With the trams now going to East Didsbury, quirky Burton Road is almost on our doorstep (well it is when Robbie Williams isn’t snagging up the whole transport infrastructure).
So we hot-footed it to the stunning The Violet Hour for their joint B’day bash and launch of a new food and cocktail menu.
“…a welcoming and cool cocktail bar at the same time, without being stuffy.”
The South Manchester bar is known for its sumptuous cocktails and cool cosmopolitan vibe and owner Dan Pollard told I Love Mcr:
“We‘re thrilled to be celebrating our first birthday after such a successful year. We’ve experimented with the food and drinks menu, but are really excited and confident in the bold choices we have made.
“The idea behind The Violet Hour was to be a welcoming and cool cocktail bar at the same time, without being stuffy. It has a relaxed vibe and whether you want a quiet after-work drink with a few small plates amongst friends, dinner, or to dance well into the night with regular live music and DJ nights, The Violet Hour offers something for everyone,” he added.
We joined the suburbs’ beautiful people, including former Corrie star Tina O’Brien to sample some of the new delights.
“Grounds for Divorce, named after the famous local Manchester band Elbow…”
Additions to the cocktails list include: “Garden of Violet” made up of Portobello Road gin, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, violet liqueur and rose syrup; “Daft Punt”, made up of Portobello Road gin, Punt e Mes, cherry heering, orange and pineapple; “Don Draper Julep”, a nod to the infamous Mad Men series set in the 30’s with Woodford Reserve bourbon, rhubarb liqueur, mint; Grounds for Divorce, named after the famous local Manchester band Elbow, made with a serving of Appleton eight year old rum, Luxardo Maraschino, passion fruit, and fresh chilli; and Portobello Porn Star made up of Portobello Road gin, basil, strawberry and pink fizz. All cocktails are priced from £6.50 to £7.50.
New dishes to the menu include; small plates, such as ginger crab, calamari, chorizo links with honey and paprika, mini vegetarian Yorkshire puddings with blue cheese and chilli jam, all priced at £4 per dish or three for £10.
Bigger plates include Pulled Pork with Violet ‘slaw served in a brioche bun; 8oz Beef Hanger Steak, served medium-rare with garlic butter; Violet Hour Cheeseburger; Stuffed Peppers with chickpeas and garlic served with a yoghurt dressing. All bigger plates are priced at £8 per dish or £15 for two dishes.
There are two “Sharing Slates” to choose from: the vegetarian “Garden” with a selection of continental cheeses, roasted peppers, hummus, olives, bread and rapeseed oil and, for meat-eaters, “Chacuturie” is an indulgent selection of cured meats and continental cheeses, with mixed olives, bread + rapeseed oil. Both are priced at £10 per slate.
Side dishes and sweets are available to order, as well as Sunday brunch and lunch menu. The full menu is available to preview online at www.theviolethourdidsbury.co.uk.
Throughout the summer, The Violet Hour will also be hosting a series of events to coincide with famous British festivals and sporting events, including Glastonbury and Wilmbledon. A full list of offers and events will be available at www.theviolethourdidsbury.co.uk.
Visit The Violet Hour, 236 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester
0161 434 9521 or visit www.theviolethourdidsbury.co.uk for more information and opening hours.