I've been eating out a lot lately because friends have been moving on, and we're all travelling in different directions; instead of meeting up for a meal at somewhere we've been before, my friends and I decided we'd push the boat and, and try Manchester House for dinner.
Oh it is fine. For the Aiden Byrne experience without the fuss of fine dining, the new daytime menu served in the 12th floor lounge is short, sweet and surprisingly simple. From our luxury vantage point overlooking the city we started with a plate of four mini salads, including seared tuna niçoise and teriyaki beef, and a simple poached salmon and hollandaise sauce sandwich with duck fat chips. They were just enough to whet our appetite.
Naturally I ordered the fish for a main - I always order fish in fine venues - which was charred monkfish tail, Jabugo ham and warm salt cod mousse (£25.00). It was as good as it sounds, and the atmosphere was perfect: relaxed, but with enough chatter for ambience.
My friends enjoyed their meals too, but they mostly exclaimed at how good their cocktails were.
With expansive views and contemporary, design-led interiors, it's the perfect place to linger a little too long over lunch.