January’s a tough month. The fun-filled whirl of Christmas seems long gone, and the days seem colder and emptier without the full diary we’d got used to in December.
And, to top it all off, we’re feeling the pinch financially, too. It’s bills rather than Christmas cards landing on the doormat. The urge to hibernate is strong.
In short, we need a treat. A little pick-me-up that won’t break the bank.
Step forward 20 Stories.
Lunch at Manchester’s highest restaurant always feels special. Whether it’s a business meeting, a catch-up with friends or a solo outing, a good lunch has the enduring power to make us happy.
A comfortable dining space with a jaw-dropping view across the city is a bonus, as is slick service and attention to detail. But really, it’s all about great quality food that just makes everything seem better.
And when you get all that, and you can get two courses for under £20 – including a Tanqueray 10 aperitif to kick-start the tastebuds as well? Book us in.
While the a la carte menu at 20 Stories retains the signature heritage steaks, grills and homely classics the restaurant has become known for, the set lunch menu – which is also available early evening – keeps things nice and simple.
There’s a choice of three starters, three mains and three desserts. And the ever-changing menu depends on what’s in season.
Starters might include a rich game terrine with spiced date, or a warming Jerusalem artichoke soup. Alternatively, you could start with a luxurious salmon tartare served with crisp pickled radish and creamy avocado.
Main courses include a couple of lighter options, if you’re making a conscious effort to eat a bit more healthily after all the festive indulgence.
Fillet of sea bream with smoked cauliflower and a persillade of wild mushrooms, say, or a celeriac and black garlic risotto.
But if you need something heartier and more comforting to beat the January chill, there’s always braised beef short rib with a crunchy onion crumb, buttery creamed potatoes and salsa verde.
And for pudding, you can go for a selection of ice creams and sorbets, a creamy creme brûlée with the classic crisp top, or the hyper-local Lancashire cheese and Eccles cakes.
The lunch offer already includes a Tanqueray 10 aperitif, but there’s plenty of choice if you want to add on another drink or two. Wine-wise, if a bottle’s too much for lunchtime or you just fancy trying something new, there are several decent options by the glass.
There’s five sparkling wines including an English one, plus nine white options and eight reds, including some using the Coravin system if you want to go for something really high end but in a smaller, more affordable measure.
Forget the January blues. At 20 Stories you can start the new year in style.
The set lunch offer will run from 2nd January – 31st January from Monday to Friday and will be available to book 12pm until 3pm, and then 5.30pm until 6.30pm. Two courses £18.50 plus a Tanqueray 10 aperitif, three courses £23.50 plus a Tanqueray 10 aperitif. It’s available for groups of up to nine.
Please quote I Love MCR on booking.