Manchester is renowned for its skyline, with iconic buildings, beautiful architecture and bright lights. Overlooking the stunning Salford Quays waterside in the bright lights of Media City, sits the stylish Pier Eight Restaurant within the Lowry Theatre. If you’re looking for a Manchester restaurant with a view then this is your place. Recently launching their new menu, Pier Eight got in touch asking if I would like to try their new menu and of course I was more than happy to oblige (as was my boyfriend, Tom).
Easily accessible from the city centre and surrounding areas by tram, the restaurant has a real advantageous location. If you get in just before sunset you get the best of both worlds, witnessing ‘golden hour’ and then enjoying the twinkle of lights increase as it gets darker over the water. The food is just as stunning as the location. Serving fresh, British flavours and seasonal ingredients, it is the perfect setting for a relaxed lunch, pre-theatre meal or that special occasion. The menu focuses on simple dishes and flavour pairings, using ingredients and produce that shine in their own right, utilising quality food suppliers on our doorstep across Lancashire and Cheshire.
We dined from the main menu, but you can also opt for the pre-theatre menu for an incredibly reasonable set price. To start, Tom enjoyed a succulent pan-fried scallop with pork belly & crackling, celeriac purée, smoked bacon and a red wine sauce. I don’t eat meat (just fish) and can confirm the scallop was deliciously cooked to perfection – also it was huge! I had confit salmon with sweet potato and lentil salsa, a sea salt crisp and citrus yoghurt. It was a flavour explosion in my mouth and such a fresh, vibrant dish, perfect for warmer spring days. We paired a glass of crisp and fruity sauvignon blanc with our starters as we both had fish dishes, it was the perfect accompaniment.
Now onto the headliner, the main course. Tom had braised beef blade with pappardelle pasta, creamed braising sauce, a parmesan puff, air dried tomatoes and sage crisps. It smelled divine and he said it simply melted in the mouth. He ordered some chunky, hand cut chips on the side (he’s a growing man…) but I managed to sneak one and boy were they good. I enjoyed the pan-fried cod with steamed mussels, a chive potato cake and kale in a cream sauce. I could probably have enjoyed a bowl of the sauce alone, it was so incredibly tasty, but the fact that this dish came with mussels (which I love) and the delicious cod, just made this dish all the more heavenly. During the main course I carried on with the sauvignon whilst Tom paired his meat dish with a deeper rioja.
After two superb and very filling courses it was onto dessert. Now, when there is a sticky toffee pudding AND a cheeseboard option on the menu, it’s a crime not to have both, so we were law abiding citizens and did just that. First was the sticky toffee pudding, warm, rich, perfectly sweet with butterscotch sauce and balanced with salted pecan nuts, it certainly didn’t last long on the table. Following the sugar rush was the final course, the decadent cheese board, with British farm house cheeses, homemade rosemary wafers, oat biscuits and chutney. We were treated to a soft blue, creamy cheddar and a smoked cheese, although were informed these change seasonally. All delicious and the perfect way to end an indulgent meal.
If you want a view whilst you’re eating out and enjoy classically inspired, British dining, then Pier Eight is the place to go. It’s far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the city but still has a very vibrant setting and atmosphere and the staff are fantastically welcoming and knowledgable about the whole menu. A romantic setting and wonderful ambience, make for the most perfect restaurant experience at Pier Eight.
Check out what’s on at The Lowry here and book your Pier Eight Meal here, why not give them a follow on Twitter here too.
A huge thank you goes to the team at Pier Eight for their amazing hospitality.
Featured image from the Restaurants of Manchester, all other images taken by me.