NEW OPENING: A wine-led rooftop restaurant from the team behind Chester’s Covino 

Climat has finally opened its doors on the rooftop of Blackfriars House with cascading views across the city.

By Emma Davidson | Last updated 29 June 2023

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It’s been a long time coming, but the eagerly anticipated Climat has finally opened its doors in Manchester, delivered by the team behind Chester’s coveted Covino.

Located on the roof of Blackfriars House with unbeatable views across the city and down the troughs of the River Irwell, Climat extends the stellar reputation of Covino with a wine-led concept and daily interchanging menus. 

Headed up by executive chef, Luke Richardson, his cooking style has been described as ‘Parisian expat food’, which is a nod toward the time he spent in cosmopolitan kitchens across the French region. 

His influence is on familiar food, delivered in the form of well looked after small plates, that, more than anything, are led by the wine in Climat.  

The restaurant houses a cellar of around 300 different wines that span tastes and regions, but with a slight lean to Climat’s favourite of all – Burgundy. Outside of this, you’ll find a comprehensive range of other styles and grape varieties from across the world from small producers to established brands and more. 

The team Climat has gathered to run the restaurant is also headed up by some Manchester food and drink stalwarts, including Jerome Boullier who formerly ran Le Social wines in Ancoats. 

He’s joined by Charlotte from Butcher’s Quarter who will lead the restaurant as its general manager, as well as a bar manager who formerly worked with Bada Bing and a sommelier who has made the jump from Tom Kerridge’s Bull & Bear, which recently announced its closure.

What’s most striking about Climat though, is its unmatched views of Manchester that will give guests a glimpse into the industrial past and pioneering future of the city. From wherever you’re sat in the space, your views are uninterrupted, and with an open plan kitchen, too, Climat offers an exclusive intimacy.

Climat is open and taking bookings now. It’s open Monday 5pm – 9pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12pm – 3pm then 5pm – 9pm, Friday and Saturday 12pm – 3pm and 5pm – 9.30pm, Sunday 12pm – 8pm.