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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“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.
“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”.
“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”.
“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.
NATHANIAL TOFANNATHANIAL TOFAN
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
"what could have been an excellent and enjoyable lunch party here was somewhat marred by appallingly bad reception."
18-22 Bridge St, Manchester, M3 3BZ
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|Friday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10 pm|