Monday, 23 November 2015

A culinary odyssey at Manchester House...

Last week I was fortunate enough to be swept in to a world of refinement and culinary art which I have been eager to experience for some time. Situated in the thriving Spinningfields area of Manchester, Manchester House* Restaurant and Lounge has acclaimed chef Aiden Byrne at the helm, who was already a Head Chef by the age of just 22 and is celebrated for his skill and creativity. When you walk in to the building, at first glance you feel as though you are in an ordinary office reception until you see the Manchester House hostess stand.
I exited the lift above, to find a stylish and minimal world of elegance with glowing lights, large windows and a symmetrical open kitchen where Aiden Byrne himself was busy working, looking totally in his element.
After a warm welcome, my friendly server recommended the eight course tasting menu, which  was an offer I could not refuse! I sipped a chilled Sauvignon Blanc and my feast began with a square of soft thyme scented brioche with chicken crackling and roasted chicken butter.The artichoke consommé which accompanied this was full of flavour, and there was chicken within the glistening broth, adding another layer of depth which sat well against the rich roasted chicken butter and the divine brioche.

There was so much to be enjoyed about the soft and satisfying brioche, which I found to be the perfect start to the meal as it delivered so much flavour without being overpowering. The second plate was soon set before me, and I was dazzled by grilled oyster, roasted sweetbreads and king oyster mushroom. This dish was a work of art which combined the sea and the land so well as the pure oyster taste was complemented by the mushroom and the richness of the sweetbreads whilst parsley added a welcome zing. 

The next course of Pork rillette with smoked anchovies and leek fondants was a joy to behold, with so many elements carefully presented. Glittering anchovies gave a silver accent to the plate and a beautiful rich smokiness was added by the pork whilst subtly sweet leeks and crispy sourdough added further enjoyment to this dish.

It always shows a stroke of genius when chefs add extra touches of unexpected fun to their dishes, and I was impressed that the next course of roasted cod with barbecued celeriac and walnut purée was served with a homemade fruit cider which gave a rush of blackberry and a sweetness which went well with the flaky white cod loin. The punchy pink cider felt like an indulgent delight which recalled the childhood joy of a glass of cordial. The barbecued celeriac added a woody accent and walnut brought in a slight sharpness which offset the other elements of the dish beautifully. 

The next course of Yorkshire venison haunch, with a fermented red cabbage purée and jus was a delight to the palate with plenty of flavour. The deep red cabbage purée was sharp whilst an additional mousse pot added a further contrast of sweet and savoury elements as well as a delightful texture. This dish worked so well and it was at once simple yet refined, a true triumph.

After such magical dishes I was keen to see what thrills dessert would have in store and I was not disappointed. Firstly,  blackberry, apple and bay conjured up autumn on a plate with a wealth of complex flavours. The fresh sweetness of apple danced around the sharpness of blackberries, with meringue and sorbet adding plenty of texture to create a delight for the senses. 

Another demonstration of creativity was shown in the the second dessert. A pairing of chocolate, pineapple and liquorice was a combination I could never have imagined together until I experienced the brilliance of this dessert, which packed in the divine sweetness of pineapple against the heady taste of liquorice whilst a rich chocolate cookie similar to an Oreo added indulgence and a pineapple crisp added texture which melted in the mouth. 

It would not be too much to say that this entire meal was a sheer joy, with exquisite flavours, a clear eye for beautiful presentation and skillful culinary prowess. It is easy to see why Aiden Byrne is so revered for his cooking, which is excellent in every way. This was a odyssey of brilliant flavours and textures and I am always thrilled when a meal can surprise and delight in the way that this one did, with ingredients I would not have imagined together working in perfect harmony.
The magic was not over quite yet as alongside a latte, I was presented with a wooden box inscribed ‘thank you’ which contained six perfect macaroons, which I devoured immediately!
The superb dishes and attention to detail at Manchester House show the hard work  put in to the entire experience by Aiden Byrne and his team. Dining here is a truly special experience which elevates food to theatre with artistic talent which is a joy to witness.

What do you all think, would you like to dine at Manchester House and which of these dishes appeals to you? As always I cannot wait to hear your thoughts and thank you so much for reading this post!

Manchester House 
18-22 Bridge Street
M3 3BZ
0161 835 2557

Until next time,



I was kindly invited to experience Manchester House, the meal was complimentary for review purposes. All opinions expressed herein are my own and honest.


  1. I love the look of this, I would definitely go. I love the little box of macaroons, such a great idea for them to do to their customers

    Lauren x |

  2. Wow, very interesting dishes!

  3. The food really look yummy ♥

  4. You've made me hungry! Looks so tasty!!

  5. You do get to some nice places, I love the look of the chocolate and liquorice dessert

  6. Always love to see, you pictures are amazing

  7. You made my mouth water :D looks and sounds reaaly lovely :)
    Emma xx

  8. Now this is a really nice place and presentation of the food is amazing! I would really like to dine there and taste all these delicious food.

  9. Wow the food looks so yummy! You got some good shots to! X

  10. This place looks wonderful, and I love the way you described all the dishes. I could almost taste them just by reading the descriptions! x That pink cider especially looks soooo tempting!


  11. This restaurant looks really lovely and the lighting is beautiful! The portions look particularly small, though I suppose it's quality over quantity! Yum to the macarons, wow :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice