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Timothy Alan "Tim" Bacon (24 March 1964 – 30 April 2016)[1] was a British restaurateur and actor, most known for creating the Living Ventures group of restaurants.

Tim Bacon
Timothy Alan Bacon

(1964-03-24)24 March 1964
Romford, Essex
Died30 April 2016(2016-04-30) (aged 52)
Other namesAlan



Bacon grew up in Tasmania, Australia.[1] His acting career comprised starring in 25 episodes of Australian soap operaSons and Daughters; Bacon played Chris Bainbridge, the son of a Vietnam veteran.[1][2] In 1987, Bacon moved to London, where he worked in TGI Fridays in Covent Garden.[1][2] He then decided to become a professional bartender, forming his own company, Bar Biz.[1] In 1989, Bacon appeared on Richard & Judy and Wogan; the latter appearance helped him get a job in Manchester, and in 1991, he met his long term business partner Jeremy Roberts and helped open the Chalon Court Hotel in Lancashire.[1][3][4] In 1993, Bacon and his friend David Hinds bought the JW Johnsons bar in Manchester, a popular bar restaurant and club;[4] this led to the later development of Via Vita, a Mediterranean-style bar-restaurant, developed with Roberts and Hinds which was sold in 1998.[1][3]

In 1999, Bacon set up the Living Room with Jeremy Roberts and developed the business to 13 restaurants; there were 34 restaurants in the group when Bacon and Roberts sold the Living Room to trade in 2007.[2][1][3] In 2005, the Est Est Est restaurant business was acquired, which in 2016 had 15 restaurants,[3] Between 2010 and 2012 the business grew adding the Oast House (which grew into the New World Trading Company), the Alchemist, Australasia and Artisan - all developed in Manchester City Centre. In 2013, the Manchester House restaurant was opened, with the aim of it becoming the first Michelin star restaurant in Manchester.[4] In 2015, the Group led by Bacon had a turnover in excess of £100 million, and was awarded the Manchester Evening News Business of the Year award.[2]

Bacon was married three times, and had three children.[3]


In 1999/2000, Bacon was diagnosed with lymphoma, and in 2014, he was diagnosed with advanced melanoma. He died on 30 April 2016.[1][3][5] A memorial service was held for Bacon on 16 May, and there were discussions of creating a permanent memorial for him in Manchester city centre.[6][7][8] Bacon's 12-year-old nephew Jett died of Ewing's sarcoma five days after.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Tim Bacon". The Times. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Sherry, Kristiane (3 May 2016). "LIVING VENTURES CO-FOUNDER TIM BACON DIES". The Spirits Business. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Childs, Martin (24 May 2016). "Obituary: Tim Bacon, restaurateur". The Scotsman. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Burn-Callander, Rebecca (17 September 2013). "Tim Bacon: Restaurateur on a Michelin mission". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  5. ^ Lovell, Lucy (29 April 2016). "Popular Manchester bars and restaurants boss Tim Bacon dies". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  6. ^ Eversham, Emma (10 May 2016). "Memorial to celebrate life of Living Ventures' Tim Bacon". Big Hospitality. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  7. ^ Binns, Simon (9 May 2016). "Tim Bacon memorial date set - with an open invitation". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  8. ^ Binns, Simon (16 May 2016). "Permanent Manchester memorial planned for popular restaurant boss Tim Bacon". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  9. ^ Abbit, Beth (4 May 2016). "Nephew of late restaurant boss Tim Bacon dies after 12-month cancer battle". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  10. ^ Taylor, Joshua (4 May 2016). "Double tragedy as nephew of restaurant tycoon Tim Bacon dies aged 12 after cancer fight". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 25 June 2016.

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