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“Delightful afternoon tea”

The River Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #282 of 2,295 Restaurants in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$32 - US$58
Cuisines: British
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Good for: View, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: The River Restaurant & Bar at Manchester's award-winning Lowry Hotel, is situated on the banks of the River Irwell in the heart of the city. Executive Head Chef Andrew Green and his team have developed a new grill style menu, utilising a Josper Grill, the hottest grill in the market place, the menu offers not only beef but also a wide range of chicken, fish and shellfish. The team have sourced some of the best produce available including beef sourced from the Duke of Buccleuch Estates, chicken from Goosenargh, Sea Bass from Anglelsey and lobster caught in Usan. Key dishes include Inverawe smoked salmon, grilled asparagus with lemon mayonnaise. Our grill items include a full range of steaks from a 275g Flat Iron up to a 550g Chateaubriand for two, Usan lobster, Angelesy sea bass and lemon sole are highlights amongst the fish dishes The stunning views, chic decor and delicious food make the River Restaurant & Bar a must-try dining destination - whatever the occasion.
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
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“Delightful afternoon tea”
Reviewed 31 May 2014 via mobile

I've had afternoon tea a couple of times in Manchester, but it was my first time here and it was a great experience. I booked the river bar as it was for my birthday, something to nice do with my friends and nice it was!
There was plenty of food for us and I thought it was fab that the scones were brought out only when we were ready, so that they were still warm (something that other places don't tend to do). It was quite expensive, but for a birthday treat it was definitely worth it!

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Aimee B
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PeterKienast, General Manager at The River Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Dear Guest, We are delighted you and your friends enjoyed your Afternoon Tea with us, a perfect experience for a special occasion. Of course Afternoon Tea has a lot of elements, we always have more sandwiches and caked available should our guests wish to indulge a little more, however with this being a large meal we like to stagger the delivery so not overface our guests. And let's be honest, scones are always at their best when they are warm out of the oven, we cook them fresh for every guest. We hope you will join us again in the future. With best regards Peter Kienast
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Good but not value”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Took my mother there for her 80th birthday as she can be a little difficult to cater for.

Service excellent waiters/waitresses pleasant without being smarmy/intrusive, would have helped if one didn't pronounce caper sauce as kipper sauce-wondered what that would taste like with Dover sole but only a minor distraction.

Food okay to good but not worth the money, my lamb was perhaps a little over done but me but not worth complaining about; but the additional vegetables were poor. 2 1/2 grilled small tomatoes is not a good margin.

Cheese board excellent but left feeling my wallet had been ambushed somewhat.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Tertullian3in1
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PeterKienast, General Manager at The River Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your experience. We are always delighted to help celebrate our guests special occasions. Our team in the restaurant have a great passion for service which they deliver with grace, of course we welcome our team from all over the world, something we beleive benefits us greatly, I am sorry that the Caper Sauce was a little lost in translation. We have a wide range of side dishes to choose from if you wish to add to your original dish. Our menu's change with the seasons, we do hope you will try us again in the future. With best regards, Peter Kienast
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Great service - great food”
Reviewed 9 May 2014

We booked for 7.30pm and that may have been a little early as the restaurant was a little empty, but filled later. The service was great and the food was excellent. A few interesting celebs in the bar made it an interesting evening.

Visited May 2014
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PeterKienast, General Manager at The River Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, 13 May 2014
Dear Guest, thank you for taking the time to leave this review following your recent dining experience at The River Bar & Grill. I am delighted that you enjoyed your meal and I will make sure that your comments in regards to the service provided are passed on to my team. Kind regards, Peter Kienast
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“Amazing yet again”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

Once again we had an amazing dining experience at the Lowry Hotel, food was superb and matched by the amazing service !

  • Visited May 2014
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PeterKienast, General Manager at The River Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, 9 May 2014
Dear Guest, thank you for taking the time to leave this review about your recent dining experience at The River Bar & Grill. I am pleased to read that you enjoyed your meal and the service provided by my team. I hope to welcome you back in the near future, kind regards, Peter Kienast
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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“Not 5 star service”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

5 friends enjoyed Afternoon Tea here a week last Saturday. We all enjoyed the choice of teas and the food but the wait for the scones, after the sandwiches was unacceptably long. The conversation took a back seat between us, not because we had run out of things to say but we were all wondering when the scones would appear. We asked two different waiters over the course of 10 minutes and whilst receiving assurances they did still not arrive. I eventually went to ask the 'restaurant manager' and instead of an apology I received an explanation of how they liked to serve the scones warm!! The scones did then arrive. We were given a feedback form at the end of the meal and chose the option for someone to telephone one of us. To date 10 days later they have not phoned. This is not what I expect from a hotel of this standard and is made worse by the fact that all 5 people there had spent a number of year working in customer facing roles and know about service!

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PeterKienast, General Manager at The River Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, 9 May 2014
Dear Guest, I sincerely regret your experience. I would be delighted to speak with you personally in more detail, can I please invite you to contact the hotel and ask for me directly. With best regards Peter Kienast
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