Manchester, United Kingdom
May 17, 2005
As you enter on the ground floor you are in the bar area which is known as the Living Room. Here you can eat during the day (you can also opt to eat upstairs in the dining room, but you tend to need to book more often than not to eat upstairs) as well as enjoy the wide range of drinks and the great coffee. The prices are pretty much in line with most other city centre bars.
Upstairs is the dining room, which is fitted with spacious tables, as well as smaller, more intimate booths of white leather.
Cool and contemporary is perhaps the best way of describing the decor of the living room. Throughout the whole restaurant, there is lots of wood and pale cream colours that give the whole place a feeling of space and tranquility--it seems to me to be styled around a Caribbean apartment with modern twists. The whole effect is great and works really well in my opinion, as it is not overly fussy but equally not too modern or clinical.
I have had drinks in the Living Room on many occasions as it is one of 'the' places to go. It used to be one of the favourite hangouts of David Beckham when he played for Manchester United.
I have always found the staff in the Living Room to be excellent, well-educated, helpful, and knowledgeable about the service and food they provide (although I did have one waitress who couldn't make her mind up whether she had given us the right order and swapped it twice, although it was her first day!!).
The menu here is quite varied. For lunchtime offerings, they have a range of sandwiches and salads. The Caesar salad (around £7) is great and comes served with a poached egg and bacon as a bit of a twist. They also do a very nice range of burgers as well as more classic dishes such as bangers 'n' mash, lasagne, and cottage pie.
The menu changes here very often, so it's a good option to try new things if you eat out a lot.
They also offer an extensive wine menu with a bottle of house wine starting from just under £11 which is really good for this type of place.
I think that they menu is really varied and will suit most people. Although you will find most of the things on the menu in other places, the Living Room is good at putting their own little twist on things!
From journal Living in lively Manchester, UK!