Marco Pierre White’s new Manchester restaurant Mr White’s English Chophouse has officially opened its doors.

Situated below the renowned Velvet Hotel on the city’s lively Canal Street, Mr White’s English Chophouse will focus on a menu featuring quality succulent steaks, chops and grills, and tasty pies, all created by the rock star chef himself.

The Manchester venue is the latest in Marco Pierre White’s new Chophouse brand, and comes just weeks after the opening of Mr White’s English Chophouse in London’s Whitechapel. It will be serving up new dishes combining the traditional with the contemporary, and English classics with French flair, all made with the best ingredients.

Main courses include 35-day aged steaks, roast rump of lamb a la Dijonnaise, The Governor’s haddock and triple cooked chips, or an amazing chateaubriand for two.

Starters feature baked camembert, seared sea scallops with black pudding, and duck rillettes, and puddings include Alex James cheese served with homemade drunken fruitcake, and espresso affogato.

Marco Pierre White, who also has a second Manchester restaurant, Marco’s New York Italian, said: “It’s hard to beat really good classic British food, and the new English Chophouse will concentrate on excellent quality produce, cooked to perfection and served in generous portions at affordable prices.”

Head chef Tom Parkin, who has run the popular Velvet Restaurant for over 22 years, will remain in charge of the team under the new Chophouse brand.

Diners will also be able to enjoy fine wines, beer and cocktails at the venue which sits in the vibrant heart of Manchester’s busy dining and entertainment scene.

While there, guests can also take a trip upstairs to the lively Velvet bar, which has recently undergone major renovations. Established in 2005 after the long running success of Velvet Restaurant, Velvet Bar has been the place to visit for sumptuous cocktails in decadent surroundings for the past decade.

Recently fully refurbished, the new Velvet Bar remembers the past success with subtitle hints of black velvet, dark moody walls with rose gold feature walls and smoky mirrors, whilst embracing the new clientele and retaining the old.

It is open seven days a week, with regular resident DJs like DJ Jamie Bull, Sandro Valentino and Emma “Viva” Wilkinson each weekend and special event nights throughout the year.

Kim Eivind Krohn, owner of KRO Hospitality, the owner of Velvet Hotel, said: “Mr White’s English Chophouse is a great addition to the Manchester restaurant scene and I believe it is going to be a big hit with the city’s discerning diners.

“Velvet Hotel and Bar is a brilliant venue at the heart of the action with a well-deserved reputation for excellence. I can’t wait to see people’s reaction to the new exciting Marco Pierre White dishes, Tom and his team will be serving up.”

The opulent Velvet Restaurant has been welcoming guests to its Canal Street home since 1996 to enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch and a la carte dining in sumptuous surroundings. It was joined by the Velvet Bar in 2005. General Manager Stephen Donnelly who spent a decade at KRO Piccadilly and two years at Damson MediaCityUK, joined the restaurant and bar at the start of the year to head up the new venture.

The venue is completed by the chic boutique Velvet Hotel, opened in 2009, which offers 19 rooms all decorated with unique dramatic flourishes and great flair.


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