Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Hale
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Hale restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 90 restaurants in Hale and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Hale restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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International restaurant in Hale
173 Ashley Road - WA15
For “Sri Lankan food with clean, fresh flavours”, this Hale three-year-old (est 2017) can’t be beat; named after that country’s dramatic UNESCO site, it’s owned by industry veteran Don Buddhika, whose CV includes the Jumeirah Beach in Dubai and, more recently, Mughli in Knutsford.
. The Con Club
British, Modern restaurant in Altrincham
48 Greenwood St - WA14
2019 Review: After the arrival of Salford Quays player David Vanderhook two years back, the former Altrincham Conservative Working Men’s Club is now a brasserie/microbrewery, having had a “fantastic” industrial-chic makeover. The “eclectic” Japanese/grilled meat menu can seem a little “overrated”, and even fans agree it’s secondary to the “highly enjoyable”, “loud and glamorous” atmosphere.
. Altrincham Market
International restaurant in Altrincham
Greenwood Street - WA14
A rare beacon amid tales of the death of the high street, the “vibrant” regeneration of Alti’s covered market – which dates back to 1290, and has been reinvented in recent years by local lad Nick Johnson – is heartening indeed. It’s now “a very exciting place to eat”, with a “massive choice of different food” under its Victorian roof – including noted sourdough pizza purveyors Honest Crust, who occupy Market House, the new market’s centrepiece.
Italian restaurant in Altrincham
22 Shaw's Rd, Altrincham - WA14
“Home-style Italian dishes that are plentiful and utterly delicious” (“they regularly change the menu”) have carved a major name for this small, family-run venture near Altrincham Market, which also benefits from its “chatty and informed served”. “They have not got too big and arrogant – even though they have expanded to two sites now they have kept the quality, and I know as it’s two minutes from my house!”
British, Modern restaurant in Bowdon
7 Vale View, Vicarage Lane - WA14
This “excellent neighbourhood bistro” – “but with much better food than the ‘bistro’ moniker would lead one to expect” – is “a very good addition to the limited restaurant scene to the south of Manchester” (and so “very convenient for the airport”). Chef Mariusz Dobies was exec chef at Michael Caines Manchester.
. La Boheme
French restaurant in Lymm
3 Mill Lane - WA13
“Superb... as always” – there’s no let-up in standards at Olivier Troalen’s classy local fave rave (est. 2000, in a posh suburb, half an hour’s drive from Manchester), where the “excellently presented French-style favourites come with a twist”.
. Bar San Juan
Spanish restaurant in Manchester
56 Beech Rd - M21
This “consistently fab, tiny tapas bar” on a Chorlton backstreet provides “a top, authentic Spanish experience” – and “attracts diners from Manchester and beyond”. “The long queue to get in is all part of the fun!”
International restaurant in Manchester
120-122 Barlow Moor Rd - M20
2017 Review: A “buzzing, always busy brasserie in smart Didsbury” combining a “fun, noisy atmosphere” and a “menu that runs the gamut from burgers to steaks via pasta and pies”. (“There’s a sister restaurant – Albert’s Shed – at Castlefields too.”)
. The Creameries
British, Modern restaurant in Manchester
406 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton - M21
Former Aumbry owner “Mary Ellen McTague is no longer cooking but she has left the stoves in excellent hands” at this award-winning two-year-old – a restaurant/wine bar/bottle shop, in an Edwardian creamery, with “basic” school benches. By day, the focus is on cakes, breads etc courtesy of co-owner/baker Sophie Yeoman. Come the evening, “small, light dishes from the minimal menu are cleverly executed” – albeit “not for those expecting a robust plate of food”.
. The Lime Tree
British, Modern restaurant in Manchester
8 Lapwing Ln - M20
“We have been coming here for years with family members from children to 96 year olds, and have always enjoyed good food with the warmest of welcomes” – Patrick Hannity’s appealing modern brasserie in Didsbury has been one of Manchester’s top destinations since 1987, and “one word sums the place up: consistency” – “the menu appeals to all tastes”, and “the service is class”.
Vegetarian restaurant in Manchester
43 Lapwing Ln - M20
TV chef Simon Rimmer’s polished stalwart remains the “best vegetarian for miles”, despite the rise of far more competition since he set up in 1990; the “varied menu” spans classics and more “adventurous” fare, and “homely portions” means you won’t leave hungry.
. Great Kathmandu
Indian restaurant in Manchester
140-144 Burton Rd - M20
2018 Review: “I have been a customer for 30 years, and it’s as good now as ever!” – this veteran West Didsbury Indian continues to turn out “fantastic” fare that fans feel is far better than on the curry mile.
. Belle Époque
British, Modern restaurant in Knutsford
60 King St - WA16
2019 Review: “The location is beautiful” – a gorgeous Art Nouveau building dating from 1907 – but this well-known landmark is too often said to be “overpriced and living on very faded past glories”. Nowadays marketed as a ‘Wedding Venue, Restaurant and Boutique B&B’, its food events seem to offer very limited dining possibilities nowadays, so for the time being we’ve left it unrated.
. Five Guys
Burgers, etc restaurant in Manchester
Intu Trafford Centre - M17
“When all you want is an old-school burger”, these US-based arrivals of recent years really “hit the spot” – you can “build your own”, with “tons of accessories”; plus “seriously addictive fries”, “thick milkshakes”, and “more soda flavours than is reasonable”. “The eat-in experience is as depressing as McDonald’s”, though, in fact perhaps more so – “some branches have a strangely gloomy ambience” – but fans feel that “if you don’t mind 1980s-rock, a trip can still be surprisingly fun”.
British, Modern restaurant in Stockport
113 Heaton Moor Rd - SK4
2017 Review: It’s all-change at this “relaxed and easygoing” Heaton Moor spot, which recently lost its newer Media City sibling, and where half of these premises are – since autumn 2016 – now surfing the tapas trend, and branded La Cantina. Half the site still trades, however, as this “favourite of many years”, and we’ve rated it for its “high standards maintained over time, friendly service and good seasonal menu”.
. Yu Alderley
Chinese restaurant in Alderley Edge
London Road - SK9
2019 Review: Accused sometimes of “style over substance”, or attracting “loud wannabes with more money than sense” – the Yu family’s fashionable, pricey Asian in the heart of Cheshire’s WAG-belt is something of a see-and-be-seen location, but most reports are of a “classy offering that’s a cut-above”.
. The Alderley, Alderley Edge Hotel
British, Modern restaurant in Alderley Edge
Macclesfield Rd - SK9
2018 Review: A “great location” in an upmarket 1850 mansion sets the (WAG-friendly) tone at Chris Holland’s fine dining spot; NB a three-month refurb to add a new bar/lounge and restaurant area was due to begin in September 2017, with a limited menu served in the bar in the interim.
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