SquareMeal Review of
Royal Exchange Grand Café
Its footprint has shrunk of late, but the Grand Café still lends democratic buzz to the Royal Exchange with an oval bar and tall floral arrangements providing the focus for an
ever-changing cast throughout the day.
With opportunity to people-watch and go jewellery shopping it feels elegant as well as unstuffy, and service follows suit – "grand" for special occasions, "prompt" for quick lunches. Lightness and simplicity are the watchwords when it comes to the food (think sandwiches and salads, Scottish lobster with mayonnaise, Thai beef with lemongrass and coriander), but for the most part it's well executed – although our chips were disappointing. There's affordable drinking by the glass or carafe on the short, snappy wine list, and if you can't stretch to pudding, the cakes offer a very acceptable alternative. Breakfast aside, the Exchange floor takes walk-ins only, but you can book upstairs in the Gallery.
Royal Exchange Grand Café is recommended for
Set menu: 2/3 courses for £15/19.50
Enjoy 2 courses for £15 or 3 courses for £19.50 at the Grand Cafe and The Galley
Includes VAT, excludes service.