It was the biggest restaurant opening of last year, and has thrown some spectacular parties. Now, Spinningfields restaurant The Ivy is celebrating its first birthday.

The Ivy Spinningfields, which opened in Manchester on 27th November 2018, features four unique floors including a beautiful roof terrace, which was forced to close for a few months earlier this year following a fire.

The restaurant is now playing host to a month of birthday festivities to celebrate turning one, with live entertainment in the Ivy Brasserie and Ivy Asia, a beautiful transformation of its rooftop terraces, and limited-edition cocktails in collaboration with Veuve Clicquot champagne. 

The pièce de résistance of the birthday month is the transformation of the roof garden’s North and South terraces into the North and South Pole from this week until the end of the year.

The North terrace is a cosy winter woodland escape with a roaring fire and sparkling Christmas trees, whilst the South terrace features nods to ice and Antarctica with white plants and soft fluffy throws.

Dedicated, themed limited-edition cocktails created in collaboration with Veuve Clicquot will also be available on each of the terraces from Friday 15th November, including a Winter Garden cocktail (£13.25) incorporating Witley Neil rhubarb and ginger, Luxardo maraschino, liqueur, Monin sugar, lemon juice, apple juice, lavender bitters and Veuve Clicquot champagne.

In addition, The Ivy Brasserie will play host to a roaming brass band every Thursday in November (14th, 21st and 28th) from 8.30pm.

The menu has become more seasonal too. Think roast pumpkin soup with creamed pumpkin, truffle ricotta, pine nuts and crispy sage, and roasted lamp rump with glazed Chantenay carrots, pattypan squash, baby turnips, creamed potato, parsley and red wine sauce. 

Meanwhile on the second floor, guests of Ivy Asia – which has recently opened in London following the success of the Manchester original – will be able to enjoy live acrobatics and entertainment every Friday evening.

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