New 'modern club dining' restaurant will join Fable and Pintura in the old Freemasons Hall
The multi-million pound transformation of Bridge Street's Freemasons' Hall into a high-end hospitality venue is well underway, as Confidential can confirm plans for another new restaurant launching later this year within the grand, Grade II-listed limestone edifice.
Masons bar & restaurant - due to open October 20 - hopes to bring a modern slant to traditional club dining in Manchester, offering 'simple and playful' interpretations of classic British dishes in impressive period surrounds with flourishes of Freemasonry.
The menus are not due to go public until next month, however, bosses say the restaurant will open from breakfast to dinner with all ingredients 'carefully sourced from across the British Isles' including 'Connemara organic Irish salmon and Dukesmoor steaks from Wales'.
Director Deepa Parekh says: “Our Masons menu has been many months in the planning and we can’t wait to surprise and delight our first guests with our traditional menu with a twist.
"Enjoying fantastic food shouldn’t be intimidating and Masons’ ethos will be to combine attention to every single detail in our cooking with the friendliest and best possible personal service.
"We don’t want it to feel like a stuffy venue, but a place to unwind and relax with friends and colleagues in the heart of the city.”
Stephen Cliff, managing director of developers Vision Investments - which bought the building in June 2015 - is the man behind the new venture.
Meanwhile, word from inside Manchester Hall is that work has begun to transform the building's former garage (currently Garage Bar) into Basque-inspired restaurant Pintura, and to convert the main hall and basement area into Fable - a new £3m pan-Asian bar and restaurant featuring two enormous suspended wingless dragons.
Find out more about Masons via their website - 36 Bridge Street, Manchester M3 3BT