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  • Writer's pictureFraser Urquhart Media

Cultural Quarter’s The Exchange Bar Rings The Changes

Following new ownership, one of Leicester’s favourite bars is enjoying a period of refreshment and renaissance with new food and drink menus being launched.

Now part of MVR Exchange Limited, sitting alongside the neighbouring Manhattan 34, The Exchange Bar will undergo a light refresh but continue to create the unique ambience and friendly atmosphere that it was known for before.

By popular demand, customers will be pleased to know the kitchen will be reopening and offering all-time American brunch classics including American style bagels and pancake stackers. You can also expect staples such as a soup of the day and toasties on the lunch menu with a range of vegan and vegetarian options.

Things are being refreshed behind the bar too with a varied and seasonal new drinks menu on offer. With the Curve Theatre just a stone’s throw away, the team created a range of bespoke cocktails to celebrate the arrival of ‘The Woman in Black’ and are currently working on a ‘The Phantom of The Opera’ menu so culture vultures can theme their drinks with their theatre!

Continuing as a destination for meetings, catch ups and socials, there will also be special offers including a free Danish pastry with hot drinks, available 8.30 – 10.30am daily. The venue also boasts having three separate rooms to suit a variety of functions and caters to suit the customers’ needs. As well as the main bar, customers can also hire exclusive use of the Garden Room or the larger Broadway Bar downstairs.

Marc Van Rooyen, owner of The Exchange Bar and Manhattan 34 said; “We’re excited to welcome both new and old customers to The Exchange Bar. We’re already planning an extensive and varied programme of events including beer and wine masterclasses, poetry nights and open mic nights, speciality cuisine nights – to name just a few.”

“The Cultural Quarter is a great hub for the city and to be at the heart of that, is an honour. We’re working with businesses in the area to create bespoke offers and there are already plans for a Cultural Quarter loyalty card”, he added.

The Exchange Bar is at 50 Rutland St, Leicester, LE1 1RD.

Booking enquiries can be made on 0116 2621811 and

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