Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Bar & Restaurant
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    • The Alchemist, Ground Floor, Chadsworth House, Wilmslow Road, Handforth, SK9 3HP

About The Alchemist

The Alchemist is a cocktail bar and restaurant that celebrates molecular mixology, alchemy and craftsmanship. Drinks are served in all manner of vessels with theatre and panache, with food served morning, noon and night.

The Alchemist has locations at 15 sites across the UK, including Manchester, Leeds, London, Birmingham and Cardiff, and has plans to open 5 new venues in the next 12 months, expanding their brand in London and Birmingham.

In May 2018, the company partnered with a not for profit charity that works to end local food poverty by running a ‘meal for a meal’ initiative. As part of the food menu, they have pledged to cover the cost of a hot, nutritious meal to a local person in need every time a guest orders the Duck Gyozas or the Keralan Curry.
In addition, they run a ‘Currency of Kindness’ initiative, employees sign up to a volunteering roster and in turn the company enables 450 hours per month paid volunteering with local charity partners chosen by the teams. Projects range from urban farms to homelessness support to environmental clean ups.

What is it like to work for The Alchemist

Personal Growth
Personal Growth
They believe that the most interesting or innovative example of how their organisation supports employee development, both work and non-work related, is through their currency of kindness that provides transferable skills for staff that can be used for the future.
Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
The Alchemist have learnt to use the waste hierarchy to their advantage by preventing waste through better stock control and dealing with what does arise as sustainably as possible. This includes focusing on take-back of food delivery packaging, recycling and energy from food waste.
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
Team members are rewarded through a series of incentive programmes. Hourly, daily, weekly and monthly and prizes range right the way from a complimentary drink after work, to attending film premieres, to jetting off on a week’s holiday to Jamaica.

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  • Women

    At least 40% of senior managers are women

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  • Male : Female:

    60% / 40%

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