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