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.
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 [node:120596] 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.
Tables to book
On a sunny day, ask for a table with a river view.
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- Celebrity spotting
- People watching
- Special occasions