Food: The Alchemist Manchester Launches New Menu and Charity Initiative

In time for Summer, Manchester’s popular restaurant and bar The Alchemist launched new menus and charity iniative.

Based on New York Street and Spinningfields in Manchester, The Alchemist has announced the arrival of its much anticipated new food and cocktail menus. Lets face it: no one does cocktails like The Alchemist! Many a time I’ve visitied this place just for the novelty of a steaming, sizzling cocktail, causing a lot of attention….

But as a big Manchester foodie, I was interested in hearing they had launched a new food menu too. The menus became available in all venues on Tuesday 15th May 2018, covering breakfast and brunch right through to dinner and after work drinks.

The updated food offering includes a host of delicious and nourishing dishes in time for summer, featuring a selection of vegan options, such as a fragrant Keralan curry with chickpeas and cauliflower rice, a Shawarma Cauliflower Steak served with Harissa yoghurt and an energising mixed grain salad.

The Alchemist are also delighted to announce their partnership with Foodinate, a charitable organisation that works to end local food poverty by running a ‘meal for a meal’ initiative. The Alchemist has pledged to cover the cost of a hot, nutritious meal to a local person in need every time a customer orders the Duck Gyozas or Keralan Curry.

To get a feel of their charity initiative, I headed down to the New York Street venue and tried out the Duck Gyozas and Keralan Curry myself. They didn’t disappoint – the curry had a real kick to it, and to say it’s a vegetable based dish, it was full of flavour and actually really filling!


The updated cocktail list follows six months of innovation and experimentation from The Alchemist’s in-house expert mixologists to create its unrivalled theatrical serves.

The new additions are Alchemist twists on old classics, using new techniques and ingredients.  The menu welcomes nine new magical additions bursting with complex and fresh flavours.

Highlights include the ‘Pot O’ Gold’; a flavoursome and refreshing rhubarb gin and grapefruit juice combination, served alongside a beaker of pineapple gin jelly, as well as the ‘Iced Charcoal Latte’, an Alchemist take on the Espresso Martini. I haven’t tried this one yet but I think this one pretty much has my name on it.

Guests can also expect mainstay favourites such as The Lightbulb Moment and The Colour Changing One.

Simon Potts, Managing Director of The Alchemist, commented: “We’re extremely proud of the new menus; our teams work tirelessly to provide a memorable drinking and dining experience for our guests.”

“It’s a big task for our teams to create the next big thing but their creativity and passion never falters. We hope visitors of The Alchemist love the new additions as much as we do.”


Talking about the charity initiative, Simon added: “We are always looking for new ways in which we can give back to our communities and we love the work Foodinate do.”

“We’re the first national restaurant brand to partner with the cause and we’re immensely proud to work alongside such a fantastic charity. It also allows our customers to be a part of the initiative and we look forward to seeing the difference we can together make to our local communities.”

My guest who dined with me opted for the Chicken In A Basket option from the menu, which is a bit of firm favourite. I had to snap away at this because I just think it’s a chicken lovers dream! Here’s a little tip too: it tastes even better when washed down with a cocktail…

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1 Comment

  1. June 6, 2018 / 6:15 pm

    Wow, this charity iniciative is incredible. I love these commercial business that get involved in such causes.

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