Thursday 29 December 2016

A festive night out in Manchester...

I always like to make time for a relaxed night out before the holidays begin, so we went to Manchester last week for drinks and dinner. We headed to The Refinery in Spinningfields first, a stylish new bar from the Drake and Morgan group, where we decided to unwind with a round of espresso martinis which are always one of my favourite drinks on a night out. 

The space has a contemporary interior, with a sweeping bar area and tables adorned with romantic candelabras. After another round of drinks at The Refinery we headed off to Asha’s for our dinner reservation. I have been eager to dine at Asha’s for a while; I love Indian food and I have heard good things about it. 

The first thing that struck me was the elegant interior of Asha's; the low lighting, polished dark wood and spacious booths gave it an understated yet glamorous air. We settled in at our table and I selected a bottle of Acacia Tree Chenin Blanc which was the perfect partner to our meal, with light citrus layers. We ordered poppadoms to begin with and the accompanying chutney selection was tasty, I especially enjoyed the apple one which was zesty and bright. The cream cheese naan bread was a treat too; soft and doughy with a good amount of cheese filling. 

My main course of paneer jalfrezi had a fiery kick of spice and plenty of fresh pepper and paneer in a thick sauce. My dining companion opted for his favourite Murg (chicken) korma, which was creamy and mild with a sweet coconut flavour and tender chicken. 

All of the dishes were well presented with refined flavours and service was excellent too. 

It was time for dessert and we shared a warm chocolate chilli tart which had an intense chocolate flavour and a hint of chilli which was not too overpowering. 

47 Peter St, 
M2 3NG

We enjoyed a coffee to complete our meal before we set off in to the night having enjoyed a festive evening in Manchester, with great cocktails and delicious food. Happy holidays! What do you all think, do you like to make time for a festive night out before the holidays begin? As always, I cannot wait to hear your thoughts and thank you so much for reading this post.

Until next time,




  1. Looks like a lot of fun!!
    Adi xx

  2. That made my mouth water! lovely post too :)

  3. Going to miss :)

  4. It looks delicious, and I fallow you. Fallow me back?


  5. Pictures are stunning and the food looks so good. Happy New Year


  6. Great post!!!

    back folow

  7. Lovely photos! Food looks su yummy :)
    xx Ama

  8. Ahh these photos are amazing
    Much love, Hadasah

  9. Looks so good! I always wanted to visit Manchester!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  10. Wow everything looks so yummy!! Happy New Year!!

  11. All I do is blog about food and this restaurant looks absolutely delish! I love the bright colors of the food, the heartiness to the dishes, and the simplicity in the naan. AS a carb lover, you had me the minute I saw the naan!!! great review, I wanna head there and try them out myself =]
    Danielle | <3

  12. This has made me sooo hungry!!!
    xx Leah

  13. Wowsa, the food looks amazing and I am drooling just looking at these photos! I love Naan too and the decor of this restaurant is perfect. xoxo, Christine

  14. Omg the food looks so delicious! I love that kind of cuisine!

  15. Love the vibe of this place. And the food is right up my ally. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Love, Lindsey


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