When the sun shines in Manchester, you get out there and enjoy it!
That’s exactly what Liv and I did recently and enjoyed a few hours in the City Centre, wandering around taking in the sights and sounds before enjoying a meal at the Albert Square Chophouse.
Part of the Victorian Chophouses chain, which includes Sam’s and Tom’s Chophouses, also located in Manchester, the restaurants all have a great buzz about them. The Albert Square Chophouse is situated in the old Memorial Hall opposite the Town Hall and has been wonderfully restored, with decor offering an industrial chic yet homely feel. Set over several floors, with functions being held at the top of the restaurant, you first walk into the bar area which you can also dine in, or head to the comfy restaurant downstairs, complete with booths.
Serving awesome British gastronomic delights, Liv and I were ready for a late lunch by the time we were seated in our booth space at Albert Square Chophouse. I have to say, the booth couches are really comfy – perfect for when you need a rest from wandering around the city!
Due to the glorious weekend we experienced, the restaurant was quiet and chilled, despite there being a wedding function upstairs, giving us time to peruse the menus without being rushed. The time was needed as the menus truly are a treat, everything sounds amazing… check out what we ordered…
What We Ate at Albert Square Chophouse
Potato & Rosemary Sour Dough (£4) – served warm with beef dripping and roasting juices. I cannot begin to tell you how yummy the beef dripping was, it was eyes rolling back good! That coupled with the warm sour dough bread was sublime.
Chicken Liver Paté (£9) – Lancastrian liver paté made with Goosnargh chicken & port, served with quince jam & home-made crumpets. I was sold with the crumpets… it seems Liv was too as she ate 3, leaving me with just one to enjoy with the paté! They were delicious and cooked to perfection (not too crispy and just right according to Liv), a fabulous complement to the paté, something I had never considered before but will be replicating! The paté was full of flavour and with so much, it is a perfect sharing platter.
Children’s Menu – Traditional Fish & Chips (£7) Albert’s special bitter-battered sustainable Scottish haddock with hand cut chips, mushy peas & tartare sauce. This was quite a refreshing meal for such a lovely day and the fish was well cooked and was hot – crisp with the fish simply falling away when you cut through, Liv devoured this quickly. The chips were somewhat nostalgic and the two I tried certainly reminded me of the chips my mum used to make ‘back in the day’!
It really was a good plateful for a children’s portion and Liv thoroughly enjoyed the meal.
Albert’s Famous Corned Beef Hash (£14.95) -10 days in the making to a secret recipe – served with sautéed potatoes & creamed onions, topped with a soft-poached egg & crispy dry-cured bacon. I cannot tell you how long I have wanted to try the Chophouse corned beef hash, that it was an easy menu choice to make. Made with stripped beef, every forkful is mouthwatering. Packed with flavour, it’s a meal you wish would never end, despite how filling it is!
As you can see, the soft boiled egg on top, with the crispy bacon complements the dish perfectly and gives some added bite to the meal. Was the meal worth the wait? Most definitely!
Sticky Toffee Pudding (£6.95) – The classic sweet & sticky date pudding, served with vanilla pod ice cream. This is Liv’s favourite dessert and she couldn’t resist trying this off the adult menu. I would love to say I tried it too, however the fact I didn’t even receive an offer of some goes to show how good it was!
The food is absolutely amazing and both Liv and I enjoyed what we chose tremendously. If you are a fan of good, British cuisine, then you are going to love the food on offer at Albert Square Chophouse.
We were invited to review the Albert Square Chophouse Children’s Menu, however I found that Liv was choosing meals from the adult main menu. Whilst the main course selection on the children’s menu was fantastic and it was great not to see a burger option, the starter and dessert course options were a little lacking. I expect the Bacon and Haddock Chowder priced at £3 is amazing, there aren’t many children I know that would order that. Having lost three quarters of my crumpets in the blink of an eye, it would be great to see a crumpet inspired starter on the menu, I can only imagine how popular this would be! This said, the children’s portion of fish and chips really surprised the pair of us – an adult would have been impressed by the meal and I cannot knock the Albert Square Chophouse for value for money. If you want a meal that will have you leaving satisfied to the fullest, then this is restaurant to dine in!
We loved the vibe of the restaurant, it was actually really nice and chilled and we wouldn’t have even known there was a wedding party upstairs, aside from a guest accidentally wandering all the way down to the basement level restaurant. The staff were fantastic and made both myself and Liv feel really welcome and were on-hand if we had any questions.
I wouldn’t hesitate to take Liv back to Albert Square Chophouse for another meal when we are out in the city. The relaxed vibe made it the perfect rest stop and the food is top-notch. Who knows, she may even try the corned beef hash next time! It is an absolute must try!
Check out the Albert Square Chophouse website here for more details on menus, how to make a reservation and their event and function space.