Sector: Food & Beverage
Region: North West England
Mixing it up
The Alchemist isn’t a traditional cocktail bar and restaurant. “We are masters in the dark arts of molecular mixology and demons in the kitchen, with theatre and immersive experiences at our core,” says Managing Director Simon Potts of his business. It has sites across the UK, including London, Newcastle, Chester and Cardiff.
The Alchemist has been included in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For programme for three years running. “We are proud of this recognition, as we have grown our team of people from 430 to 916 during that period,” says Simon.
Describing what makes The Alchemist stand out, he says: “Our mixologists create every cocktail with an obsessive eye for detail. Presented in vessels orchestrated to add a devilish dash of theatre, they bedazzle, bewitch and set the scene for everything we do. We have one of the most creative and immersive cocktail lists in the country.”
The Alchemist has expanded on its cocktail offerings and has moved into the all-day dining sector, too. “We have spent the last few years developing our food menu, adding breakfast and brunch options, researching the latest food trends and adapting to the change in guests’ eating trends and preferences,” says Simon. One of its latest is the ‘Moving Mountains’ burger, which is a vegan plant-based burger. The product accounts for one in four of its burger sales.
The Alchemist encourages its employees to connect with their local communities and charity initiatives. However, it also recognises the pressure this can create alongside working, so has introduced the ‘Currency of Kindness’. “We’re investing in our neighbourhoods, charity projects are getting access to committed individuals who want to make a difference, and our teams get to volunteer in work time, while getting paid.”