The restaurant formerly known as Manchester House has risen from the ashes. Artisan and Manchester House closed down in October 2018 after going into administration.
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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”.
18-22 Bridge St, Manchester, M3 3BZ
|Tuesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10 pm|