20 Stories Restaurant

4.4
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307 reviews
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£41 and over
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British
20 Stories is an iconic restaurant in the heart of Spinningfields which sits at the forefront of the Manchester dining scene with Modern British menus. From lunch to post dinner drinks, to dinner with live music, a rooftop garden with trees scaling two storeys high and unparalleled views of Manchester, it embodies the electricity of an international restaurant against the backdrop of this dynamic city, complete with its own celebrated story. The contemporary and glamorous venue is at the hub of Manchester’s social scene and feature a modern-British menu. The venue boasts a stylish bar and alluring outdoor terrace that sits under a canopy of beautiful trees and dramatic lighting.

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Traditional Afternoon Tea

Consisting of a selection of sandwiches, signature cakes, desserts and topped off with homemade scones and pairing tea options, there is plenty for everyone to experience at the highest Afternoon Tea in Manchester.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 9 diners.
Includes Tax, excludes service.
Valid For: 1 - 9 people.
Availability: Mon-Sun 14.30 - 16.30.
£25pp.
Should you wish to upgrade your Afternoon Tea, you can do so upon booking the date with our team, subject to availability.

Valid For: 1 - 9 people

Starts: 20 January 2020

Ends: 20 July 2020

Availability: Sun-Thu 14:30-16:30

Sunday Lunch Set Menu: 3 courses for £29.50

...from a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 5 January 2020

Ends: 2 February 2020

Availability: Sun 12:00-15:00

2 Courses £18.50

Beat The January Blues with two courses and a Tanqueray TEN. aperitif for £18.50.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 9 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 9 people

Starts: 1 January 2020

Ends: 31 January 2020

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-15:00

3 courses £23.50

Beat The January Blues with three courses plus a Tanqueray Ten. aperitif for £23.50. With the option of two courses for £18.50 plus a Tanqueray Ten. aperitif.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 9 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 9 people

Starts: 1 January 2020

Ends: 31 January 2020

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-15:00

What 307 People Are Saying
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OT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Gorgeous restaurant with an amazing vibe and views, the menu choices are very limited which was the biggest disappointment, many dishes could only be shared if two people wanted the same dish limiting it even further. Service was attentive and fab, I would go back for drinks in a heartbeat but wouldn’t eat there again, I chose a dish out of necessity rather than really wanting that choice.

CB
Manchester
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A wonderful experience. We will be back. Thank you.

CB
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Guinea Fowl arrived partially cooked, red with blood. Had to wait to be replaced, companion had to eat their meal alone, as did I when the replacement arrived. Still charged service charge. The place has lost its edge, the Ivy is so much better

H
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Sunday lunch I have ever had! Perfect! My new favourite restaurant in Manchester!

NF
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Mixed bag really the ambiance was lovely and our waiter was really nice. I found the food slightly lacking my partner had scallops they were cold and the rest of the starter was hot and found it under seasoned also I had steak tartare for mine and found that under seasoned. He had lamb for the main the pie was lovely again found the meat under seasoned and had bones in my turbot was slightly over cooked and the potatoes some where hard and soft also my partner got chip for sides they weren't great I didn’t complain as where we was sat close to other diners and didn’t want to make a scene and our waiter was so nice. Also what I do want to complain about the dress code states smart I saw a guy in a rac work jacket and a lad in hoodie I thought I was meant to be high end so that brought it down abit. Also don’t get the house old fashioned just a sugary mix not nice and don’t order off menu asked for a bramble didn’t think there was any alcohol init just tasted like lemon juice.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The experience was OK overall.

We were greeted on the door by a lovely lady. The bar man that served us was also in good spirits and was friendly.

Only when being sat did it take a turn. Being vegetarian I had looked at the menu ahead of time on the website, and with only 2 options on the menu I had my heart set on one. I was given a different menu to the a la Carte menu shown on the website and the dish I had hoped for (risotto) no longer on there. Being vegetarian I had only one option left, which was disappointing. I asked if they could still do the risotto as I didn’t anticipate the change of menu, and was told no that it’s only on the set menu.

I thought I had been an idiot and looked at the wrong menu previously, I loaded up the menu again on the site and once more the risotto was still there.

I then awkwardly had to ask again if there was any chance given the misleading information they could make an exception, as to have your dinner chosen on your behalf on a special day is not ideal.

We were told the menu is “subject to change” (something not stated on the menu online), but that she would ask. Granted, they did make the risotto and it was lovely. My partner had the duck which he enjoyed. It was a shame that we had to get to the point of almost leaving to go somewhere with a wider menu choice before our request was rectified. Online menus should be kept up to date IMO.

