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New Manchester rooftop restaurant, Climat, reveals first glimpse at its menu ahead of December opening

Climat is the highly anticipated 100-cover restaurant coming to Blackfriars House in Manchester City Centre. The latest venture from Chester’s Michelin Guide restaurant, Covino, the team has revealed a first look at the menu ahead of the restaurant’s opening on Monday 5th December.

Set amongst stunning panoramic views of the city, Climat is Manchester’s latest restaurant hotspot, where casual dining meets ‘contemporary Parisian-style’ aesthetics. Ahead of its December opening, the team is excited to provide a first glimpse of what to expect from the ever-changing, daily menu.

Demonstrating the team’s passion for both excellent food and drink, an extensive list of over 250 different wines will lead the Climat dining experience, delivered alongside exciting daily changing menus, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere with a quietly knowledgeable style of service.

Developed by Exec Chef of Covino and Climat, Luke Richardson and Head Chef, Simon Ulph, the menu approaches modern British cuisine with influences from all over the world, using the best produce available to create ‘food you want to eat’, or what Exec Chef Luke Richardson would describe as “Parisian expat food”.

After successfully trialling feasting sized dishes in Covino, aimed at tables of three or more to share, these will be a prominent feature on the Climat menu. Think whole turbot or slow cooked lamb shoulder. Covino’s widely known small-plates offering will inspire the more encompassing menu format of Climat, with a small selection of snacks alongside a selection of larger plates, shifting dependent on the best produce available that day.

From Middle White pork loin and mutton kofta to ex-dairy cuts on-the-bone for the table to share, the formatting of Climat’s menu allows guests to create a totally bespoke dining experience, creating a more casual, less restrictive and ultimately more enjoyable atmosphere. Resurrecting a cult classic, vol-au-vents will also become a staple to the ever-changing menu.

Exec Chef, Luke Richardson, comments:

“We want to have a different signature snack at each restaurant we open. Whilst Covino has the gougère, Climat will have the vol-au-vent. The humble gougère will continue to serve Covino, whilst we’ve opted to resurrect the vol-au-vent for Climat, owing to their complete versatility throughout the seasons. They can literally be stuffed with anything. Beef tartare, parfait, truffle and ricotta to name just a few.”

“Both myself and Simon Ulph have worked closely together to develop an opening menu we are both super proud of and we think does justice to the building and the surroundings. We believe we offer something completely different to the Manchester restaurant scene and we now can’t wait to officially launch.”

From the daily bar snack menu, guests can expect fresh malted loaves, seasonal oysters, fried swede and charcuterie’s to be enjoyed alongside a comprehensive wine cellar.

The restaurant opening hours will be as follows: Monday, 5pm – 11pm. Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm – 3pm, snacks will be available in-between before the kitchen reopens 5pm – 11pm. Sunday, the kitchen will be open 12pm – 8pm, with the bar remaining open until 10pm.

The name ‘Climat’ derives from the term used to describe a single vineyard site in Burgundy, which has its own microclimate and specific geological conditions. It’s the region that 40% of the wine list will be allocated to. From some of the world’s best Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, to the region’s lesser-known varieties and appellations, the cellar team will be on-hand to help guide and pour your way throughout your visit.

The list of over 250 different cuvées will be diversified by the remainder of the cellar’s wines from around the world. Expect to find at least 15 different growers Champagnes and the exciting wines of Jura, helped along by other favourite wine varieties and regions. There’ll be a variety of styles and price points, made up largely of lesser-known small producers, as well as rare icons, back vintages and large formats.

Christopher Laidler, owner of Climat, comments:

“After a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (mostly my own), I couldn’t be happier that we’re one step closer to bringing Climat to life with the menu and wine list already things I’m immensely proud of.  Climat is essentially going to be a place for guests to share our passion for really good food and drink in a relaxed rooftop setting with what I think is one of the best views of Manchester’s skyline. We’re well on the way to achieving this; from the look and feel of the restaurant coming together, to the exciting daily changing menu ideas and informal but quietly knowledgeable style of service we have planned.”

Charlotte Wild, Head of Retail and Leisure at Bruntwood Works, comments:

“Climat is going to be a fantastic addition to Manchester’s hospitality scene. We’re delighted to welcome such an exciting concept to Blackfriars, our community-minded Pioneering building. The restaurant is really coming together now and the menu clearly demonstrates their passion for excellent food and wine. It’s great to see their hard work come to fruition. Roll on December!”

Climat will be opening on Monday 5th December 2022. To book, please visit:

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