Finally the date has been released, with Chef Tom Kerridge opening his new restaurant in the Stock Exchange Hotel on Norfolk Street, Manchester on 15th November 2019.
The Bull & Bear will be located within the grand domed room, which was previously the trading floor of the Stock Exchange. Tom’s first Manchester outpost will be an approachable and social space, blurring the lines between elegance and informality, with a menu reflecting Tom’s signature style of refined British classics.
In addition to The Bull & Bear restaurant, Tom and his team will also be overseeing The Bank, offering private dining experiences for up to 14 people, and The Vault, catering for private events for up to 120 people.
Tom and his Executive Chef Dan Scott have created a menu that is influenced by Tom’s pub in Marlow, The Coach. The menu will be divided into three stages, ‘First’, ‘Second’ and ‘Third’, with the team recommending four to five plates per person, allowing diners to experience a wider selection of the menu. The Bull & Bear will celebrate the style of cooking that Tom is renowned for – refined British comfort food and classics using incredible produce, in an environment that is approachable yet luxurious.
Some signature favourites from The Coach will be making an appearance such as Mushroom “Risotto” Claude Bosi, The Coach Burger with Smoked Brisket and Dill Pickle and Chicken Kiev with Cauliflower Cheese. The menu will also include dishes such as:
Rotisserie Beetroot Salad with Feta and Mint
Smoked Chicken and Ham Hock Terrine with Piccalilli
Duck Liver Parfait with Plum Chutney
Fish Fritter of the Day with Pease Pudding and Tartare Sauce
Crispy Pig’s Head with Celeriac Rémoulade and Spiced Date Sauce
Venison Chilli with Toasted Rice Cream, Red Wine and Chocolate
Whisky and Rye Pudding
Hot Chocolate Tart with Hazelnut Ice Cream
The Coach Profiteroles with Soured Vanilla Cream
Rotisserie Pomme Boulangère
Rotisserie Celeriac with Winter Truffle
The Coach Chips with ‘Kerridge’s Bar & Grill’ Gherkin Ketchup
Buttered Hispi Cabbage
Tom has been working closely with his Bar Manager at The Hand & Flowers in Marlow, Antony Peart, to design a drinks menu of cocktails that celebrates British distilleries, alongside a selection of local beers and non-alcoholic options. As well as celebrating Manchester’s local brewing scene, there will be beer from Rebellion, a Marlow-based brewery.
The Grade II listed building, which is a striking example of Edwardian architecture from the early 20th Century, has been lovingly restored and transformed into the Stock Exchange Hotel.
The Bull & Bear is situated in the old trading room of the Stock Exchange Hotel. The interior domed ceiling is grand and bright, bringing a welcome contrast to the elegant green curved banquettes and comfortable leather armchairs. The gold and green colour palette is warm and earthy, inspired by the architecture and interior design of the hotel. The gold acts as a nod to Manchester’s symbol, the worker bee which dates back to the industrial revolution of the 19th Century.
The menus and beer mats will be illustrated with hand-drawn sketches of the people who make The Bull & Bear unique – suppliers, chefs, servers and punters – all of whom are a big part of their spirit and story.
Stock Exchange Hotel owners, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Winston Zahra are very excited to be working closely with Tom and his team on the food and beverage offering within the hotel. They commented that, “Tom’s pubs in Marlow are renowned for creating high quality experiences with a relaxed and traditional approach, taking everyday ingredients and creating special dishes which are accessible to all. Tom has a great humility, he is someone who can really connect with people and we’re very pleased to have partnered with him on the food and beverage operation at the hotel.”
Tom Kerridge added that, “The Bull & Bear will be a bit of Marlow up north which we can’t wait to share with the city of Manchester. The food scene up there is so vibrant and exciting and we’re looking forward to being a part of it. Our goal is to be somewhere that people feel welcome and looked after while enjoying some delicious food. The hotel is going to be stunning and it’s a brilliant setting for our first Manchester site.”
The Bull & Bear Name
The Bull & Bear lends its name to the building it resides in, the old Northern Stock Exchange, which was witness to the ups and downs of bull and bear markets; the bull represents a rise in the market with the upward motion of the bull’s horns and the bear a dip in the market with the downward swipe of the bear’s paw.
Private Dining by Tom Kerridge
Tom’s team will also be overseeing the food and beverage operation for private dining and events, which will be catered for within The Bank and The Vault.
The Bank at Stock Exchange Hotel has been reinvented to provide an intimate setting for private dining moments for up to 14, and comes complete with its own wine cellar which guests can enjoy as part of an overall experience. “The Bank” will also offer culinary masterclasses with Tom Kerridge’s team.
The Vault, hidden on the lower ground floor, has been restored to offer a unique, welcoming space for up to 120, with menus designed and served by Tom’s team.
Stock Exchange Hotel
Stock Exchange Hotel is one of Manchester’s most eagerly anticipated openings which will be launching on 15th November as a member of Relais & Châteaux. Co-owned by Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and hotelier Winston Zahra, the boutique property is set to open as a member of global hotel and restaurant fellowship, Relais & Châteaux and will be managed and operated by Manchester based GG Hospitality. The hotel will offer 40 rooms, including two signature suites and a stunning 3,500 square foot penthouse residence.