With such a plethora of luxury four and five star hotels in Manchester it is indeed a difficult job to determine which of these top hotels feature the best restaurants in the city. Manchester is certainly awash with exclusive eateries and high end hotels but which establishment offers fine dining alongside fabulously luxurious accommodation… Here is the shortlist of contenders…
The French at the Midland is a giant and a leader in the world of restaurants. It’s reputation precedes it and can boast that it was awarded Britain’s first Michelin Star, back in 1974. The restaurant has always maintained a pioneering prominence on the fine dining scene. With an opulent setting, combining contemporary and classic interior design and palatial chandeliers, the French is an undeniably stunning restaurant which lives up to its notoriety and stature. Whilst it has always produced exciting and innovative menus, it seems that since employing Simon Rogan, Michelin Starred executive chef, the French has been re-established, upped its game, and reinstated its former glory. Rogan is a talented and award winning chef who brings originality and a wealth of knowledge to the table, literally.
Michael Caine’s restaurant Abode situated in the hotel of the same name is a beautiful restaurant situated on the lower level of the hotel and serves some of the finest European cuisine in the city. Executive Head Chef Robert Cox and his team produce award winning food including an a’la carte, a tasting and grazing menu and all ingredients are certain to have been sourced locally or regionally. The Champagne Bar within the restaurant is a particularly stunning and stylish bar which offers a sophisticated selection of vintage champagnes, fine wines, and delicious cocktails which are concocted by first class mixologists. The innovative menu, the carefully crafted wine list and the extravagant surroundings make Abode the perfect restaurant to experience whether you are a hotel resident or not.
The Podium restaurant is situated at the foot of the 200ft iconic Hilton hotel. Although the restaurant is chic and refined, it offers an informal setting which is both discreet yet casual. The restaurant prides itself on serving locally sourced produce and award winning Executive Chef David Gale is at the forefront of the foodie scene in Manchester. Before settling down to a sumptuous lunch or dinner, it is advisable to have a pre-dinner drink or two in the hotel’s wonderful Cloud 23 bar which boasts panoramic views of the city. The restaurant and bar is hugely popular with both hotel guests and locals alike so be sure to book in advance. Definitely a good place to book a table if you’re planning a Manchester outcall excursion with some reputed adult entertainment.
Another big contender in the city is Opus One, a lively and popular restaurant located in the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel. The building was formerly the Free Trade Hall which historically was once the home of the Halle Orchestra and the key conference centre for legendary political philosophers such as Gladstone, Lloyd George, and Disraeli. Opus One is a cool, cultivated, and chic restaurant serving an array of Modern British cuisine in a setting which is sexy, luxurious and lavish. With super high ceilings, red velvet walls and bespoke black crocodile soft furnishings, Opus is a glamorous and theatrical retreat, a place to enjoy a romantic dinner or to meet friends for snacks and cocktails.
Last but by no means least is The River Bar and Restaurant which is located within the grand surroundings of The Lowry Hotel; a stunning restaurant in a Five Star setting overlooking the River Irwell. The hotel attracts the big names in business, show-business, and sport as it offers a prestigious and luxurious stay. The River Bar and Grill is one of the hottest restaurants in the city serving distinctive and delectable meat, fish and shellfish dishes. Head Chefs Andrew Wilkie and his team have designed a menu which is unique and inspirational and an evening spent in this top class establishment will be undoubtedly relished. This seductive environment is one of the city’s most celebrated spots and is a dining destination which is an absolute must.