July 31st, 2012

Restaurant entrepreneur Tim Bacon aims to win Michelin star with Manchester-themed fine diner

Restaurant entrepreneur Tim Bacon aims to win Michelin star with Manchester-themed fine diner

Tim Bacon, left, with chef Aiden Byrne
 
Get a Free Trial with Netflix Movie Streaming Restaurant king Tim Bacon has revealed bold plans to try and win the foodie world’s top honour – with a new Manchester-themed fine dining restaurant.

Tim is boss of the Living Ventures Group which has opened the likes of The Alchemist, Australasia and The Oast House on Spinningfields in Manchester as part of an ever-expanding food and drink empire. Now he’s joining forces with acclaimed chef Aiden Byrne, who was the youngest chef to ever win a Michelin Star in the UK, on the new venture.

The duo are planning a restaurant that ‘embodies Manchester and its people, celebrating the history and culture’. And Tim has boldly said it’s all with the aim of winning a prestigious Michelin Star, which has not been awarded to a restaurant in Manchester since 1974.

The ambitious venue is taking shape in Tower 12 at The Avenue North on Spinningfields, which was formerly Manchester House. With this in mind, the team are calling the venue The Restaurant and Lounge at Manchester House.

Tim said: “It is incredible that a city of Manchester’s size and pedigree does not have a starred restaurant, there should be three or four at least and we would like to get the ball rolling.

“I invite other chefs and proprietors to join in the endeavour.”

The restaurant is not due to open until March next year, but speculation has been rife for some months that Tim, known as the man with the Midas touch on Manchester’s food and drink scene, was planning a true gourmet restaurant in the city. Meanwhile Aiden, who won a Michelin Star at the age of 22 at Adlards in Norwich, has long spoken of his ambition to bring his culinary skills into Manchester, after the success of his gastropub The Church Green in Lymm.

Alas, there is no further word on how the ‘Manchester theme’ will take shape – although The Diary hopes it will mean posh versions of Eccles cakes and Manchester Tart on the menu.

It’s one of a host of new openings planned from Living Ventures – which will include a new Alchemist on New York Street which launches next week, and a new bar called The Botanist at the site of the former No15 Wine Bar in Alderley Edge which is set to launch in September.

Living Ventures’ investment in the city comes amid a restaurant and bar boom as we revealed earlier this month. A host of the city’s restaurants have announced expansion plans to accommodate demand – including San Carlo on King Street, the Restaurant Bar and Grill on John Dalton Street and Piccolino on Clarence Street.

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