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“Busy Monday” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Albert's Shed

Albert's Shed
20 Castle Street, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4LZ, England
+44 161 839 9818
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Ranked #35 of 1,718 Restaurants in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $18 - $68
Cuisines: European, British
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Dessert, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Transit: If arriving by train - we are a 2 minute walk from Deansgate train station and a short taxi ride from Piccadilly Station. If arriving by Metrolink - we are a 5 minute walk from G-Mex Metrolink station. If arriving by road we are very close to the end of both the M56 and M602. Look out for The Beetham Tower (Hilton Hotel)
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“Busy Monday”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013 via mobile

Excellent atmosphere ideal for a catch up with a friend. Attentive service and high quality food. Always surpasses expectations. I will be back !

Visited May 2013
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“Flavoursome food (mostly), sadly let down by some inferior ingredients and cafe-style touchs”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Albert's Shed is well-located beside the canal and adjacent to the Castlefield Basin a couple of minutes from the Museum of Science and Industry. Lunch here today was mostly a very pleasant experience, made more so by some well-trained and charming staff. That being said there is room for improvement, mainly with sourcing quality ingredients, and some small touchs in the restaurant itself, 'paper napkins'? Come on.

I arrived early for lunch and was treated to a very warm welcome and a nice table overlooking the main windows and the lockkeeper's cottage. As I was early, and wanted lunch not breakfast, I had to wait a while for the kitchen to change over. This gave me time to watch the professionalism of the management, and genuine warmth and friendliness from all the staff I came into contact with. I sat comfortably enjoying a pot of tea whilst the kitchen prepared my starter; mushrooms with garlic and cream served on toasted rustic bread, main, bucatini pasta with sweet poached pear, spinach and walnuts in a dolcelatte cream sauce, and a side order of Greek salad.

When the starter arrived it was bursting with flavour, as well as being a decent sized portion. The mushrooms were cooked to perfection, sat on good toasted bread, and the sauce not too creamy. Both main and salad arrived together. The pasta didn't appear to have been tossed properly as it seemed to sit on top of the bulk of the ingredients. Not a problem, once I'd had fun playing with it, it was, like the starter, full of flavour and most enjoyable though may have benefitted from the addition of a few more walnut pieces.

Whilst I very much enjoyed the starter and the pasta, the salad alas was a complete letdown. The garlic hummus was delicious, as was the smidgen of flatbread it came with, though delicious hummus and flatbread can be sourced very easily for home by anyone. The leaves though were completely tasteless and certainly didn’t contain any mint as per the menu. In particular, the feta was dry and very poor quality and the olives just plain dreadful. It is so easy to source good quality creamy feta, and the black pitted olives had come straight out of a cheap jar and tasted of nothing whatsoever but pickling vinegar and salt. Such a shame, though for the location, and price, it is also quite inexcusable. The salad ingredients were pub grub, at best, or something you could knock together at home (and with decent dressing) in five minutes flat. Dessert (passion fruit sorbet and fresh berries), was a return to some flavour, and, like everything else on the menu, arrived with a warm smile.

This is a very well managed restaurant (and obviously so) with some great staff, serving mostly flavoursome food but sadly let down by some inferior ingredients and cafe-style touchs. I would certainly return at some point, hopefully when it has stopped cutting corners and sources far better quality ingredients, and replaces those paper napkins! It is a shame I could not rate it 3.5 for this visit, and, let's hope, more on a return visit.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Craig R, General Manager at Albert's Shed, responded to this review, May 28, 2013
Hello

Many thanks for your feedback on TripAdvisor and sincere apologies regarding the issues you had during your meal with our food.

I will personally look into your comments with our head chef.

Thank you for your kind words about the staff and management team.

Kind regards

Laura Moore
General Manager
Albert's shed
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“Fabulous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

Went with my god daughter and couldn't fault anything. I had the cheese and onion pie which was gorgeous and Anna had the seafood risotto. We shared a tasting plate for pudding. Nice atmosphere and not rushed. Will go again

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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“top food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

geat food menu and excellent wine choice. Varied menu in bright and lively setting. this is an excellent lunch or dinner venue.
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Visited July 2012
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“Wife's birthday.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Great food and service. It was a warm evening so the square outside and the surrounding bars were buzzing,great atmosphere. Good night out. !!!!

Visited October 2012
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