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Montpellier: New Bar Launches In The NQ

Two floors, food, booze and very hard to find

Written by . Published on August 7th 2013.


Montpellier: New Bar Launches In The NQ
 

MONTPELLIER opens on Saturday 10 August in that desert of bars called the Northern Quarter. It's about time they developed a proper bar culture up there don't you think?

The venue is over two floors with a basement TV lounge, to quote, 'for watching the football in peace'.

The new place will be one of the most hidden away of all the boozing and grazing venues. The location is Back Turner Street. If you walk from Solita down the tiny ginnel called Kelvin Street to Thomas Restaurant, you'll cross Back Turner Street and pass by Montpellier.

One of the partners of the new operation is the well-known John Locke familiar in this city from his time at the Comedy Store and The Northern. He presently runs successful food and drink operations in his native Chester but marks a return to the city with Montpellier.

The venue is over two floors with a basement TV lounge, to quote, 'for watching the football in peace'. There's also a room for small live events and gatherings. There are booths of course. Locke and the other folk behind the venture seem pleased that they've got the design right tpo make a splash in the Northern Quarter.

All smiles at the soft launch last week

All smiles at the soft launch last week

The menu is French inspired with a glance over at the Med as well. The wine list has been 'selected with love and care' but you can also simply pop in for a coffee.

Some menu items include: chicken and chorizo stew in a tomato and wine reduction with crusty bread and basil Provençale, 'The Montpellier' a steak roll served on artisan bread with a choice of spicy homemade tomato sauce or herby tomato sauce or creamy mushroom sauce.

Sharing boards include 'The Mont Blanc' board with slices of homemade tortilla cake and pate served alongside crusty ciabatta, mixed olives, and two of our artisan cheeses with a selection of 'house accompaniments'. There is much talk of 'artisan' across the menu - the food buzzword of the moment. Thank God the 'with a twist' thing is dying. 

Confidential wishes the place luck and will be in to review shortly.

Dressed as artisans.

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Neat interior

Neat interior



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41 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

MGSAugust 7th 2013.

A NEW BAR!?

Carl PriestleyAugust 7th 2013.

looks more like a tacky canteen than a nice northern quarter bar.

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Hero
LockieAugust 7th 2013.

Why thank you Carl!...You have yet to see the rest of the bar yet but you throw a quick insult into the mix!...Your comments are acknowledged and summarily ignored

AndrewAugust 7th 2013.

I do love that we are investing money into the City, but surely to god we can do something a little more “creative” than just more bars. I wish these guys all the best.

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LockieAugust 7th 2013.

We hope to be a bit more than just a bar Andrew.. We will be having events including comedy, poetry, mini theatre , evenings with and other activity not just based on alcohol consumption...Not that alcohol and cafes and bars ever hurt any of the great artistic movements or centres of artistic endeavour or creative industry inmost of the World's major Cities!..Your kind best wishes are accepted gratefully though so thank you!

Barry MaginnAugust 7th 2013.

Why is everyone capitalising city all of a sudden? When I saw mention of 'investing', 'money' and 'City' I thought it was a reference to the square mile

CitizenandrewAugust 7th 2013.

Sounds like a great new place, I like the sound of the events mentioned. Vive Montpellier! Good luck.

AnonymousAugust 7th 2013.

I’ve drank in the Northern Quarter for years and love the steady influx of new and exciting venues. The menu sounds interesting, let’s hope “burgers” don’t make an appearance. Good luck.

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LockieAugust 7th 2013.

No burgers ...Great steak baguettes though! Lol

Christopher KnowlesAugust 7th 2013.

You had me at 'watch the football in peace', in need of an NQ alternative to Tib St, the staff know us too well in there now.

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AnonymousAugust 8th 2013.

Lets hope they have ALL Sky Sports games, as well as BT Sports, ESBN - because that's what makes Tib St Tavern great - playing every single game

Hero
LockieAugust 8th 2013.

We will have all Sky games and BT games on three large widescreen TV's in the basement bar area

Rachael BallAugust 7th 2013.

Are you on Twitter yet? Think this sounds great and love to find places that are hidden away and off the beaten track. Means it will take some folk ages to find you and we can enjoy it before it becomes too popular and busy. I love Manchester's vibrant food and drink scene. Love Manchester foodie :)

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AVOAugust 8th 2013.

Yeah, let's hope it stays quiet for ages so the owner makes no money and the selfish few get to sit in an empty bar. Idiot.

AnonymousAugust 29th 2013.

You just love being sooooo ahead of the curve don't you Rachael?

