We headed down to Wilderness Bar + Kitchen, a three-storey eating, drinking and lifestyle venue in the Northern Quarter.
A welcoming, relaxed space with a modern approach to flavour, the food and drink menus at Wilderness Bar + Kitchen are informed by seasonality and the best available produce.
The ground floor is an engaging all day space, where you can walk straight in or book ahead and enjoy a carefully considered range of beers and house made highball cocktails on tap.
The first floor cocktail bar offers a unique and intimate drinking experience where the bar will take centre stage. The space has been designed to remove barriers between those making the drinks and those enjoying them. A seasonal small plate menu will also be served.
The basement Innovation Room is a creative space for both the chefs and the bartenders to explore new flavours. The table is set within the working kitchen and can also be booked out for private dining, where guests can experience a tasting menu served by the Head Chef.
The drinks menu mirrors the seasons with cocktails that put flavour first, using both traditional and cutting edge techniques. Heading up the bar is Adam Day who has developed a natural menu, pairing house made ingredients, seasonal produce and quality spirits. Wilderness Bar + Kitchen will also offer low ABV cocktails, natural wines and craft beers, carrying though its ethos of treating nature and its products with care and respect.
The cooking is modern European in style, using produce at its peak, and taking the very best of the season. The kitchen team headed up by James Lord (ex-Manchester House) uses ingredients from the most forward thinking producers to create innovative dishes, cooked over coals.
BBQ Lamb Skewers , Miso Glaze + Lamb Fat Yeast Flakes
Pressed Potato, Smoked Egg, Brown Crab + Dill Pollen
Short Rib, Bone Marrow, IPA Onions + Nasturtium
Woodland Mushroom, Spätzle, Jerusalem Artichoke + Birch Sap
Treacle Tart + Crème Fraiche Sorbet