The Violet Hour in West Didsbury has long been known for its bespoke signature cocktails whilst its food offering has taken more of a back seat.
“…trying to offer something
a little different…”
With a new kitchen upstairs and having enlisted the talents of Sam Hannaford, formerly of the Post Box in Chorlton, owner Dan Pollard is looking to offer West Didsbury residents something a little different…
“By moving the kitchen upstairs we now have twice the space to work in and it’s really allowing us to put more of a focus on our food” said Dan.
“There are already plenty of options for dinner on Burton Road but we’re trying to offer something a little different, something a little more relaxed and informal but without compromising on the quality we’ve become known for with our cocktails.”
As well as informal dining until 9pm Tuesday through Sunday, The Violet Hour now also offer brunch at the weekends. The menu has all the favorites but if you’re looking for a change from the norm we’re told the Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict (£6.80) and the Violet Veggie Breakfast (£7.00) are the ones to go for.
On the evening we went we had to start with a couple of the cocktails, The Importance of Being Earnest (£7.50) and Root to Gin (£7.00). Both are served on elegant little trays and each come with their own accompaniment, grapefruit zested popcorn and beetroot crisps respectively. Two more please bar man!
We started our food with a couple of their small plates, the King Prawns (£4.00) and the Sweetcorn Fritters (£4.00). The prawns were delicious dipped in the accompanying chilli and lemon butter.
The menu features a good selection of burgers and we opted for the Moroccan lamb burger (£9.50) on the recommendation of Dani who had had one for her lunch. It was soft, juicy, melt-in-your-mouth and we would highly recommend. Having toyed with the idea of the Venison burger we ended up trying the Chilli & Cheese Burrito (£8.00) as our other main. The chilli was flavoursome and not too spicy. Both, like all the burgers and wraps, were served with fries and the Violet Hour’s own creamy coleslaw.
With its classy yet cosy feel we feel its hit Dan’s brief of wanting to offer something a little more relaxed and with nothing over a tenner, the new menu also offers good value on an often over priced street. We’ll be back for brunch.
Location & Contact
236 Burton Rd, Manchester M20 2LW
0161 434 9521