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“A hidden gem in Manchester” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Northern Quarter Restaurant & Bar

The Northern Quarter Restaurant & Bar
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Ranked #52 of 2,185 Restaurants in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $44
Cuisines: Contemporary, European, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Transit: Shudehill Tram and Bus, Picadilly Gardens, Picadilly Train Station
Buxton, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“A hidden gem in Manchester”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2013

Overview

The Northern Quarter (TNQ) Restaurant in located on the north-west side of the Northern Quarter, Manchester City Centre. It is about a 5 minute walk from Manchester Cathedral and Victoria Train Station and about a 15 minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly.

The immediate area around TNQ has been redeveloped in recent years, giving it a very trendy, casual and liberal environment to enjoy yourself.

The Restaurant

It is a medium sized place to eat with about 50 covers, all tables are set out in a contemporary style and the bar is fully stocked with a great selection of top brands in beer, wines and spirits.

The Experience

We were given a very warm welcome, as TNQ has very big bay windows around two sides of the restaurant, this added to our experience. TNQ have an a-la-carte menu, together with a daily special selection, i went with the the a la carte as the portions are much better, as a result, i ordered the following:

- Suckling Pig Pate
- Lamb
- Spiced Apple crumble

Without wanting to be too critical the food was outstanding, my only critique was with the pate which was a little dry, however, nothing to complain about. The lamb was cook to perfection and was incredible. While i am not a person for puddings, having a hot pudding on the menu was a must for me. Again, the spiced apple crumble was an absolute delight, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it was adorable.

I ended the meal with a pot of earl grey tea, this was served in a very contemporary way with a very high quality tea. During the meal, i opted for a galss of wine, it must be fair to say TNQ have an excellent choice of wines, by the bottle or by the glass, while the wine is not cheap, i would suggest the restuarant have spect a long time getting an excellent aray of wine to complement an excellent menu, I am sure if you visit you will not be disappointed.

TNQ is not inexpensive, however, i did not regret what we spent, it was worth every penny, one of the best meals i have had in a long time, an excellent place to go for a special occasion without the formality of having to dress up.

Finally, a thank you to the waiter who looked after us, very attentive with a great smile, nothing was to much trouble.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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148 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Friends reunion & graduation meal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2013

Our old friends from London were coming up to see their daughter graduate from the University on the Friday, so after cocktails at Cloud 23, we headed off to 'The Northern Quarter' restaurant for some tucker!
I hadn't heard of the restaurant before but consulted my 2013 Good Food Guide. We were after good food at reasonable prices and a location that was more of a 'happening place' (ie Northern Quarter) rather than overtly swanky (ie Spinningfields). We were not disappointed. Good food, good wines and good service all contributed to a great evening.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Paul P
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Disappointing on every level”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

Visited TNQ on a Saturday night early evening advance booking. Researched several restaurants in the area and picked TNQ largely due to reviews on this site.

Upon arrival we were seated quickly enough, however the staff then seemed to forget we were there, as we saw three other parties arrive and be immediately given menus and drinks. It was admittedly busy, but being made to sit without a menu or an offer of a drink for almost 15 mins until you beckon a member of staff over yourself is not acceptable.

The arrival of menus then highlighted our next issue, it was so noisy we could not hear our waitress give the specials, even though she tried 3 times. The restaurant was very busy so noise levels were going to be at a level anyway but the background music was loud enough that it was causing people to have to talk over it. Turn the soundtrack down guys, it's too loud!!

Food.
Starters - Lamb Sweetbreads (excellent - best dish we had), & Asparagus special (greasy FAR too much butter & came with unexpected Egg Mayo, specials noise level mix up on our part we concluded).
Mains - Suckling pig (slightly dry but ok, croquettes were good but dish needed some veg, felt incomplete as a dish because of this), & Salmon (overcooked salmon, tasteless sauce, fondant potato with a brown discolouration reminiscent of a canteen reheated jacket potato and crispy samphire with massively too much batter, was expecting nice light batter, received over enthusiastic chippy effort).

We were not asked at any point what we thought of our meal as again staff seemed to forget we were there. Beckoned a waitress so we could pay and leave, who was then lovely and really attentive, it's just a pity she'd not seemed to notice we were there earlier.

I can see what they are trying to achieve here and the large number of positive reviews suggest that we might have caught them on a bad night, but it just wasn't up to scratch I'm afraid. I was really disappointed by my visit. It took the shine off a much anticipated night out.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tuess
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Scotland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Very good deal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

Ate here with some friends on Happy Monday when they do 3 courses for £28 with unlimited house wine. It's a small choice, only 3 or 4 options for each course, but we still had a struggle making our minds up because everything sounded delicious. I had sea bass ceviche to start & Loch Duart Salmon with crispy samphire for main. Everything was beautifully presented & the cooking was of a very high standard. I also like the fact that the source of all the meat & fish is on the menu & a lot of it was local. The house wine was also very good, both red & white & if you drink as much of it as we did this works out as a very good deal.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank WedgeScotland
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Manchester UK
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Potentially good restaurant spoilt by noise levels”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

We had been meaning to try this restaurant for some time, having heard good things about it. When my daughter and son-in-law visited for the weekend we went there for dinner after an MIF play. We ordered a variety of main courses, some of which were very good indeed, and others less exciting but very competent. But the evening was effectively ruined by the noise level, which made it very difficult for the four of us to have any kind of conversation at the table. To begin with we thought it was a consequence of there being 2 larger parties dining, which always makes for extra noise. But after these parties left, and the restaurant was only half full, the noise level was STILL very high. There are two reasons for the noise problem, and both are fixable. First, there is no need for music in a restaurant like that, it just makes everyone speak louder and compounds the problem. But even when that was turned down a bit the problem remained. So the second reason is just simply the nature of the surfaces which make up the space. The floor is wooden, the walls and ceiling are completely flat without any features to moderate the sound reflections, and there are two very large plate glass windows. Of course this is in part becuase the owners like 'the look' that creates. But it would be possible to keep that look but moderate the reverberation in the room by adding a few simple features. A few pieces of fabric, or plants, or other items of decor on or near the walls - a couple of features hung from the ceiling - some blinds on the windows which only need to be partially drawn. These changes would take the noise level down quite a lot and make the whole place much more relaxed without losing the atmosphere at all. I hope the owners will consider this, because I think it would make the place much better. As for us, we will not go back unless that is fixed, and we are sorry about that because in other respects I would be happy to go back again.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rod C
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