To counteract the murk of an early November evening I went with some friends to George’s in Worsley, just a short taxi ride from Manchester City Centre.
Located on the main road through the village, the dining room overlooks the green and the canal which lends itself to a lovely lazy autumn Sunday. We arrived on a very busy Wednesday evening – our visit coinciding with a large birthday party. It’s a warm, contemporary place with a nod to its historical namesake, the architect George Gilbert Scott.
Despite being incredibly busy our waiter, Danny, was incredibly attentive bringing amuse bouche to the table whilst we made our choices off the extensive a la carte menu. The amuse bouche was salmon and noodles, with vegetarian option given too. The bar has a great selection of wines and cocktails –we chose a prosecco to add a bit of sparkle to the evening.
The four of us had starters – two sharing the Jamon Iberico Cured Meats, Ross on the warm smoked beetroot and goats’ cheese salad, whilst I had the sweet potato soup. One thing for sure is that the portions are incredibly generous, so much so, that we had to leave some to make sure there was room for the main course! All the starters were beautifully presented whilst tasting deliciously fresh.
We followed the starters with some incredible mains – perfectly cooked steak, wild mushroom ravioli, corn-fed chicken breast and red wine poached baby monkfish tail. All beautifully presented but the baby monkfish tail was a talking point given its unusual purple colour from being poached in red wine.
My friends and I were in agreement that the food was well thought out, presented well in an environment that was the right mix of casual and elegant. Head chef, Andrew Parker, sources produce locally, to arrive at such a marvellous menu with international influences.