I love food, especially food that is cooked for me. Such a novelty these days and it is a rare treat to eat out in a restaurant, so when a friend and myself were invited to put Peachy Keens, the latest buffet style restaurant in Manchester to the test, how could I refuse?!
Based in The Printworks in Manchester, Peachy Keens is an all you can eat, multi-cuisine restaurant with branches in Birmingham and Nottingham too. Having visited several all you can eat restaurants before, I was a little apprehensive as to what to expect.
I need not have been at all! Everything about Peachy Keens Manchester surpassed my expectations – the ambience, the food, cleanliness, the staff…we were really impressed and vowed to take the children with us next time!
Conveniently placed, the restaurant is very easy to find, just inside The Printworks on the left hand side as you walk in passed Next. The restaurant is up 3 flights of stairs, however no need to worry as there is a lift that you can use – we totally did!
Upon the lift doors opening we were greeted with an awesome Peachy Keens sign in the form of a London Underground station… we knew we had arrived!
Walking into the restaurant on the top floor, I was really taken aback by how airy it was and light, you could see everything. I do like to see my food and what I am choosing!
We were booked in for 12:30pm – 30 minutes after opening and were seated in a rather spacious booth – more space for several plates of food! I was glad to see that most of the stations were already open, offering freshly cooked noodles, teppanyaki, freshly baked naan… and whilst we were chomping away a gentleman was preparing the ‘Peri Peri Grill’ area for steak, corn on the cob etc by chopping up lots of onions and peppers. I did have to pull myself away from that section! I always love to watch the food being cooked in a live station and was impressed that you yourself could plate up exactly what you wanted in the Stir Fry area and simply pass it to the chef to cook.
The food range was plentiful and looked very appetizing, I could quite happily have eaten everything – however aware of my calorie intake for the day, managed to control myself very well!
Starters were the first port of call and with tempting bites such as chicken wings (my favourite!), ribs, samosa etc along with a very fresh salad bar, it was hard to remember this was only the starter, with the main and dessert to follow! It was nice to see Sushi available as a starter option too!
There were many curries to choose from, Chinese mains, freshly baked pizza, cooked sliced meat even a Lamb lasagne, with all the sides you could imagine – I plumped for the roast potatoes. Having a plate filled with the most random foods never fails to amuse me.
There were so many desserts to choose from, with miniature bite sized cakes to tempt you into having more than one… for me, I plumped for the Apple Crumble and custard and totally made the right decision – by far the best crumble I have had in a long time! I am so glad I saved room for dessert!
The food is well presented, covered if necessary and certainly well lit for you to inspect before making your choices. Plates were easily located and you simply helped yourself to a fresh plate when you wanted to visit the food bars again. We watched the restaurant get busier as time went on, however never felt that we had to queue for food nor wait for anything. The bar was to the far end of the seating area, with a good selection of drinks, both alcoholic and non alcoholic and by the time we walked back to our booth with our starters, drinks were on the table.
Everything about the service was seamless, our plates had disappeared by the time we ventured back with new plates of food and clean cutlery was also available near the plate stations.
Children are well catered for in the restaurant and with the availability of a lift, buggies can easily make it into the spacious restaurant.
The prices are very reasonable indeed and for a midweek lunchtime, the all you can eat buffet is £7.95. I had personally gone without breakfast and did not feel like I needed dinner either, so the Peachy Keens visit had me motoring all day!
I can imagine the restaurant is busy at weekends, what with its location in the middle of Manchester city centre, it is very convenient. The food is very fresh and full of taste and flavour and is rather more-ish. With a large, bright and airy seating area and restaurant you do not feel overfaced or as if you are being rushed and the attentiveness of the staff was spot on, you hardly noticed them however they were very quick to come to you if you had any requirements.
As previously mentioned we have agreed to take the children back with us, for me, that is always a good sign. I know Liv would enjoy it and when a child price is half the adult price (under 3 year olds eat for free), how can you refuse a lovely family meal out in Manchester!
Many thanks to Peachy Keens for inviting us along to enjoy our lunch in their restaurant… see you again soon!