The other week we got invited to the opening of a new restaurant and bar in Cheshire. Since Lola is now a budding Londoner, I invited my cousin along for the event. So after a day working, we made the drive down from Manchester city centre to Knutsford, Cheshire. My cousin was pleased to know that I would be driving as it meant she could drink for the two of us.
On the drive down, we both discussed how as city centre dwellers, we rarely venture to restaurants/bars in areas outside the city of Manchester. So it was nice for a change to try out a spot outside the ring road that encapsulates our city. After a 30 minute drive through some beautiful countryside (it always surprises me how close the leafy countryside is to the city), we arrived at the former town hall in Knutsford town centre, which is now home to new bar and restaurant - The Lost and Found.
This incredible Grade II listed building is filled with ethereal charm. Designed by the man who designed the Natural History Museum, the building has an inviting atmosphere that evokes memories of the glamour of bygone eras. We walked in through the arching gothic doors and with a glass of fizz to hand, we took the chance to explore the venue whilst other guests whiled away to the sounds of the DJ.
The decor of the venue creates a sense of mystery with unusual artefacts dotted around, intricate wallpaper designs and comfortable leather wing-back couches. Just behind and above the main bar is a secrete den that can only be accessed by pushing aside a bookcase. This secrete victorian hideaway is the perfect spot to host a private party or celebration.
We made our way to the airy and open restaurant area to sample a few things on the menu. Alongside classic cocktails and drinks, the bar team at the Lost and Found have created two collections of signature 'Lost' and 'Found' cocktails which average at £8 and can be enjoyed for only £5 during Emily’s cocktail club every Monday to Friday from 5pm-8pm. I enjoyed my sips of the gin based, blackberry and lavender laced, Ms. H. G. Watson cocktail. Sitting beneath the impressive vaulted ceilings and draped lighting we tried a few bits from their eclectic menu. I particularly enjoyed the charcoal oven steak and the jerk chicken pizza. The latter being a particular surprise as I would probably never have picked it off the menu.