Find this good brasserie-style restaurant in what was once a warehouse, but is now the Malmaison hotel.
Chef Kevin Whiteford has devised an interesting menu - part of which changes seasonally - of largely locally-sourced ingredients.
A late winter menu bought 'Mutton & Barley Broth'; 'Fresh Corn Beef Terrine'; 'Moules Mariniere' and 'Lancashire Beetroot & Becon Blue Salad' among the starters.
To be followed by 'Confit of Goosnargh Chicken with sautéed Spinach & Red Wine Jus'; 'Baked Sea Bass with Braised Fennel & Confit Tomatoes'; 'Braised Shin of Beef with Parsnip Purée'; 'Winter Root Vegetable & Gorgonzola Lasagne' plus various items from the grill (ranging from home-made burgers through 'fish of the day' to steaks).
There are simply desserts to finish - such as 'Raspberry & Apple Crumble'; 'Crème Brulée' and 'Chocolate Tart with Bailey's Ice Cream'; while the more savoury-toothed might be tempted by their selection of farmhouse cheeses.
- Food Style: Brasserie
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.30; set L £14.50 (2 courses), £16.50 (3 courses); mains £11.95 to £13.95
- Dinner: all week 18.00-22.30; set D £14.50 (2 courses), £16.50 (3 courses); mains £11.95 to £13.95
- Seats: 85
- Wine: a well-chosen and lengthy list has good choices under the £20 mark
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Manchester Piccadilly or Victoria Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Parking: NCP nearby
- Air conditioned