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New restaurant to open in Didsbury

Rose Garden promises ‘British classics’ on Burton Road, reports Jemma Gibson

Published on April 18th 2011.

New restaurant to open in Didsbury

A NEW restaurant called The Rose Garden is set to open in West Didsbury at the end of the month.

“The modern food and the setting should give my restaurant something new and different for West Didsbury, and that will hopefully give us an edge.”

The new venue will be on Burton Road, which has established itself as the heart of West Didsbury’s developing restaurant scene.

Operated by owner and head chef William Mills, The Rose Garden will be serving ‘British classics with a contemporary twist’. Modern menu choices like chicory marmalade tart will sit alongside classics such as mille feuille and home-smoked pigeon breast. Mills said he expects The Rose Garden to ‘fit well’ in an area already packed with trendy eateries.

This is Mills’ first venture, and he said opening his own restaurant was something he has always wanted to do. “I’m looking forward to being head chef in my own kitchen at long last,” he said.

Mills has 12 years’ experience as a chef at restaurants including Kro Bar, Felicini, Rhubarb, and he was also head chef at Ostara in Chorlton, which closed after less than a year.

Mills said he was confident West Didsbury was the right place for his maiden venture securing planning on a former shop unit at 218 Burton Road. “It seemed like a good opportunity,” he said. Mills has let the unit on a six year lease.

“We’re going for a light, contemporary setting which should stand it apart from the numerous other restaurants in the area,” he said. “They tend to be kitted out with lots of traditional dark wood.

“The modern food and the setting should give my restaurant something new and different for West Didsbury, and that will hopefully give us an edge.”

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

GordoApril 18th 2011.

Now, if William promises to resurrect the chicken pudding from Ostara, I for one will be over like a rat up a drainpipe...

William MillsApril 18th 2011.

I can assure that the there will be puddings of some description on the winter menu!

Jon PickstoneApril 18th 2011.

Best of luck Bill, sounds great, and I'll see you in there soon.

Angela BlaydsApril 18th 2011.

Well done, looking forward to tasting the menu.

GermaineApril 19th 2011.

I ate Bill's food at the Albert Club Valentine's Dinner earlier this year and it was DEEEE-LICIOUS!

AnonymousApril 19th 2011.

Rhubarb, is that coz of Bryn Evans? Talking of which, is Obsidian still in the pan?

rhubarbApril 19th 2011.

Anonymous, thanks for you constructive comments. Not sure what you mean by recently, but we have made changes in the last few months with the appointment of Bryn Evans to work as head chef alongside owner operator Mark. We have been around for eight years now and I think it important that restaurants evolve, change and move forward hence our new menu. We are focussing on British ingredients and bold innovative flavour. As the number of restaurants reaches saturation point in West Didsbury I think it important to offer someting different and not just pan fried something over whatever. Yawn.
Good luck to Bill too, and welcome to Burton Road.

WheeliesApril 19th 2011.

The food at Ostara was great but I'm sure there's a more original way of wording 'British classics with a contemporary twist.´

In fact, I'd like to see "with a twist" banned from all food-related copy.

See also;

"Farm assured"
"Pan fried"
"...on a bed of"
"Locally sourced" (define local if making this claim)

Prickish pedantry aside, good luck William.

TagpassitonApril 19th 2011.

Congratulations Bill for following your dream and best wishes for The Rose Garden. I'm really looking forward to sampling the menu, meeting you again (West Didsbury Market on the Tag stall)and having The Rose Garden in our Didsbury Community Loyalty Scheme. Fingers crossed X Carol

Simon TApril 20th 2011.

Good luck with this new venture Bill. That part of Burton Rd is well served by Folk in terms of casual dining. Azzuro is an odd one - could be great, but has an unprofessional side to it (odd opening times, flawed customer service) and Rhubarb usually delivers to a high standard but is just too expensive (Lemon Sole, Blade Mace Butter, New Potatoes and a side order of Fine Beans £21). Nice there are no chains there (yet).

LMay 17th 2011.

Good luck to the rose garden lets hope its as hearty and value for money like the bistro on burton road and as consistent as the lime tree

AnonymousJune 25th 2011.

Frequent diner
Left restuarant hungry, not a fan of paying extra for what other restaurants include as part of meal. Visit Jem & I, The Lime Tree, No.4 Wine and Dine, Rhubarb then compare and contrast on vfm.
Sorry, being cruel to be kind as there is a wide choice in Didsbury and don't want to see effort go to waste!

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