The San Carlo group are among Manchester’s most successful restaurateurs. The Birmingham-based company, which reportedly turns over more than £27 million per year, has secured the tenancy to run a chi-chi Italian restaurant, cocktail and champagne bar in the restaurant space in Selfridges. Previously occupied by French chain Aubaine, one of the stumbling blocks for this venue has been the lack of a separate entrance from the main store, meaning that diners have to be out by store closing time – usually around 9pm. That’s still the case for the new opening, which soft launches next week. However, we suspect that if the restaurant thrives (and it would be a first for San Carlo Manchester if a restaurant didn’t to work out) the management may consider other options and later night solutions. The glass-clad space offers extraordinary views to the north of the city centre, so expect more of the same – with plenty of atmosphere, an overhauled interior and, as ever, the finest Italian cooking. The name, Bottega, refers to the studio of a master craftsman or artist; a place where others go to learn.

From November, San Carlo Bottega, Selfridges, Exchange Square, M3 1BD, @SanCarloBottega

Ruth Allan
Published on:
Mon 21 Oct 2013