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October 2018: Artisan and Manchester House have closed down. Both went into administration, leaving more than 130 jobs at risk. Owners of the two Manchester restaurants, Living Ventures Group, said both sites have fallen foul of “difficult trading affecting the sector”.

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Summary

“It’s surprising Michelin have withheld a star” from this “fabulous” contemporary restaurant, on the 2nd-floor of a Manchester office block – a “lovely and open” space, whose “high ceilings, open ducting and industrial looks” are juxtaposed with some “very classy” and “innovative” cooking (from the 10-course and 14-course tasting menus, alongside which there’s also an à la carte). But despite consistently “outstanding” cuisine and “superb” service it was not to be, and, in September 2017, just prior to this year’s announcement of the stars, chef Aiden Byrne scaled back his involvement here (did he have a tip off?) promoting chef Nathaniel Tofan in the process.

£90
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4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Buzz buzz buzz”, there’s “always a buzz” at this Manc-bling venue in an office block, combining a 12th-floor cocktail lounge, with a very contemporary 2nd-floor restaurant, where you can watch the chefs in the open kitchen. Some reporters do find it “overpriced” but on most accounts “Aiden Byrne’s cooking keeps going from strength to strength”, delivering “top class complex dishes with clean flavours”.

£90
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4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Don’t let its slightly gimmicky reputation put you off!” This year-old, “blingy” office block venture – with “trendy 12th-floor cocktail lounge (limited views)” and “glam industrial-chic” 2nd-floor restaurant (complete with open kitchen) – is “very professional”, “very classy”, and Aiden Byrnes’s “ornate” cuisine is seriously “accomplished”. That all said, it can still seem a bit “forced”, not helped by the punishing “London prices”.

£90
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4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“At last, the decent restaurant Manchester has been waiting for!”; with its “clever, innovative and fun” menu, and its “cool and relaxed” style, Aiden Byrnes’s new venture has – on most (if not quite all) accounts – made a simply “stunning” début.

£81
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5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Owner's description

Chef Patron Nathanial Tofan leads the kitchen at Manchester House bringing his passion for harmony in flavour to every dish.


The restaurant at Manchester House is an unexpected oasis of urban style, celebrating Manchester’s proud history in its unique design by the late Aidan Keane.

Restaurant details

9.30 pm

The chef

NATHANIAL TOFANNATHANIAL TOFAN


Nathanial Tofan (Nat) was born and raised in Nottingham. Growing up in his family's restaurant Nat knew he had found his passion and at the age of 18 he embarked on a career as a chef. Nat started work as an apprentice chef where he learnt the basics before working for David Lem at Vienna in Nottingham. A year in Paris followed where he continued to build his culinary foundations.


In 2011 Nat moved to Manchester and was a key part of the launch of Australasia, Living Ventures' high energy Pan Asian fine dining restaurant. In 2013 Nat joined Aiden Byrne at Manchester House, working alongside Aiden in the development kitchen for 6 months before launching Manchester House, Nat was a key lieutenant to Aiden in the Manchester House team.


After taking a short sabbatical in 2015 to experience new cultures and flavours, Nat returned to Manchester House as Senior Sous Chef in 2016 and in September 2017 was appointed Head Chef.


 

Manchester House Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Manchester House Restaurant in M3, Manchester by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Manchester House restaurant.
Chrissie B
what could have been an excellent and enjoy...
Reviewed 7 months, 25 days ago

"what could have been an excellent and enjoyable lunch party here was somewhat marred by appallingly bad reception."

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18-22 Bridge St, Manchester, M3 3BZ
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm-2:30 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm-2:30 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm-2:30 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm
Friday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10 pm
Saturday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10 pm
SundayCLOSED

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