Welcome to Manchester Confidential
Reset Password
The Confidential websites will be undergoing routine updates. This may cause the sites to go offline. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

You are here: Manchester ConfidentialFood & Drink.

Browns to replace crap pub

Athenaeum site to become Browns Brasserie with £35k head chef

Published on July 25th 2010.

Browns to replace crap pub

Mitchell & Butlers Plc is set to open a Browns Brasserie in the Athenaeum unit on Spring Gardens.

Browns Manchester will open in November and is currently recruiting for a head chef, offering a salary of £35,000 a year.

A statement on the firm’s website said the firm wanted ‘an experienced head chef with genuine passion and flair for high quality food’.

The candidate must have two years experience in a high volume operation. Experience of new openings is also an advantage.

‘Browns restaurants are synonymous with style and quality, and are at the heart of metropolitan life with venues in prime locations in all major city centres,’ the application says. ‘As head chef you will be fully responsible for all aspects of running a busy kitchen, including, controlling your own food stocks, employing and developing your own team and ensuring all procedures are being adhered to at all times.’

The firm currently operates 14 locations, including six in London. Athenaeum opened in the 1990s.

This is good news for the site, formerly Parrs Bank, with its spectacular Spanish green marble interior. At present the grand old building is a decayed pub offering two for one deals to a lively clientele of hardened drinkers that look as though they’ve wandered in from that Star Wars bar in the first George Lucas film.

Built in 1902 and designed by Charles Heathcote, number 43-45 Spring Gardens is one of a number of buildings scattered around the city centre by the latter architect, including the Lloyds Bank at the King Street/Cross Street junction and the building which hosts Abode Hotel and the Michael Caines restaurant on Piccadilly.

Like what you see? Enter your email to sign up for our newsletters which are chock-a-block with more great reviews, news, deals and savings.

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

Richard Hector-JonesJuly 23rd 2010.

Saw George Best in there once. He was quietly having 500 pints at about 11.30am.
Every single bloke that came in bought him a Guiness so they could tell their mates later.
Poor sod never stood a chance really.
How's he doing now by the way?

Temporary HeroJuly 23rd 2010.

Absolutely fantastic boozer in the 90's, 10 deep at the bar, I had some great times between All bar one, Reform, Rothwells, and Athenaeum, be great to see it become something worth visiting again.

MartinJuly 23rd 2010.

A 'flare' for high quality food?
They're only doing flambés then?

Tom RJuly 23rd 2010.

Had some great times in there. True that it's full of the more livelier aspects of Manchester life but you could always get a cheap pint there, a couple of pool tables up top and fairly decent music.

Kate GJuly 23rd 2010.

Used to frequent Browns (Covent Garden and Kew outlets) quite regularly in previous southern incarnation. Always enjoyed the food there - something about the classic but tasty cooking set in quite glamourous surroudings brought to mind a bye-gone era of dining out. Athaneum is the perfect setting for that kind of place in Manchester. I only question whether it's really needed, when we've already got Room which does the same job more than adequately?

John HarrisJuly 23rd 2010.

If they're into rescuing great venues from shit operators, can we get them to take over the cafe in Victoria Station as well?

J E SibberingJuly 23rd 2010.

Superb news.

You forgot to mention in your description the constant lovely aroma of the blokes' toilets, at the bar.

Arran SummerhillJuly 23rd 2010.

Fact - they used to play extreme gabba music at 200bpm to empty the pub out at the end of the night.

Browns should be better.

ConManJuly 23rd 2010.

A fitting use of an impressive building. However look left down Brown Street and a dead end vista terminated by the yellow fortified walls of the Arndale Centre presents itself... Like waking up from a fantastical dream into the hideous drudgery of contemporary Market Street.

Daniel WildJuly 26th 2010.

Athenaeum was AWESOME in the late 90's! Had some fantastic nights in there!

Sarah SharplesJuly 26th 2010.

and in the early 90's for us older ravers haha!

JohnJuly 27th 2010.

One of the few times that I ventured in Athenaeum some years ago, the evening was livened up by someone reversing a car through the main entrance

Andrew RevansJuly 28th 2010.

I've had mixed experiences of Browns. The London ones seem to be excellent but I had a dire Sunday lunch in Leeds a few years ago. They hadn't got half of what was displayed on the menu. Rather than being apologetic about not having stuff, they seemed to be mortally offended that we'd asked for it.

Their places are immaculately turned out though, so presumably good news for Heathcote's magnificent interior.

boba fett!October 27th 2010.

for want of sounding like a nerd! the 'star wars bar' was the mos eisley canteena! it wasnt george lucas' first film and george lucas was (kind of) behind all the star wars films. (confused)

To post this comment, you need to login.Please complete your login information.
Or you can login using Facebook.

Latest Rants


I am sharing a great website with where instahacker.xyz… you can learn how to hack an Instagram…

 Read more

If you did not receive any such welcome e-mail you have to call 1300 692 653 for help Those who…

 Read more

Pita Pit are a weird one. Tasty but a bit pricey and I wish they'd just get on and provide you with…

 Read more
Gradyn Thompson

Pita Pit never again expect a PITAfully tiny amount of meat and loads of salad,overpriced and and…

 Read more

Explore The Site

© Mark Garner t/a Confidential Direct 2021

Privacy | Careers | Website by: Planet Code | SEO by The eWord