Return of the Byrne - chef prepares to reopen closed Spinningfields restaurant

More news now from chef Aiden 'The Comeback Kid' Byrne, who last month announced his glorious return to closed fine dining establishment Manchester House.

Removed from his role as chef director of D&D's 20 Stories restaurant less than one year into the job, Byrne - backed by private investors - is ready to make another go of it in Spinningfields, relaunching Manchester House as restaurant MCR from Friday 7th December.

The blurb says the restaurant will focus on 'the quality of its food' (good place to start) and the 'warmth of its welcome', serving either a six or twelve course tasting menu of 'classic flavour combinations' and 'reinvented classic dishes'... by servers in Reebok Classics, perhaps? No word on pricing just yet.

Manchester House Restaurant
Manchester House was closed suddenly in October - operators Living Ventures blamed a “period of difficult trading”

Byrne says: “We are so happy to be able to make this happen before Christmas, but we just had to make it work. So many people made contact when the news broke last week. While it’s been a crazy week turning this around, it means that we can bring back the tasting menu and get back to basics, doing what I love; sending food and watching as our customers connect with the food." 

“While we are focused on delivering an experience and the twelve course tasting menu, the key ingredient for the new restaurant is putting the guest at the heart of everything we’re doing. If our guests want something other than what is on the menu, if we have the ingredients, then we can make it work for them.”

It also says here... 'the choice of six or twelve courses offer the best way to experience the full breadth of his extraordinary skill and exceptional flavour combinations'.

Extraordinary... exceptional... why the sudden modesty?

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