Beyond the bustling chatter of Manchester’s many restaurants are lots of secluded private rooms offering a much more intimate dining experience to anyone prepared to seek them out.
With special menus, the option to choose your own playlist, and dedicated servers to wait on you hand and foot, they are the perfect choice for family parties and those special celebrations.
From sky-high towers to some of the oldest buildings in Manchester, we’ve carefully sourced a selection of some of these unique and beautiful spaces just for you.
And with food options ranging from British traditional to fine-dining Thai and dirty American feasts, no one need go hungry either.
Boasting unrivalled views from its vantage point at the top of No.1 Spinningfields, 20 Stories’ private room seats 16 guests. Available for lunch or dinner, dine from one of the kitchens’ set menus or enjoy a selection of canapes. Or go for the ‘bowl food’ menu, with comforting options like glazed honey mustard sausage, mash and onion gravy or slow-cooked beef fillet with truffle mash and Madeira jus.
The Dalton room at The Ivy
With its white Carrara and grey Fior de Pesco marble tiled flooring, bold floral and palm print upholstery and hanging gilt leaf pendants, The Ivy’s Dalton Room is certainly striking. Seating 18 guests on one long table or 20 across two rounds of 10, it is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as drinks and canapé receptions for up to 35 guests. Dine from a set menu from the Brasserie.
Offering an intimate space for memorable dinners with friends, family or colleagues, the Hawksmoor’s private dining room can seat groups of 10-14 at its long oval dining table. There are three specially designed sharing menus to choose from, offering you a chance to sample a range of Hawksmoor classic dishes. Cocktail receptions are available on arrival, too.
The Wharf Pub
This stunning purpose-built Castlefield pub will make you feel like you’re in the countryside. With various gorgeous private rooms for up to 60 diners or 150 guests, and a wonderful terrace overlooking the canals, you really can’t go wrong. They also do one of the most popular Sunday lunches in town.
If you’re looking for somewhere a tad gothic with a big slice of Manchester history, Chetham’s is a grand choice. Some parts of the music school are nearly 600 years old and there’s a range of contemporary and medieval spaces on offer for private hire. With gothic windows and 17th-century doors, this iconic Manchester location provides a dreamy backdrop to any special occasion.
Albert Square Memorial Hall
The Albert Square Memorial Hall has a significant and romantic history. Widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Venetian Gothic architecture in Manchester, it was built by noted Victorian architect Thomas Worthington, who was also responsible for the Albert Memorial in Albert Square housing Matthew Noble’s statue of Prince Albert built in 1867. It’s very popular for weddings but can cater to other private dining requirements too. And if you like traditional British food, the catering is top notch.
Home Sweet Home at the Great Northern
Head to the top of the stairs in Home Sweet Home in the Great Northern and, hidden behind a fridge door, is a quirky private room with space for up to 15 guests. Even better, the set menu barely feels like such with choices like mac balls, BBQ wings, or HSH’s classic Out’n’Out burger and fries.
James Martin MCR
Seating up to ten, the private dining area in the industrial-styled James Martin MCR offering sits somewhere between special occasion and chef’s table (not that chef’s table isn’t a special occasion). Expect high-backed leather armchairs and low mood lighting in keeping with the industrial chic aesthetic.
With a multitude of stunning rooms to choose from, Thai favourite Chaophraya is always popular for private dining bookings. Upstairs, chairs upholstered in white gold fabric set a regal tone for a special occasion or important meeting. Downstairs, traditional sunken seating is the order of the day offering an authentic Thai dining experience from Chaophraya’s set menu.
Alston Bar and Beef
If you love beef and gin, you can’t go wrong at Alston Bar & Beef. Their Tweed Valley beef comes from accredited farms in the Scottish Borders renowned for producing quality beef that’s full of flavour & tenderness. Selected from the top 1% of the Scottish suckler herd, beef are guaranteed to leave here happy. Seating between 8-14, the private room is seated at the back of the restaurant.
For unintimidating, high-end dining you won’t forget, head to Masterchef winner Simon Wood’s First Street restaurant. With fresh and seasonal produce in every dish, Wood is one of our top foodie picks. Private dining on the mezzanine seats 8-20 guests, with the added option to choose your own music – and even set the thermostat to your ideal temperature.
Decorated in Gaucho’s signature black and white cowhide with glittering chandeliers, this private room is anything but understated in terms of design. But if you want to enjoy butter knife-soft Argentine steak and sip on some of the finest Malbec Manchester has to offer, it’s a no brainer.
Banyan at the Corn Exchange
Tucked away at the bottom of Banyan in the Corn Exchange are two stunning private rooms with seating for up to 20 guests and standing room for as many as 60. Both have AV capabilities for presentations and The Root even has a bar that can be slotted into the table for cocktail tastings and masterclasses. Menus start from £16.95 per person.
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