The River Bar and Restaurant
50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Manchester, M3 5LH
- 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
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.
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.
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.
The attentive service is what makes this restaurant stand out for me.
The restaurant is in the five-star Rocco Forte Lowry Hotel on the banks of the River Irwell.
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.
On a sunny day, ask for a table with a river view.
More information on The River Bar and Restaurant:
- Price guide:
- Bar, Restaurant
- British, Modern
- 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Manchester, M3 5LH
- 0161 827 4041
- 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: