Myself and OH are foodies and regularly eat out or just visit venues for drinks – I think we’re trying to work our way around most Manchester haunts – a hard task we know as the number of new places to eat and drink are multiplying every week – a tough job but we’re tough enough and ugly enough to try it!
I’m going to post reviews of places we visit, some reviews will be retrospective – but I will use the same format for each review and hopefully have accompanying photos for most – yes I confess I’m one of those people who can’t eat a meal or have a drink without taking a photo!
I also will judge each bar against my husbands 10 second rule – if no-one at the bar acknowledges our presence within that time we leave! Harsh maybe but my OH is right in saying that in most places the cost of 2 drinks is more than the average working persons hourly rate so custom should be valued – yes the staff can be very busy and be serving other customers – that’s not a problem, however he likes the server to at least make eye contact and state they will be with us soon. I’m pleased to say that most places do pass this test!
I recently visited Neighbourhood in Spinningfields Manchester for lunch with my husband. The venue describes itself as an all day eatery and late bar. It’s a popular venue for the smartly dressed customer.
The following paragraph is a quote from it’s own Web page
“Neighbourhood is a restaurant and bar inspired by the vibrancy and accessibility of the food and drink scene you typically see in New York, Las Vegas or Miami. It’s a place where you can grab brunch, coffee and a quick snack, afternoon tea, cocktails or dinner – it literally caters for all, offering something for everybody.”
We received a nice welcome at the door, our table was ready but we asked if we could have a drink at the bar first. What my opinion was is covered in my template. Anyway here goes with my first Manchester Restaurant Review
- Name of venue visited
- Reason for visit
Late lunch with husband
- Time and day of visit
- First impression
Friendly welcome, looks and feels like a New York restaurant/bar. Great decor – loved the Emerald green leather chairs
- Time to get servers attention/service
Met at the door by friendly staff – immediate attention.
- Food quality
Good menu and choice. I had the tempura prawn starter – was delicious, OH had the Lil burgers as a starter – 3 small burgers on a platter – he said they were really good.
For mains we both had salads – Cobb Salad for me and a Chicken Caesar for OH Nicely presented but nothing out of the ordinary.
- Quality of Service
service when seated was average, some delay for food and drinks service, but on the whole good. Some friendly conversation and interaction – an important factor for us.
Nice venue – drinks pricey, looks like a venue where people want to be ‘seen’. There were a few guests enjoying afternoon tea – the selection on offer looked good. From looking at the venue and the other guests, we would say it is somewhere for a treat or a special occasion. Not somewhere to visit regularly.
- Would I visit again?
Yes. Would definitely take girlfriends for a treat.
As a footnote I must state that we visited as a prize win from a twitter competition run by Neighbourhood and the food and a bottle of wine was free. Thank you Neighbourhood very generous. Special thanks to Jake for arranging and hosting.