Albert’s Schloss, 27 Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5QR – Visit Now
The Albert Hall, Manchester’s most iconic music venue, finally gets a bar and restaurant it deserves.
Manchester’s Peter Street is officially spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out. From the excellent Italian small plates at San Carlo Fumo, to all three options at The Midland (fine dining restaurant The French, the lower key Mr Cooper’s House and Garden and the hotel’s own rather wonderful afternoon tea), the new Great Northern Warehouse branch of Home Sweet Home and the slightly over-priced Sakana at the top, the pickings are rich.
The newest addition, however, is Albert’s Schloss, a self-confessed ‘bohemian pleasure palace’ taking over the ground floor of established music venue the Albert Hall. Co-founded by the team at Trof NQ, the Deaf Institute, Gorilla and the more, the ornate building is a former Wesleyan Chapel built over a century ago.
There are plenty of surprises dotted about including a black and white photo booth
A mixture of tiled floors, long wooden benches, and roaring fires, the downstairs of this Grade II listed venue has been split into two areas – one part dining area, one part Bavarian bier hall. Sitting between the two is a huge illuminated bar topped by four 900 pint copper barrels and serving heritage brews (there are over ten to choose from) in typically Bavarian steins, along with your usual mix of cocktails, wines and spirits. There’s even a ‘push for Prosecco’ button on every table.
Even on a Monday evening, when we visited, the place is packed, with a DJ playing from a raised deck during the later hours. It’s not just a boozer though. The menu boasts warming classics such as Bratwurst, chicken schnitzel and a tasty beer and onion soup, as well as some less traditional dishes. Prices are reasonable with sides averaging at £4 and mains about £10. Make sure you check out the bakery, a seemingly endless pile of pretzels, cinnamon rolls, sourdough loafs and other home baked treats stacked up on the bar.
There are plenty of surprises dotted about including a black and white photo booth tucked away at the foot of the stairs (posers can leave their snaps as a memento on a giant pin board) and an old fashioned noise excluding phone point, where you can make that call to Mum in piece. Keep an eye out for a packed events diary, including regular DJ sessions from the likes of Clint Boon.