1761 on the ground floor will see a 130 cover restaurant come to the site which was formerly Avalanche. 1761 is the date that signifies the birth of the Industrial Revolution in Manchester and saw important developments such as the opening of the Bridgewater Canal which is often described as England’s first canal.
The restaurant will serve modern British food and drink inspired by the city’s industrial past. Guests can expect comforting dishes from corned beef hash to enormous open sandwiches piled high with salt beef and gherkins alongside popcorn cockles and oysters.
Lily’s Bar has been designed to create the sense of stepping back in time. Being greeted by Lily Bollinger’s image as they come through the door, you’ll find the ultimate escape from the city above.
Welcoming, luxurious and cosy in design, the bar will offer an extensive selection of cocktails and bucket loads of the quintessentially British champagne, (well, James Bond does love it) – Bollinger. Drinks will take the theme of ‘a moment in time’ with each one inspired by a story from our past.
Much like a Bond villain’s lair, the room will be surrounded by a huge marine fish tank with 18,000 litres of water in it and the odd stingray – as well as Lily’s Library – a secret drinking den available for private hire complete with its own bar, projector and fireplace.
Phil, who has owned the Victoria Lounge in Glossop for three years, grew up in Belle Vue in the shadow of Belle Vue Zoo and is a Mancunian through and through. “I wanted to create something that is truly of this city. For me the whole concept of 1761 is something that has come from Manchester, in Manchester, for Manchester. It’s not cheesy or themed but about creating a real feeling of pride and warmth for this city. Or of course people can just come to see the fishes!”
The restaurant will open daily for brunch, lunch and dinner, 11am-10pm and Lily’s will be open from 12pm to 12am daily.
1761 and Lily’s Bar will open to the public for the first time on Monday 13th November.
For more information visit http://1761mcr.co.uk/