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1847 - Manchester

Chapel Walks, Manchester, United Kingdom, M2 1HN
Critics Review 12/20
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RESTAURANT
Monday - Thursday 1200 - 1430 & 1700 - 2100
Friday 1200 - 1430 & 1700 - 2200
Saturday 1200 - 2200
Sun 1200 - 2000

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Easy Access
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi
  • Outside Seating Area
  • Families and Children Welcome
  • Gluten Free Available
  • Weddings and Other Private Parties Catered for
  • Business Lunch

About 1847 - Manchester

1847 Manchester is the original city centre restaurant focusing on vegetarian food. Moving from its original site during Autumn 2017 to new larger premises off King St. 1847 now offers a full cocktail bar alongside its full service restaurant.

Cuisine: British, Vegan, Vegetarian
Dress Code: Casual
Price point: $ $
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Critics Review
Lucy Tomlinson takes her rib-eye with a moo, so will this veggie bistro see her through?
12/20
I’D BETTER state from the top of this review that I’m a dedicated carnivore, a woman who likes her rib-eye blue; who read about Muhammad Ali’s post-fight breakfast (two large steaks and 12 eggs, in case you are wondering) and immediately thought about recreating it at home; who saw Lady Gaga’s meat dress and wondered if she could be persuaded to step under a hot light in order to crisp up a bit. But guess what? I like veggies too. I just couldn’t eat a whole one. It can be hard to take all the dandification seriously sometimes, but the vegetarians of Manchester deserve a fancy-pants place with a bit of foam and nonsense too. Seriously though, a fine piece of meat practically cooks itself (or not if you like it still mooing), but vegetables take a lot of love and skill to bring out their best. So I was quite excited to review Bistro 1847, which promises ‘modern, innovative vegetarian food’. When it originally opened back in 2011 there was a bit of a buzz about Bistro 1847 - this website gave it an excellent review, among others - but as time passed there were reports of lacklustre food and, horrors, small portions. I visited a while ago and had the popular beer-battered halloumi. I found it greasy and sad - a fish and chips wannabe. Since then ownership has changed and the menu has been revamped. Clearly under the inspiration of Simon Rogan et al, the dining room has gone all Scandified (out with wooden tables and in with white plastic, pale greys and yep, turn the cutlery over and it’s from Ikea) – to its detriment in my opinion, being a bit hard and cold. The food, on the other hand, looks much better. Rogan style, it has more tendrils and pearls and artfully scattered petals than a Pre-Raphaelite stunner. It might be bordering on food porn cliché but by gum it looks ravishing. I arrived at Bistro 1847 to find my wine consultant already deep in discussion with the waitress over which bottle to order. We decided to go with the tasting menu (£20/head) and a Walnut Block sauvignon blanc (£27.50, bottle) to start, while the ever-obliging waitress offered us samplers of some other wines to make sure we got what we wanted. An excellent touch. The service was very attentive but I should also note that the place was practically empty. Carrot, farmhouse curds, pearl barley, wilted cavolo nero and carrot top oilCarrot, farmhouse curds, pearl barley, wilted cavolo nero and carrot top oil Wine sampled it was now down to the food. First up was an intensely smoky, garlicky baba ghanoush, served on a deliciously earthy spelt and rye crispbread and studded with zingy pomegranate seeds (main image, top). The sauvignon, once it warmed up a little, had more than enough fruit to deal with this flavour assault. Next, the cursed beer-battered halloumi made a reappearance, clearly too much of a regulars’ favourite to die a noble death. And lucky for me that it hadn’t as instead of faux fish-supper chunky chips, it came with ‘seashore herbs and plants’, a mushy pea emulsion, smoked lemon curd and gin-pickled shallots, with each element of the accompaniments, variously smoky, sharp and fresh, cutting through the beautifully light batter but hearteningly calorific deep-fried cheese. A high point of the menu. Then we turned to heritage carrot, farmhouse curds, pearl barley, wilted cavolo nero, and carrot top oil. We tried the recommended Rioja with it but in the end opted for a bolder, spicier Shiraz (£3.95, 125ml) which was fortuitous, as this dish had plenty of heat but oddly not much flavour. The Shiraz brought a little bit of pepper to the mix and stood up to the heat well. A chocolate, lime and seasalt brownie with coconut cream rounded out the menu. The consultant thought it was too salty but the texture fine, whereas I thought the salt levels were acceptable but that a brownie should be much less cake-like and more fudgey (I was right of course. Stick with what you know, wine lady). The final course was coffee with petit-fours, again chocolate which was a misstep. In a tasting menu you want each mini-course to be completely distinct from the previous one in order to stimulate the tastebuds as much as possible. Following chocolate with chocolate (especially as petit-fours only dubiously count as a course in my book) in only five courses missed an opportunity to showcase a wide range of flavours. My other criticism is that the portion sizes are indeed on the small side, even for a tasting menu. It can be hard to take all the dandification seriously sometimes, but the vegetarians of Manchester deserve a fancy-pants place with a bit of foam and nonsense too. Yes there is Greens but I think we can manage to support a city-centre place. So while the tasting menu ended with a whimper rather than a bang, I applaud the ambition and effort at Bistro 1847. It just wasn’t quite enough to tempt me away from the pleasures of the flesh.
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Visited On Saturday, 18 November 2017

Food was delicious, couldn't fault that or the service. Couple of reasons I gave 3/5 stars for recommending 1847, firstly we were told 3 times you had ran out of dishes/ingredients that we tried to order which I know can't always be helped, it was a Saturday but we booked for half 6 so not too late on and the restaurant wasn't overly packed out, also as not every option is vegan this limited us even more. Following on from that, it would be nice to see more vegan options, the gnocci sounded excellent but wasn't vegan :( also some of the menu sounded a bit confusing, as if you weren't really sure what to expect or what it was you were going to get!! But as I said the food we did have was absolutely faultless, nice one 1847 will definitely be back!

