The Stock Exchange Hotel has revealed the first details about what customers can expect when the luxury hotel with the most talked-about restaurant of the year opens in Manchester this November.
The former Stock Exchange building, a striking example of Edwardian architecture, is currently being meticulously transformed into a hotel with a collection of 40 rooms, including two signature suites and a stunning 3,500 square foot penthouse residence.
Having purchased the Grade II listed building six years ago, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs say that their vision was to bring the Stock Exchange back to life.
The food and drink operation in the hotel will be overseen by Michelin starred chef Tom Kerridge.
And the name for the new restaurant, housed under the magnificent dome which for decades was the trading floor of the Stock Exchange, has just been announced as The Bull & Bear.
“It feels like a pub name, but it’s also got that reflection of the Stock Exchange,” says Tom.
Tom opened The Hand & Flowers in Marlow almost 15 years ago. It won a Michelin star within the first 10 months of opening and became the first pub in the country to achieve two star status.
How did the chef get involved with the Stock Exchange project in Manchester?
“I got a DM on twitter from Gary Neville asking if I fancied having a little chat,” he laughs.
“So I met him at the Stock Exchange. And the moment I walked into the space that is going to be the restaurant I was blown away. It’s a place that’s steeped in history, and I wanted to be a part of it. I needed to be a part of it.”
Tom’s first Manchester outpost will be an approachable and social space, open from breakfast to the public as well as hotel guests, with a menu reflecting Tom’s signature style of refined British classics.
The menus and beer mats will be illustrated with hand-drawn sketches of the people who make The Bull & Bear unique – suppliers, chefs, servers and punters – all of whom are a big part of their spirit and story.
Tom and his executive chef Dan Scott have created a menu that is influenced by Tom’s pub in Marlow, The Coach. The menu will be divided into three stages, ‘First’, ‘Second’ and ‘Third’, with the team recommending four to five plates per person, allowing diners to experience a wider selection of the menu.
Dishes include the likes of rotisserie beetroot salad with feta and mint; venison chilli with toasted rice cream, red wine and chocolate; and whisky and rye pudding.
Some signature favourites from The Coach will also be making an appearance such as Mushroom “Risotto” Claude Bosi, The Coach burger with smoked brisket and dill pickle, and chicken kiev with cauliflower cheese.
Tom, who has been a United fan since he was “a small boy” and has family in the north, is thrilled to be opening in Manchester.
“It’s fantastic, an amazing city full of warm and friendly people,” he says.
“The Bull & Bear will be a bit of Marlow up north which we can’t wait to share with the city of Manchester. The food scene up there is so vibrant and exciting and we’re looking forward to being a part of it.
“Our goal is to be somewhere that people feel welcome and looked after while enjoying some delicious food. The hotel is going to be stunning and it’s a brilliant setting for our first Manchester site.”
In addition to The Bull & Bear restaurant, Tom and his team will also be overseeing The Bank, offering private dining experiences for up to 14 people, and The Vault, catering for private events for up to 120 people.
The Stock Exchange will open on 15th November as a member of Relais & Châteaux, an association of 580 unique hotels and restaurants throughout the world owned and operated by independent entrepreneurs. Booking is now open, including booking for The Bull & Bear restaurant.