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  • tootsci 75 posts

    Hi folks

    I’ve got a couple of trips to Manchester coming up this month and next month, so looking for dinner recommendations. One is a work trip so limited by expenses claim (£35 excluding alcohol) and one sort-of work but I can’t claim expenses, so limit is less of an issue though not too spendy.

    Will be dining solo, so something nice where I’d feel comfortable on my own (not that I mind solo dining I rather enjoy it in fact but needs to be right atmosphere). City centre location but happy to walk anywhere from the Oxford Rd corridor where I’m staying

    All cuisines considered but I’m not a massive red meat eater so no steak houses!

    Thanks!

    kevinchoi 99 posts

    Along the Oxford Road corridor, there’s The Refuge at the Kimpton Clocktower hotel, which does a nice dinner and drinks.

    If you fancy something to takeaway back to the hotel, but still great quality food, then there’s One Sushi, which is also just down the road.

    NorthernLass 8,248 posts

    I second The Refuge, will be there for my birthday weekend at the end of the month, courtesy of Emyr. I haven’t been for a while but San Carlo used to do a lovely mushroom risotto and you might spot the odd WAG! Browns has decent, reasonably priced bistro food and a nice cocktail selection, and is in a beautiful old building, formerly a bank IIRC (The Refuge is also a stunning setting – you can choose to eat in the winter garden if you like, or they sometimes have tables outside if the weather’s fine).

    strickers 718 posts

    Bundobust is good for a cheaper meal. For drinks check out the Grand Pacific and Schofields.

    JDB 4,643 posts

    I’m not a Manchester regular but have been taken to Higher Ground that offered modern very good quality food with a seasonally based menu all well prepared in house.

    TGLoyalty 649 posts

    Schofields is a shout!

    Kala Bistro and/or Mackie Mayor?

    masaccio 778 posts

    Mowgli would be my choice and if you don’t want meat at all, there’s loads to choose from. The tiffin box is a fun first choice here, but I’ve never been let down. For £35 you’d get the tiffin box, a cocktail and a beer.

    yorkshireRich 224 posts

    If you are wanting a Chinese, I could recommend one. It’s a slight walk (but not too far), and it’s called Rice bowl. I have never had a bad meal there. Whenever I have gone it’s been busy and I would say it has the right atmosphere.

    tootsci 75 posts

    Along the Oxford Road corridor, there’s The Refuge at the Kimpton Clocktower hotel, which does a nice dinner and drinks.

    If you fancy something to takeaway back to the hotel, but still great quality food, then there’s One Sushi, which is also just down the road.

    Thanks- I *love* sushi so will take a look

    tootsci 75 posts

    I second The Refuge, will be there for my birthday weekend at the end of the month, courtesy of Emyr. I haven’t been for a while but San Carlo used to do a lovely mushroom risotto and you might spot the odd WAG! Browns has decent, reasonably priced bistro food and a nice cocktail selection, and is in a beautiful old building, formerly a bank IIRC (The Refuge is also a stunning setting – you can choose to eat in the winter garden if you like, or they sometimes have tables outside if the weather’s fine).

    Thanks! I’m very close by to The Refuge and the menu and surroundings look really good, so I think that will do nicely for the second dinner

    I lived in Manchester in the early/mid 00s and went back for the first time a couple of years ago, how things have changed! While I was there the WAG phenomenon seemed to really take off, and every woman under 25 was in the bars of Deansgate Locks trying to achieve WAG-dom. As for WAG-spotting I probably couldn’t tell Coleen Rooney from Coleen Nolan 🤣

    tootsci 75 posts

    Bundobust is good for a cheaper meal. For drinks check out the Grand Pacific and Schofields.

    Yes Bundobust is great! I discovered it trip before last and ate there both times but thought I should probably branch out a little hence the recs request! I’ll check out those bars, thanks

    tootsci 75 posts

    Schofields is a shout!

    Kala Bistro and/or Mackie Mayor?

    Ooh yes one evening an old colleague also happens to be passing through Mcr, and she suggested we go to Mackie Mayor so that’s on the list. Will check out the other place thanks

    tootsci 75 posts

    If you are wanting a Chinese, I could recommend one. It’s a slight walk (but not too far), and it’s called Rice bowl. I have never had a bad meal there. Whenever I have gone it’s been busy and I would say it has the right atmosphere.

    I need to get lunch on the second day of trip one and their lunch menu looks good, thanks!

    tootsci 75 posts

    I’m not a Manchester regular but have been taken to Higher Ground that offered modern very good quality food with a seasonally based menu all well prepared in house.

    Thanks, will take a look

    tootsci 75 posts

    Just on my way home after Trip 1 to Manchester.

    Thanks to @NorthernLass and @kevinchoi for the Refuge recommendation it was brilliant.! I didn’t think I’d ever say that mushrooms were addictive, but I couldn’t get enough of the crispy polyspore oyster mushrooms and brown sauce. I also had a pre-dinner drink in the public bar and the 24 hours in Paris cocktail was extraordinarily good. And what a building!

    Speaking of cocktails I also squeezed in a nightcap at Schofields (thanks @Strickers!) which turned into two and I had a nice seat up at the bar nattering with the waiter. Stuck to my classic faves but gosh they were done well

    Trip next month will be a One Sushi takeaway and back to Schofields to branch out try some of their house specials 🤩

    NorthernLass 8,248 posts

    Glad you enjoyed yourself @tootsci. I need to remember we’ll be on an Emyr rate and ask for the drinks voucher instead of breakfast, though they’ve been extremely generous with those the last couple of times I’ve stayed anyway!

    tootsci 75 posts

    Oooh enjoy! I can certainly recommend that cocktail for one of your vouchers 🍸

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