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Visited On Saturday, 18 November 2017

Very enjoyable meal, however little disappointing to run out of one of the vegan mains by 8pm on a Saturday. Service was friendly but there was some confusion with our order meaning the wrong main came out. Overall experience was good and we will return.

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Visited On Friday, 17 November 2017

Thanks for looking after us.

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Visited On Thursday, 16 November 2017

I am so pleased 1874 reopened in Manchester 😊

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Lovely food and I am not a vegetarian - attentive service.

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Visited On Thursday, 16 November 2017

The food was perfect. Service great. Love the simple calm decor. Will definitely be back

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Visited On Thursday, 16 November 2017

Love the new venue. As always the food was excellent. Service was friendly and efficient. If there was one improvement a fork and a spoon to eat dessert would be great !

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Visited On Saturday, 11 November 2017

Only fly in the ointment was a lack of coffee. You should at least have a filter coffee back-up. We'd come back as I really liked the vibe otherwise. Thanks!

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Visited On Saturday, 11 November 2017

Food was DELICIOUS, as were the cocktails and wine! Service was impeccable- friendly and attentive staff that seemed to be happy in their work! Great atmosphere and reasonably priced. Couldn’t fault it! Best meal, best night, I’ve had in a looooong time! THANK YOU so much!! I will definitely be recommending to everyone I know and will return as soon as possible.

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 November 2017

I wouldn't ordinarily choose a vege/vegan restaurant but I was dining with a Vegan. Room was reasonably informal, staff friendly. Food was very, very good. I'm a part time carnivore and was very impressed with the flavours. I'll be back

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 November 2017

Delicious food although the service was a little slow.

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Visited On Saturday, 04 November 2017

The new premises are nice and spacious but it's a pity there's no view out - it's a bit cave-like, especially since it was empty when we first arrived at lunchtime (though more tables were gradually occupied).

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Visited On Tuesday, 07 November 2017

fantastic food, relaxed atmosphere, polite and efficient staff, added an unexpected highlight to our visit to Manchester

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Visited On Sunday, 05 November 2017

The piped music was a little distracting - but I did not ask to have it turned down. The service was excellent as was the food. I have already been back for a 3-course lunch. Thank you.

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Visited On Saturday, 04 November 2017

It was our first time at 1847 and not normally a vegetarian diner, but the food was very good, actually superb, starter,main and dessert all of equal quality..Cocktails first class...All in all a very good eating experience... Thank You

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Visited On Saturday, 04 November 2017

Only minor critique I have is that we ordered a bottle of red wine and it was served very cold. But aside from that everything was perfect as usual!

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Visited On Friday, 03 November 2017

Lovely food and great service, thank you!

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Visited On Tuesday, 31 October 2017

I had a lovely birthday meal with my husband. Every course was beautiful to look at and delicious to eat. I really enjoyed the flavours of Japan in my tofu starter and my nashi pear dessert. The chestnut purée in my main of root vegetable gratin was the star of the dish. My husband had the duck egg to start, the cauliflower trio, and finished with the pressed apple with cobnuts, all of which were also delicious (I had a taste!) Our server Becki was friendly and just attentive enough, allowing us to enjoy our meal at a leisurely pace. The new restaurant is much cosier than the old one, and the decor is bright and stylish. We didn't leave room for a cocktail, but we'll be back again soon!

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Visited On Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Great food. ? Separate lunch deal would be a good idea

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Visited On Thursday, 26 October 2017

Lunch time £10 offer sounded good, but the main course was very small so I ended up ordering a second one. Beautiful decor, tasty food but it wasn't easy to attract the attention of the staff.

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Visited On Saturday, 28 October 2017

The food is amazing, always is. The new place is less formal than the old one, it has a different kind of vibe to it. It’s nice and I understand the reason for the change but it’s a shame too as it was the only more formal vegetarian place for special occasions and stuff. But like I said I understand why they’ve made the change and the food is still amazing.

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Visited On Friday, 27 October 2017

The portions were a bit small but tasty and the cocktails were very good and very tasty. Overall good atmosphere!

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Visited On Thursday, 26 October 2017

This was our first time visiting since the relocation and we were delighted to find the food and service even better than before. The vegan options were wonderful, especially the starters, and our waiter (Jack) was great. I would recommend highly, and we are already planning our next visit.

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Visited On Saturday, 21 October 2017

The lights in the middle of the room need dimming to create a more relaxed atmosphere.

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Visited On Thursday, 19 October 2017

The food was delicious!

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