An exciting new addition to Manchester’s dining scene is one that I am keeping a close eye on. The eatery at DoubleTree Hilton Piccadilly used to be one of my favourite hangout spots in Manchester (the hotel also dish out deliciously warm cookies to the guests upon arrival).
This extraordinary, new restaurant and bar destination will launch in Manchester city centre this autumn. Store Street Exchange and Store Street Craft Bar will be situated on the ground floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at Piccadilly, and will represent an exciting and unconventional, day to night, social den of fine food and drink. The venue is set to open in late September.
Piccadilly Station, opposite the restaurant and bar, was originally named Store Street when it opened in 1842, before it become London Road Station, and finally Manchester Piccadilly. Now the story of Store Street is to be reborn, as Store Street Exchange and Store Street Craft Bar will celebrate and showcase the heritage of its location, the city’s travel connection links, and the fabulous personality of its city.
The concept is inspired by Manchester’s industrial background, as well as its forward thinking, inventive identity.
Store Street Exchange will be a ‘breakfast through to dinner’ restaurant with a focus on local suppliers and outstanding, uncomplicated food and drink.
The menu will centre around the rotisserie and grill, from which the best regionally sourced chicken and steaks will be served. This is about high quality ingredients used to create simple but magnificent dining experiences – fresh, wholesome, local and great for sharing or solo dining.
Guests will be able to order a ‘whole bird’ with all the trimmings, steak cooked their favourite way, simple salads, fresh breads, quick bites and fine puddings too.
The environment will be relaxed and informal, with an individual design that celebrates the area’s heritage, its status as a key location for the exchange of goods, and its industrial identity. Playful, colourful, bold and laidback in design, Store Street Exchange will make guests feel special whether they’re visiting for an occasion dinner, a coffee and cake, a business lunch or a spot of brunch.
There’ll be a variety of different seating areas and places to hang out, all designed to inspire the exchange of ideas that Manchester is famed for across the globe. This will include semi-private dining options and mini-meeting spaces. The restaurant will have its own entrance on Auburn Street and an outdoor terrace.
Store Street Craft Bar will be a standalone drinking den with a focus on craft beers and cocktails. There’ll be a dazzling array of brews including plenty from Manchester’s own fabulous breweries and microbreweries.
The bar will have a brand-new entrance from London Road and its own outdoor seating area, providing the perfect place to hang out, catch up over drinks, people watch or dash in for a quality pre-travel beer.
The house service style will be warm, welcoming, fuss-free and genuine with a big focus on team training and knowledge.
Robert Ford, General Manager at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Manchester, commented “We can’t wait to open our doors to Manchester! Our concept is about bringing something special but uncomplicated to the city – fabulous food and a cracking collection of drinks in a relaxed space… the transformation is now underway and we’ll be back soon with updates!” For further info please visit www.storestreetmanchester.co.uk.