20 Stories

Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of 20 Stories

Silver Award

Occupying the 19th-floor rooftop of No.1 Spinningfields, 20 Stories is the first Manchester project from the D&D London restaurant group, which already operates a handful of sites in London such as 14 Hills and Bluebird Chelsea, as well as locations in Leeds, Paris and New York.

20 Stories is split between a glamorous restaurant and more casual grill, which offer distinct and locally sourced menus at different price points, with a cocktail bar and roof terrace boasting 360-degree views of the city skyline.

The restaurant offers an à la carte menu which might not come cheap but is stuffed full of luxurious ingredients such as truffle, wild turbot and game, while a pre-theatre menu offers excellent value at two courses for under £20. A starter of squab pigeon with cherries and violet mustard saw the breast cooked pink with a tender confit leg on the side, while a main of John Dory was perfectly poached, served with foamy langoustine velouté and white asparagus, with crispy chicken skin adding textural contrast.

Over in the grill section, everyday favourites such as cottage pie topped with celeriac purée and buttery mash or cod cheeks and chips are joined by a selection of 32-day dry-aged rare-breed steaks. A 10oz Galloway rib eye was beautifully marbled, juicy and full of flavour, served with beef dripping chips and bone marrow gravy.

Aside from the à la carte, guests can also indulge in a classic afternoon tea, which begins with a selection of finger sandwiches such as cucumber and cream cheese, and corn-fed chicken with truffle mayonnaise. Sandwiches are followed by freshly-baked scones which can be slathered in clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam, while the afternoon tea culminates with a range of sweet treats – think Manchester Victoria sponge and Vimto macarons.  

All in all, a stunning venue, with service to match.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cool, Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Luxury, Romantic, Unique
Food Occasions
Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Rooftop, Terrace
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Birthdays, Celeb spotting, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions

Special offers for 20 Stories

1000 Points

For all diners to this restaurant, spending over £40 on Mondays to Wednesdays.

Offer expires 30 Sep 22.

15 points for every £1 spent

For all diners to this restaurant, spending over £120.

Offer expires 30 Sep 22.

500 Points for lunchtime diners

For all diners to this restaurant, spending over £25, lunchtimes only.

Offer expires 30 Sep 22.

100 Points

For all diners any day, every time

Offers cannot be combined. You will be awarded the offer that gives you the most reward points.

20 Stories is featured in


No 1 Spinningfields, 1 Hardman Square, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3EB

0161 204 3333


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-15:00
Tue 12:00-15:00
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat 12:00-15:00
Sun Closed
Mon 17:30-22:00
Tue 17:30-22:00
Wed 17:30-22:00
Thu 17:30-22:00
Fri 17:30-22:00
Sat 17:30-22:00
Sun Closed
Mon 12:00-23:45
Tue 12:00-23:45
Wed 12:00-23:45
Thu 12:00-23:45
Fri 12:00-02:00
Sat 12:00-02:00
Sun 12:00-23:45
All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun 12:00-21:15


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2 Reviews 

Robert D

04 April 2022  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 4
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 3
Wouldn’t pay full price

We partook in the pre theatre menu at £25 for three courses and a glass of wine. This was decent value at the price, however at the full price menu we believe this would be lost. We experienced a slight issue with receiving cold food, which we raised with staff. My dining partner also experienced unsatisfactory lavatory conditions. Overall decent value at the price, but only reccomend when dining on an offer.

Rose H

26 March 2018  
Another small restaurant, beautiful location and amazing food.
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