Tom Barnes’ widely anticipated restaurant opens next month

Picture of the Skof restaurant team outside the new restaurant in Manchester

Cumbrian-born chef Tom Barnes’ and protégé of Michelin chef Simon Rogan is set to open his first restaurant – Skof – on May 29 in Manchester’s NOMA district.

Booking For Skof is now open with availability until Saturday September 14.

SKOF is situated in the terracotta tiled Hanover building, originally built by the Co-operative Wholesale Society as a drapery warehouse in 1904. It was designed by London-based studio Blacksheep.

Diners can expect an inviting space bathed in natural light, which combines carefully restored original features with a refined, modern edge.

A taste of what’s to come.

At both lunch (Thursday to Saturday) and dinner (Wednesday to Saturday), Barnes’ will serve two variations of his tasting menu, one 12-course and one 15-course which will be priced at £120 and £165, respectively.

At lunch, Skof will also serve a four-course offering, priced at £50 per head.

Dishes that are set to delight include: Roasted Sladesdown duck, peach leaf, Ibis celeriac, wholemeal bread and, Berkswell cheese sable biscuit, crushed broad beans, whipped roe, bronze fennel.

Barnes’ has also been working on preserving ingredients to add depth of flavour to his dishes. Skof will create its own miso, used to flavour a Lightly set custard, served with Hen-of-the-Woods mushrooms, truffle, mushroom dashi and their own Amasake sorbet flavoured with milk Oolong tea.

Who is Tom Barnes’?

Barnes’ joined Simon Rogan’s team at L’Enclume in 2011. He quickly climbed the ranks from chef de partie to head chef in 2013, the year in which the restaurant won its second Michelin star.

At the age of 25, he was dubbed ‘a chef to watch’ after being awarded the Roux Scholarship in 2014. Barne’s chose Hof Van Cleve in Kruishoutem, Belgium as his prize stage, followed by a stint at three-Michelin starred Restaurant Geranium in Copenhagen, under chef Rasmus Kofoed.

In 2018, he returned as head chef at Rogan’s neighbourhood Cartmel restaurant Rogan & Co. The restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star less than six months later.

Barnes’ also won the main course in the final banquet in the BBC2 Great British Menu. Finally, Barnes’ became executive chef at the Umbel Restaurant Group, overseeing three Michelin-starred L’Enclume, one Michelin-starred Rogan & Co, Henrock and Home by Simon Rogan.

He will bring the farm-to-table ethos that is so crucial at Simon Rogan’s Lake District restaurants, weaving in new suppliers as he tailors the offering to a new market in the vibrant Northern city.

Alongside daily deliveries of produce grown specifically for him from Simon Rogan’s ‘Our Farm’ in the Cartmel Valley, Lake District, Barnes’ will collaborate with small-scale suppliers such as Cinderwood Market Garden in Nantwich and Lake District Farmers.

Barnes’, in partnership with restaurant manager Sean Oakford and assistant restaurant manager Max Lawrence (both ex-L’Enclume), have created a range of drinks options to include alcohol-free or mixed-alcohol pairings with a focus on matching wines to go with the menu.

The small but well-rounded wine list aims to give a variety of exciting options, spotlighting small-scale producers and the team’s personal recommendations. In addition, Tom has also collaborated with Manchester brewery, Track to create Sidney, a light and refreshing beer intended as an alternative to kick off the meal.

Barnes’ said:

“It’s been a long time coming, so I’m excited to be able to finally release our reservations. With Skof, my purpose is to create an incredible experience that focuses on high quality ingredients, but above all, will put a smile on people’s faces,” said Barnes’

3 Federation Street,
M4 4BF

Opening Hours:
Dinner – Wednesday to Saturday 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Lunch – Thursday to Saturday – 12:00pm – 1:30pm

To book visit: Skof

Picture of the hallway leading into Skof restaurant in Manchester





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