survey result

Summary

£66
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A brilliant addition to the Manchester scene” – this boutique hotel yearling is already “a place to see and be seen” thanks in no small part to “excellent cooking of the sort that’s not often found in hotel restaurants”: “locally sourced and very high quality, with dishes that are well cooked and well presented”. But while “the space may be stunning, it can be difficult to please all of the guests all of the time in such a varied space (I went to dine, not to discover the playlist played at ear-splitting volume!)”

Summary

£61
  £££
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Very promising but limited (too much so for a rating) feedback on the food at this funky new boutique hotel, which opened shortly before our annual diners’ poll concluded and inhabits a six-storey building near Chinatown. The Observer’s Jay Rayner was an early fan too, declaring in a May 2022 review that – “the kitchen… led by chef Iain Thomas, is cooking a truly delightful and admirably tight menu of diverting dishes, which reveal their joys a little at a time... and all at a price positioned to comfort rather than terrorise”.

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18 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 4LG

The Alan Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Alan Restaurant in M1, Manchester by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Alan restaurant.
Alison C
An early evening pre-gig supper at The Alan...
Reviewed 7 months, 12 days ago

"An early evening pre-gig supper at The Alan was a culinary masterclass in modest portions with huge flavours that complemented each other so well, there was really not a low note on the menu from what we could see. A simple oyster served with kimchi opened the tastebuds and we moved on to a rosti of white Devon crabmeat, sweet and delicious. The goat cheese pudding with bacon jam was perhaps heavier than anticipated, but tasty. Then a small plate of steak tartare set our pulses racing again with perfect shavings of the tenderest raw beef, served with diced cornichons and egg. A small fried Guinea hen fillet was crisp, savoury and served with a green tomato purée took fried fowl to a new level of flavour. We opted for two large plates, one of salt aged duck with chard and plum, the other a monkfish tail with clams. Both exquisitely seasoned and generous portions. Fried Cheshire potatoes were a great side order. For dessert we selected milk & honey, a light parfait, and Ed’s 100s and 1000s - a dark chocolate and blackberry confection that ended the meal on a high. Paired with an interesting and unusual wine list - a white Assyrtiko from the Bekaa Valley was a revelation, as was the Primitivo Rose. I was being treated, so cannot comment on whether this was value for money, but on taste, balance and superb ingredients, I thought it was wonderful."

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Paul M
A pleasant experience except for the dining...
Reviewed 7 months, 16 days ago

"A pleasant experience except for the dining room being really cold, very quiet but generally good food and service "

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£9.80 £22.00 £11.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £29.00
Filter Coffee £2.50
Extras  
Service 10.00%
18 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 4LG
Opening hours
Monday7 am‑4 pm, 5 pm‑9:45 pm
Tuesday7 am‑4 pm, 5 pm‑9:45 pm
Wednesday7 am‑4 pm, 5 pm‑9:45 pm
Thursday7 am‑4 pm, 5 pm‑9:45 pm
Friday7 am‑4 pm, 5 pm‑9:45 pm
Saturday7 am‑4 pm, 5 pm‑9:45 pm
Sunday7 am‑4 pm, 5 pm‑9:45 pm

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