With links to Atomeca on Deansgate Square (and the upcoming Sterling downstairs at Stock Exchange Hotel), their very own vermouth and a cocktail cookbook to boot, bartender brothers Joe and Daniel Schofield are also busy garnering awards.
Various prestigious, not to mention global, best bar gongs have come their way since the Bury boys took over the Old Grapes space in Quay Street’s iconic Art Deco Sunlight House in 2021. In keeping with the sophisticated 1930s surrounds, Schofield’s has a cocktail list the length of your arm, not to mention mocktails – here listed as “temperance” tipples – including a virgin Mary and a frosty toddy, bringing together honey, ginger and lemon with soda. With over 25 years of hospitality experience between them, Joe and Daniel rate service, smart attire and being savvy, and you can even join them for an hour-long cocktail masterclass, when they share their tips and techniques for mixing top-notch libations in the comfort of your own home. There’s a whole lotta gin, plenty of other spirits and liqueurs (including a Christian Drouin Calvados and Burnley favourite Bénédictine), some well-curated Old World wines and a selection of draught beers, served in a rather civilised schooner of two-thirds of a pint. Food is of the snacks and small plates variety, including a board of British cheeses and a charcuterie platter from local suppliers, both served with traditional condiments, including quince jelly and cornichons, and a suggestion of accompanying port or sherry. Bloody Mary “Tartare” is a vegan tomato-based dish and there is an intriguing, ask-the-server-style listing of “sweet treats”.
Top off with an indulgent and warming Irish coffee, featuring Slane Irish whiskey as well as vanilla cream, honey and tonka beans, a recipe lifted from Joe Sheridan at Foynes Airbase in Limerick. That’ll keep you warm on the small, dog-friendly terrace.
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