Montague ovens to help Scottish steak concept venture south

Alston Bar & Beef

A Glasgow-based steak restaurant is opening its second UK site this year in Manchester and its kitchen operations will be spearheaded by a high-spec Montague oven which it will use to bring its unique food offering to English customers.

Alston Bar & Beef will be the first venue in Manchester to offer Tweed Valley steak on its menu which is cooked in US-manufactured Montague ovens, capable of reaching 600 degrees centigrade.

The restaurant and bar will be located in Manchester’s Corn Exchange and will bring the quality steaks to the city, alongside a selection of fine gins.

The 160-cover venue, which will contain an additional private dining area, is set to open its doors in autumn this year, following an extensive fit-out of the 6,500sq.ft basement space.

This will be the first English venue for its Scottish counterpart Alston Bar and Beef in Glasgow and represents a £2m investment from owners Glendola Leisure.

It will build on the success of the original venue, which has developed a reputation for offering quality steak and the biggest selection of gins in the city, while incorporating highlights of Manchester’s food and drink heritage and culture.

“Having seen such success in Glasgow, we’re confident that Alston Bar & Beef will make the perfect addition to the Manchester food and drink scene when we open our doors this autumn,” said Alex Salussolia, managing director of Glendola Leisure.

“We have big plans to transform the space at the Corn Exchange into a welcoming environment that will provide the perfect back drop for people to come and enjoy the best gin and steak on offer in Manchester.”

Meanwhile, Riki Bennet, general manager for Alston Bar & Beef Manchester, commented: “Whether it is our stunning venue, the top 1% of Scottish Beef we will have on offer, or our huge range of bespoke gin-infusions and gin-based cocktails, Alston Bar & Beef will offer something for everyone and it is great to be one step closer to our official launch.”

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