Last night I had the pleasure of visiting The Anthologist for its launch party! The Anthologist overlooks St Peters Square and is a short walk away from Manchester Central Library.
Upon arrival there was a fantastic botanical hopscotch, that had been hand chalked by The 22 Bees Project. The 22 Bees Project draw bees for businesses all over Manchester and raise money for The British Red Cross Society. An amazing £9042 has already been raised so be sure to check them out (All information at the bottom of the blog).
The Anthologist was buzzing with people and the weather made the terrace area perfect for enjoying a drink. A live band outside and DJ inside added to the vibrant atmosphere. The staff were all incredibly welcoming and the creativity of introducing mixology stands was a fantastic idea.
To provide more detail, the bartenders behind the stands took you through a step by step guide on how to make your preferred drink. You learnt the measures, what to add to your drink and even how to shake your drink to perfection. The Anthologist do offer mixology classes if this is something you would be interested in:
- Three cocktail sessions (Mix and muddle three different cocktails – learn the history, the method, all the tips and trips before trying your hand, and of course drinking them!) – £30
- Mix and dine (Learn how to make three different cocktails and then sit down for dinner afterwards. The perfect team building or birthday activity for something a little bit different.) – £55
At the bar you’ll be stuck for options. You have ten bottled beers to choose from, which also includes a non-alcoholic choice, four bottled ciders, with three refreshing Rekorderlig flavours and plenty of cocktails!
The cocktail menu is divided into four sections, ‘The experimental garden’, ‘The essence of the garden’, ‘The enchanted garden’ and ‘Absolute proofs’. To give you a taste of what each section has to offer, I’ll choose out two drinks from each that I would try.
The experimental garden
- Caprignata (Cachaça, banana liqueur, lime & maple syrup) – £9.95
- The herbalist (Tanqueray gin, Yellow Chartreuse, elderflower, lime & rosemary) £8.95
The essence of the garden
- Espresso martini (Ketel One vodka, Kahlua coffee liqueur, espresso & sugar) – £7.95
- Pornstar martini (Cariel vanilla vodka, passion fruit & prosecco) – £9.95
The enchanted garden
- Grassland (Ketel One vodka, absinthe, apple juice, lemon, dandelion & burdock bitters, & grapefruit & rosemary tonic) – £9.95
- Yoga mat & cha (Boutique-y spit-roasted pineapple gin, yoghurt, almond milk, honey green tea, baking soda, lemon, sage & hazelnut) – £10.95
- Ginger mimosa (Orange juice, fresh ginger, rosemary & ginger ale) – £4.50
- Homemade lemonade – £4.50
All of the absolute proof options are absolutely no alcohol and super skinny with many under 50 calories!
There is a lovely dining area, which has a very warm and relaxing feel to it. Not to mention the beautiful open kitchen. On the launch night there were canapés being offered but it wasn’t possible to dine so I can’t wait to come back and try the food properly. But the food that I did try, in particular the miniature burgers, were unbelievably tasty.
There is a breakfast, brunch and all day dining menu to choose from and The Anthologist’s menu’s have gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options. Again, to give you a taste of what the menu is like, I’ll name a variety of options, including food suitable for those with dietary requirements.
- Avocado Hummus (Toasted gluten-free flatbread, dukkah & pomegranate) – £7.95 (Vegan)
- Full Veggie (Eggs any style, beans, buttered spinach, field mushroom, avocado, grilled tomato & hash browns) – £8.95 (Vegetarian)
- Buttermilk chicken and waffle (Avocado, sour cream, jalapeños & chilli maple syrup) – £8.95
- Mezze board (Fregola salad, hummus, baba ghanoush, harissa, pickled chillies & olives) – £15.95 (Vegan)
- Halloumi burger (Hummus, red pepper & flat mushroom) – £11.50 (Vegetarian)
- Beer battered haddock and chips with tartare sauce – £11.95
All day menu
- Flat mushroom burger (Smoked vegan mozzarella, tomato & beetroot hummus) – £11.50 (Vegan)
- Roast cauliflower salad (Seeds, olives, broad beans, peas & olive tapenade) – £10.45 (Vegan)
- Roast cauliflower & pesto fettuccine (Raisins, spinach & lemon) – £10.95 (Vegetarian)
- Baby beetroot (Broad beans, goat’s curd & hazelnuts) – £10.45 (Vegetarian)
- D&M burger (7oz British beef, smoked bacon & Applewood cheese in a beetroot brioche bun) – £14.95
- Crispy duck salad (Beansprouts, cucumber, wonton, peanuts & hoisin) – £10.95
- Toffee roasted pineapple (Passion fruit sorbet) – £5.95 (Vegan)
- Dark chocolate torte (Raspberry sorbet) – £5.95
- Crème brûlée – £5.95
- Chocolate brownie (Vanilla ice-cream) – £5.95
- Salted caramel plum sundae – £7.95
So I hope I’ve managed to make you extremely hungry and thirsty after reading this but when I do get round to trying some of the above, I shall be doing another blog on my experience!
Address: St Peter’s Square, Manchester M2 3AE
The 22 Bees Project: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/the22beesproject