The 1837 Bar
The Corn Exchange stands on the site of an earlier structure originally built in 1837 at Hanging Ditch, and was designed by one of Manchester’s leading architects Richard Lane.
'The Corn & Produce Exchange' replaced the original building in the early 1900s to meet the growing demand of the ever-increasing number of farmers and merchants who traded cereal grains in the region. It was the venue for meetings of the Anti-Corn Law League: a group of Manchester workers who opposed the so-called ‘Corn Laws’. The group campaigned to reduce the taxes imposed on imported grain by the laws, in order make food more affordable for working people. You can see an article titled “The Corn Laws” framed and on the wall of the 1837.
Functions & Events
With a capacity for up to 100 people, 1837 is the perfect space for holding all types of events, birthdays, corporate do's, networking events, live music, drinks with friends...
The space is yours.
The Gin Experience
Alston gins are famous for their intense yet complimentary flavours. Is it a trade secret we’ll never share? Well, no.Find out just how we do it with our ‘Gin Experience’ packages! You may be an expert on how to drink gin, but after just 90 minutes on our ‘gin experience’, you will be able to pair up botanicals, infuse in a single grain spirit, and be a fully qualified gin drinker! Groups of 6 or more can book for birthday’s, work parties or just a simple get together for certain days and times of the week.
Food is also available for after or before the experience – just book a table in the restaurant
Gin was once known as ‘mother’s ruin’ and the ‘scourge of society’. These days, though, gin is undergoing something of a ‘ginaissance’. Alston Bar & Beef serves over 60 delicious gins, including 14 of our very own cold compound gin infusion, which we produce onsite.
Our expert bartenders have the freedom to create Small Batch Artisan Gin Infusions that sit alongside popular brands on our bar. Using seasonal products, each infusion fits into one of our six flavour profiles: Citrus, Spicy & Peppery, Floral, Herbaceous, Fruity and the Sloe & Liqueur. Each cold compound infuses over its own unique time period, so please check our daily menu for the latest creation and availability.
Our signature ‘Tweed Valley’ infusion uses ingredients such as turkey tail mushroom, dandelion & burdock root and water mint, which are all found in the Tweed Valley, the home of our butcher. We selected these ingredients during a foraging trip to the Upper Nesbit Farm to create an earthy, herbaceous gin that we recommend served with Bon Accord Tonic, mint and apple garnish.