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“Too big for the Hiltons own boots”

Podium Restaurant Bar & Lounge
Ranked #489 of 2,261 Restaurants in Manchester
Price range: US$36 - US$144
Cuisines: International, British
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: A casual dining experience, Podium offers guest intimate booth dining, with rich banquettes and Marble Floors. The cuisine is modern international, using local produce. Great for breakfast and ideal for a business lunch, Podium is also perfect for relaxed evening meal before heading to Cloud 23 for a cocktail.
Northumberland
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76 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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“Too big for the Hiltons own boots”
Reviewed 15 January 2010

I arranged for my daughter to have birthday party at the Podium and Cloud 23. The food was fine, but this hotel really needs to get a grip on the idea of delivering what customers want. The girls were sat in a very cold doorway. When asked about the cold twice they were not offered a different seat. It took 30 minutes to get the bill. This left the girls late for their booking at Cloud 23. They were then scolded by the greeter for being late!! The girls left after one drink. I did ring the hotel and write, but they are obviuosly too busy to respond. These girls no longer think the Hilton is anything other than sour. A bit like the story of "The Kings New Clothes".

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Lancashire
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38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“The worst meal ever”
Reviewed 14 November 2009

Booked a meal for my sons 22nd birthday for eight people. Given two diferent menus and waited thirty minutes to be seated, thirty minutes for first course and thiry minutes for main. Main course was tepid and vegetables cold, staff not attentive.
Refused to eat the meal.
Complained to company had no response from the hotel itself.
Overall very disappointing.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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198 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Poor service and cold venue”
Reviewed 11 October 2009

It was a busy weekday night; the menu was good. The service was terrible with over an hour wait between starter and main. The restaurant was cold and dark shed like and on the ground floor of a 23 story tower.. It was expensive for what you got. I had fish which was average.
I also stayed in the hotel – breakfast was poor- buffet style with undercooked bacon and sausages.

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“Nice contemporary decor...”
Reviewed 29 June 2009

Nice contemporary decor but lacking in atmosphere and the drinks were totally over-priced at £8.00 for a glass of Rose!

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“cloud 23 - local with best view in city, lovely atmosphere and great service.”
Reviewed 2 February 2009

cloud 23 - local with best view in city, lovely atmosphere and great service.

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