The River Bar and Restaurant

Address: 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Manchester, M3 5LH, England
Telephone: 0161 827 4041

- Expensive

4.2

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
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Service
4.7
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Food and drink
4.3
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Value for money
3.9
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Ambience
4.3
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Location
4
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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 [node:120596] 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.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Celebrity spotting
  • People watching
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Trendiness

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