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First Dates Is Taking Over A Manchester Restaurant For Its Next Series

By Laura Rogan January 29, 2020

Know a Mancunian who’d be great on First Dates?

Channel 4’s hit dating show is leaving behind London’s Paternoster Chop House for its 16th series and will be taking over a Manchester restaurant instead!

Credit: Channel 4

As part of the production company Twenty Twenty’s commitments to the UK regions, the show will make the move up North – giving Northern singletons the chance to take part!

The iconic First Dates restaurant, Paternoster Chop House, is owned by a company called D&D, who also has Manchester’s luxe Spinningfields restaurant 20 Stories on its roster, however, it’s been reported that producers ruled it out as an option due to the space’s inability to house the production facilities required to film the show.

Credit: Channel 4

A new restaurant is still to be confirmed, however, the production company has been scouting locations in both St. Peter’s Square and the Corn Exchange.

Speaking of the move, Twenty Twenty Managing Director, Leanne Klein said:

“We are very excited to be taking our flagship dating series to the regions.

“With the move of the First Dates restaurant we will have the chance to expose our daters to a brand new experience with a few exciting new tweaks to the much loved format.”

Channel 4 itself has been making huge commitments to the North recently, with its new Leeds office creating a vast number of digital jobs for the region.