Rooftop views and wine make for the perfect evening and soon Manchester will be blessed with this dreamy combination with the arrival of a new, ‘wine-led’ rooftop restaurant later this year. From the team behind Chester’s Michelin Guide restaurant, Covino, ‘Climat’ is the much-anticipated, wine hotspot coming to Manchester’s Blackfriars House.
Born out of a desire to pair incredible foods with incredible wines with a format that allows guests to dictate their own pace, ‘Climat’ (named after the term for a specific vineyard site in Burgundy) will be a 100-cover restaurant featuring a ‘contemporary Parisian-style’ aesthetic. The restaurant will feature over 250 wines from across the world, complimented by an ever-changing daily menu described simply as ‘food you want to eat’.
With the eighth floor of Blackfriars House primarily being constructed of metal and glass, the team wanted to soften these contemporary materials with a more natural and earthy feel. As Burgundy is famously situated atop of clay and limestone soils, Climat will feature as much of these two materials as possible with textural, clay plaster walls and limestone floor, tables and counter tops dispersed throughout the space.
Owner of Climat, Christopher Laidler, has been leading the interiors vision and was keen to keep the space as minimalist as possible to ensure the panoramic views across Manchester’s city centre are the main visual attraction. The restaurant will feature a four seating options to dine at- the window, the kitchen counter, the outdoor roof terrace and a glass fronted private dining room offering a bespoke set menu. Alongside the kitchen, the glass fronted wine cellar will act as the engine room of the restaurant, housing over 2,500 bottles of wine, adding another visual element for diners.
The outdoor terrace at Climat is set to be a starring feature with a state-of-the-art bioclimatic pergola offering relief from whatever the Manchester weather may bring. In addition, there will be a diverse range of ‘bee-friendly’ plants to feed the bees housed in the four hives that will feature on the rooftop. Not only will the bees provide honey that will feature on the menu as soon as the hives are established, but they’ll provide something a little different to watch during a lunch or dinner for guests.
The menu has developed from Covino’s small plates offering and instead Climat will offer a small selection of snacks alongside a daily-changing selection of larger plates shifting dependent on the best produce available that day. Developed by Executive Chef of Covino and Climat, Luke Richardson, and Head Chef, Simon Ulph, the menu is difficult to categorise into one particular cuisine, but the ultimate take is modern British with influences from all over the world.
As the name ‘Climat’ suggests, the restaurant, which will open this winter, will have a lean towards Burgundian wines and styles. Of the restaurant’s 250-300 wines, about 40% will be allocated to Burgundy. However, the focus won’t only be on the region’s more famous varieties of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but shining the spotlight on white grape variety Aligoté as well as the purple-coloured grape variety Gamay, typically of the Beaujolais and Loire Valley regions, too.
Climat, Blackfriars House St Marys, Parsonage, M3 2JA