NEW OPENING: The Stunning ‘STERLING’ Bar by Manchester’s Schofield Brothers at the Stock Exchange Hotel

This week Joe and Daniel Schofield, alongside leading wine expert James Brandwood, have opened up their lower ground cocktail bar at Manchester’s Stock Exchange Hotel; STERLING.

By Manchester's Finest | 27 September 2022

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Named to reference the building’s history as well as representing outstanding quality, the exciting new cocktail bar also has a fantastic wine programme and a bespoke, wood-panelled interior that fittingly reflects the history and glamour of the old Stock Exchange building.

STERLING is the next Manchester chapter for the award-winning trio – the third bar in the city from the Schofield brothers who recently won Bar of the Year and Best New Bar for their first opening in the city, SCHOFIELD’S BAR, at the Class Bar Awards 2022.

The team have unrivalled experience from across the globe winning International Bartender of the Year and working in some of the world’s most applauded bars, including Little Red Door, The American Bar at the Savoy, Singapore’s Tippling Club and Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney.

Manchester born and bred, the trio have continued to push the food and beverage scene in Manchester forward with their current venues SCHOFIELD’S BAR and ATOMECA.

They are joined by Paola Mariotti as General Manager, who has spent years working at some of the world’s most renowned five-star hotels including The Beaufort Bar at the Savoy and The Blue Bar at The Berkeley in London.

Joe Schofield said “We have been planning this new bar for a long time and the doors are now open. Stock Exchange Hotel is a particularly meaningful venue for us as our mother used to work at the Stock Exchange. Our grandmother also learnt to swim in the old pool at the basement in our original SCHOFIELD’S BAR location. As we continue to evolve our operations in Manchester, it’s warming to have a connection to the past, as that very much reflects our approach to our offering.”

STERLING has a capacity for just over 100 guests and is open five days a week, from Tuesday-Saturday.

The cocktail offering will include an elegant and discerning list of classics, such as the Artist’s Special (Highland Park 12 Scotch, Redcurrant, Sherry Lemon) and the Martinez (Roku Gin, Asterley Bros. Estate Vermouth, Dry Cherry, Orange Bitters).

The list also includes some of the Schofield Brothers’ own creations, including Aguila (Herradura Blanco Tequila, Pineapple, Lime, Avocado, Coriander, Red Chilli, Black Pepper) and Butterscotch (Butterscotch, Butter, Singleton 12 Scotch, Lemon, Egg White).

The bar snack menu will be developed by Lush by Tom Kerridge, the two-Michelin starred chef responsible for the stunning Bull & Bear restaurant located in the former trading floor of The Stock Exchange Hotel. The luxurious menu will include Truffle Cheese Gougeres, Whipped Taramasalata, Squid Ink Tapioca Cracker, Pickled Red Onion and Crispy Potato Bites, Creme Fraiche and Caviar.

Jacqui Griffiths, General Manager of Stock Exchange Hotel added: “We are really looking forward to bringing STERLING to Stock Exchange Hotel. Joe, Daniel and James have a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry which will add to the current offering with three world-class brands housed under one roof.”

Gary Neville, owner of the Stock Exchange Hotel said: “From the moment I walked into SCHOFIELD’S BAR some 8 or 9 months ago and met Joe and Daniel I felt like I was walking into an international quality destination but with a local feel and an understanding of the spirit of Manchester.”

“We spoke about how we had grown up in Bury and the times we had there! I genuinely can’t wait now for STERLING to open in Stock Exchange Hotel and develop this partnership with the Schofield brothers.”


STERLING is now open for bookings and walk-ins. It will be open Tuesday-Friday between 5:30-12:30pm and Saturday between 2pm-12:30pm.