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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
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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 Monday, 05 February 2018

Wonderful food.

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Visited On Saturday, 03 February 2018

Lovely food and really friendly staff

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Visited On Saturday, 03 February 2018

My husband and I came for our 10 year anniversary. The food was gorgeous and the drinks were good however we felt like it was a 'missed opportunity' in terms of the service and ambience. The food is creative and it was an experience...it really celebrates vegetarian food. Unfortunately the service was mediocre and an afterthought. We were not acknowledged when we entered the restaurant and we had to ask for a cocktail menu while waiting in the bar area. We were seated 30mins later than our booking too. The staff did give us a free proscecco for our special occasion which was appreciated but the general approach was lack lustre. The menu felt like it could have been explained to us better. With such creative and unique food the waiting staff should be passionate about what they serve and briefly describe the 'ethos' of the menu/what to expect. The atmosphere felt crammed and the lighting was a bit bright at times. Not quite the mood we were looking for for a special occasion. Its a shame because with that menu it could be so much more!

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Visited On Saturday, 03 February 2018

One of the best vegan dinners I had while eating out! :)

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Visited On Friday, 02 February 2018

Amazing food and great staff!

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Visited On Wednesday, 31 January 2018

We regularly come to the restaurant for dinner and Would safely say it is our favourite in central manchester. Unfortunately last week we ended up waiting 50 minutes for starters which were smaller than usual and tasted completely differently to how they usually do. It was so disappointing to be waiting for such a long time and looking forward to dinner that we ended up cancelling our mains and left early. The standard was well below the usual levels we have come to expect it was upsetting to have paid 38 pounds for a few drinks and half a starter each.

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Visited On Sunday, 28 January 2018

I took my partner & son to 1847 as a family treat - having eaten at the restaurant when it was in the old location. They were bowled over & we all loved it - so much so that we are planning a return trip. Wonderful food, friendly service & lovely new place.

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Visited On Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Delicious, beautifully presented, imaginative vegetarian food - always a delight! Great to visit your new premises. We will be back!

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Visited On Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Great meal, had to wait 30 minutes to be seated even though I we had booked weeks in advance.

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Visited On Monday, 29 January 2018

The food is amazing . We’ve loved every meal at 1847 . Can’t wait to visit again . Thank you

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Visited On Monday, 29 January 2018

An amazing place; fantastic food

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Visited On Monday, 29 January 2018

excellent food and welcoming atmosphere. will call again

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Visited On Sunday, 28 January 2018

We had a lovely meal and the staff were very helpful as we were a bit short of time, being on a parking meter! We even managed desert, which was delicious.

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Visited On Sunday, 28 January 2018

Great meal, lovely staff, we really enjoyed our time with you - thank you

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Visited On Saturday, 27 January 2018

Amazing food so would recommend in this respect. Disappointing service- not very attentive or aware of customer needs. Underwhelming decor which seemed odd given high quality of food and menu.

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Visited On Friday, 26 January 2018

50% off January offer meant the value is rated particularly high, but in general not overpriced for top quality food. Cocktails are delicious too though perhaps a bit more pricey.

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Visited On Friday, 26 January 2018

Good to see more vegan options on the menu. The baked celeriac dish was tasty but too much parsnip sauce made it a bit soup like for me.

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Visited On Friday, 26 January 2018

We had a great time at 1847. The venue is great, the food was amazing and the service was really efficient. I would recommend to everyone.

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Visited On Friday, 26 January 2018

Our party had a nice evening at 1847 and the team there were very nice but there were some issues which did affect our experience, so please accept this is constructive criticism. There were three mistakes made: - our cocktails were forgotten and, despite this being acknowledged, they still didn't come until one of the party asked about it so we waited for 20 minutes for our arrival drinks - some of the food we ordered didn't come so we had to ask the server to make sure it wouldn't be included on the bill (it wasn't) - when the bill arrived, it was wrong, containing a larger discount than we were expecting as we hadn't booked the 50% off offer. We actually pointed this out but got the offer anyway instead the free cocktail one we'd booked. So whilst we benefitted financially it did seem that the server didn't know how to process the different offers that must have been available which must be a management issue Next, the food is trying to be restaurant standard whilst the venue looks and is lit like a cafe. That central light strip is way too bright so there's no warmth to the atmosphere. The walls are too light and the cold marble tables have a cafe feel, so the menu is aiming for a sophistication which isn't matched by the setting. Yes it's subjective but it just doesn't look good. The food is very nice but a veggie restaurant has to provide exceptional food to get non - veggies back. It isn't exceptional and most vegetarian choices in non-vegetarian restaurants are as good if not better. Of our party only 1 is vegetarian. Sorry if this all sounds negative - as I say we had a nice evening (and the wine was lovely) but if you want honest feedback, that's what we thought, and I'd much rather provide it directly than moan on Trip Advisor. Thank you.

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Visited On Friday, 26 January 2018

This was out first visit to 1847 and we were not disappointed. Very friendly, welcoming staff. Relaxed informal style, but efficient without being fussy. Food excellent and interesting. Good presentation. I'm not a vegetarian, but will happily return. 1847 takes vegetarian food to a new level.

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Visited On Friday, 26 January 2018

Interesting food, deconstructed! Tasty dishes and friendly staff. A good evening.

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Visited On Friday, 26 January 2018

Excellent food and great atmosphere

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Visited On Friday, 26 January 2018

Really slow service, food came out of order and too noisy to have a proper conversation

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Visited On Friday, 26 January 2018

Fantastic tasting Food & food presentation/Great selection of food Friendly and Efficient Customer service Would definitely go again !

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Visited On Wednesday, 24 January 2018

The best vegetarian food I've ever tasted!

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