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Ibérica Confirms Spinningfields Arrival

Spanish import set for late-October opening, continuing the food and drink march on The Avenue

Written by . Published on July 16th 2014.

Ibérica Confirms Spinningfields Arrival

FOLLOWING a tip-off, Confidential reported in early July that Spanish import Ibérica was eyeing up the roomy former All Saints unit on The Avenue in Spinningfields. 

"We’re so excited not just because we’re opening yet another restaurant, but also because it’ll be the first outside of London."

Sleuth then had a go, receiving a twitter response from the Spanish restaurant saying all would be announced very soon.

Turns out it is All Saints. We could have told them that two weeks ago. Pfft.

Ibérica is set to open in Spinningfields in late October 2014 and occupy 520 sq m of the site. It is still thought that Alchemist, located behind the unit, will knock through and take a Living Ventures bite of the space. 

Nacho ManzanoNacho Manzano

Driven by three-starred Executive Chef Nacho Manzano, Ibérica offer 'contemporary tapas' alongside more traditional dishes like Spanish stews and paellas, and signature fare including the celebrated air-cured Iberico hams and sheep milk cheese.

You're also likely to find cheeky little menu nuggets like Chorizo 'lollypops' amongst bold attempts at a fish & chips with hake. Fair play.

According to an Ibérica spokesperson, the Manchester menu will differ from the London offerings, with added mains accompanying the tapas and lunch options to 'cater for a Manchester market'. Do Londoners not enjoy mains?

Whilst casting an executive eye over Ibérica, Manzano also oversees a two Michelin-star family operation, Casa Marcial, located in a remote pueblo amongst the Picos de Europa mountains, alongside another starred restaurant, La Salgar, a jump west down the northerly Spanish coast

Nacho has some serious credentials.

The new 200-bum restaurant will be the fifth such Ibérica opening overseen by Managing Director, Marcos Fernandez Pardo, but the first outside of London town. Pardo said:

“We’re so excited not just because we’re opening yet another restaurant, but also because it’ll be the first outside of London.

"Manchester is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with an amazing restaurant scene and a sophisticated population. This is a great opportunity for us to take our authentic Spanish gastronomy further afield.”

Iberica Farringdon, LondonIberica Farringdon, London

Ibérica will continue its partnership with Barcelona-based designer Lázaro Rosa Violán. Violán has emerged as one of the world's leading hospitality and retail designers, with over 40 hotel projects under his belt, as well as the Boca Grande restaurant in Barcelona and the El Mercado in Bogota.

The Spinningfields site will see a large bar acting as the focal point on the ground floor, and a mezzanine holding the kitchen and more seating.

The group hopes the new terrace, running alongside both glass-fronted sides of the building, will recreate the atmosphere of Madrid's 'famous terrace culture'.

Iberica will be the latest food and drink offering elbowing the flagging luxury retailers off The Avenue in Spinningfields. Thaikhun have knocked through into LK Bennett, while next door, Southern Eleven are set to move into the former Brooks Brothers. Across the way Kurt Geiger and Ted Baker have thrown in the towel, making way for Brazilian restaurant Fazenda.

Michael Ingall, CEO of Allied London, developers of Spinningfields, said:“The Avenue is evolving into its next generation. It is going to be a great mix of premium retail and high quality restaurants."

Confidential has heard only good things about Ibérica. The interiors rich and splendid, the grub delicious and chin-dripping, and wine flowing like the Eo river of Asturias.

Plus, anywhere we can roll Gordo from table to desk in under five minutes is a huge win for us. Trust us to be on this one like Army Ants on a knackered wasp.

Iberica opens in Spinningfields this Autumn 2014 (October'ish).


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

AnonymousJuly 16th 2014.

Meatpacking scene! Hahahahaha

AnonymousJuly 16th 2014.

No deli? Shame.

AnonymousJuly 16th 2014.

Spinningfields has become the Elysium of Manchester.

AnonymousJuly 16th 2014.

So not an Alchemist expansion then?

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AnonymousJuly 17th 2014.

I thought Alchemist were taking some of the old AS store, and Iberica the other part. I may be wrong about this though.

David BlakeJuly 17th 2014.

Alchemist (Living Ventures) have been eyeing up an expansion into All Saints for nearly two years, looks like Iberica may have dived in there. Alchemist may still take a bite of the unit, it's a big space and Iberica have 600sq m of it.

James CunninghamJuly 16th 2014.

This sounds good.. shame King Street has become a ghost town in the process.. hope some shops move back up there and make it great again!

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AnonymousJuly 17th 2014.

Was the move to Spinningfields successful for any retailer? Because the retail relocation down there all seems to have been a very expensive flop now, that nobody is willing to talk about & admit to yet?

AnonymousJuly 17th 2014.

Anon, my understanding is that food and drink was always the plan but no one would touch it apart from a few chains (Cafe Rouge and Gourmet Burger Co). The retailers were then offered rent free space. In that time Spinningfields has grown popularity with the help of Living Ventures. The rent free deals are now expiring hence the move out of retail. I wouldn't say it was a flop. More an evolution.

Michael IngallJuly 17th 2014.

Smart comment, places evolve, some of the retail works really well, but restaurants work better, and are much needed in Manchester. Nothing that opened and traded without an empty unit in 2010 can be a flop, but we never stay still, and manage our assets.

rinkydinkJuly 16th 2014.

This is really good news and I hope it pays off. I can't help but wonder if Manchester can sustain the current rate of restaurant openings - it's a hell of an explosion. But if Thaikhun is anything to go by it can - its always busy when I go past

AnonymousJuly 17th 2014.

All this makes me hope those retailers will either move to/back to KING STREET....

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ShybaldbuddhistJuly 17th 2014.

It looks like we have people at the airport who are trying to get flights that are only offered out of London to also fly to and from Manchester for the first time. It's doing wonders for the Airport. Shouldn't we have someone doing a similar job for retail? Market Street and King Street especially could do with some shops that aren't on every high street in Britain, thus making them look a little more unique and making people want to shop in the city.

LeislJuly 17th 2014.

It is about time Manchester had some independent retailers unique to the city, instead of the same chains you find on every high street, bringing some much needed sparkle to King St

EllieJuly 20th 2014.

Iberica - bit confused (doesn't take much ha ha!) Says first 'outside' London???? If I am not mistaken (could be!) there is one in Nottingham and more recently another one opened in Derby? Ellie

Simon TurnerJuly 20th 2014.

Nottingham and Derby are Iberico, not Iberica. It's only a small difference, one letter, but it matters, same as, say, Burger King and Bugger King.

EllieJuly 20th 2014.

Oh thanks for that. Does that mean (as they are both Spanish restaurants) that IberiCO are cashing in on the original IbeciCA?

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Simon TurnerJuly 20th 2014.

I don't know, but you won't get anyone in Manchester ever admitting that what the East Midlands does today, Manchester does tomorrow...

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