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Recent news that the fine dining restaurant was closing came as a shock – but today, chef Aiden Byrne has officially confirmed that he is about to relaunch Manchester House.

The acclaimed chef agreed a deal with private investors to take over the restaurant in November, in order to continue the legacy built by late Living Ventures restaurateur Tim Bacon. The relaunch is funded by investors with previous restaurant industry experience.

Aiden recently left sky-high Spinningfields restaurant 20 Stories, fuelling rumours as to where he would go next. He had spent 12 months at D&D London’s flagship Manchester restaurant.

The acclaimed chef had previously left his position at Manchester House to head up the kitchen at 20 Stories rooftop restaurant and bar.

“20 Stories was an incredible challenge and I’m extremely proud of what we’ve achieved,” said Aiden.

“The success of 20 Stories has been unprecedented, raising the bar on the Manchester dining scene, and I can only give heartfelt thanks to D&D for the opportunity and for their support over the last year.

“The history that connects me to Manchester House is very personal and I truly couldn’t imagine anyone else at the helm for this reinvention.”

Aiden is hoping Manchester House will once again confirm itself as “a staple on the Manchester dining scene, exactly where it belongs. I feel like this is the perfect time and place for me to continue my craft.”

He says he is “extremely excited” by the opportunity.

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“Manchester House has always been about pushing the boundaries, delivering a unique fine dining experience and staying true to that endeavor. It belongs to Manchester, an institution in its own right and we want our customers to feel as if they belong here too.

“There will be changes to come but at the moment we are keen to get the restaurant open for trading.”

Manchester House closed in early October this year after being put into administration. The then owners, Living Ventures Group, said in a statement that the venues had suffered under ‘difficult trading affecting the sector.’

The newly relaunched Manchester House is due to open to the public in early December 2018. Reservation line details will be announced next week.

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