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Recognition for Allotment Bar

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Allotment Bar, Manchester

Allotment Bar has recently opened in Manchester’s Northern Quarter offering diners and drinkers alike a cool haven to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

The venue has been recognised in this year’s Restaurant & Bar Design Awards in the Standalone Bar and Club category for its inspired design.

This is owners Gavin Williams and James Kennedy first bar and restaurant in Manchester and has created 11 new jobs. The independent business opened in 2014 with the aim providing great customer service, customer satisfaction and a great product to customers.

Speaking about the duo’s inspiration behind the venue Gavin commented:

“Coming from the countryside we knew we wanted to bring this with us to the big city, so we thought, what is green within the city? An Allotment!  Here we are today with a bar that is fresh, airy, green and looks like no other bar in Manchester!”

Allotment Bar, Manchester

Premier Hospitality caught up with Carl Brown from Select Interiors to find out more about the scheme. Carl commented:

“The brief for Allotment Bar was to create a cool Northern Quarter watering hole from the former clothes shop comprising new toilets, a Commercial Catering Kitchen, a Beer and Wine Cellar in the Basement, a Ground Floor Main Bar with a separate shed Cocktail Bar located in the back corner on the same level and main Restaurant areas.

“The design concept was to be based on an allotment and so we utilised as much reclaimed material and architectural salvage as possible. We worked closely with Planning & Building Control officers to deal with the challenging existing Grade II Listed façade.”

Select Interiors were employed to deliver the full design and build package for Allotment Bar and completed the project over a ten week period from concept to completion.

Allotment Bar, Manchester

The Main Bar situated on the Ground Floor of the venue has been manufactured using pre-weathered zinc cladding with bespoke stainless steel tops and the cladding was sourced from a chapel ceiling. The Cocktail Bar has been manufactured from painted timbers salvaged from a Victorian school in Altrincham and the Edwardian door was found at In-Situ Architectural Antiques.

All of the venue’s lighting has been bespokely designed by Select Interiors from enamelled pails and soil sieves further adding to the quirky vintage theme.

The venue differs from a lot of its competitors in the Northern Quarter where bars favour the stripped back, bare brick American look. This venue has been filled the venue with colour, texture, fresh smells and given it an indoor-outdoor feel.

The venue boasts a living wall comprising an array of beautiful, vibrant plants which acts as a focal point of the bar.

Allotment Bar, Manchester

The duo plans to expand the brand following the success of this venue and are currently looking at other sites for inspiration. Co-owner James added:

“We are working incredibly hard to keep pushing Allotment Bar forward and are constantly looking at how we can improve the customer’s experience, as well as coming up with new unique and quirky products to ensure we are different to everyone else.”

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