Review: Yummy New Menu At DogBowl Manchester

Half term springs fear in most parents, what do you do with the kids to keep them entertained, for a whole week, that does not cost the earth?

I am a huge fan of bowling but have never been with Liv before… that is until DogBowl (Part of Black Dog Venues)… a rather cool and funky bowling alley based in Manchester City Centre last week.


With 5 lanes of fun, this is the perfect, intimate retreat in an otherwise bustling city. It isn’t all about the bowling though, DogBowl is also a bar and restaurant and our mission whilst there was to have fun, but also enjoy the tasty treats on the new menu which has just launched.


We will start with the kids first – for £6.50 (this includes a soft drink) – Kids can enjoy a full 3 course meal… with a difference. Any child up to the age of 12 can order from the following:


Liv ordered the Pork Quesadilla which is beyond yummy and something completely different, she loved them and even shared her starter, which is novel.


For the main meal, there was only ever one choice, the Fried Chicken Meal. From the moment it arrived it was clear that the chicken was freshly cooked in a teppanyaki style batter and for that it was tender and tasty. Several big pieces of chicken and a side order of chips made for a good sized children’s meal. An ice-cream to finish was the perfect accompaniment and ensured both children had fully bellies.


Heather and I decided on  a share bowl of Nachos to start, a starter I always have to choose when I see it on the menu!


Considering it was date night, I was attempting to be super healthy with the Warm Chicken and Bacon Salad… along with a side order of the speciality Pit Fries, Onion Rings and Hush Puppies. In my defence they weren’t all for me, they were for the table to enjoy. Though I could quite happily have had a portion of the Hush Puppies to myself! Crispy, puffed up balls of fried polenta which tasted like they had been cooked with sesame oil. They were little balls of heaven and very moreish.



All the fried food was cooked in a very light batter and was unbelievably fresh. To be honest, I could have happily spent all day in there, taking my time over the food and enjoying a few more alcoholic beverages. The background music was awesome, it took me back to my teenage years with a little old school Pulp and U2… some classic tunes to enjoy.

Even for a lunchtime there were quite a few people in there, all the food on our table was delicious, but it never stops you looking what other people have ordered. When I go back to DogBowl I certainly will not be apprehensive about trying any other foods on the menu, everything looked seriously tasty.

What made it even better was how reasonably priced all the items are. The Kids menu especially, it’s nice to see something different from the usual chicken nuggets and fish fingers.

Compliments to the Chef, DogBowl really isn’t all about the bowling, the food and atmosphere is definitely worth a trip down to Whitworth Street West, Manchester! It would be great to experience the nightlife there as the bar is open till 3am, roll on my childfree time over the summer holidays!

Find out what Bury Family Life thought about the new Dogbowl menu.

We had a lovely time, a huge thanks to DogBowl for inviting us for a free bowl and food for the purpose of this review. See you soon!

A little more info:

Opening times:
Daily – 12pm ‘til 3am

Prices (per game, per person):
£8 peak
£6 off peak
£4 for children and students with a valid NUS card
£4 after midnight, 7 days per week

Please note:
Peak times are from 6pm until 12pm Monday to Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Off peak bowling may be purchased until 6pm Monday to Friday.
*Express menu is available Monday to Friday, 12pm-3pm. For details of the Express menu offers, please see the Express Menu page.
Under 18s are not permitted to be in the venue after 9pm. We reserve the right to ask guests to provide ID.


  1. Sonya Cisco says:

    Looks yummy! I have never heard of Hush Puppies before, but now I really want to try them- sounds goooood!

    • MM says:

      I have no idea if they are known as something else, elsewhere but little balls of polenta which have almost popped open – but the taste of sesame seed was evident – they were delicious!

    • MM says:

      Definitely worth a visit – the new menu is lush – thing is with food that tasty, I could easily eat it all day long!!

  2. Boo Roo and Tigger Too says:

    I love the kids menu, so nice to see variety on there. We have just started taking Roo and Tigger bowling and I think its going to become a firm family favourite

  3. Liz Burton says:

    I’m laughing at calling a restaurant the Dog Bowl!

    My daughter would love it though, she’s just getting into bowling. The nachos sound awesome!

  4. Nikki Thomas says:

    Ooh that has made me feel very hungry looking at that lovely food. That sounds like a great menu and much better than the food at our local bowling alley

  5. Penny Carr says:

    I’m actually sat here with my tummy rumbling after looking at those pictures. Yummy food. We’ve not done the bowling thing with our two yet, but a few more months and our youngest should be old enough to appreciate it I think.

    • MM says:

      Lots of lovely places up here – the North definitely rocks! I was surprised at how delicious the food was but everything was lovely and fresh!

  6. Rebecca says:

    Oooh I love nachos. That photo looks so tasty. You have made me really hungry! It looks a really fun place to visit too.

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