The River Bar and Restaurant

Price guide: Expensive

50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Manchester, M3 5LH

Price guide: Expensive

The River Restaurant
#13 of 17
expert-rated restaurants in Manchester
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.3
4.3
Ambience:
4.3
4.3
Service:
4.7
4.7
Location:
4
4.0
Value for money:
3.9
3.9
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Celebrity spotting, People watching, Romance, Special occasions, Trendiness

Expert review of The River Bar and Restaurant

Enjoy attentive service and people-watching opportunities in this chic hotel restaurant.

My favourite time of year to visit the River Bar and Restaurant is during the summer – leave enough time to enjoy a cocktail on the sunny Terrace before you eat and then slip into the restaurant for your meal as it starts to cool down and get dark.

Food and drink: 

Expect beautifully presented British dishes with imaginative accompaniments – for example, Pan-fried calves’ liver in sage bread crumbs with pear mash and baked figs (£18.50). Meat-lovers will drool over the menu which features a 510g Chateaubriand (£62.50). The food is consistently of a high quality but, for the price, is not the most memorable in Manchester.

Ambience: 

I love the buzzing atmosphere in the River Bar. In comparison, the restaurant area tends to be quieter with a mix of hotel guests and locals celebrating special occasions. Keep a look out for footballers and celebrities.

Service: 

The attentive service is what makes this restaurant stand out for me.

Location: 

The restaurant is in the five-star Rocco Forte Lowry Hotel on the banks of the River Irwell.

Price advice: 

Prices are high – starters cost £6.50-£12.50 and mains range from £12.50 to the Chateaubriand at £62.50. However, regular offers, such as three courses for £19.95, make dining here more affordable. The restaurant also has a complimentary privilege card for diners with discounts such as 15 per cent off your bill every time you dine (www.theriverrestaurant.com/privilegecard.asp).

If you park at the hotel while you eat, and spend more than £30, don’t forget to show your receipt at reception before you leave for free parking. Otherwise, you will be charged £5.

Tables to book: 

On a sunny day, ask for a table with a river view.

More information on The River Bar and Restaurant:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Bar, Restaurant
Food:
British, Modern
Address:
50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Manchester, M3 5LH
Telephone:
0161 827 4041
Website:
http://www.theriverrestaurant.com
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Opening times:
Breakfast: Mon-Fri 7am-10:30am, Sat-Sun 7:30am-11am. Lunch: Mon-Sat noon-2:30pm, Sun 12:30pm-3pm. Afternoon Tea: Mon-Sun 2pm-4pm Dinner: Mon-Fri 6pm-10:30pm, Sat 6pm-10:30pm, Sunday 7pm-10pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

Have you been to The River Bar and Restaurant? Would you recommended it?