Call me a grandma but there’s fewer things I enjoy more than spending a Saturday night indulging in a spot of fine dining with my closest compadres. This weekend I headed to what is rapidly becoming my new favourite dining spot in Manchester, The Round Restaurant at the Royal Exchange Theatre.
Nestled inside Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre at St. Anne’s Square. The Round Restaurant offers a fresh Spring evening menu with a British twist and from what I’ve sampled the chefs nail every-single-dish. With a main course setting you back around £13-15 or three courses for £24, you really can’t complain.
The Royal Exchange was formerly the epicenter of Manchester’s cotton trading throughout the 18th century. The first exchange opened in 1729 and closed at the end of the century. There’s a certain ambience these grand old buildings provide that just cannot be replicated in a modern building.
The exchange was seriously damaged during the Manchester Blitz in World War II, the building remained empty until 1973 until it was used by the theatre company and was officially opened by Laurence Olivier in 1976. Despite it’s scrapes with danger the building has been beautifully preserved, if you look up you can still see the cotton trading boards showing the date, time and prices from the final day of trading.
For my main dish I ordered the Salmon salad special from the board, which tasted divine. The menu has an excellent selection of dishes from the ‘catch of the day’, Slow Roasted Gressingham Duck Leg to true English classics such as Cornish Lamb. The menu includes British sourced ingredients wherever possible and tastes seriously fresh. For desert Helena & I shared the Baileys and Vanilla Cheesecake, salted caramel and cinder toffee, which was a thing of dreams.
If you’re in or around Manchester looking for the perfect spot for fine dining with a relaxed ambience, I’d highly recommend heading the The Round Restaurant. They also do a very reasonable lunch menu too and if you have time you could always go and see a play at the theatre whilst your there. Following our meal we headed home to slump onto the couch and watch Scarface, pretty much the ideal night.