23 July 2014

Manchester House

Tower 12 , 22-28 Bridge Street, Spinningfields, Manchester, Greater Manchester M3 3BZ

Modern European Greater Manchester
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  • Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 12N-2.30pm Tues-Thurs 7-9.30pm Fri-Sat 6-10pm

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Manchester House is about confident contradictions. The glamour-heavy bar and industrial-lite dining room are in an office block, 10 floors apart; chef Aiden Byrne is a Liverpudlian, and his entrepreneurial backer Tim Bacon hails from Australia. Byrne’s highly worked, complex dishes make a bold statement – he’s known to a wider public from Great British Menu, and many of his TV hits such as prawn cocktail under a dome of passion fruit ice are on display here. But the best stuff is subtler, and relies on keen technique: truffle-poached chicken with baby artichokes is expertly handled, braised snails are intense under a blanket of potato purée, and smoky fire-roasted lamb is perfect – even if it is served out on a limb from an accompanying broth with gnocchi and faggots. Service should grow in ease and self-assurance, and though a simplified approach might also benefit the food, that may not be Byrne’s intention.

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  1. Published : Sunday, 23rd February 2014

    Champagne and Chutney :: Manchester House and Lounge

    There is one restaurant in Manchester I have wanted to try for a very, very long time – the very aptly named Manchester House and Lounge. It’s been the talk of the town since it opened in 2013 and is considered one of the best restaurants outside of the M25! It’s run by Aiden Byrne, the youngest-ever winner of the so very coveted Michelin Star. And to add to that, it’s a venture by Living Ventures - the restaurant giants who also own another favourite restaurant of mine – Australasia. Manchester House and Lounge is a £3million venture, the kitchen alone cost over £300,000 with over 25 chefs working on Aiden Byrne’s team – that definitely can’t be cheap. And that’s reflected in the pricing – the taster menu alone costs £95 per head here. And Tim Bacon (head honcho at Living Ventures) has had no reservations in making it clear that he wants to bring this restaurant on the Michelin map...
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  2. Published : Wednesday, 9th October 2013

    Foodographic :: Manchester House

    The bar on the 12th floor offers wraparound views of Manchester, which is ok if you enjoy noseying into office blocks, but for me, a great view is more Tuscany than Trafford. The cocktail menu weighs the same as a small dog and lists the name of every barman that invented every cocktail for the last hundred years. Diners are served canapés in the bar with pre-dinner drinks. Ours included spoonfuls of crab with lemongrass, beetroot and foie gras macaron and a wafer thin film of red pepper. Down in the 2nd floor restaurant, bread was served as a course in itself; light Onion and Bacon Brioche with a quenelle of whipped sweet onion butter. Thanks to modern kitchen gadgetry, the accompanying broth tasted like packet onion soup which was nostalgically comforting, though extraneous...
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  3. Published : Thursday, 26th September 2013

    Nomface :: Manchester House, Manchester

    We made our booking for the first Friday evening service of Manchester House some time ago when bookings were first released. Having recently seen Aiden Byrne demonstrating two dishes from the menu at the Liverpool Food & Drink Festival it heightened our anticipations. I must admit when the price for the tasting menu was announced at £95 per head we considered going a la carte but settled for the 12 course taster menu in the end...
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Essential Details for Manchester House

  • Address: Tower 12 , 22-28 Bridge Street, Spinningfields, Manchester, Greater Manchester M3 3BZ
  • Telephone: 0161 835 2557
  • Website:
  • Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 12N-2.30pm Tues-Thurs 7-9.30pm Fri-Sat 6-10pm

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