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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Modern comfort food in the city centre

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

This prime piece of heritage industrial architecture is plumb in the city centre. The interior is all boutiqued to the max, with eye-catching decorative flourishes in a soothing low-lit ambience, while cocktails and upscale brasserie food draw in the crowds. In the Smoak Bar Grill, the open-to-view kitchen produces surprising versions of modern comfort food, not least the range of steaks that are done on the Josper charcoal grill. Creamed brie with a wine-poached pear and candied pecans is an attractive opener, while mains run to confit duck with Puy lentils and garlic mash, or calves' liver and pancetta with roasted onions. Round things off with a vanilla-fragrant crème brûlée.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Closed for dinner: 25 December
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 11


  • Chef(s): James Williams

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British, International
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 14
  • Wines over £30: 24+
  • Wines by the glass: 30

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 85
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 18
  • Off-site parking available: NCP 100 mtrs

Additional information

  • Seats: 85
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 18

Getting here

From M56 follow signs to Manchester, then to Piccadilly

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Manchester Piccadilly
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