Nearly 10 years ago, Paul and Kathryn Roden opened the four-star Losehill House Hotel and Spa near the village of Hope in the Peak District. In 2016, they decided they wanted to replicate the success and bring those relaxing drinking and dining experiences from the country to the city.
The island bar serves vintage Champagne, local beers and scientifically-inspired cocktails which pay a nod to graphene, the Manchester innovation from which the venue takes its name.
Under the direction of one of the region’s most celebrated mixologists, Bar Manager Asa Cann, formerly of Quill, the creative drinks complement a superb wine list and the introduction into Manchester of the Pommery Champagne label, alongside local artisan craft beers and cocktails.
With private booths and a big bar space, Grafene is a relaxed, unstuffy atmosphere with two intimate private dining areas, which specialise in wine tasting, either as an accompaniment to the daily changing restaurant menu, or as a dedicated activity, tailored to each party.
The interior of the venue is complemented by an al-fresco area on the thoroughfare between King Street and Chapel Walks.