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New restaurant for Circle Club

The Circle's opening a restaurant – and they want you to think of a name. Winner gets dinner for two and a place in history

Published on October 22nd 2008.

New restaurant for Circle Club

The Circle Club is opening a new restaurant in Barton Arcade before Christmas – and they're asking Manchester Confidential readers to come up with a name. If your idea is selected you'll win dinner for two once it opens, and of course you'll go down in Manchester history (or in the history of the Circle Club at least).

So, how do you name a restaurant? Do you think about the food, which will be created by award-winning chef Neil Lorenzo? He's responsible for the lunches served below ground in the club at the moment. His signature dishes include freshly made wild boar and venison burgers, pig trotter patties with fried quails eggs, and oxtail steamed pudding.

Or do you link your name to the location? The new glass-fronted eatery will be perched on top of the club, overlooking St Ann's Square. Its design will make the most of the Barton Arcade's elegant Victorian architecture with its airy glass atrium and ornate ironwork. The club are hoping that their restaurant will become a centrepiece of this stylish shopping centre, which is undergoing a revival at the moment with the arrival of several new stores.

Alternatively, you could link the restaurant name to the private member's club that created it. The Circle Club doubled in size recently with the opening of the Inner Circle – a VIP area with a bar made from an original church altar and dining area themed on the seven deadly sins. Unlike the club, the new restaurant will be open to non-members, and diners will be eligible for a pass into its basement club nights.

Or you could name it something charming but utterly random and nonsensical – much like many of the people we've met in the Circle over the years. Though judging from the theme behind the Inner Circle, a high concept moniker is probably more their style.

Here's some advice from the Managing Director of the Circle Club, Craig Ince: “We want a name that will reflect the style of the new restaurant. It will be very modern, full of light and serve a range of traditional dishes with a modern twist, from breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and evening meals.”

And if Manchester Confidential readers book their Christmas dinner or lunch in the new restaurant, quoting the new name (once we announce it), you'll get a 'bubbly reception'.

You've got until 1 November to get your restaurant names in. Good luck. We look forward to going 'eh?' at your ideas.

To enter the competition and be in with the chance of winning a meal for two at the Circle Club's as-yet-unnamed restaurant, fill out the form below:

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Thank you for your interest, but this competition closed to further entries on November 11th 2009.

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