The new, solo restaurant of a Cumbrian-born chef and protégé of a three time Michelin Star winner has opened.

Barrow-born Tom Barnes, who worked alongside award-winning chef Simon Rogan for 12 years, has thrown open the doors to his own establishment in Manchester.

Skof by Tom Barnes opened in the NOMA neighbourhood on Wednesday.

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Team Skof said on Wednesday: “We can’t believe the day has finally come, and we are opening our doors this evening.

“We want to thank everyone who has welcomed us so warmly into our new home, and the many people who have grafted at all hours to make this journey possible.

 “Whilst we released our bookings a few weeks back, there is only limited availability over the next three months. However, we will be releasing more tables very soon.

“We can’t wait to see you soon.”

The sample menus include Roasted Sladesdown Duck served with peach leaf and celeriac, Grilled Orkney Scallops with spring vegetables, fried oyster and dulse seaweed, and Miso Custard with woods mushroom and truffle.

The restaurant will open for lunch from Thursday to Saturday at noon until 1:30pm and for dinner between Wednesday and Saturday from 6:30pm to 8pm.

Tom joined Simon's team at L'Enclume in 2011 and apprenticed under Duncan Collinge at The Lakeside Hotel, working as a chef in some of the best restaurants in the world.

The Barrovian won the Great British Menu in 2020, was head chef at Rogan & Co when it received a Michelin star, and executive chef at L’Enclume when it gained its third star.

Skof will be owned and operated by Tom but will form part of the next iteration of UMBEL Restaurants, where the group will support talented individuals in opening their own restaurants and businesses.