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advice please

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advice please

I'm taking my Dad over to a game in old trafford in a couple of weeks. The match is on Sunday and we arrive Saturday afternoon. Can someone recommend a nice restaurant and good bar not a disco bar for us to spend Saturday night. We are staying in the copthorne.

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The Copthorne is a superb hotel for the football but, unfortunately, not that great for the Saturday night. You're almost opposite the tram stop (Exchange Quay) so it will be easy to get in and out of Manchester.

The Salford Quays area where you are has a few 'American' type places (Exchange Grill, Franky and Bennies, another diner and Chiquitos - Tex-Mex) that are all OK but I wouldn't really recommend them. You've also got the Lowty centre with Pizza Express, Pond Quay (Chinese), Cafe Rouge (chain French) and Lime (bar/restaurant). Again, all OK but nothing too special. You might want to go to one of these places for Sunday lunch and then walk over the glas bridge to get to Old Trafford for the football.

So...if going into Manchester, jump onto a tram and get off at St Peter's Square. For good bars where I'd be happy to take my dad, I'd probably do a bit of a crawl involving Rain (an old umbrella factory), Peveril of the Peak and Briton's Protection. These are all sort of behind McDonald's which you can see from St Peter's Square.

There's also a very good casino (with a good restaurant) nearby. You just need ID to get in.

Food is a little harder to recommend. What are you and your dad into? The area above is very near Chinatown which has some great Chinese (different regions are represented), Thai and Malay restaurants. We've got some great Indian restaurants, steak places, English food, modern fancy stuff and everything in between. Let me know what sort of place you fancy and I'll try and recommend one and then some bars/pubs nearby.

Also...there's a pub called the White Lion on Liverpool Street (not too far from the pubs above or you might want to get the tram to GMEX which is a bit closer). That's known as the biggest Man Utd pub in the city. Then again, you might be over from Ireland supporting the other team! A couple of other good pubs/bars and restaurants near this pub as well.

Finally...don't worry too much about the tram back. If you miss it, taxis are plentiful and would cost between £5.00 and £10.00.

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Thanks NFMac for all your advice, i'd say probably a good steak restaurant would be suitable, we would be fine in a MU supporters pub but quite happy to be removed from anything to wild.

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There are a few options...there's a new (and quite expensive) restaurant opened just off Deansgate called the Grill on the Alley which has got good reviews. The link is below...

www.blackhouserestaurant.co.uk/venue.php…

A few good pubs near there, including Mulligans which is the best Irish pub in the city centre.

A bit further along Deansgate is the Gaucho Grill which does amazing Argentinian steaks. Again, this place is not cheap.

Piccolino's is a great Italin on Albert Square and I seem to remember they do steak in there. Obviously in an Italian style...! The pizzas and pasta and other meat dishes in there are superb. Quite trendy, but not in a 'woo wild' way.

Another good idea could be the 110 restaurant in the Circus Casino just by St Peter's Square. Following the change in the law, a lot of casinos are having to compete with each other and can now advertise. This restaurant has a bit of everything and was superb when I went a week or two after opening. Steaks were definitely on the menu. Reasonably priced but that's because they want you in there to spend the money on the gaming tables.

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I've also forgotten about Sam's Chop House. This is a great pub just off Cross Street that serves some of the best English food. Absolutely superb. Good for a drink as well. There's also Thom's Chop House very close (similar, and owned by the same people) but they don't serve food in the evening. A great pub in its own right and popular with a mix of ages.

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Thanks a million for all your help, i really appreciate it.

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Why not give it a week and take him to watch City? Much more fun!

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Well said Hogan. Mary Ds would be an ideal location!.

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