Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa, Restaurant

The four-star Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa celebrated the re-launch of its Scottish Steak Club restaurant with a collection of unique savoury cocktails.

The 'Whisky Steak' and the 'Rosemary Gin Steaktini' are limited additions to the now famous cocktail menu at Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa, featuring a blend of delicious Scottish steak and high grade Scottish whisky or vodka, designed to encapsulate the finest flavours of Scotland in a glass.

Guests were given the first taste of the two special blends and samples of a diverse choice of dishes from the new menu at the restaurant's VIP launch party.

The Whisky Steak is a short cocktail that uses fine quality Monkey Shoulder blended malt Scotch whisky alongside in-house aged 21 day Scots Beef farmed Sirloin Steak for soaking or dipping in the drink. This is complimented by fresh ground black pepper and homemade rosemary syrup which brings out both the spice and herb notes of the steak.

A herbal twist on the Martini, the Rosemary Gin Martini has been mixed as a palate cleanser to make the first mouthfuls of a steak even more delicious. It combines dry vermouth and rosemary syrup which leave behind subtle notes and tastes and the simplicity of drink is designed to introduce more people to this classic cocktail.

The recent restaurant and bar refurbishment means that the hotel now benefits from a uniquely renovated first floor Scottish Steak Club restaurant with stunning views across the city. The open-plan live kitchen allows guests to watch the chefs in action and relax in the new surroundings.

The restaurant has also installed an aging fridge for guests to view the outstanding steak offerings, as the finest cuts of Scottish, US and Argentinian beef complete the aging process, for up to 35 days, in the restaurant making them more tender for guests and customers.

Paul Bayliss MBE, General Manager at Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa, has recently been appointed Chair of The Manchester Hotelier's Association. He said: "Our restaurant team and chef brigade wanted to create a Manchester first that would play to Macdonald Hotels' Scottish heritage, so they started to work with our two most iconic ingredients - Scottish beef and Whisky.

"Savoury cocktails have grown in popularity in recent years as mixologists across the world have experimented to add a savoury flavour to spirits.

"The Whisky Steak and Rosemary Gin Steaktini offer guests something completely unique to other cocktails in the city and combines amazing flavours. We've mixed the richness of salty steak with the sweet, subtleness of malt whisky or dryness of gin. The warm, well-balanced nip of the whisky or delicate flavours of vermouth always shines through. Our bar team describes them as 'dignified drinks' and definitely something different.

"We are immensely proud of our reputation for serving guests only the highest quality food and for having one of Manchester's very best restaurants in our hotel. We don't compromise on service and work to offer the very best restaurant experience for our guests. The Steaktini is a bit of fun as part of our re-launch, but it is serious in pushing forward fantastic produce in a great environment"

Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa restaurant's refurbishment is part of a £2 million programme of restaurant re-launches across 16 Macdonald Hotel restaurants, further strengthening the group's already impressive food and beverage credentials.

Harwood Warrington, restaurant operations director, said: "Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa was already stand-out in terms of its reputation for sourcing quality ingredients and offering simple, flavoursome dishes made with freshest produce and delivered by a great team.

"The refurbishment means we now offer an even better guest experience that maximises on our core values, its location and position within the city restaurant scene. The restaurant is a destination in itself and we're looking forward to welcoming even more non-residents in Manchester."

The Rosemary Gin Steaktini is available at any time within both the Scottish Steak Club and the Exchange Bar within the hotel, and the Whisky Steak is available as an aperitif with the Scottish Steak Club from July onwards.

For more information on Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa's latest offers and packages visit www.MacdonaldHotels.co.uk/Manchester