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Exclusive: Jamie's Italian, King Street, Preview Pictures

Jonathan Schofield takes a camera to an extraordinary space

Written by . Published on February 7th 2012.


Exclusive: Jamie's Italian, King Street, Preview Pictures

HERE are the exclusive pictures from Jamie Oliver's new Italian restaurant due to open 20 February. 

Manchester seems to be on the verge of getting it's own banking bonus.

Gordo and I went along armed with a camera.

J Oliver was there himself doing publicity shots so we got a show around by Chloe Green, the restaurant's PR manager, and Neil Burke, the restaurant's general manager.  

Then someone pulled a big string in the back of the sweet man that is Gennaro Contaldo, and the restaurateur and TV personality, gave us a seamless monologue, chapter and verse, on the origin of the Jamie's Italian restaurants for half an hour. Despite this it was very entertaining. 

Then he fed us. This underlined the restaurant's mantra of always making sure the finest ingredients are sourced.

"We want the best of everything, at prices people can afford," said Contaldo.

Some Men With FoodMen With Food, famous chef on the left, infamous eater on the right

Jamie's Italian in Manchester occupies one of the city's great buildings Edwin Lutyens' Midland Bank designed in the twenties built in the early thirties.

The refit has shown huge respect for the old building - done it justice. This is a grand space in every way and should be a delight to eat within. Or maybe lounge around with a beer, or coffee or bottle of full red. 

The Vault lined in steel, with steel safety deposit boxes and ten inch steel doors will be an extraordinary place to dine - as long as you aren't claustrophobic. 

But then the 278 cover restaurant is full of impressive spaces. The wood panelled bank manager's office is also available for private dining. 

There will be  lots of staff, 130 of them, and the head chef will be Gareth Howard, recruited in-house from Jamie's Birmingham. 

There will also be lots of light, the Banking Hall in the main space has been taken full advantage of, and on the bright day we visited almost glowed. At night the scale and lighting effects will no doubt continue to enthrall. The space will be enlived by the movement of people and the buzz of chatter. 

It's all looking very good. Manchester seems to be on the verge of getting it's own banking bonus. 

You can follow Jonathan Schofield on Twitter here @JonathSchofield

Ground Floor View Of The Main Restaurant AreaGround Floor View Of The Main Restaurant Area

Elegant And Effortless Ceiling PatternElegant And Effortless Ceiling Pattern

Bank Clock Back To Working OrderBank Clock Back To Working Order

Gennaro Contaldo Takes A Massive Bite Out Of A HamGennaro Contaldo Takes A Massive Bite Out Of A Ham

Hamtastic BarHamtastic Bar

Through A Glass DarklyThrough A Glass Darkly

Detail From The Bank Woodwork, Tuscan Columns, Heavy Cornice, Triglyph With Perfect Guttae. Honestly This Is Real EnglishDetail From The Bank Woodwork, Tuscan Columns, Heavy Cornice, Triglyph With Perfect Guttae. Honestly This Is Real English

Crisp Wooden Details From The Original BankCrisp Wooden Details From The Original Bank

StairwellStairwell

Entrance To The Vault, Look At That Door. Don't Attempt A RunnerEntrance To The Vault, Look At That Door. Don't Attempt A Runner

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Private Dining In The Vault - It Will Offer A Special Jamie's Menu At Around %26#163%3B50.Private Dining In The Vault - It Will Offer A Special Jamie's Menu At Around 

Neil Burke - ManagerNeil Burke - Manager

Detail From The VaultDetail From The Vault

Safety Deposit Boxes In The VaultSafety Deposit Boxes In The Vault

Each Loo Could House A Nineteenth Century Mill Worker's FamilyEach Loo Could House A Nineteenth Century Mill Worker's Family

Sink In Ladies Loo Before Addition Of Sweet Smelling Soaps And PotionsSink In Ladies Loo Before Addition Of Sweet Smelling Soaps And Potions

Midland Bank Branding In The Wrought Ironwork, Topped With An UrnMidland Bank Branding In The Wrought Ironwork, Topped With An Urn

More Details From The Original BankMore Details From The Original Bank

Tops Of The Columns Finished Of With Edwin Lutyens' Trademark Delhi Order With Bells MotifTops Of The Columns Finished Of With Edwin Lutyens' Trademark Delhi Order With Bells Motif

View Of The Restaurant In The Former Banking HallView Of The Restaurant In The Former Banking Hall

