New steak and gin restaurant opens in the Corn Exchange

The newest tenant in Manchester’s Corn Exchange has today opened its doors.

Alston Bar and Beef has arrived from Scotland, bringing their highland steaks and gins south of the border for the first time.

The 160-cover venue opens following an extensive fit-out of the 6,500 sq ft space situated below the Corn Exchange.

When open, Alston Bar & Beef will be the first venue in Manchester to offer Tweed Valley steak on its menu. The beef is selected from the top one per cent of Scottish beef and dry hung for 35 days, for optimum flavour.

The menu also features dishes such as crab linguine in a bisque sauce and a beetroot and goats cheese risotto.

At the bar, an initial selection of 58 gins from all over the world will be available. Up to ten cold-compound gins will be available on rotation at the bar, including a British Hedgerow Gin, with sloes, haws, rose hips, rowan and blackberries all foraged locally and a Wild Horseradish Gin, which has again been picked from the local area.

Riki Bennett, General Manager, Alston Bar & Beef Manchester, said: “We are excited to finally be able to open our doors to the city of Manchester.
“We have invested a great deal of time and effort into securing the best quality steak for our customers, as well as handpicking the range of gins from around the world, with a focus on delivering the perfect accompaniment to our food.”

The restaurant, which is accessed via the external Cathedral Street entrance of the Corn Exchange, has undergone an extensive transformation with interior design and architecture practice Jestico + Whiles.

Stuart Goulden

Lead Consultant