Rochdale chef Andrew Nutter is to open the doors on his new gastropub, the Bird at Birtle, this weekend.
The chef-proprietor of Nutters in Rochdale took over the former Bird I'th Hand pub in Birtle in December 2014 and set about rebranding and regenerating the stone building. Set in the original foundations, the pub has been upgraded using stone, wood and floor-to-ceiling windows that provide views over the surrounding countryside.
Nutter, who was named Manchester Chef of the Year 2012, and head chef Carl Tait will offer a menu of Lancashire specialities using "superior-quality" ingredients alongside pub nibbles and local cask ales. The aim is to create a relaxed pub-dining venue to complement the more formal Nutters restaurant.
The Nutter family - Andrew, along with his parents Rodney and Jean - has spent over £1m converting the pub into a dining pub. It seats 100 upstairs in the area that used to be the licensee's lodgings, with views across the Baron Ashworth Moor. Downstairs there is seating for 40, with an additional outside terrace.
Dishes on offer include: Goosnargh duck leg confit; and seared brill with lemon and fermented black garlic.
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