View Of The Restaurant In The Former Banking Hall AgainView Of The Restaurant In The Former Banking Hall Again

Lamps, Windows And Light, Lots Of ItLamps, Windows And Light, Lots Of It

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Chef Gennaro Conrtaldo - The World's Fastest And Most Enthusiastic TalkerChef Gennaro Conrtaldo - The World's Fastest And Most Enthusiastic Talker

Food, Lovely Food, On A Massive Table Tennis BatFood, Lovely Food, On A Massive Table Tennis Bat

Jamie's Italian On King Street Gets First Visit From The GodfatherJamie's Italian On King Street Gets First Visit From The Godfather

Edwin's Beautiful Bank Now RestaurantEdwin's Beautiful Bank Now Restaurant

Entrance Hall DetailsEntrance Hall Details

Lutyen's Classic About To Set Sail AgainLutyens' Classic About To Set Sail Again

There's A New Kid On The BlockThere's A New Kid On The Block

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

AnonymousFebruary 7th 2012.

Be nice if this edition of Jamie's Italian doesn't go the way of others I've tried i.e. start out great before settling down to mediocre six months later, with increasingly poor service along the way. Coz when it's good, it's great.

mrsplimFebruary 7th 2012.

I have eaten in several of Jamie's Italians around the country and I have never had a bad experience or food yet. Cant wait for it to open in Manchester, the olives are fantastic too!

paulFebruary 7th 2012.

Jamie has that look about him of "I have spent a shit load of money I hope it works"

Food loverFebruary 7th 2012.

Good lord that all looks very good indeed. Will going along ASAP

Angela RobinsonFebruary 7th 2012.

Can't wait, love Jamie's food.

JayneFebruary 7th 2012.

THIS PLACE LOOKS AMAZING!! I seriously doubt 'ANONYMOUS' has eaten in many Jamie's Italians 'increasingly poor service' WHAT? The service is always fantastic, believe me, I've actually been to a few....

AnonymousFebruary 7th 2012.

Went to pertutti on liverpool rd, it was amazing hope jamie's can match the service and quality of food. can't wait to try it.

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James KayFebruary 8th 2012.

Pertutti staff ;-)

Kevin PeelFebruary 7th 2012.

Plan to go on opening night. Look fantastic. Hungry just thinking about it!

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EllieFebruary 8th 2012.

you'll be lucky - been trying to get telephone number for booking from HO - and still nothing - let me know ifyou get it before me eh!

Fitz LinsonFebruary 9th 2012.

I'm sure Councillor Peel may well get a table!

AnonymousFebruary 7th 2012.

Big fan of Jamies but think this place still looks too much like a bank ..... shame

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JayneFebruary 9th 2012.

It's a listed building, you can't touch it, that goes for all features inside, so considering, I think they've done pretty well.

Mike GrayFebruary 7th 2012.

Dar Marble & Granite Ltd 0161 834 3989
fabricated and fitted all the new marble bar tops and marble tiling

Lisa GaynordFebruary 7th 2012.

I would love to the one lucky person to sit with giddy like minded people on the first night !!! I believe in miracles x
Hope your reading Mr Holiver haha

AnonymousFebruary 7th 2012.

How are you booking, peeps? Cant find a tel number anywhere?! I wanna come, too!

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CobbydalerFebruary 7th 2012.

From the FAQ page:
"There's a Jamie's Italian opening soon in my home town and I'm really keen to make a booking but I can't find any contact details anywhere"
We don't take any bookings for restaurants which are yet to open. All contact details including the restaurant's address and phone number will be live on our locations page on the website within 24 hours of the opening.

http://www.jamieoliver.com/italian/qanda

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AnonymousFebruary 7th 2012.

how do you book? cant find a number anywhere?

ScarlettwomanFebruary 7th 2012.

Hopefully it will put the overwhelmingky bad Rosso out of business.

Maggie MilnerFebruary 7th 2012.

thought the whole point of Jamie's restaurants is that you CAN'T book a table or has that now changed after the many complaints they must have received about that policy?

Christine KilbyFebruary 7th 2012.

This Jamie's restaurant looks smart, better than the 'industrial/shabby chic' style of the Birmingham one which is beginning to look just shabby. It's definitely going to hit the fading Rosso. On the other hand maybe it will encourage Rosso to get its act together. The more choice the better I say.

Anne BeswickFebruary 8th 2012.

Great pics Jonathan, and I love your captions 'cept you did't say 'sweet'. Is it too grand for 'sweet'?

AnonymousFebruary 8th 2012.

One of my favourite building sin the city, really glad they have kept the feel of the place. I bet it was fun trying to run electrics into the vault too!

Definitely going to pay this place a visit:

www.28dayslater.co.uk/…/showthread.php?t=54328…

James SmithFebruary 8th 2012.

Wow! It looks amazing! Can't wait to get stuck into some of those 5ft platters like! Yum.

DamianclancyFebruary 8th 2012.

amazing building. looks like jamies in cambridge, all the hams over the bar etc., no bookings taken there, you just have to turn up. maybe the same in manchester?

Kerry Hough shared this on Facebook on February 8th 2012.
James SmithFebruary 8th 2012.

I wish Digital Dave would book a table here for his Birthday on the 9th March. Probably too tight though!

Helen Ramsbottom shared this on Facebook on February 8th 2012.
Hero
John NuttallFebruary 8th 2012.

Can't say that I'm a great fan of Jamie's cheeky cockney chappie routine but it really is wonderful to see that such a fantastic building has been preserved with most of its features retained

Janet WoodFebruary 8th 2012.

Looking forward to this new eaterrie hope they have opening offers.

Sharon IrelandFebruary 9th 2012.

So great that Manchester is being recognised as the marvellous and cosmopolitan city that it is & that's its attracting the big names. Makes me proud to call myself a Mancunian. Loving it that J O has paid respect to the fab architecture and enhanced the natural elegance of a magnificent building. Well done, Jamie & good luck with the new venture. Really looking forward to visiting it.

AnonymousFebruary 9th 2012.

Bookings now being taken online..

Melanie JolleyFebruary 9th 2012.

I love Jamie & am going to his Liverpool one restaurant next weekend, so I'll be more qualified to comment on his other restaurants then. This one, however, looks amazing! I love that he's kept all the charm & character of the original building & I think its a really modern & quirky idea. Well done!!

AnonymousFebruary 9th 2012.

I have dined at Jamies Kitchen in Dubai and it was very different but enjoyable. I am however reminded of the Bank Building which was one of my first jobs in 1969 when I worked as an apprentice design engineer for Brightside HVAC company on Princess Street and we did the mechanical system and ductwork refurbishment. I remember being sent down a duct to see where it ended and I popped my head up in a vault like the one in the picture and setting off an alarm. I got a right bollocking from my boss. Good luck with it. Great to see Manchester in the limelight.

slouchFebruary 10th 2012.

Just booked a table, easy on the main website!

Laura Dipple-JohnstoneFebruary 10th 2012.

As a Jamie at Home manager (his partyplan business) I was lucky to feast with Jamie at the Brighton Jamie's Italian in the Summer - the Manchester team can't wait for this restaurant to open and neither can our customers. The food, wine and service are genuinely great.

TimboFebruary 10th 2012.

If you cant get a table, nip down the road to Destinos, it's brilliant.

AnonymousFebruary 10th 2012.

Who'd have a private dinner in a morgue?

M-Dog ManchesterFebruary 10th 2012.

REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO JAMIE'S ITALIAN at 50% off next week... TWICE. Can't wait to have a good nosey round. Love the building, love the interior, hope it's busy and bustling for a lunch time thrill. Welcome to Manchester Jamie's, and thanks once again for TRAINING WEEK! Grrrrrrrrr.

DavidFebruary 11th 2012.

VEGETARIANS.......THEY EXIST...tho' Mr Oliver's menu wouldn't reflect that!!!!!

Dylan McCafferyFebruary 15th 2012.

Was there yesterday - fantastic

AnonymousFebruary 15th 2012.

Had a preview lunch there yesterday - food was lovely as is what they've done with the space. Will definitely be going back when it opens proper!

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Jules KhanMarch 5th 2012.

Jamie's Italian - great venue but at what price?

Went for lunch at Jamie's new "Jewel In His Crown" last week. Food was fresh and tasty. Atmosphere fab. Great value. Then we hear that the place is being run on 17 hour shifts for the kitchen staff...thought slave labour was a thing of the past. Shame on you Jamie.

AnonymousMarch 19th 2012.

went this sunday just walked in and got a table loved it, i will go again, the food was good service also good the food i saw being taken to the tables all looked good, 10/10

Paul ButcherAugust 6th 2013.

Food nice but musherooms with nuts tastles. Cutlery dirty. Having steak will chat after eating it

Paul ButcherAugust 6th 2013.

Steak was great blu full taste good texture vey good.

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