Fyg Deli in the northern quarter relaunches as Wood, under new owners. So, on yet another rainy Saturday night in Manchester, we popped our little wet heads into the newly opened Wood Wine & Deli on Tib St.
“woodsy but with an eclectic, industrial feel…”
Greeted by a dashing young gentleman at the door, who soon became our saviour (I’ll come back to that), we were promptly shown to a lovely table amongst the buzzing sounds of the young, hip and professional clinking their wine glasses and chattering away.
We started with wine, obviously the house red – a lovely French merlot. We then moved on to the food accepting our server’s recommendation, A Taste of Spain. Well, that is exactly what it was! A really cool wooden board, (we LOVED the boards) piled high with Spanish meats and treats! Anchovies, olives, patatas bravas, chorizo, a fabulous spiced chickpea salad AND mini stuffed peppers which were pretty much one of the best things I’ve ever tasted.
We finished our board and decided it was probably a good idea to order another. This time we went with the Mixed Platter, they call the boards platters, I’m going to stick board. The Mixed ‘Board’ – a choice of two meats, two cheeses and two salads.
Being Med in Manchester, we went with the freshly hand carved parma ham and chorizo, Delice brie, the smokiest applewood cheddar, red cabbage coleslaw, and a new potato salad. There was a bountiful amount of hummus, tzatziki, plump Mediterranean olives and an ample portion of fresh Artisan bread (although you can never have too much bread).
Now, back to the dashing young gentleman. I mentioned it was raining. We were drenched head to toe. Obviously, we couldn’t strip down to our skivvies, so we scoured the room for a nice hot radiator to drape our coats on when our soon to be ‘saviour’ whipped our things away! 30 minutes later he returned with our jackets dry and warm. Turned out, he had arranged to have dried under the hand-drier at another bar around the corner!
When you walk in, you will understand the name. It’s woodsy but with an eclectic, industrial feel. It’s definitely an original design. Wood abounds, right down to the bar stools, hewn from solid tree trunks. The lighting, low but ambient, created a warm glow.
All in all we had a lovely evening.The management were present and attentive but not overbearing, and the staff were friendly and engaging. Definitely the perfect spot for a date night or drinks and snacks with the girls!
40 Tib Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 1LA
0161 478 7100