Grand Pacific Launch Party
It was a party just about as lavish as the setting as celebrities and VIPs headed to the launch of the new Grand Pacific bar and restaurant on King Street.
The historic building at the top of King Street, once Reform and more recently Room, has been given the Living Ventures sparkle for its new incarnation.
And famous faces were enjoying the revels as bosses celebrating the grand new look, complete with golden pineapple chandeliers and lamps, sleek wall tiling and leather seating.
Coronation Street stars past and present were to be found among the guests, including glamorous Sair Khan with Tisha Merry who recently left the show as Steph Britton.
Hayley Tamaddon was to be found with her old pal Tupele Dorgu in a fabulous black and white spotted top, while another ex-Corrie favourite Ian Puleston-Davies was also back in town for the stylish bash.
Cold Feet star John Thomson headed out to the party on a break from filming the eagerly-anticipated new series of the ITV drama, and was spotted chatting to comedy star John Henshaw.
Real Housewives of Cheshire star Dawn Ward joined the party, alongside TOWIE’s Harry Derbridge who recently revealed he has left Essex behind to make Manchester his new home.
Former United legend Gary Neville was rubbing shoulders with the city’s foodie movers and shakers, including celebrity chef Andrew Nutter, after earlier this week being named in the Top 50 “Power List” at the Northern Restaurant and Bar show.
Grand Pacific has been one of the city’s most talked about new venues since launching last week.
The building’s grade II listed splendour has been sensitively preserved, from the pitch pine ceiling to the stone fireplaces, and enhanced by a classic, colonial-style design scheme by interiors guru Michelle Derbyshire.
A 25-seat long bar, inspired by Raffles Hotel in Singapore in its heyday and overhung by a great golden palm chandelier, runs down the centre of the space, serving cocktails with a tropical twist.
Towards the back of the room, divided up by cut crystal screens, is the main dining space where diners will be seated at cream leather booths to enjoy an informal, pan-Asian menu, including appetisers such as sushi bowls (£8.75) and chicken and spring onion gyoza (£6), and mains including tempura Szechuan sea bass with crispy noodles (£17.95), lamb massaman curry (£17.95) and tea-smoked salmon with cucumber salad (£17.95).
Living Ventures CEO Jeremy Roberts said: “We are delighted to bring this beautiful room back to life and echo its glorious past as the home of the historic Manchester Reform Club.
“Its heritage as a place to relax, eat and drink and just enjoy some of the pleasures of life simply oozes from the walls and it is our privilege and pleasure to let it continue to be what it was always meant to be.”
Grand Pacific is a restaurant bar concept located in a landmark building at the top of King Street. Colonial inspired grand interior meets a relaxed old world charm and a relaxed atmosphere for Great service and food in a casual environment.