The Bull & Bear Manchester, 4 Norfolk St,, Manchester, M2 1DW – Visit Now
Headed up by arguably Britain’s top chef, Tom Kerridge, The Bull & Bear Manchester is the in-house restaurant at The Stock Exchange Hotel, the eagerly-awaited development from Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, and other famous faces.
It’s a remarkable space, one of Manchester’s most elegant dining rooms
The Grade II listed building is located in the heart of Manchester, and a striking example of Edwardian architecture from the 20th Century, transformed into a hotel offering 40 high-end rooms, including a jaw-dropping 3,500 square foot penthouse suite.
Luring Kerridge to Manchester is something of a coup, and it was a delight to be invited along for a preview of the food on offer in a vast dining area, under the stunning domed ceiling, which for decades was the trading floor of the Stock Exchange.
Luring Kerridge to Manchester is something of a coup
It’s a remarkable space, certainly one of Manchester’s most elegant dining rooms, although the addition of half a dozen or so TV screens (tonight showing darts, snooker and old Man United games) caused a lot of raised-eyebrow discussion amongst the great, good and miscellaneous of Manchester’s dining scene. Apparently, these screens are designed to give an atmosphere of informality, perhaps to balance out the stately feel of the room itself, and indeed Kerridge’s other restaurants are known to have them too.
The menu consists of a range of refined British dishes, touched with no small amount of Kerridge magic. Expect pies, locally-sourced seafood (the mussels arrive in a cylinder of light foam, buttery and bubbly and undeniably delicious), game, and much more. Each dish causes gasps of shock and delight – it’s more about flavour than aesthetics, but each option does tend to dazzle the eye, before exciting the palate.
Apparently, it’s a menu influenced by Tom’s pub in Marlow, The Coach. The menu is divided into stages, ‘Hot’, ‘Cold’, ‘Hot “Slightly Bigger”’ dishes and ‘Sweet’, with the well-taught, endlessly-charming waiting staff more than keen to recommend their favourite plates.
The Bull & Bear is Tom’s first restaurant in the North of England, and judging by the food on offer tonight, we’re incredibly lucky to have him. Whether you’re a red or a blue, the United Illuminati have done well with this one.