Loved the Lowry, have often stayed there and couldn't fault it. Hearing that the River Restaurant had had a revamp, 6 of us travelled from North Wales for Sunday lunch. Not a good start when the table they offered was right at the back of the restaurant with no view at all, despite there being others available. We agreed to have a drink in the bar while another one was set up. The new decor is cheap and cheerful, looks like the sort of place you'd have breakfast in a cheap hotel. Shown to table, waited too long for order to be taken. Starters were ok, my mackerel was miniscule. 5 of the party ordered roast beef, there were only 3 portions left. Waited even longer for the main courses to arrive. My sweet potato curry contained mostly cauliflower, which I hate, and had been no mention of. Veg was cold, pork too salty. All a bit bland. Extra gravy and mustard was requested. We were half way through the meal before that arrived. Lots of staff around, but poorly trained and made for a disappointing experience. Beware of the black tiles going into the restaurant, they are Uber slippy....even the handle was falling off the ladies loo door. We realised it is no longer a Forte hotel and it shows. We won't return.
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