Chasing Stars: Who Will Win Manchester’s First Michelin Star For 30 Years?
This year there’ll be two restaurants in the running as hot on it’s heels is Manchester House, Aiden Byrnes collaboration with the Living Ventures group. With a refit costing in excess of £3 million they’re certainly aiming high and with Aiden in the kitchen they have a chef capable of achieving their goal.
It will be fascinating to see if either is awarded a star this year. Whether they are or not remains to be seen but the fact that both exist is great for diners of Manchester who fancy something a bit special. Both restaurants have a wow factor but are very different in everything from the building to the style of food. The French being within an iconic hotel whereas Manchester House is located on the 2nd floor of a 60’s office block. Although both have beautiful dining rooms, Manchester House has the benefit of wonderful views of the city from its 12th floor bar.Simon Rogan has managed to bring the magic of L’Enclume to Manchester with The French serving dishes of a similar style featuring fresh, local produce and unusual ingredients that are every bit as good as its sister restaurant. Meanwhile Aiden Byrne is serving impressive looking and tasting dishes featuring modern techniques and presentation at Manchester House. After eating in both restaurants more than once I believe they each have a good chance of eventually winning the star they’re so desperate for. As to who will get there first? My money is on The French, the overall experience feels more polished and refined. Perhaps because of the six month head start or possibly that most of the staff came down from L’Enclume so already have Michelin experience. No matter who wins the race, both are offering a high end, fine dining experience not available anywhere else in Manchester. Let us know what you think, is a Michelin star close for #Manchester? @Groupon_UK #grouponguide ____ Check out our deals for restaurants in Manchester
Shaun is a self-confessed food geek. He thinks about food most of the day and may be addicted to dining out. In the couple of years that he’s been writing about his experiences he’s reviewed over 150 restaurants, the majority of which are in Manchester and the North West area. But his ever growing list of places to visit is just as long.