Film enthusiasts in Manchester can rejoice this June as Black Dog NWS teams up with Bombay Sapphire to launch the Botanical Cinema Club. Starting on Wednesday 3 June, every week at 9pm Black Dog NWS will be screening a different movie on its large cinema screen upstairs. The roof terrace bar is set to be transformed into a Bombay-inspired botanical movie-buff’s heaven, kitted-out with bean bags and cushions for added viewing comfort.
The cinema club will show a selection of classic cult films and new releases for buffs to enjoy throughout the summer. Black Dog Ballroom and Bombay Sapphire have also created a bespoke drinks list with four exceptional gin based cocktails for cinema club-goers to enjoy. Spectators can add an extra element of class to their viewing experience as they sip on the ‘Walk of Fame’ or ‘The Nickelodeon’.
WALK OF FAME - A drink for a true movie star! Bombay Sapphire, gin infused dried strawberry, fresh lemon juice, honey water; shaken with a touch of organic egg white and topped with sparkling water. Simple, sparkling and glamorous.
THE NICKELODEON - Named after the simple movie theatres which started showing films to the public in 1905, this is a twist on a classic punch (the oldest style of mixed drink). Bombay Sapphire is mixed with pineapple juice, Aperol, fresh lime, rose syrup and angostura bitters, all topped with a splash of ginger beer. An homage to a true classic.
The movies shown will be a secret but if fans can’t wait to find out they can look out for clues on the venue’s social media channels. To see the schedule for the coming weeks simply visit Facebook or Twitter.
Mark Andrew Developments (MAD Ltd) has appointed a new Group Executive Head Chef to replace Rob Owen Brown. Chris Byron, an award-winning chef with over 25 years’ experience of working for high profile restaurant brands, takes over the helm of the independent Manchester-based food and drink chain.
The 47-year-old, who has held a number of key positions including senior sous chef at the Belfry and Executive Chef at Thwaites Judges’ Lodge where he oversaw a £3 million development and won a 1AA Rosette, will launch a new menu at the group’s Northern Quarter eatery Rosylee as his first job.
Operations Director Jonathan Hawkins said: “We thank Rob for all his help, particularly with Rosylee, and respect his decision to spend more time with his family. And we're delighted to announce we now have Chris Byron on board, who will be launching his new menu at the same time as we unveil a new look at Rosylee. We will be trying out dishes in the run up to the official launch with our customers, to help fine tune the new menu. It’s a very exciting time for the Rosylee brand, as we are on the verge of signing our next restaurant under that name, and for MAD as a whole. We can't wait to reveal all on June 10.”
Chris, who also worked for The Living Room for 10 years, will play a key role in the group’s development plans, which includes a new food venture in the Northern Quarter, alongside rolling-out current brands to other areas of the UK.
His menu for Rosylee, will include new dishes across breakfast, lunch and dinner, using local British cuisine, for which the restaurant is renowned. The father of three who hails from the Black Country says a lot of the focus will be around dishes from Rosylee’s INKA oven, one of only three in the city, which gives BBQ heat and flavour indoors.
New burgers, skewers, duck and different cuts of lamb, beef and chicken will be a mouth-watering addition. And as a self-confessed lover of all things sweet, the re-vamped dessert menu will play a starring role with Chris’s take on brownie (made with Amoretti biscuits) his favourite.
Chris adds, “I’m extremely excited to join the MAD Ltd group, with so much on the horizon, it’s a role I can really sink my teeth into and it’s great to be able to work with such a diverse portfolio of brands. Rosylee is just a taste of things to come!”.
When it opened back in November 2011, The Alchemist in Spinningfields Manchester was a hit from the outset – and naturally incredibly busy with guests vying for space. Fortunately an opportunity arose for the venue to expand and it has now doubled in size to 5,200 sq ft with a beautiful new dedicated dining area.
Seating has doubled both inside and outside, with 116 covers in the restaurant and 140 more on the outdoor terrace. However despite its size, the spectacular lighting and clever layout within will ensure that a warm and comforting atmosphere will envelop you, as your eyes gaze in wonder at the stylish leather booths, huge wall of apothecary bottles, old chemistry desks used as tabletops and even a huge lighting structure which has been created in the exact molecular structure of alcohol in the main bar area.
Fascinating additions to the cocktail menu such as The Indigo Sunset, will do much to satisfy variety, as will the many delicious options available on the new food menu. Open from Friday night, 1st May.
"We are delighted that the bigger and brighter Alchemist is set to re-open in Spinningfields. The original and fire-starter for the Spinningfields we see now, the Alchemist opened in 2011 and was an instant hit if a little on the small size so when the opportunity arose to acquire half of the old All Saints site we jumped at the chance to let the Alchemist grow. Come down and checkout the new design, whilst enjoying a Smokey Old Fashioned of course, it is amazing." Tim Bacon, CEO of Living Ventures.
Foodie pop up connoisseurs Guerilla Eats has setup base in Shudehill's The Wonder Inn. In a short term venture lasting 6 weeks, Guerilla Eats is hosting 'The Gin Cupboard'. Riding the current gin trend, there will be 20+ gins on offer, to suit all tastes, alongside the usual GE food offerings and a host of craft beers. _ May 2015