Expect cocktails, charcuterie and ten types of bubbles

SUMMER is on its way and we can’t wait – apart from anything else, the San Carlo Group is set to open the doors on its brand-new bespoke Champagne and cocktail bar at super-chi-chi Selfridges in the Trafford Centre. 

Located in the department store’s newly refurbished Accessories Hall on the mall’s Lower Level, it promises to be the perfect spot to drop once you’ve shopped. 

San Carlo Champagne Bar will be open all day to enjoy an expertly curated Champagne, Prosecco, wine and cocktail list – with at least 10 choices of fizz served by the glass or bottle. There will also be food, and a menu of charcuterie and shellfish plates will be available to order. 

Described by San Carlo Group’s Managing Director Marcello Distefano as “somewhere stylish and extraordinary”,the décor of San Carlo Champagne Bar will be inspired by the multi-award-winning family-owned and run restaurant company’s Italian heritage.All furniture and lighting will be handmade in Italy and the UK, celebrating Italian craft, luxury and beauty with a sense of softness and elegance. Says Marcello: “We’re aiming to create a place which elevates the Champagne bar experience and offers somewhere to enjoy a moment of relaxation.”

A central focus will be a sculptural 20 foot-wide ‘cloud’ chandelier floating above the luxurious marble bar. Comprised of a thousand individually cast glass discs, each one hand made in the Veneto region of Italy, world-famous for its Murano glass creations, the stunning feature will glitter and glow, inspired by the warm effervescence of bubbling Champagne. As well as padded stools for customers to sit at next to the bar, lower banquette seating will create a lounge area, made with relaxing in mind.

The San Carlo Group’s success has been built on providing original Italian food using authentic produce flown in from markets in Milan and Sicily. As well as its hugely popular, high-profile San Carlo restaurant on King Street West in Manchester city centre, the group encompasses a further 20 individually designed venues, including in Cheshire, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol and London, and further afield, from Bahrain to Bangkok.

The new San Carlo Champagne Bar will be the sixth Selfridges and San Carlo Group collaboration – with at least one San Carlo venue in every Selfridges store – and comes following the recent opening of Alto by San Carlo, located on the rooftop of the iconic Oxford Street Selfridges in the capital.

Hannah Bass, Selfridges Restaurants Director, comments: “We are delighted to be working with the San Carlo group again, to launch a new destination Champagne and cocktail bar in our Trafford store. The new space builds on the long-standing relationship between our two companies and we are sure our customers will enjoy this fantastic addition to our store.”

 Find out more about San Carlo here.