I’m a big fan of The Alchemist (their French Martinis are to die for). Which is why I was chuffed to bits to hear that the renowned restaurant and bar will be bringing their special brand of cool creative cocktails and lush food to the city.

MediaCityUK can reveal that The Alchemist will be opening a beautifully designed, purpose-built venue within the heart of the city, offering its business community, students, residents and visitors another impressive place in which to eat and drink.

The venue will be located adjacent to the expansive waterfront, on the walkway between MediaCityUK and The Lowry Outlet. It will have floor to ceiling glazed windows offering wonderful views across the whole site, including the new home for ITV’s Coronation Street. You never know, if you’re a Corrie fan, this could be your new favourite hangout spot to spot your favourite soap star.

Designed by Manchester based Reid Architects the building is 450 square metres/4,850 square feet, seating over 200 dining covers. The Alchemist at MediaCityUK will follow openings planned for Liverpool, Birmingham and Alderley Edge this year.

The Alchemist quickly made its mark in Manchester and is distinguished for its stylish yet inviting interiors, creative mixologists and varied food menu.

Stephen Wild, managing director, MediaCityUK said: “We are delighted they’ll be expanding their brand here at MediaCityUK. The community here is constantly evolving and it’s vital to have a diverse, high quality offering of bars and restaurants.”

Simon Potts, managing director, The Alchemist said: “I’m delighted that The Alchemist will be opening in MediaCityUK and hugely excited to be creating a bespoke venue (in conjunction with Peel) from the ground up, which will reflect the vibrancy and innovation for which MediaCityUK has become renowned.”

Simon Reid, from Reid Architects said“We are pleased that our work is recognised as having the right creative quality for this key site on the MediaCityUK waterfront. It has been very rewarding to work closely with the teams from MediaCityUK and Living Ventures to deliver this unique project”.

Keep your eyes peeled for more information. If you haven’t been to a branch of The Alchemist, I highly recommend their innovative cocktails. You won’t be disappointed.