Alston Bar & Beef Manchester Review
On Sunday 17th December I visited the Alston Bar and Beef restaurant which is accessed via the external Cathedral Street entrance of the Corn Exchange in Manchester. The building was recently re-developed into a dining destination with 17 food outlets. Alston opened its doors in October after undergoing an extensive transformation with interior design and architecture practice Jestico + Whiles.
We were seated in the main dining area with a great view of the mural, I drank a Raspberry Royal which is a gin and prosecco cocktail whilst my friend tried one of the signature cold-compound gins which have been created to accompany the steaks. She went for the Damson gin with fever tree tonic, served with its own unique garnish. The bar boasts a selection of 58 gins from around the world, including several local brands such as Manchester Three Rivers, Thomas Dakin and Manchester Gin.
The menu features eight different cuts of beef including a chateaubriand and 500g T-Bone, as well as classic fillet and sirloin cuts. Each cut has been selected from the top one per cent of Scottish beef and dry hung for 35 days for optimum flavour and cooked to perfection in a specialist Montague oven. I couldn't wait to try the Sunday roast and my friend opted for a classic fillet steak with peppercorn sauce and fries. The roast came with all the trimmings and the steak was that tender you could have cut it with a butter knife it was perfect.
This review was carried out for Luxuria Lifestyle magazine. www.luxurialifestyle.co.uk