Service was OK. We were asked if we were celebrating to which we told the server yes, but this seemed fruitless as there was no special attention made on the back of this fact. We anticipated maybe she was enquiring to bring a celebratory drink, alas, no. It then seemed clear it was only small talk as to make the request for a “5 start trip advisor review to get a £30 cash incentive” at the end a little easier.

Working in the industry, I found the asking of feedback for merely financial gain quite distasteful, and would have preferred to have not been aware of the fact.

M
Hampshire
6 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely restaurant, good food but overpriced compared to similar quality restaurants in Manchester.

CR
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

E
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food , great service and fantastic views over Manchester skyline

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Had to wait 45 minutes to order a drink. The food came and it was sub-par.

DB
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Couldn't be happier with the service, a really top job for such a busy restaurant. Great food, I found it a little more expensive than it should have been but overall my experience was fantastic.

OT
London
15 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good but overpriced. Service was v slow .

S
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Disappointed overall, steaks were amazing but all the sides were a bit of a let down. Won't be back and wouldny recommend.

PL
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The restaurant itself was amazing as were the people. Only criticism was the huge markup in wine.

NC
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Business lunch with a supplier. Food was excellent and service attentive without being onerous.

WC
Manchester
8 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was just average really, we had the Chateaubriand and it was just 'ok'. There was not much atmosphere as the restaurant was dead and it was the Thursday before Christmas - bit disappointing.

NB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent night everything was exceptional and my girlfsaid yes to my marriage proposal.

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak was the best I’ve tasted. Staff accommodating. Experience with view whilst you eat is one of a kind. Spectacular dinner settings. Will eat here again.

OT
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Brilliant food. Waiter was brilliant also but a random waiter decided to come to our table and remove a drink we’d been complimented with. We told him and he then slammed the drink on the table, ruined the meal with how rude and inapiroate it was. Apart from that it was good food

B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Was okay my steak was okay mrs venison was really good cocktails were okay as well definetly overhyped service was excellent though

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Service was good we had a small food complaint and the item was removed from the bill can’t ask for anything more

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

The customer service was very poor today

PO
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food amazing just like the service only problem was and you had a few tables complain and leave is that the coldness from the door being open wasn't pleasant but overall loved it and will be bsck again.

OT
Manchester
7 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, and friendly staff.
Would visit again but maybe just for drinks as food was expensive and very rich.

NO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top night aleats

EE
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, just the right level of service and speed. Great atmosphere and music. Food was fantastic, if a little pricey but worth it for a treat! Great menu choice. Waiters were very knowledgable about the food and wine.

BE
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall2food5service3ambience1

Meet & Greet staff could benefit from Training to bring them up to Standard of excellent Restaurant Staff.

On arrival the layout of Bar full of people in outdoor clothes does not sit well with prior instructions at time of booking to dress smart. Smart Diners could be welcomed by experienced meet & greet staff followed by a lounge area to have cocktails.
The excellent first class food was served an hour after we arrived with no time for desserts.

AM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

All the meat and fish dishes were overcooked.
The site is nice though

OT
Manchester
11 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Best tasting scallops. A must have. The dessert was brilliant too.

OT
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great good, service and experience. Far far far too many people at the bar area intruding in the restaurant

SC
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

It was a good night out with my better half. Would recommend friends

ER
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for birthday drinks with my girls. Beautiful venue and attentive staff. Wow factor cocktails and views. Food ok. But definitely revisiting

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, amazing food. Stelios assisted with the cigars and Natalie was embodiment of exceptional client care.

Thank you again guys

GC
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went as a family and thought the whole experience was amazing can’t wait to return

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Fine dining it was not. Food was subpar compared to similar venues in London. Very flashy- not our scene but can appreciate it is for others.

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The food are too salty

J
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

If you are going for a meal choose something you know you will like. If you are going for the drinks then for its price- it's just about worth it. The live music was a great help.

JM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! Very friendly and helpful staff. Lovely personalised touch as we were celebrating a birthday

L
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very enjoyable experience, especially for a special occasion! All the staff are so good. The food was hot & cooked perfectly. A must on your visit to Manchester.

S
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely venue with a great vibe. I was cebrating my birthday and was given a table right by the window with an amazing view across the city. I had the venison and my hubbie had the steak both meals were cooked to perfection. Staff very professional and attentive and sommelier gave advice on an excellent wine. They even served a litte happy birthday brownie nice touch. Would recommend for a special occassion!!