First Floor Restaurant at HOME

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor
HOME Manchester
Paul Karalius

First Street has been quite the success in the years since its conception, with HOME both the flagship venue and central point. This £25m building consists of two theatres, five cinema screens, a large gallery, bar, cafe bar and bookshop – in other words, everything the modern self-respecting culture vulture could wish for.

Even hardened carnivores and pescatarians should dive into the veggie and vegan dishes

We’re here to review the first-floor restaurant – as a dyed-in-the-wool fan of its previous incarnation, The Cornerhouse (formerly based a hop, skip and jump around the corner, next to Oxford Road Station), I’m expecting good things. It’s certainly a grander space than The Cornerhouse, though it’s hard to top those floor-to-ceiling windows that looked out onto Oxford Road.

North African Buddha Bowl

The menu is nicely varied, with a large pizza section and an impressive but not unexpected array of vegetarian and vegan dishes. And it’s these that turn out to be the better options. The frickles (deep-fried pickles for those not up on their contemporary snack vernacular) are wholly vegan, but you wouldn’t know it. The batter is light as air, with a pleasing crunch, and my dining partner and I squabble over who gets to snap up the thickest ones. The accompanying mayonnaise is also vegan and has a smooth, creamy consistency, with a tart vinegary edge that pairs magically with the upgraded cucumber circles.

Frickles

For mains, the spiced butternut squash and spinach lasagne is a decent, if a little heavy, selection. A deep pot, full of thick but soft chunks of squash, multiple layers of thin sheets of pasta, and topped with lots and lots (and lots) of piping hot taleggio and mozzarella cheese, grilled to give a nice crackable top layer. The garlic bread is thick and sturdy, good for mopping up the sauce. It’s certainly not for dieters, mind.

Spiced squash and spinach lasagne

But the North African Buddha Bowl is the standout dish – both in looks and flavour. This is a hearty bowl of vegan goodness, packed with multi-coloured veg, grains and leaves. Our waiter is a little on the aloof side, which we can only put down to one too many Herzog films, but after some prodding does reveal that this is one of the most popular items on the menu. It’s a smart combination of spiced chickpeas, courgette, yellow pepper, garlic roasted broccoli, spinach, kale and pomegranate seeds, all positioned around a pot of citrus-infused herb dressing. It’s pretty as a picture and almost a shame to disturb, but proves far and away the best meal of the evening – all bold flavours, varied textures and fresh ingredients.

There are a number of meat and seafood dishes on the menu, but even hardened carnivores and pescatarians should dive into the veggie and vegan dishes. Much like The Cornerhouse in its day, this is what the HOME restaurant truly excels at.

2 Tony Wilson PlaceManchesterM15 4FN View map
Telephone: 0161 200 1500 Visit Now

Accessibility

Our Box Office and Bookshop are fully accessible and are situated in the foyer. The cinema screens are situated on the top floor and are fully accessible via the lift, with wheelchair access in every screen. The café and bar areas on each floor of the building are fully accessible. The gallery is on the ground floor and is fully accessible. Accessible toilets are available on each floor. Wheelchair spaces are available in the middle and rear stalls of Theatre 1 and can be booked via the website or through the box office on 0161 200 1500. HOME offer audio described, captioned, BSL and relaxed perofmances

Children and Families

Our cafe bar team are able to provide high chairs and hot water for bottles on request. Baby changing facilities are available.

Commercial and Hire Services

HOME offers a unique combination of high quality meeting spaces, exciting cultural experiences and a great atmosphere making it an inspiring location for a wide range of events. Five cinema spaces, two theatre spaces, 500m2 gallery space, a contemporary function room, outdoor terrace plus bespoke, seasonal and locally sourced catering facilities make HOME the creative choice for mid-size conferences, corporate events, receptions and parties. Convenient for Metrolink services and all major road, rail and air connections, HOME is next door to 4*, 208-bed hotel INNSIDE, new restaurants and café’s and a 700 space car park and within close walking distance of several of Manchester’s other top-rated hotels. To find out more about the spaces at HOME please contact Pat Raikes on 0161 212 3436 or email hires@homemcr.org

Services and Facilities

We’ve got three great spaces for food and drink. The ground floor bar includes an outdoor seating area for all those sunny Manchester days. The first floor restaurant offers a diverse menu including salads, pizzas and brunch options, as well as substantial mains. There’s a small bar area on the third floor where you can grab a drink before a film. -

Opening Hours

  • Monday10:00am - 11:00pm
  • Tuesday10:00am - 11:00pm
  • Wednesday10:00am - 11:00pm
  • Thursday10:00am - 11:00pm
  • Friday10:00am - 12:00am
  • Saturday10:00am - 12:00am
  • Sunday11:00am - 10:30pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

What's on near First Floor Restaurant at HOME

Where to go near First Floor Restaurant at HOME

HOME Manchester
Manchester
Theatre
HOME Manchester

Now back open with a packed schedule of events and things to do, HOME Manchester is one of the city’s leading hubs for arts and culture.

Manchester
Restaurant
Indian Tiffin Room, Manchester

Indian Tiffin Room is a restaurant specialising in Indian street food, with branches in Cheadle and Manchester. This is the information for the Manchester venue.

The Ritz Manchester live music venue
Manchester
Music venue
The Ritz

The Ritz was originally a dance hall, built in 1928, has hosted The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and The Smiths and is still going strong as a gig venue now.

Homeground
Manchester
Event venue
Homeground

Homeground is HOME’s brand new outdoor venue, providing an open-air space for theatre, food, film, music, comedy and more.

Manchester
Café or Coffee Shop
Burgess Cafe Bar
at IABF

Small but perfectly-formed café – which also serves as the in-house bookstore, stocking all manner of Burgess-related works, along with recordings of his music. It’s a welcoming space, with huge glass windows making for a bright, welcoming atmosphere.

Rain Bar pub in Manchester
City Centre
Bar or Pub
Rain Bar

This huge three-floor pub, formerly a Victorian warehouse, then an umbrella factory (hence the name), has one of the city centre’s largest beer gardens. The two-tier terrace overlooks the Rochdale canal and what used to be the back of the Hacienda, providing an unusual, historic view of the city.

Manchester
Bar or Pub
The Briton’s Protection

Standing on the corner of a junction opposite The Bridgewater Hall, The Briton’s Protection is Manchester’s oldest pub. It has occupied the same spot since 1795, going under the equally patriotic name The Ancient Britain.

Manchester District Guides

Culture Guides

Music in Manchester and the North

Fresh concert seasons, forward-thinking festivals and a revolving door of amazing gigs. Things are looking bright as spring comes into view.

Exhibitions in Manchester and the North

February is a month of love so art lovers in the North - rejoice! There is lots to choose from: two photography festivals, gorgeous crafts and shows celebrating local talent.