CREATE YOUR OWN HISTORY
Designed by Thomas Worthington, the Memorial Hall was inspired by the Palazzo Santa Sofia, otherwise known as the Ca’ d’Oro, on Venice’s Grand Canal. As such it is one of the finest examples of Venetian Gothic Revival architecture anywhere in the country. Commissioned by the nonconformist Unitarian church, the Memorial Hall became a home for people who thought differently. It still is.
IN THE HEART OF THE CITY
Although the Memorial Hall pre-dates both Alfred Waterhouseâ€™s magnificent Town Hall and even Albert Square itself, we are situated in an unbeatably central and architecturally beautiful location in the heart of Manchester facing the Prince Albert Monument. The statue and the square itself serve as a timeless memorial to the ultimate and undying love story of Queen Victoria and her enigmatic and enchanting Saxon Prince.
A cut above your ordinary neighbourhood. The view from our roof: glorious listed architecture includes Alfred Waterhouse’s iconic Town Hall and Thomas Worthington’s Albert Memorial along with the Town Hall Extension and Manchester’s Central Library.
IN A BUILDING WITH CHARACTER
Venetian columns, peaked arches and a limestone/red-brick northern fusion ooze with Neo-Gothic power, Venetian flair and Victorian elegance to create a truly unique venue which has housed some truly unique people. Our sensitively renovated basement restaurant, sultry ground-floor bar and purpose-built function suites have brought the interior of the building back to life, to match its spectacular shell.
You may kiss the bride - Amanda & Nick Owens making history 21.10.17
FOR PEOPLE WITH CHARACTER
“This is Manchester. We do things differently here,” said Tony Wilson. It must be something in the water. Because we have bred some of the most magnificent characters and achievements the world has seen. From Emmeline Pankhurst’s suffragettes and Alan Turing’s pioneering work on computer sciences to Oasis and The Smiths. The list is several miles long. We are a city which celebrates and champions differences. So why not celebrate your union, our city and your favourite people here at our Memorial Hall?
Create your own themes and colour scheme with our wedding planner.
IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT MEMORIES ARE MADE OF
We picked Albert’s for our wedding “reception because they were really warm
and friendly and listened to all of the things we wanted to do on our big day. We weren’t tied to a package and we felt like nothing was too much trouble.
Jennifer and Max Perkins - made history 30.12.16
My brother in law also told me that a “staff member went to the shops to find my bridesmaid and my cousin some flat shoes for dancing! Now that is customer service with a difference!
Jenna and Adam Kaye - made history 06.01.17
the wedding coordinator, “wasLawrence, fantastic. Planning a wedding is a
long-winded affair and he was there for us every step of the way, even when the transformation into Bridezilla started at the end when the nerves kicked in! Mandy & Nick Owens, made history 21.10.17
WE CALL IT THE RED CARPET TREATMENT
The Chop Houses have been serving British food to the people of Manchester for more than 150 years. The Albert Square Chop House has earned an enviable reputation for its dining, featuring in the Good Food Guide every year since it opened. It is the only restaurant in the history of our city to feature in New York’s famous Wine Spectator Magazine’s awards, judging its wine list “one of the best in the world.”
FOOD AND DRINK WORTH GETTING MARRIED FOR
from start to finish. The canapés “ Stunning during our time downstairs were to die for, the wedding breakfast is still getting talked about today (the beef... wow!) Emma and John Davies – made history 11.11.17
The food was glorious. We had a taster “ session a few months beforehand, there was no drop in the quality. They offered a wide menu that can be tailored for your guests. The evening buffet was spectacular.
Sue and Brian Chapman, made history 20.05.16
When we were choosing our wedding “venue we had very set ideas about what
was important. To my husband, it was the food and the wine. For me, it was a quirky city centre location. Albert’s is in one of my favourite parts of Manchester and we’ve enjoyed eating there many times.
Mandy and Nick Owens – made history 21.10.17
EMOTION PUT INTO MOTION
The recipe for the best day of your life should be deceptively simple. Because there are really three ingredients for the perfect wedding. Fine food, drink to match and your type of music. Capture them all and everybody will have a day to remember. The Memorial Hall comes with its own late license private bar and resident DJs. Or we are happy to introduce you to some epic live musicians. And if the musicâ€™s good, you dance.
CAPTURING HISTORY - PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS P1 - Bride and Groom on the Town Hall stairs - Emma & John Davies making history 11.11.17 (©Damian Brandon Photography). P2 - Couple on the Albert Square Chop House stairs - Jenna & Adam Kaye making history 06.01.17 (©Cassandra Lane Photography); the owl brings the ring - the day Amanda & Nick Owens made history 21.10.17 (©Paul Husband Photography). P3 - The Memorial Hall exterior (©Nigel Maitland); the bouquet throw in Albert Square - the day Sally & Toby Hazlewood made history 22.05.15 (©Nicola Thompson Photography) P4 - Michelle & William Browne making history in the heart of the city 20.11.15 (©Nicola Thompson). P5/6 - Manchester Town Hall roofscape (©Paul Husband). P7/8 - Memorial Hall exterior and architectural details (©Paul Husband); Albert’s bar detail (©Nigel Maitland). P9/10 - You may kiss the bride - Amanda & Nick Owens making history 21.10.17 (©Paul Husband). P11 - The speech; the confetti (©Nicola Thompson); a guest with his Manchester Plate - the day Lucy & Ian Howard made history 11.08.16 (©Kelly Clarke Photography). P12 The married couple in stripes - Seb & Ken YarwoodHumphreys making history 05.12.15 (©Michelle Wilson, MSW Photography). P13/14 - Setting up the wedding breakfast (©Paul Husband). P15 - The naked wedding cake (©Nicola Thompson). P16 - A little wedding speech with a difference - the day Emma & Darren Cooke made history 04.09.15 (©Steve Grogan Photography); red carpet image of the bride’s dress - Jenna & Adam Kaye making history 06.01.17 (©Cassandra Lane); Marine Bezault, service with a smile (©Paul Husband). P17/18 - The best of British food (©Nigel Maitland). P19 - The corned beef hash (©Paul Wolfgang Webster); homity pie; roast beef canapés (©Georgie Glass). P20 - Oxtail croquettes (©Georgie Glass) P21 - The second dance - Sally Hazlewood (©Nicola Thompson). P22 Drumming up a party; the dance floor; the brass band (©Nicola Thompson). We’ve tried really hard to give creative credit where it is due. If we have missed out any rights holders, please let us know so that we can update our records and our design. www.albertsquarechophouse.com
Published on Dec 18, 2017