Three Little Words and The Spirit of Manchester Distillery reopened on Friday 10 July with an amazing set menu, a brand-new summer gin, and distillery experiences for all.
Friday 10 July saw the reopening of Watson Street’s iconic arches, home to Manchester Gin’s distillery, cocktail bar and restaurant. Three Little Words and The Spirit of Manchester Distillery will reopened with a new set menu, a brand-new summer gin, and a range of distillery experiences.
To celebrate the launch, Manchester Gin have released a brand-new limited edition gin for summer 2020. The Rose & Hibiscus Gin combines the brand’s Signature botanicals, dandelion burdock root, which adds a depth of flavour to this bright, floral addition to the range. Rose & Hibiscus will be available to drink in Three Little Words as the perfect G&T for the summer months. It is also available online from the Manchester Gin website.
Following the launch of a new menu earlier this year, Three Little Words is re-releasing a range of delicious dishes in a stunning set menu. With two courses for £18.50 and three for £22.50, guests can enjoy a gorgeous line-up of seasonal, fresh dishes including rainbow trout in nduja butter; lime and coconut chicken with spicy rice, and vegan options like coconut laksa, and a radish, apple and fennel summer salad.
As always, a great selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available. You can view the menu and book a table on the Three Little Words website.
Also returning to Three Little Words is the much-loved Sunday Roast. Enjoy plates piled high with perfectly cooked roast beef or a weekly vegetarian special, seasonal vegetables, towering yorkshire puds, homemade gravy, and sides of creamy cauliflower cheese. Booking is recommended – roasts are available every Sunday from 12pm until they’re gone, for just £15 per person.
On the reopening of the two venues, Master Distiller and Manchester Gin co-founder, Jen Wiggins, said: “We’re all so excited to be reopening our doors. We decided to take things slowly by opening on the 10th rather than on “Super Saturday” – it’s given us a bit more time to ensure our staff are comfortable and well trained, and allowed us to plan great menus and experiences for our customers to enjoy when they return.
“Though our doors have been closed to the public throughout lockdown, The Spirit of Manchester Distillery has been working constantly to keep our online customers stocked up with their favourite gins, producing hand sanitiser for the NHS North West Nightingale Hospital and we’ve even broken the World Record for the World’s Biggest Gin Tasting to raise money for homeless charity, Big Change MCR.
“For us, it’s so important to remember what it means to be a hospitality business, so our focus now is on safely giving people the experience they might not have been able to enjoy at home – great atmosphere, amazing service, delicious food, and gorgeous drinks.”
The Spirit of Manchester Distillery
The Spirit of Manchester Distillery is much more than just where Manchester Gin distils its world-famous range, it’s an immersive experience for guests to enjoy and is rated the ‘Number One Thing to Do in Manchester’ on TripAdvisor. To ensure the safety of its visitors, the distillery is following strict safety guidelines including:
– Wellness checks to ensure that staff aren’t displaying any Covid-19 symptoms
– Any guests displaying Covid-19 symptoms will asked to stay home and will be able to rearrange their booking free of charge
– Responsible rotas to ensure that staff are working within ‘bubbles’ to limit contact
– Reduced staff numbers to minimise the number of people within the venue
– Regular hands washing carried out every 20 minutes
– Sanitation stations available around the venue
– PPE will be worn by staff, including when travelling to and from the venue
– Collection of contact details of a lead member of each group to support the Government’s contact-tracing scheme
– Limited table sizes and groups limited to a maximum of two households or bubbles
Its Distillery Tour and Guided Tastings, priced at £20 per person for 45 minutes, will resume Thursdays – Sundays. Here guests will be treated to a behind-the-scenes look at life in the distillery. Visitors can learn about the makings of some of the most awarded gins in the country, from distillation to bottling. Guests will then be led by one of Manchester Gin’s experts through a guided tasting, learning about the flavour profiles of four award-winning gins and how they are perfectly paired with a range of luxury tonics.
The distillery’s Gin Making Experience, priced at £85 per person for 2.5 hours, will also resume on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. As well as the exclusive inside scoop on the workings of Manchester’s most vibrant distillery, guests will learn about the history of the incredible city and the key events that have shaped it into the buzzing, bustling Manchester which we all know today. After learning which flavours suit your palette best during a guided tasting session, guests will then have the chance to distil their own unique bottle of gin, using a wide range of specially sourced botanicals, to take home and enjoy.
Three Little Words
Housed inside The Spirit of Manchester Distillery is Manchester Gin’s premium cocktail bar and restaurant, Three Little Words. The edgy, yet elegant, venue will be open to the public Thursdays- Sundays, with a live DJ on Friday and Saturday nights to get Manchester’s weekends buzzing again. Alongside the safety procedures in place throughout the distillery, Three Little Words will also be implementing:
– Digital menus, allowing guests to order and pay on their own device
– Paper menus which can be disposed of after each use
– Table service only rather than ordering drinks at the bar
– Reduced menus so that bar and kitchen staff can safely social distance
Three Little Words will be reopening with a brand-new seasonal food menu; these deliciously delicate summer dishes will pull inspiration from the botanicals used in Manchester Gin’s six gins and will feature everything from scrumptious small plates, mouth-watering mains and delicious desserts. Items are available individually or as part of a set menu, with two courses for £18.50 and three for £22.50.
A returning Three Little Words fan-favourite will be its succulent Sunday Roast, priced at £15, complete with fresh, seasonal vegetables and stacked with fluffy Yorkshire puddings, all ready to soak in deliciously rich gravy. Available with either perfectly pink roast beef or a hearty vegetarian option, which will vary weekly, everyone can enjoy this classic British dish with a twist.
The drinks will also be flowing as Three Little Words’ doors reopen with a range of classic and contemporary cocktails on offer. Though the menu will be streamlined to ensure the safety of its bartenders, guests will still be able to enjoy the venue’s most popular cocktails, as well as Manchester Gin’s new limited edition gin: Rose & Hibiscus.
On the reopening, Master Distiller and Manchester Gin cofounder, Seb Heeley, said: “Though we’ve been keeping busy throughout lockdown, we couldn’t be more thrilled to finally be able to reopen our doors to the public. We decided to launch The Spirit of Manchester Distillery and Three Little Words last September as we love getting to meet our customers face to face, nothing beats being able to chat with them over a G&T, so the fact that we’re going to be able to do this again is an amazing feeling. We can’t wait to be able to drink, dine and distil with the people of Manchester and fellow gin-lovers again.”
The Spirit of Manchester Distillery and Three Little Words officially reopened Friday 10 July. Opening times thereafter can be found below.
Distillery Tour and Guided Tasting
Friday: 6:30pm / 8:00pm
Saturday: 12:30pm / 1:30pm / 3:00pm / 4:30pm / 6:00pm
Sunday: 12:30pm / 2:00pm / 3:30pm
Gin Making Experience
Saturday: 12:00pm / 3:30pm / 6:30pm
Three Little Words