Last week saw the opening of one of the most talked about venues in recent years – Grand Pacific in the former Manchester Reform Club.
The beautiful space has been restored to its original splendour, with the fascinating architectural history of the building still visible for all to see.
It celebrated its launch last night with a party welcoming guests including Cold Feet actor John Thomson, Downton Abbey actor John Henshaw, and Coronation Street stars Tisha Merry and Sair Khan.
The impressive and beautiful three-storey site on the corner of King Street and Spring Gardens, originally designed by architect Edward Salomons, has been brought back to life by the Living Ventures team and interior designer Michelle Derbyshire with a stunning colonial, Raffles Hotel-inspired transformation, not matched since Bernard Carroll’s gloriously decadent design in the 1990s.
“We are delighted to bring this beautiful room back to life and echo its glorious past as the home of the historic Manchester Reform Club,” said Living Ventures CEO Jeremy Roberts.
“Its heritage as a place to relax, eat and drink and just enjoy some of the pleasures of life simply oozes from the walls and it is our privilege and pleasure to let it continue to be what it was always meant to be.”
An entirely new atmosphere has been created altogether, but it’s as grand as ever. Through the entrance with its pineapple logo symbolising prosperity, generosity, and hospitality. Up the sweeping staircase with the upper mezzanine housing some wonderfully colonial old British Empire style wicker full back chairs and tables. And through to the bar that has been pivoted a full ninety degrees to offer a totally different orientation to the bar space.
The 120 cover restaurant offers ample plush leather seating and is resplendent with deep button upholstery and fantastic wooden black lacquered tables.
This is where the party was in full swing as the drinks flowed and Manchester’s finest gathered.
Grand it is, with an exotic and sophisticated food and drink menu to match. They sure know how to throw a party. Here’s to the next one.