Stock Exchange Hotel opens as a member of Relais & Châteaux
Stock Exchange Hotel, one of Manchester’s most eagerly anticipated hotels, is now open as a member of Relais & Châteaux. The Bull & Bear by Chef Tom Kerridge, located in the grand domed room which was previously the trading floor of the Stock Exchange, is also now open.
The former Stock Exchange building, located in the heart of Manchester, is a striking example of Edwardian architecture from the 20th Century and has been meticulously transformed into a hotel offering a collection of 40 rooms and suites, including two signature suites and a stunning 3,500 square foot penthouse residence.
Co-owned by Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and hotelier Winston Zahra, the boutique property opens as a member of global hotel and restaurant fellowship, Relais & Châteaux and is managed and operated by Manchester based GG Hospitality.
Having purchased the Grade II listed building six years ago, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs explained that their vision was to bring the building back to life: “We knew the Stock Exchange well from when it was a restaurant but it was only when we viewed it in its entirety that we realised the extent of the history there.
“Most people familiar with the building will know of the domed ceiling above the old trading room floor, but there are many other original features that will not have been seen by many, such as fireplaces, vaults and stained glass windows. For us it was critical that this heritage was protected, and it now sits at the heart of what we hope will be an exciting new concept for Manchester.”
Speaking about the association with Relais & Châteaux, co-owner and GG Hospitality CEO Winston Zahra said: “We are honoured to be the first ever Relais & Châteaux member in Manchester and one of the first properties in the 65 year history of the fellowship to become a member before its doors open. This is testament to all of the work the team has been doing behind the scenes. We have put a great amount of effort into ensuring the design for the property truly respects the history of the building.
“The values and foundations of Relais & Châteaux to protect and defend the local art of living are reflected in every detail of our offering and we are committed to preserving an important part of Manchester’s heritage, while offering quality service in an exceptional setting.”
Philippe Gombert, President of Relais & Châteaux said: “We are very happy to count Stock Exchange Hotel as a member of our family and to be able to accompany them in the opening of this beautiful house. Having visited the property I can tell you that Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Winston Zahra have revived Stock Exchange and its history in a remarkable way. This is a perfect example of what Relais & Châteaux is: properties anchored in their region, ambassadors of their heritage, but also passionate about their craft and deeply committed to forging warm, lasting relationships with their guests.”
The hotel’s interiors have been designed by internationally renowned design studio Autoban. Their bespoke design – a subtle arrangement of a light palette of colours, combined with luxurious materials, original marble, brass, glass and woodwork – ensures guests will experience spaces deeply rooted in the history and heart of the city, crafted around the remarkable stories of the building.
Rooms, Suites, Signature Suites & Residence
The collection of unique rooms and suites can be booked as individual rooms or combined into a number of configurations, creating interconnected spaces ideal for guests visiting the city for business or leisure and for families or groups. Whole floors can be hired with full interconnecting capability and the building is also available to be booked out in its entirety for exclusive use.
Room & Suite Collections
The Bradshaw, John Gass and Arthur Hope room collections pay respect to the architects who originally designed the Portland stone building which originally opened in 1906. Additionally, the Kent and Norfolk suite collections complement what will be a very unique accommodation offering in the city.
In addition to the room and suite collections, the hotel includes two signature suites – Suite Nineteen ‘0’ Six and The Boardroom Suite, measuring 1,070 and 1,700 square feet respectively. The signature suites are available for both short and long term fully serviced stays at the Hotel.
Suite Nineteen ‘0’ Six, named after the year in which the Stock Exchange opened for trading, is located on the newly constructed fourth floor of the building. Comprising two bedrooms, this 1,070 square foot suite is a great space for families and friends who want to reside in the same room while retaining an element of privacy.
The Boardroom Suite, accessed via a private staircase off the main lobby of the hotel, is located in one of the most historically significant and architecturally preserved parts of the building – the original Stock Exchange boardroom. Designed to honour its past, the 1,700 square foot space boasts a number of original features, including marble pillars, wood panelling, an ornamental fireplace, stained glass windows, and the original Stock Exchange vault. Other features include a walk-in wardrobe, a large lounge area, dining room and small fitness room. The Boardroom Suite can be extended to 2,300 square feet with the addition of an interconnecting suite that also includes its own private terrace.
The House, a fully serviced residential penthouse on the fifth floor of the hotel, will offer Manchester residents a different level of city centre living. Spread over 3,500 square feet, it will be the largest serviced apartment in Manchester and provides everything residents will need for both short and long term residency, including three meticulously designed bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms.
With its own roof terrace offering views over and across the Manchester skyline and its own private entrance, The House is a unique penthouse residence with superlative attention to detail, extensive amenities and spacious facilities. There is a separate kitchen area, just off the open plan living area which includes a fully kitted Siemens kitchen and appliances, as well as a Nespresso machine.
Each of the three double bedrooms has a sophisticated style, with top quality mattresses designed to give residents the ultimate night’s sleep. Each bedroom comes with its own en-suite complete with contemporary walk-in shower and Dr Harris & Co. toiletries. The master bedroom en-suite even has a double shower. A fitness room with a treadmill, exercise bike and free weights completes the space.
Dining – The Bull & Bear
The heart and soul of the hotel is The Bull & Bear by chef Tom Kerridge, housed under the magnificent dome which for decades was the trading floor of the Stock Exchange. The space has been designed to be a social space where people can enjoy quality food in a casual and relaxed atmosphere.
Tom’s first Manchester concept is an approachable and social space, blurring the lines between elegance and informality, with a menu reflecting Tom’s signature style of refined British classics.
Tom and his Executive Chef Dan Scott have created a menu that is influenced by Tom’s pub in Marlow, The Coach. The menu is divided into stages, ‘Hot’, ‘Cold’, ‘Hot “Slightly Bigger”’ dishes and ‘Sweet’, with the team recommending four to five plates per person, allowing diners to experience a wider selection of the menu.
Tom Kerridge said: “We’re so excited to finally share The Bull & Bear with the people of Manchester. The space looks amazing and the team is ready to welcome guests and offer them a really special experience with some great food. I’ve always loved Manchester and I’m so chuffed that my first restaurant up north is in this brilliant city.”
In addition to this, private dining and a variety of events will be catered for within The Vault and The Bank. The Vault sits in the lower ground floor of the building and will offer events for up to 120 people. The Bank, with its own private entrance off Norfolk Street, will offer private dining experiences for up to 16 people in an intimate environment. The Bank comes complete with its own wine cellar which guests can enjoy as part of an overall dining experience. Both event spaces will cater for tailor made events depending on guest requirements.