Do you know about The Lowry’s Secret Rooftop Garden?

Making great use of the longest heat-wave since 1976 we’ve had this summer, chefs at the waterside restaurant, Pier Eight, have been growing herbs and flowers for their dishes for the first time ever.

By Manchester's Finest | Last updated 3 December 2018

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Pier Eight is The Lowry’s restaurant and bar, overlooking the Manchester Ship Canal and MediaCityUK. Serving fresh, British flavours and seasonal ingredients, it is the perfect setting for a relaxed lunch, pre-show meal or a special occasion.

Borage, nasturtium, mint, sage, fennel and cornflower are among some of the plants being grown in recycled pots. Beets, salad leaves and radish are also grown, as well as spring onion, garlic chives and plenty of edible flowers like violas and cornflowers.

The garden has only been going for one summer starting this year, but the Pier Eight chefs plan to use this garden as much as possible in the future when the season and weather permits.

On the menu right now, you can find these herbs and vegetables on dishes like the Venison carpaccio with smoked yoghurt and pickled mushrooms a well as the dill broth from the Braised Lamb Shoulder and the Celeriac Parfait with rooftop herbs for dessert.

Executive head chef Oliver Thomas said “Our menu has a real focus on championing local ingredients and what could be more local than picking herbs and flowers from our very own roof. This is the first time we’ve ever grown fresh produce at Pier Eight restaurant and we hope that it will help us to reduce our carbon footprint.”

Pier Eight Restaurant is open for pre-theatre dining for Lyric & Quays Theatre shows, with an extended menu and opening on Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings.

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Pier Eight, Inside The Lowry, Salford M50 3AZ
0161 876 2121