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Opened in 2004 when the Northern Quarter was still the avant-garde choice for a night out, Jobe Ferguson’s first and most conventional venture (he’s also involved in Black Dog Ballroom, Cane & Grain and The Liars Club) has stuck around. The dining room is simple and comfortable, with abundant light from full-length windows, and there’s also space for a drink outside. The Brit brasserie menu has evolved at a stately pace, with head chef Anthony Fielden now turning out braised lambs’ tongue salad with green beans and salsa verde or seared scallops with Jerusalem artichoke and powdered roe to start. You’ll know you’re in the north west with slow-cooked Cheshire lamb shoulder with lamb chops or Pugh’s piglet stuffed with black pudding. An express lunch deal (two courses, £13.95) strips dishes back a little, and the occasional special event, including a six-course hip-to-heel food tour of Italy, keeps things interesting.
Situated across the street from the old fish market in the bohemian Northern Quarter of Manchester is a hidden gem of a restaurant. The TNQ Restaurant & Bar is quickly becoming part of the Manchester establishment – the kind of establishment that has that cool, sophisticated edge; like a foodie Morrissey, or New Order. Its half open kitchen and huge windows give it a modern slant, but in essence it is simple, chic and fresh – like its food really. All the food is fresh, seasonal, locally sourced and cooked on site. Head chef Anthony Fielden has created classic British fare with hints of further afield...
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