A little bit of France tucked away in the Northern Quarter Manchester
The name serves as a hint to what's inside - though Montpellier's is not a Parisian pastiche, but rather a subtle nod to the je ne sais quoi of rustic France. The decor is stripped back and stylish, with pine floors, exposed brickwork, a stunning solid wood bar and red wood tables with plenty of nooks and crannies for intimate date nights or drinks with friends.
There is also a cosy basement with space for live events and a screen for live football, while the upstairs floor bar is light and airy, with plenty of windows and seating in comfortable booths.Montpellier's is tucked down a little back street in the Northern Quarter and is certainly worth the effort.The bar faces you on arrival and it took me a while to choose a drink as the choice is extensive.
They have a good selection of high quality wines.The weekend trade can get very busy and can put pressure on the bar,but with patience you are always looked after as soon as they can get to you.
Montpelliers is also renowned for its cocktails and has an extensive list, as well as specials that you wont find elsewhere.We plumbed for The Jacque Tati, a Gin, Chambord and Pineapple delight.A second followed soon after.
I decided to try the food as i hadnt previously done so..
With friendly staff there are smiles all round as you take your table to eat. The food is delicious and I mean really delicious.
I started with a platter of meats, pate, olives and vegetables which was both good value and of excellent quality.
After a short break,i then had a cassoulet which was one of the best cooked dishes I've had in a while. This was followed by a dark chocolate and orange tarte. Also delicious, with a satisfying dollop of both ice cream and a sorbet which tasted like sherbet and fruit salad chews (in a really good way) and which complimented the tart really well. The chef's got skills. I had all this with a glass of tasty French blonde beer which I hadn't had before. The price for all this was reasonable. Not cheap as chips, but in my mind not overpriced.
As part of the burgeoning Northern Quarter,Montpelliers is perfectly placed for a tour of the 'Quarter' or indeed further afield.
Just off both Piccadilly and the Arndale (ideal for post shopping)it is a short walk from Shudehill or Victoria and is also close to Market St,another retail haven.
Always recommended when visiting the city centre and with 25% 0ff the food bill, with your #canalstcard, you really cant lose.
Reviewed by Canal-st.co.uk on .
story published on Tue, 14 Jul 2015
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