COMING SOON: Manchester’s NEW Treehouse Hotel unveil Restaurant, Bar & Music Curators

The brand-new space will feature an elite selection of some of the North West’s most celebrated chefs and restaurateurs.

By Emma Davidson | June 14th '22

Treehouse Hotels, part of SH Hotels & Resorts who operate a strong portfolio of exclusive destination spaces in North America, Asia Pacific and Europe, has announced the new Treehouse Hotel Manchester to follow Treehouse Hotel London as its second hotel in their UK portfolio. 

Set to open early 2023 on Deansgate, in the very heart of Manchester City Centre, leading the culinary charge will be a stellar line-up of the North West’s highly regarded chefs and restaurateurs.  

Mary-Ellen McTague, has over 20 years’ experience in hospitality, spanning multiple sizes and styles of operation. Mary-Ellen’s outstanding career began in the then-Michelin starred Sharrow Bay Country House hotel, followed by four years spent working with Heston Blumenthal, firstly as Sous Chef at the 3 Michelin-starred Fat Duck, then as Research and Development Chef, working on historical food for Blumenthal’s Hind’s Head and Fat Duck menus. 

Mary-Ellen also boasts three highly regarded restaurants of her own in Manchester, the latest being the much-lauded Creameries in Chorlton, the critics favourite. 

A true pioneer in sustainable kitchen practises over the last six years, Mary-Ellen will bring this ethos in modern cuisine to the venture. Fundamental to this will be a zero-waste focus and her modern twist on traditional cooking techniques. Mary-Ellen will be curating the offerings on the ground floor of Treehouse Hotel Manchester, based on seasonality, sustainability, and a sense of place.  

Beginning her menus with morning offerings of fresh pastries and hot and cold sandwiches to start the day, the all-day menu, which will change seasonally, will focus on utilising produce sourced from local farms. The menus will reflect her immense talent and experience, with a carefully crafted biodynamic wine list and many other aspects to be announced. 

Sam Grainger, who will be the mastermind of the hotel’s 14th floor destination restaurant and stand alone bar, is collaborating with ex Refuge curators, Luke Cowdrey and Justin Crawford. 

Sam is yet another well-established chef joining the team. Sam has gained praise from all corners of the food industry as chef owner at critically acclaimed Belzan in Liverpool, and the revered Madre. Sam is known for his eclectic mix of dishes with a focus on British produce interwoven with Japanese and European ingredients and techniques, and cutting-edge Mexican Taqueria dishes, his focus will be on elevated Southeast Asian menus. As a natural collaborator, Sam has also recently opened Carnival with Hawksmoor founder, Richard Turner.  

Last, but by no means least, the North-West powerhouse restaurateurs – Luke Cowdrey and Justin Crawford. Luke and Justin began their path in the suburban hotspot of Didsbury, with Volta. The duo then opened what was then one of the most eagerly anticipated restaurants Manchester had seen in decades, The Refuge by Volta. 

Their initial approach was to bring Volta’s award-winning formula of crafted and beautiful small plates and grills to the city centre, but on the scale of a 139-cover restaurant. Following its success they managed to achieve Manchester’s reputation of exceptional dining experiences to a whole new level

The Refuge by Volta has been globally recognised as an unparalleled experience of glorious food, music and cultural happenings in a way that reflects Manchester’s forward-thinking mentality. Mavericks in every sense of the word, the pair will be partnering with Sam Granger to work on the food offering, beverage and music program of the 14th floor restaurant, they will also curate activations in the Rooftop bar and the ground floor restaurant.  

In true Treehouse Hotels’ style, the hotel will be fun, fresh and a breath of fresh air for a thriving global city in its assent – designed to appeal to the youthful spirit in all of us and inspired by life’s joys. The building is redeveloped in collaboration with UK-based 93ft to restore the building, incorporating organic aesthetics to create a comfortable oasis and playful rooms encouraging guests to relax and enjoy.

The 216-room hotel will be filled with an abundance of dappled light and natural scent of pitch pine, reminiscent of entering a secret forest. Thoughtful design details allow travellers to share ideas, stories, and connect with playful hopscotch carpets; stepping-stones in lift lobbies; custom-designed space hoppers in the hotel gym, and an invitation for visitors to carve their stories into a central living wooden art piece that will grow over time.

As part of Treehouse Hotel Manchester’s unique offerings, the hotel will present three unique new dining and drinking experiences in the city, including a top floor restaurant and bar with uninterrupted views of the city, and a crowning rooftop venue with views for miles. In addition to restaurants, there will be a rooftop bar and terrace.

More details to be announced. 

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