Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Albert Hall Plan for a 'Bohemian Pleasure Palace'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Albert Hall Plan for a 'Bohemian Pleasure Palace'

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THE founders of Manchester's biggest bar operators have joined forces to open a huge new bar and restaurant inside the city's historic Albert Hall.

Trof Group, which has been running the Grade II-listed former chapel as a live music venue for the last two years and also owns The Deaf Institute and Gorilla, has teamed up with the founders of vodka bar chain Revolution to transform the ground floor of the Peter Street building into Albert's Schloss.

Billed as a 'Bohemian pleasure palace' (schloss meaning stately home in German), it will serve up Bavarian, Czech and Alpine- influenced food, with an in-house bakery producing fresh bread, pretzels, pastries and puddings, washed down with plenty of pilsner and schnapps blended on site in a new vault.

Live music and entertainment will feature most nights on the stage and at weekends from 10pm, while the 2,500-capacity main chapel upstairs will continue to host gigs, events and weddings.

Joel Wilkinson, who co-founded Trof Group with Adelaide Winter, said: "The addition of Albert's Schloss to Albert Hall completes the vision we had back in 2008 when we opened The Deaf Institute. …

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