Manchester Smokehouse & Cellar

Almost perfect.


This review has been three weeks in the making. Manchester Smokehouse & Cellar is now my favourite place to go on a Friday night when you’re in search of good food, a good atmosphere, and a great location. It is one of the go to places especially as they do a 2-4-1 deal on several alcoholic drinks.

Manchester Smokehouse & Cellar is in the heart of Manchester, footsteps away from the town hall, making it the ideal place for Fat Day.

The food is magnificent, and the service is friendly. In the last three weeks, I’ve visited the bar-restaurant twice and was mere hours away from a third visit until laziness took over.

On our first visit, we opted to go straight to the mains and have a dessert; however, on our second visit, I had to get a starter. I chose the wood fired nachos and they were an absolute winner. Loaded with a variety of melted cheeses, salsa, guacamole, and sour cream jalapeños.

Wood fired nachos
Wood Fired Nachos

My Fat Day partner, Muffin, who also has a blog which you can read here, decided against getting a starter on both occasions. I offered to share my nachos and she more than enjoyed eating over half a bowl. Good food is generally accompanied by silence whilst both participants are eating. You could hear a pin drop as we demolished the nachos.

Over the two visits we had tried four different mains: three burgers and chicken skewers. The burgers, all of which have very unique names, were exquisite. I enjoyed a Dirty Double, comprising a 7oz steak pattie with double cheese, burger sauce, red onions, and baby gems. Manchester Smokehouse & Cellar were also happy to accommodate my unique dietary requirements, swapping bacon for halloumi.

Dirty Dozen and Miss Piggy
Dirty Dozen and Miss Piggy

The other two burgers were consumed by Muffin. She helped herself to a Miss Piggy (7oz steak pattie, 12 hour smoked pulled pork, and Carolina & house BBQ sauce) and an Elvis Rock ‘N’ Roller (7oz steak pattie topped with double cheese, PB&J dirty sauce, and fried banana fritter).

The chicken skewers were cooked beautifully and had the right amount of vegetables alongside to give it flavour and colour. As I have to take into account personal preference, the chicken was slightly overcooked and tasted a little dry. It also felt quite heavy, slightly restricting how much I could eat later on in the evening, making it a bad choice for Fat Day.

Chicken Skewers and Elvis Rock 'N' Roller
Chicken Skewers and Elvis Rock ‘N’ Roller

Moving onto the desserts, I enjoyed a strawberries and cream cheesecake, and my Fat Day partner toasted her own marshmallows. This simple act made us both smile and attracted the attention of other diners, some of which probably ordered dessert to simply toast marshmallows.

Any dining establishment that serves strawberry cheesecake will always be a winner in my book.

Strawberry Cheesecake and Toasting Marshmallows
Strawberry Cheesecake and Toasting Marshmallows

The Verdict

My mission is to find the very best dining experiences in Manchester. This not only includes the food, but the location, the service, the atmosphere, and the selection of food available to diners.

Manchester Smokehouse & Cellar was given five out of five for three of those categories. The only category in which it received a four was food. Not the quality of the food, but the limited options. An abundance of starters are offered alongside a seemingly endless variety of mains. These are, however, accompanied by a minimal selection of desserts. It’s almost perfect.

Highly recommended for Fat Day.

This was my experience. You are welcome to try it out, but that’s at your own risk.

Manchester Smokehouse & Cellar – 18 Lloyd St, Manchester, M2 5HT.


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