Review on Manchester House
Situated in the Spinningfields area of Manchester, described by many as the 'Canary Wharf' of the North, September 2013 saw the much anticipated launch of Manchester House within Tower 12. The £3m venture is a collaboration between co-founder, Living Ventures Tim Bacon and chef Aiden Byrne, owner of the well regarded Church Green restaurant in Lymm, who is also the youngest ever recipient to receive a prestigious Michelin star and was a one-time holder of two stars at London's Dorchester Grill.
The venture is very much part and parcel of the vibrancy and character of the area, with the restaurant set on the second floor and the Lounge bar located on the 12th floor of the building. The interiors of the 76 cover restaurant have been designed by Keane Brands, dominated by the open plan kitchen costing £500,000, it's decked out in a neutral palette featuring an eclectic mix of furnishings, with the giant metal cotton sculptures reflecting Manchester's industrial past.
The Lounge with its 15 metre metal bar, the largest in Manchester offers an impressive selection of wines, beers and cocktails, with sumptuous leather booths, as well as outdoor terraces on all four sides of the building, affording guests sensational panoramic views across the city. Each terrace has its own theme and there are heaters for the winter months and retractable roofs for warm sunny days.
The kitchen's head chef Nathaniel Tofan serves cuisine with a modern imprint that is outstanding in terms of quality and creativity and it is no secret that the restaurant is aiming for a coveted Michelin star. As a curtain raiser choose braised snails, butterhead lettuce, celeriac and smoked bacon or Squab pigeon with cherries, pistachio and violet mustard. Main courses embrace Blueberry and gin cured venison with Sarladaise potatoes or a succulent loin of Texel Hogget, sweet breads, tongue and new season morels. As a finale, consider chocolate cake, coffee, cardamom and orange or a warm date sponge, parsnip panna cotta and carrot distillation. The restaurant has been awarded three prestigious Rosettes in the AA Restaurant Guide.
There's a weighty wine list to match the food, with some serious contenders along the way, although there are several options available by the glass. Manchester House offers fine dining in a relaxed and informal setting with knowledgeable service.
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Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Tue-Sat
Dinner: 7.00 - 9.30pm Tue-Thu (6.00 - 10.00pm Fri & Sat)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express