Housed within a former bank, TOAST is a brand new culinary concept in the Manchester market town of Altrincham. The casual dining restaurant opened in October and is a place where (almost) everything is served on toast, from all day breakfast dishes and light bites, to lunch, mains and deserts.
TOAST is located on the ground floor of the beautifully renovated old bank building and is the brainchild of owner Justin Orange who was inspired to create this new eating experience by his travels to New York. Heading up the kitchen is Edward Carr, who has drawn on skills developed at venues like Aumbry and The Fat Duck to craft the unique menu.
The interior, which has room for 56-covers, was created by Sarah de Freitas of De Freitas Design and divides the restaurant into two distinct areas. The Garden Room is vibrant and floral while the main restaurant area takes a great deal of design inspiration from the building’s original architecture. TOAST also benefits from an al-fresco heated canopied section that can seat up to 16. Speaking to Premier Hospitality, Sarah talked through the design:
“Justin and Ed began by telling me about the type of venue they wanted Toast to be and what they wanted to serve. We agreed that it needed to be more upmarket than a café and attract both the breakfast and lunch trade. It’s a beautiful historic building in Altrincham that was an old bank built in the 19th century. I wanted to keep the original features and didn’t want to take away from the history of the building. It had a gorgeous big door, for example, that I didn’t want to get rid of. The problem with this was that when we closed the door, the restaurant wouldn’t look open for business but to leave it open would be a nightmare with the weather so I decided to embrace this.
“That led me to come up with an indoor garden area at the front. The building has big, tall windows that we changed in this area to sash windows that can open right up and we added external patio heaters so it will feel like sitting outside. We filled the space with floral furniture and lots of different exotic plants.
“In Altrincham there are a lot of young families so we wanted to make it spacious enough to be accessible for parents with small children and prams. The furniture is comfy and homely with armchairs, lounge tables and lots of booth seating.”
“There are a lot of earthy tones and natural materials with exposed brick and hardwood timbers. The chairs are very soft and luxurious in rich colours such as orange and teal. I love working with old, historic buildings because they have a story and I love to incorporate that within my design, mixing the old with the new. It was a great project to work on and looks amazing.”
Family bakery Trove, based in nearby Levenshulme, has the all-important job of supplying freshly baked bread daily including five different varieties, plus a gluten-free option. Dishes are similarly made with ingredients from other local producers while coffee is supplied by local roaster Heart and Graft, and from Sale Sharks rugby player, David Seymour, who has provided a special roast from his new coffee company, Couch Grind Coffee.
Standout TOAST dishes include prawns rolled in sesame seeds, with sweet chilli jam; truffled cheese on toast, with baked egg and truffle oil; egg and chorizo, with chorizo spread and paprika jam; baked vanilla peaches, with Chantilly cream and mascarpone; and marinated strawberries with whipped rosewater ricotta. There’s also a Young Toasties menu, priced from £3, where every dish comes with a 25 pence donation to local charity, The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust.
Aside from coffee, TOAST offers smoothies, made with adventurous ingredients like Maca, dandelion shoots, and sunflower shoots, carefully selected wines, Prosecco, and craft beers and cider. Owner Justin Orange commented:
“Who doesn’t love TOAST? It’s been eighteen months in the making, but it’s been well worth the wait. It’s a beautiful building. We’ve planned everything in detail, so all you have to do is turn up, relax and enjoy.”
Opening hours are 8am – 6pm, Monday – Saturday. For more information and reservations please visit toastaltrincham.com.
Specialising in electrical and mechanical engineering services, Goldborne Ltd work on commercial design and build fit out projects for the hospitality and leisure industry. The company has been in operation since 2002, however, the experience of Managing Director John Griffin dates back to 1980, when he worked on computer room and office fit out projects.
Over the past 15 years, many of Goldborne Ltd’s clients have become repeat customers, with various successful working relationships being forged, including an important eight-year relationship with Corpacq. Additional long-term clients include Claremont, Liverpool Football Cub, Talk Talk, Brother International and Shoosmiths, amongst others.
Recently, Goldborne Ltd was appointed by Corpacq as the main contractor on TOAST. Working on this project, Goldborne Ltd was responsible for planning, the architectural and structural design work, project management, space planning and all aspects of construction – both in the offices and across the ground floor restaurant. Work included the construction of the atrium and staircase, the total refurbishment of the building, new electrical and mechanical services and all finishes.
Martyn Randall, Goldborne Ltd, said:
“TOAST is a flagship project in Altrincham, a fine period building transformed into a prestigious office headquarters and upmarket restaurant, with standout features such as a large fish tank on the executive floor, break out and staff area, racing car simulator and high quality finishes throughout.”
“Our basic disciplines of electrical and mechanical engineering allow us to take on complex refurbishment and fit out schemes whilst also being able to act as sub-contractor to other specialist construction companies. This is something we’re very proud of.”