The Cellar Key

I don’t normally publish press releases, but this one comes from a good friend, and one of my highest read reviews was for this venue. I’m very saddened to hear this news, but know that Andy and his lovely wife are doing what’s best for them. 



For immediate Release: 25 January 2016


Chorlton’s popular wine bar and bistro, The Cellar Key is to close. The venue which has seen criticial acclaim, popular wine tasting events, chef pop-up nights from Mary-Ellen MacTeague and MasterChef Finalists Adam Handling and Luke Owen will close as of 14 February 2016.

Owner Andy Leathley has issued the below statement:

Although we succeeded in bringing a dedicated wine bar & bistro to the discerning Chorlton scene, attracted widely renowned guest chefs, developed a loyal following and popularity in the community and far beyond, we have to our huge frustration struggled to turn a profit significant enough to viably continue.

We cannot emphasise strongly enough how much we appreciate the support we received from the get-go from our families, friends & regulars who made this rollercoaster undoubtedly worth the ride. We will always be proud that we challenged ourselves with our cuisine and didn’t just play it safe, that we delivered one of the most ambitious winelists around and arguably raised the bar in many aspects in our beloved Chorlton, we walk away with our heads held high.

And so, it is with a heavy heart that we say good bye to The Cellar Key. We will continue operating as normal until February 14th, closing a year to the day of Mary-Ellen McTague’s debut Guest Chef night with us.

We would love for you to come down for dinner before then. You’ll be met with the same stellar, passionate dining experience we know we can bestow. We’ll also be holding cellar clearance sales to shift all the wine, watch this space. Cheers everyone, Andy & the team.


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Notes to Editors:


  • The Cellar Key is owned by Andy Leathley and based in Chorlton and opened in December 2014.
  • The strength of the bar has always been the combination of factors, with a backbone of good service, great food and an exceptional wine list.



The Cellar Key:

Twitter: @The CellarKey

Facebook: / TheCellarKey

495 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, Manchester
For more information and sales enquiries please contact Andy Leathley:


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