderley Edge. Some residents are already familiar with the brand from our Manchester sites and we’ve had a huge amount of enquiries and enthusiasm for the development. We believe it will be a welcome addition to the bustling social scene in the village and are excited to immerse ourselves in the local community.”
The first Alchemist opened in Spinningfields in late 2010.The Alchemist is a stand-alone business under the Living Ventures’ umbrella and was backed by Palatine Private Equity in £13m management buyout in 2015. It currently has seven sites nationwide (two in Manchester, two in Leeds, one in Birmingham, Liverpool and London). A further site at MediaCityUK is scheduled for 2017. The company has projected turnover of £21million for his financial year and employs over 350