Food & Drink

Restaurant brings UK’s first up-tempo dining experience to Manchester

A restaurant in the city centre introduced a new take on eating out as it ditched all tables and chairs to create a social, up-tempo dining experience.

Menabrea, Italy’s Alpine Birra, brought a taste of Northern Italy to Haunt, on Peter Street this Wednesday (13 September).

Diners had the opportunity to experience a social meal out as they enjoyed drinks and dinner without sitting down.

The concept, which was born in the Piedmont region of Italy, aims to create a more convivial, relaxed space and encourages friends and strangers to enjoy good food and drinks without the restriction of being sat at a table.

The event certainly did just that.

With a passion for Italian cuisine, chef and food writer, Antonina Parker prepared mouth-watering and bite-sized dishes.

Chef and writer, Antonina Parker

Parker said, “I have a personal tie to Italian cuisine through my family heritage, so collaborating with one of Italy’s most renowned beers was an opportunity I couldn’t resist.”

Guests were greeted with complimentary bottles of Italian beer Menabrea, brewed from the very region where the concept first hailed from.

The first plate to enjoy was the homemade focaccia with two cured meats and cheeses. The dish was accompanied by pickles, grapes and capers which all went down a treat.

Next up was the wild mushroom arancini, prosciutto and asiago bruschetta. The mushroom arancini was a particular highlight, offering a vegetarian option to guests.

Wild Mushroom Arancini, Prosciutto and Asiago Bruschetta

The free-to-attend event was concluded with the fritto misto with alioi (mixed fresh fish) and polpette with mouth-watering parmigiano reggaiano (Italian meatballs).

All meals were accompanied by the buzzing backdrop of DJ sets, creating a positive and elevated atmosphere amongst diners. The Italian event definitely lived up to its name.


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The standing experience is said to help people feel more confident and connected.

Body confidence expert and founder of Confidence Live, Kirsty Hulse said: “Lots of research has shown that being more upright can increase our feelings of confidence, connection and enhance our positive mood.

“When sitting at a formal table in a formal dining experience, we can become sluggish and feel disconnected.”

The event carries on in Glasgow on 21 September, with an event at London’s Tavino Bar & Kitchen earlier this month proving to be a success.

With no ‘tables’ to book, those wanting to experience more of Memabrea’s events, can click here.

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