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Grafene’s 1st Birthday

The Great Gin Giveaway: Celebrate Grafene’s 1st Birthday With Sipsmith


Want to get your hands on free gin punch? Join Grafene for birthday drinks this July…

As Grafene celebrates its first birthday, the award-winning King Street restaurant is inviting 365 lucky Mancunians to raise a toast to each and every day of what’s been a truly spectacular year.

Since the grand opening with Nobel Prize Winner and inventor of graphene, Professor Andre Geim, last summer, Grafene has attracted national press attention, received several award nominations, and moved up 10 places in the Best Restaurants of Manchester listings.

Coinciding with the launch of the new summer menu, the birthday celebrations look set to create a stir amongst Manchester food and drink enthusiasts this July, as Grafene round off a successful first year in style…

The year in review

It’s been an eventful 12 months; not long after opening its doors, Grafene was ranked as one of the top 5 modern British restaurants in the UK by The Times, leading to a nomination for Best Newcomer at the Eat Drink & Sleep Awards last autumn.

In January, the restaurant welcomed new Head Chef, Stephen Moore, to the kitchen, who caused a buzz on the Manchester dining scene in April with his first signature menu. As a result of Stephen’s infectious energy and creativity, Grafene continued to climb up the city’s restaurant list, culminating in two further nominations in the COMBA 2017 Awards this Spring – one of which it went on to win.

What’s more, Grafene has actively contributed to the vibrant King Street community, throwing its first outdoor lawn party on the Sipsmith gin bar terrace during the King Street Festival. Gin features heavily throughout the Grafene cocktail menu, as it will in the upcoming birthday celebrations.

Lunch and free punch at Grafene

To cement its stamp on the Manchester dining scene, Grafene has just launched a new summer menu, paying tribute to the best of British cocktails and cuisine. The restaurant will be kicking off its birthday celebrations with a press lunch on Thursday 20th July, giving the city’s most established foodies a chance to review the new menu.

Following the lunch, Grafene will be welcoming 365 thirsty Mancunians through its doors from 5pm, as they give away a year’s worth of Sipsmith Gin Punch over the course of Thursday evening. Partygoers will also be given the opportunity to sample a selection of canapés from the summer menu, with a DJ spinning long into the night…

And the festivities won’t end there. To continue the party, Grafene will be treating diners to a free glass of prosecco with every main course bought on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July, rounding off the birthday weekender in sparkling fashion with lawn games, Sipsmiths Gin bar, Poretti Tuk Tuk and Grafene’s very own horsebox bar!

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Introducing our new Head Chef, Steven Moore

We are delighted to announce our new Head Chef, Stephen Moore.

Since Steven joined the 55 King Street team he has made his mark on our menu already with extravagant flavours and stunning presentation. Stephen made the move across King Street from nearby Gotham Hotel with a CV that boasts working for 3 AA-rose restaurants at Church Green in Lymm under Aiden Byrne and at Thornton Hall Hotel on the Wirral under Matt Worswick.

Restaurant owner Paul Roden says: “Stephen is working with the current menu but will be varying and adding new dishes as he proceeds. He has really impressed since day one and Grafene has definitely moved up a notch.

“You can taste it in the quality of food, and I witness it every day in Stephen’s drive and determination.”

Also joining the Grafene team this New Year are David Bowman-Powell, Restaurant Manager, who joins from Nutters; Bar Manager Asa Cann, formerly of Quill; Assistant GM Aldona Jablonska formerly of Amba and Business Development Manager Rebecca Walker, formerly of Australasia and The Alchemist.

Paul continued: “We’ve come a long way as a restaurant since opening in July last year and we’re excited to see where our new team can help take us next.”

Have you tasted Grafene yet?

With a stunning, ever-changing menu, the current favourites include roasted cod with smoked mussels, kohlrabi, seaweed sauce and sea herbs, rump of beef with roast cauliflower, sage and feta dauphinoise, and toffee parfait with yoghurt sorbet, honeycomb and granola (see photos).

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This business of having exposed piping all over your restaurant ceiling. I still don’t get it. Is it popular with the public? Are there people who get a kick from eating somewhere that looks like the Chemical Plant Zone stage from Sonic the Hedgehog 2? Do lovers find it romantic, gazing dreamily into each other’s eyes four foot below a sewage pipe? Did Pope Julius II look up at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and say, ‘Not bad, Signor Michelangelo, but to be honest I think it would have looked better with a whacking great aluminium air duct in the middle’?

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