Chef Aiden Byrne moves to restaurant group D&D and will lead new project

Aiden Byrne

Restaurant group D&D London confirmed this morning that leading chef Aiden Byrne has been appointed chef director of its upcoming Manchester restaurant 20 Stories.

The new site will occupy the 19th floor rooftop of the No.1 Spinningfields building when it opens in February 2018 and feature a restaurant, grill, bar, and terrace offering panoramic views of the city.

Formerly Chef Patron at Manchester House, Byrne comes to D&D with an intimate knowledge of the Manchester area and a wealth of experience, having worked at a number of Michelin-starred restaurants including Adlards, The Commons Restaurant, Danesfield House and Spa and Tom Aikens restaurant.

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The menu at 20 Stories will be modern British, celebrating local produce with suppliers sourced, where possible, from no more than 50 miles from the city.

Alongside the restaurant, a more casual brasserie will serve dishes mainly from the grill while the bar will boast a unique list of modern cocktails and craft beers.

Outside BBQs and al fresco fireplaces will be installed in the terrace area.

Byrne said: “I am thrilled to become part of the D&D family in January. The space will have something for everyone, with a restaurant, grill and cocktail bar all in one place – and food will have a real focus on the local produce that has always been close to my heart.”

An alluring roof top garden will feature trees scaling two stories high and will host an outdoor lounge bar under a canopy of trees and dramatic lighting. Outside BBQs and al fresco fireplaces are dotted along the terrace to create a cosy atmosphere against the backdrop of Manchester’s skyline.

The name, 20 Stories, not only pays homage to the restaurant’s skyscraper location overlooking the city, but also to the original use of the building.  Northcliffe House was once renowned as a hub for the printed word and as Manchester’s centre of news, housing a variety of printed press publications such as Manchester Evening News, The Guardian and The Daily Mail.

Des Gunewardena, chairman and CEO of D&D London, said that Byrne is a chef that the group has “long admired”. He commented: “20 Stories is a project that we at D&D, have looked forward to launching with huge anticipation and in Aiden, we couldn’t have asked for a better chef to partner with”.

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