Manchester’s Bridge Street is well on its way to being transformed as a destination for food lovers, helped by the opening of Masons Restaurant Bar this October.

Masons will officially open on October 20, following a VIP bash at Manchester Hall, the transformed former Freemasons Hall, the evening before.

Just as the Masons’ name references the building’s unique history, the food at Masons will have a nod to the traditional – but very much brought bang up to date – with playful, modern interpretations of traditional British flavours.

Masons will unveil its full a la carte menu next month, with all ingredients carefully sourced from across the British Isles including Connemara organic Irish salmon from Ireland and Dukesmoor steaks from Wales. The menu will be kept deliberately simple, as serving staff will be expected to establish a rapport with customers and provide them with the detailed knowledge of the dishes on offer that day.

While the interior features a few touches of Freemasons’ iconography, the green colours of the design scheme have been chosen to help create a welcoming, light and informal club atmosphere. The restaurant area offers a multitude of different dining settings under one roof catering for a plethora of requirements from breakfast planning meetings, entertaining clients at lunch or taking out your special someone on a date. A private dining booth complete with Freemasons-inspired motifs continues the playful take on the club theme, and is bound to be a popular choice for visitors, seating up to four people.

Masons will open at 8am for breakfast – with guests promised a hearty, yet elegant, start to the day.

Director Deepa Parekh says: “Our Masons menu has been many months in the planning and we can’t wait to surprise and delight our first guests with our traditional menu with a twist. Enjoying fantastic food shouldn’t be intimidating and Masons’ ethos will be to combine attention to every single detail in our cooking with the friendliest and best possible personal service. We don’t want it to feel like a stuffy venue, but a place to unwind and relax with friends and colleagues in the heart of the city.”

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