Schofield's to launch NEW Cocktail Bar in the Underground Vault at the Stock Exchange Hotel

The new concept 'Sterling' will launch this Summer...

By Manchester's Finest | Last updated 10 May 2022

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Joe and Daniel Schofield, alongside leading wine expert James Brandwood, will take over the lower ground floor, previously known as ‘The Vault’ at Manchester’s Stock Exchange Hotel.

It will become home to an exciting new cocktail bar, with a fantastic wine programme that fittingly reflects the history and glamour of this stunning building.

STERLING, set to open in the Summer, is the next Manchester chapter for the award-winning trio. 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.

The team have continued to push the food and beverage scene in Manchester forward with their current venues Schofield’s Bar on Little Quay Street and ATOMECA at Deansgate Square.

They will be 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 American Bar at the Savoy and The Blue Bar at The Berkeley in London.

Joe Schofield said “We have been planning this new concept for a long time and now it’s nearing completion. Stock Exchange Hotel is a particularly meaningful venue for us as our mother used to work at the Stock Exchange.”

The Vault in 2021

The Vault in 2021

“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 will be housed in the 2,400 sq ft space and will have a capacity of just over 100 covers. It will be open five days a week. There will be the classic cocktails that people have come to expect from this talented team and a stellar wine list curated by James.

There will be a bar snack menu developed by Lush by Tom Kerridge, the two-Michelin starred chef responsible for the stunning Bull & Bear restaurant located on the former trading floor of The Stock Exchange Hotel.

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 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.”