Velvet Hotel, Manchester

Velvet Restaurant and Bar is something of a cultural icon in Manchester’s gay village. However it was worn, baroque styled and badly dated; to quote the new owner, the restaurant “looked like a Parisian Brothel”.

360 deg was directly employed to redesign the restaurant, bar and reception and bring these spaces into the 21st century. Challenges included increasing the number of covers from 70 to over 100, updating the interior to comply with current building regs, and create a modern vibrant adaptable space which felt ‘right’ and functioned well even when full to capacity.

Since re-opening in 2018, the Restaurant has been granted a ‘Marco Pierre White’ franchise – something of an honor considering the Chef’s reputation. Tripadvisor comments highly praise the fit-out and the new owner is delighted.