Work has been progressing nicely on the new eco-conscious Qbic Manchester hotel at John Dalton House on the corner of Deansgate and John Dalton Street. Located in the spot formerly occupied by Byron Burgers will be the hotel’s new bar and restaurant, MOTLEY.
The eccentrically designed social space will be a fuss free area for hotel guests, locals (and even their four-legged friends) to eat, drink, work and hang out. The interior has been inspired by the stories of famous Mancunian sinners of their day who were actually saints, from Emmeline Pankhurst to Alan Turing. These well-known figures will be reflected in MOTLEY’S abstract wall and fabrics by local designer BOBO 1325, among bright neon lighting and standout interior features.
A 70-seater outdoor terrace, landscaped with lush foliage, will open on 1 May for guests to enjoy the sunshine - or if the weather turns, under large awnings and heaters. The inside area of MOTLEY will open on 17 May when the hotel opens to the public.
During the day, guests can grab a comfy chair and connect digitally - and in person - with access to barista brewed coffee to help them power through the to do list. The all-day, antipodean-style menu has been created by head chef Nacho Llinares, formerly of Iberica, whose style is uncomplicated, good for the soul dishes that are low-mileage, ingredient-led, homely, local and seasonal such as vegan and meat burgers, open flat breads, garden spaghetti, sustainably sourced fish tacos or the intriguingly-sounding ‘Motley Market’ breakfast.
To drink, guests can work through the selection of draft beers on tap from local breweries, a mostly vegan contemporary wine list, or they can ask a member of the bar team to craft an original cocktail. Dog treats are also available to ensure furry companions aren’t left out.
Classic Manchester tunes that nod back to the days of the Haçienda, Oasis and The Smiths will form the playlist and the party can carry on in Motley’s private dining room and karaoke booth.
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