Inside Skof, Manchester’s stunning new restaurant by Tom Barnes

It's opening so soon.

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 24th May 2024

Celebrated chef Tom Barnes is finally ready to open his first Manchester restaurant, Skof, in the city centre.

New photographs have just been released giving a glimpse inside the beautiful space, located just off Sadler’s Yard.

The restaurant has taken over a historic building in the NOMA neighbourhood and will officially open its doors on Wednesday 29 May.

If you’re not familiar with the concept of Skof yet, it’s the first restaurant from chef Tom Barnes, who has worked at L’Enclume (the three-Michelin star Lake District restaurant widely considered one of the best in the world) and falls under Simon Rogan’s UMBEL Restaurants group.

He’ll bring that same farm-to-table ethos that’s made L’Enclume so world-famous to the city centre with his debut restaurant, weaving in new suppliers as well as using daily deliveries of produce grown specifically for him from Simon Rogan’s Our Farm in the Cartmel Valley.


Tom Barnes has also teased what’s to come on his menu, with two different tasting menus available.

Skof will have a 12-course tasting menu priced at £120, and a 15-course menu for £165 – plus a £50, four-course lunch offering.


He’ll be using small-scale suppliers such as Cinderwood Market Garden in Nantwich and Lake District Farmers to fill his exciting menu of home-grown dishes.

The first set of menus will include dishes like roasted Sladesdown duck, peach leaf, Ibis celeriac, and wholemeal bread; Berkswell cheese sable biscuit, crushed broad beans, whipped roe, and bronze fennel; and a lightly set custard, served with Hen-of-the-Woods mushrooms, truffle, and mushroom dashi.

There’ll be a lot of thought that goes in to the drinks pairings too, working with restaurant manager Sean Oakford and assistant restaurant manager Max Lawrence (both ex-L’Enclume), on a range of drinks options to include alcohol-free or mixed-alcohol pairings, or matching wines to go with the menu.


Tom has also collaborated with Manchester brewery, Track to create Sidney, a light and refreshing beer intended as an alternative to kick off the meal.

Tom Barnes said: “It’s been a long time coming, so I’m excited to be able to finally release our reservations. I can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on and to return some of the incredible hospitality I’ve received from the people of Manchester.

“With Skof, my purpose is to create an incredible experience that focuses on great quality ingredients but above all, puts a smile on peoples faces.”

Skof will open in Manchester’s NOMA district on Wednesday 29 May.

Tom Barnes and the Skof team outside the restaurant. Credit: Cristian Barnett.
Tom Barnes and the Skof team outside the restaurant. Credit: Cristian Barnett.

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