Over many years whilst working in central Manchester, I have patronised a number of lunchtime buffets and this is one of three reviews of my most-visited venues.
The Britannia hotel in Portland Street uses its lower ground floor restaurant to offer a 3-course lunchtime buffet meal for £6.50. There is a choice of starters – soup or pate, – which is brought to your table. A choice of roast beef, turkey or ratatouille were the hot dishes, which change daily, with a choice of hot vegetables or salad items. Dessert comprises of gateaux slices of a couple of varieties, with pouring cream available. Tap water is provided via a glass container whilst the adjacent bar is often open for cash purchases.
The staff were attentive and starters ordered and served promptly. An adequate amount of the roast was served and some of the self-service vegetables were over-cooked. The gateaux are only ‘so-so’.
The restaurant opens at 11.30 until 16.00.
Verdict: The quantity of food provided for the price is fairly good but quality reflects the price charged. Better value is available at sister hotel, Sachas, which is £1.50 less, and the choice of main courses is greater.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Britannia Hotel Manchester offers great value accommodation in a fantastic Manchester city centre location. The hotel is located in one of Manchester's premier architectural buildings and is grade II listed with outstanding details, such as balconied stairway throughout the building. This Manchester Hotel has two lively bars, where you can dance the night away or have a quiet drink. Jenny's restaurant serves a varied selection of Britain's favourite dishes, whilst the Overstuffed Pizzeria offers freshly cooked pizzas and pastas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Britannia Hotel Manchester
- Manchester Britannia Hotel