Harden's says

The first Manchester foray for D&D London sits atop the new No.1 Spinningfields skyscraper. Sitting at 100 metres it is the city's highest restaurant and boasts a rooftop garden terrace, from which spectacular views are likely a given. Brian Hughson has been named as head chef, replacing Aiden Byrne who has left the project to re-launch Manchester House.

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

“Spectacular views over the Manchester city skyline and beyond” can make this “slick” D&D London operation “a breathtaking venue (but don’t look down – the clue is in the name)”. Fans also hail its “well-prepared” modern brasserie dishes, but for such a landmark venue, reports remain surprisingly limited, so we’ve maintained last year’s conservative food rating.

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

It has the 360° vistas, it has the rooftop terrace planted with trees scaling two storeys, but whether it has top cuisine is more debatable at this D&D London operation, named for its position at the top of the Spinningfields Tower. Feedback remains limited and muted, but in early 2022, Daniel Scott (whose recent CV includes Mana) took over the stoves, so perhaps change is afoot. To dip a toe in the water, sample the view from the cocktail bar.

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

The “magical views from the giant windows and terrace” are the trump card at this snazzy two-year-old from D&D London at the top of the new 95-metre Spinningfields Tower. The best bet may be to linger over a drink in the cocktail bar or on the terrace while taking in the 360-degree vista, given the mediocre ratings for the food on offer – or come for ‘Manchester’s highest tea’.

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

The rooftop restaurant, bar and terrace at Manchester’s new 95-metre 1 Spinningfields Tower has “superb views across the city ... even if much of its immediate location is currently a building site, you can see for miles”. The food offering – from D&D London – has struggled to impress, and the departure of highly rated chef Aiden Byrne within a year of launch did not help matters. But “you don’t come here for the food (which is significantly overpriced for what it is). Far better just to go for a drink and take in the fantastic panorama”.

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Restaurant details

No dress code

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £24.50 £29.50
Pretheatre   £35.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 65.00 Dinner only 5

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£17.50 £28.00 £6.00 £12.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £38.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 13.50%
No 1 Spinningfields, 1 Hardman Square, Manchester, M3 3JE
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑11 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑11 pm
Thursday12 pm‑11 pm
Friday12 pm‑1 am
Saturday12 pm‑1 am
Sunday12 pm‑11 pm

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