aBode Hotel Manchester is one of those fine Edwardian baroque buildings which were constructed for a totally different purpose, in this case the head office and showrooms for Horrocks Crewdsen and Co, a clothes company, originally from Preston. It might be considered a pity then that Michael Caines Restaurant is in the basement of the building. This may not be to everyone’s taste but the food is likely to be. A small group of us chose from the ‘grazing menu’ – three to five dishes from a small but very tempting range of starters, vegetable, fish, meat and puddings. (The three of us of course chose five with matching wines.) All the dishes were interesting and excellent and the wines well-chosen and wide ranging. The bread was superlative – warm, crusty, delicious. This was a very good lunch at an astonishing £39.25 per head for five dishes with matching wines. You would be hard-pressed to find a better deal. But why then, when we asked for liquors with our coffees, did they come with unrequested ice? Am I a tad old fashioned maybe? A minor gripe perhaps, but as this was the last taste we had in the place, it was a pity. Nonetheless, the place is certainly possessed of a first-class kitchen producing creative and faultless food.
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