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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…

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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.

Grafene’s 1st Birthday – 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!

Grafene’s 1st Birthday

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Michael Deacon reviews Grafene, Manchester: ‘The venison I just found a bit, erm, Orwellian’

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’?

“Rarely have I had the pleasure of having quite so much naked plumbing suspended above my head”

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How Manchester restaurants are teaming up to help the homeless


When you eat out, would you pay one pound extra for your meal, if it helped your town’s homeless population?

That’s exactly how some of Manchester’s top restaurants will give a Christmas gift to the city’s homeless this winter.

In a newly unveiled campaign called StreetSmart, participating restaurants will add one pound to all bills between now and December 31.

This voluntary contribution is the same no matter how large the party, and the money raised is donated to Greater Manchester’s homeless charities.

High profile sponsor Deutsche Bank will ensure that all of the money collected will go directly to local homeless organisations by covering the scheme’s running and operational costs.

The donation is voluntary and can easily be removed from the bill upon request, but customers rarely object. Experience has shown that less than one per cent of diners decline to participate, and many actually request to add more than one pound to their bill.

This small donation soon adds up to an amount which can have a serious impact on the lives of the local homeless population.

The 2015 campaign raised over £15,000 for Greater Manchester charities, and the aim is to increase the amount this year with the help of several of the city’s hottest new restaurants, such as The Refuge, Grafene and El Gato Negro.


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