Stockport Council has announced that a taste of France will soon be arriving at Underbank’s historic Winter’s building, when it opens as French restaurant, Bistro Marc at Winter’s, later this year.
Led by husband and wife co-owners – Chef Marc Molé and Rachel Winter Jones, Business & PR Manager – Bistro Marc at Winter’s will be a cosy French bistro, offering French comfort food, such as French onion soup, croque-monsieur, boeuf bourguignon, pot-au-feu, crème brulée and other French favourites. The restaurant is set to begin welcoming guests from Autumn 2021.
The bistro will offer affordable à la carte and fixed price menus and there are also plans hold events such as wine tastings, with other events also in the pipeline. The focus will be on using fresh local produce from Stockport Indoor Markets and other local suppliers.
Chef Marc Molé was born and raised in Paris and is passionate about sharing his love of the Parisian bistro experience; good quality food and a relaxed atmosphere. He trained in Washington D.C. with the former French Head chef to the French Ambassador.
Cllr David Meller, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration at Stockport Council, said:
Since announcing in April that work was underway at this iconic building, speculation has been rife as to the new tenants and it’s great news that we can finally introduce you to Marc and Rachel.
“I’m confident their passion and energy to deliver an authentic French bistro, while still preserving the heritage and history of the building will be a huge asset to the town centre and I wish them well in their new venture, Bistro Marc at Winter’s will be a fantastic addition to a growing number of restaurants in Stockport.
“We’re committed to ensuring this historic area of the town centre is given the attention it deserves and with so many new openings, despite challenging times, more and more businesses are seeing the area as a great place to set up business. There’s definitely a buzz in the air!”
Chef Marc Molé, and Rachel Winter Jones, said:
“We are so excited and honoured to have been given the opportunity to open our French bistro in the iconic Winter’s Grade II listed building. We will offer a taste of quality French cuisine, with local produce, at a reasonable price.”
“We are also very proud to be part of Stockport’s regeneration programme on the Underbanks, and can’t wait to welcome the people of the Greater Stockport area to Bistro Marc at Winter’s. We want to hear the Winter’s clock chime again!”
The restoration will include sensitive repairs and restoration of the building, including the unique, automated clock and figures. Over the years, the building has operated in many guises, including an optician, jewellers, a restaurant, and most recently as a pub, managed by Manchester brewery Joseph Holt.
The restoration is part of the Council’s wider programme of work to restore and improve buildings in the Underbanks, with significant funding and support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Photo: Husband and wife team, chef Marc Mole and Rachel Winter Jones, Business and PR Manager of Bistro Marc, with Cllr David Meller, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration.