If like me you’ve been desperate for lunch at Mr Thomas’s Chophouse, but blanched at the prospect of squeezing your pushchair or indeed your children through its famously long and slim ever-bustling bar, you’ll be delighted to discover the owners have opened a child-friendly restaurant within the stunning Memorial Hall on Albert Square. The building has been fabulously restored and includes a downstairs à la carte restaurant, bar area, function rooms and a boutique hotel.
We decided to eat in the bar area, although staff assured us that children are very welcome in the restaurant. The children’s menu was simple, aimed at a variety of different ages, and well-priced. It included: soup £3; scrambled eggs on toast £2; mini corned beef hash; grilled haddock, mash and carrots; or chicken strips for £5.50. Sam chose a roast and had definitely made the correct choice – his Yorkshire pudding was almost the size of the plate! Adult starters ranged from goat’s cheese tart to duck terrine with main courses including Chophouse favourites such as steak & kidney pudding and homity pie. It’s a slightly different adults’ menu in the restaurant, but the prices were similar. All in, we had a lovely relaxed meal in an impressive setting.
Food Mon-Fri 12-3pm and 5-9.45pm,
Sat 12-9.45pm, Sun 12-8.30pm
The Albert Square Chophouse
Manchester M2 5PF
Tel: 0161 834 1866