My partner and I passed by this restaurant while we were having a weekend in Manchester. We decided to try it for dinner, and arrived without any reservations. I think we were lucky to get a table, as the chop house soon filled up, and we saw other people who arrived a bit later in the evening waiting to be seated. If I wanted to eat there again, I'd probably book a table in advance, just to be on the safe side.
The exterior of the building is quite memorable, and the interior retains many original features. I like the fact that there's artwork on display which can be bought if anything catches your eye, and some of the proceeds go to charity. Because of the careful balance between old features and new art, I'd say this pub/restaurant has a lot of atmosphere.
The good took a while to arrive, but then the restaurant was very busy, so that's not surprising. We both ordered fish dishes. My partner's wasn't served as warm as it could be, but mine was piping hot. I think I liked my dish more than he did, though we both agreed the food was tasty. I particularly liked the way the chef seems to have a good palate for matching up classic flavours. This was also the case for the dessert we shared, which was a chocolate cheesecake with pears. The fact that we ordered dessert shows that we were pretty happy with the meal, but also that portion sizes were good - we had room for another course.
After the meal we ordered drinks at the bar and made our way to the beer garden at the back of the chop house, where we sat at a table and pleasantly whiled away a bit more time. I think the food was a little pricey, but not unreasonably so. We both enjoyed our visit and would be happy to eat there again, or to stop by for a drink. The fact that they've got a selection of real ales on tap is also a very nice touch.
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