Nearly 10 years ago, Paul and Kathryn opened the four-star Losehill House Hotel and Spa near the village of Hope in the Peak District.
In 2016, they decided they wanted to replicate the success of their modern British menu and bring those relaxing dining experiences from the country to the city.
Under the direction of Executive Chef Darren Goodwin, Grafene offers an eclectic menu from breakfast through to dinner which comprises a daily changing market-based a la carte, a seven-course taster menu and small plate options, all sourced from non-GM local or artisan suppliers.
The island bar serves vintage champagne, local beers and cocktails inspired by Graphene whilst an open pastry kitchen in the heart of the restaurant offers a visual and entertaining experience.
Two intimate private dining areas specialise in wine tasting, either as an accompaniment to the daily changing tasting menu, or as a dedicated activity tailored to each party.
The interior of the venue is complemented by an al-fresco dining area on the thoroughfare between King Street and Chapel Walks, featuring a sliding glass wall to bring the outside in and an innovative light box changing with the moods of the day.
So – why call it Grafene?: “We are inspired by the world’s first 2D material Graphene, first isolated at Manchester University,” said owner Paul Roden.
“Grafene is our food and drink interpretation of this exciting new chapter in Manchester’s rich history, and of the excitement and energy there is around its possibilities for science and technology.”