Last week I went for dinner at the award-winning Lowry Hotel, which is located on the banks of the River Irwell in the recently developed Chapel Wharf area on the Salford-Manchester boundary. It was the first five-star hotel in Greater Manchester and makes a bold contemporary architectural statement with its dramatic, curved, glass-fronted façade that creates a light and airy feel within the hotel interior. If there are any A-list peeps in Manchester, this is where they stay.
The hotel has a great restaurant, The River Bar and Restaurant, which focuses on delivering good food in a great atmosphere and is one of the leading dining destinations in the area. The restaurant has a fresh, unpretentious approach to top quality dining and offers a stylish setting for low-key lunches and dinner dates.
The recently revamped menu offers a Modern European menu using the finest ingredients from throughout the UK. Popular dishes include the Buccleuch 12 oz Côte de Boeuf a specially selected dry aged 28 day hung beef from the Duke of Buccleuch Estate and Pan-fried Whole Lemon Sole with Morecambe Bay Shrimps and Brown Butter.
Being a vegetarian I started with the French onion soup, followed by the Penne alla Napoletana whilst my friend had the pea and ham hock soup followed by chicken supreme. Both of our meals were superbly fresh, flavoursome, and enjoyable. My guest said of their chicken supreme especially when it arrived – that it was ‘incredibly moist and beautifully presented’.
Of course, as you’d imagine the whole restaurant and staff are impeccably presented. The decor is sleek, art deco and dark wood; whilst the staff is more than happy to accommodate and are immensely knowledgeable about both the food and wine menus.
The delicious food, relaxed setting and excellent company made it a thoroughly enjoyable evening. I would certainly recommend for a special occasion or discreet dining for any high-profile clients.