November 16th, 2016

The Alchemist Branches Out To The 'Burbs With New Alderley Edge Site

By Manchester Evening News

Take a look inside Living Ventures' latest branch of its molcular micology cocktail bar

The Alchemist Branches Out To The 'Burbs With New Alderley Edge Site

City centre cocktail bar The Alchemist has branched out to the ‘burbs with the launch of a new site in Alderley Edge.

Taking over Living Ventures’ old Grill on the Edge steakhouse, the site has been totally transformed inside and out

Giant glass windows have opened up the building at the corner of London Road and Church Street, opening out on to a covered, heated terrace at the front.

Inside, the old bar has been ripped out and replaced by booth seating down the left hand side, with a giant new copper-topped island bar greeting guests as they walk in.

The Alchemist Branches Out To The 'Burbs With New Alderley Edge Site

Hanging pipe and glass lighting leads the eye upstairs, which has been opened up to create a mezzanine level overlooking the bar below.

It will have space for around 50 drinkers or diners and can be booked out for private functions, while the conservatory area downstairs will house the main 44-cover dining area.

The Alchemist Branches Out To The 'Burbs With New Alderley Edge Site

Signature Alchemist design touches, including walls of potion bottles and apothecary trinkets, and quirky prints by artist Dan Hillier complete the new look.

Mark Burville, senior operations manager for The Alchemist, said: “We’ve never done a village location before and I think it’ll go down really well here.

“If it does well for us it opens up a lot of avenues for other areas.”

The Alchemist Branches Out To The 'Burbs With New Alderley Edge Site

First launched in Spinningfields five years ago, The Alchemist now has eight sites nationwide including a second Manchester site on New York Street.

Specialising in molecular mixology, the cocktail menu is laid out like a periodic table with drinks including its signature Mad Hatters, a concoction of Ketel One vodka, citrus, elderflower, Cointreau and summer fruits, served warm and smoking in tea cups to share.

The Alderley Edge bar also features an extended bottled beer range to make up for a lack of draught, as well as a new premium wine selection for customers wanting to splash out on something special.

The venue will be open for 9am midweek and 10am at weekends for breakfast and brunch, followed by an all-day food menu featuring ‘tapatisers’ like pork bon bons and lemon chilli squid, gourmet sandwiches and burgers and mains ranging from jerk chicken to ramen and steak.

DJs will play on Friday and Saturday nights, when it will be open until 2am. Closing times will be midnight Monday to Wednesday, 1am on Thursday and 11pm on Sunday.

The bar will be quietly welcoming locals tonight before its official opening tomorrow morning.

Tags: Alderley Edge, Opening, Pub
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The Alchemist is open for morning coffee, brunch, lunch and dinner offering  everything Living Ventures are renowned for – excellent service, innovative cocktails and great food.