Kevin PeelAugust 7th 2013.

Looks like the sort of place we should be encouraging in the Northern Quarter - nowt wrong with new bars as long as they're good neighbours! I'll be popping down at the weekend. Cllr Kevin Peel

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LockieAugust 8th 2013.

Thank you Cllr Peel ..look forward to seeing you!

HelenAugust 7th 2013.

It looks and sounds very industrial chic (by which I mean that even a couple of photos and the odd menu offering appear unabashedly honest), as only a northern outfit can. Really like the mixed materials (real wooden floors and seats, good sturdy metal chairs) and the use of natural light to brighten up what might otherwise be a dingy terrace. I'll be visiting.

AnonymousAugust 7th 2013.

Beers need some work for me, nice vibe but in this day and age I expect a bit more creativity than the fosters style lager.

Dave TaylorAugust 8th 2013.

I know where this place is, and it sounds very inviting, will prob pay a visit over this weekend. Like an earlier post, we now expect a bit more than "Carling & Fosters" although they do still make an alternative if the new beers don't come up to our taste buds lol. Good luck and all the best for the future. PS. Please try to stay open for the long haul, even if it gets off to a slow start. Cheers

AnonymousAugust 8th 2013.

Great news, I'll certainly be in soon to try your menu! I like how you have kept it simple, it sits well with us modern city folk. Ignore grumpy pants above - he clearly needs to get out (in the NQ) more!

Hero
LockieAugust 8th 2013.

To clarify our lager selection is actually Heineken, Kronenbourg 1664 and Birra Moretti...Not a Fosters or Carling in sight!...We are indeed n Twitter and Facebook and will be on all other Social Media channels soon ..Our full website will also be up within the next few days

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AnonymousAugust 8th 2013.

Are you really telling me that Heineken, Kronenbourg 1664 and Birra Moretti are superior to Fosters or Carling. Much of muchness to me.

AnonymousAugust 8th 2013.

Good luck. I'll be in if you have decent beer.

AnonymousAugust 29th 2013.

Terrible lager selection. You have to wonder why the owner of a licensed premises would choose these drinks, out of the hundreds available. Cost? I'd rather pay more for semi-interesting / tasty beer.

Hero
LockieAugust 8th 2013.

We are also showing the Rio Ferdinand testimonial and the Cup this Sunday

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JimAugust 8th 2013.

The rio testimonial is tomorrow (Friday) but the article says you're not open to Saturday? Are you open tomorrow for lunch then?

ShuttyAugust 8th 2013.

These NQ back streets have superb potential as bar/food alleys, they could be largely trafficless (deliveries between specific hours) with outdoor seating. Covering with a glass roof, to make an arcade, is perhaps over ambitious? Anyway, I for one hope Montpellier's is blazing a trail!

Hero
LockieAugust 9th 2013.

We will be showing the game Rio's testimonial United vs Sevilla ..We won't be open until tomorrow evening though sorry but all matches will be shown then on

Marcus EmadiAugust 9th 2013.

wish you all the best of luck... Love the name.

AdAugust 9th 2013.

any djs on lockie? you looking for any? thanks

IanAugust 10th 2013.

Chorizo isn't very french is it?

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IanAugust 10th 2013.

Saucisson?

JonAugust 20th 2013.

I would like to call time on needlessly long menu item descriptions. Just came back from Paris where they would have 'chicken and chorizo stew'. That's it. Says it all. And you would assume it came with bread...

JamesAugust 28th 2013.

Went there for a couple of games over the bh wknd, nice vibe and staff. The footy room being dark was a welcome extra after a heavy wknd! just hope too many people dont get onto it like they have at tibb tavrern. Air con good touch as well and needed it.

AnonymousSeptember 15th 2013.

£12 for a can for 2 cans of Guiness and a flat pint of lime/sod, think ill give this place a miss in future, you can get the same order but on draught for £7.50 in Tib st Tavern. Quite a price jump

Hero
Swiss JamesSeptember 18th 2013.

Have been a few times since this opened. Table service is a nice touch, music is good, drinks selection decent, a very nice addition to the area.

Hero
LockieNovember 11th 2013.

Just to let people no I am now no longer involved with or in any way associated with Montpellier's Cafe bar ..Just to keep you up to date

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AnonymousNovember 11th 2013.

Any reason for this Lockie?

Vivien WilliamsAugust 28th 2014.

3 of us ate here on Sat and I enjoyed it so much I told some of the family and we are intending to eat here again this Sat. Food and service were excellent, took a peak at the bar area downstairs looks like it will be great to watch the football....

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