Looking for a sizeable steak and revitalizing G&T around Manchester City Centre?
Read on to find out all about my latest restaurant visit to Alston Bar & Beef, an eatery located in the heart of Corn Exchange; a beautiful Edwardian building housing a variety of modern bars & restaurants within the vicinity.
Alston Bar & Beef recently hosted a blogger event earlier this month and so I just knew we’d be in for a treat of perfectly cooked meat and highly accommodating service at its best.
A key unique call out at Alston is the Beef; there’s a variety of 35 day dry-aged steaks sourced by John Gilmour, a third generation family butcher from the Scottish Borders.
Offering steak from one of the best meat sources in Manchester, Alston serves the top 1% of beef on the market.
Greeted with a selection of Gin & Tonics, I started the evening off with a sweet and refreshing Rhubarb G&T. With 60+ gins offered at Alston, this restaurant makes its own with 14 of their very own cold compound gin infusion, which are produced on site.
- Broad bean & Pea Arancini
- Chicken Kebabs
- Smoked Salmon Rillette on Rye Bread
Beginning the food courses with meat on a stick tends to be an all round winner – the chicken kebabs were personally my favourite, drizzled with a light sauce.
The smoked salmon rillette was equally as appetizing, with the toasted rye bread wedged in each corner to combat the centre piece spread of the dish.
The food was flowing, the bloggers were mingling, and the mains were cooking in the open oven below…
- Bone-in Ribeye
- Rump Steak
*All above dishes served with a selection of sides and sauces.
Now for the part I was looking forward to the most – THE STEAK!
Served in all kinds of meat cuts, the below Porterhouse steak had got to have been my number one. At this point, I’d moved on from a G&T to a red Merlot to nicely compliment the array of red meat pictured below.
There was no messing about with this meal – our star steak of the dish was accompanied with an assortment of roast baby potatoes, thick cut chips and battered onion rings.
Of course there were also sauces to drizzle over the steak – your classic diane, bearnaise and peppercorn sauces.
We also had lightly salted vegetables which gave the dish a more colourful and healthy balance; charred broccoli always being my first choice.
- Lemon Meringue Pie
- Chocolate and Cherry Swiss Roll
- Rhubarb Crumble
After a delicious light array of starters and pretty hefty main, we all ensured to save room for dessert.
Arriving as three main dishes for the group to share, we soon devoured a log of chocolate & cherry swiss roll cake, a sweet rhubarb crumble (I kept with my rhubarb theme from starting off the evening with a flavoured G&T) and ending the meal with a classic lemon meringue pie.
If the below doesn’t make you hungry, I don’t know what will… Simply delicious.
So make sure to stop by and treat yourself to one of Alston’s very own G&Ts and a selection of their steak you’ll be spoiled for choice from.
*Photo Credit to Lucas Smith Photography.
Sunday to Wednesday 12:00 to 12:30am
Thursday to Saturday 12pm to 2am.