Alston Bar & Beef - Manchester

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Steakhouse
Alston Bar & Beef has raised the bar on the Manchester dining scene by serving the best steak the city has to offer. Their Tweed Valley beef comes from accredited farms in the Scottish Borders, each renowned for producing quality beef, full of flavour & tenderness. The beef for Alston is selected from the top 1% of the Scottish suckler herd and our master butcher, John Gilmour, achieves this standard because his criteria is so refined.

To top it off, Alston has a large selection of gins available in each of their two bars, as well as a number of their own gin infusions made on site using a cold compound process, each individually garnished and served to perfection.

Special Offers

2 Courses for £15 / 3 Courses for £18

From a set menu.

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 3 September 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-18:00
Sat 12:00-16:00

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Sun - Thu 12:00PM - 9:45PM
Fri - Sat 12:00PM - 6:30PM

What 521 People Are Saying
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MB
Manchester
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and staff can’t wait to go back
Deal with a bottle and steak platter is brill

HW
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time visiting Alston and I wasn’t disappointed. Nice bar area for pre dinner drinks with a fantastic choice of cocktails and variety of different branded drinks. The food was excellent, great menu with a good range of different foods. Good background music and an overall nice atmosphere with attentive service.

JO
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited the restaurant on Saturday the 5/10/19 and myself and my wife really enjoyed every bit of our visit from the front desk to the service was amazing. Our waitress Eryn was very good and attentive to detail with good knowledge of the food and wine. Hope to visit soon.

MT
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was fantastic, especially the food 👌🏼😋

HP
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our fourth visit which was a good as ever.
The best Sunday Lunch in Manchester. Attentive, friendly staff. Amazing gin cocktails and absolutely perfect food.
Far superior to nearby Hawksmoor in every way.

AW
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very busy Saturday night, food was worth the money and the staff were excellent very attentive . Good selection of drinks.
The speakeasy was very busy for pre dinner drinks but plenty of room at the bar.
The staff all worked hard.

L
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

It was the first time me my partner and our friends had tried the restaurant and it was lovely - food was good and there was a good choice of drinks
Service was good
Look forward to coming again

MB
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The beef was the best we’ve had in Manchester! Everybody needs to try this place..

KR
Liverpool
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience at Alston Bar and Beef. Food was delicious and Eryn and Meg were great, they made us feel very welcome! thank you

B
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic, especially the service 👌🏼

C
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service excellent. Starter stunning. Chips best I've ever eaten. Steak fabulous. Great dessert. Three courses for eighteen pounds, can't be beaten.

HV
Bath
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food and great service! Cocktails were amazing and would recommend to Cafe de Paris with the steak!

SR
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth every penny

MH
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. I just had to choose a different starter and dessert than I wanted as they had run out of my first choices.

JB
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant as ever great service and amazing food would deffo recommend

b
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I took hubby for his birthday meal on Saturday although we have been several times before we have previously had vouchers as it’s rather expensive. The meal was superb and the service was excellent they even put a candle in his sweet..... highly recommended

EM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

2nd visit this year and it was fabulous again. Service is personal without being too intrusive, and made excellent recommendations. Restaurant has a lively but intimate atmosphere. Food is delicious.

NM
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was gorgeous, both steaks were full of flavour. The woman serving us was incredibly helpful. Only criticism I have is the taps in the male toilet need fixing

A
Lancashire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Staff clueless, had to ask 3 times for wine they didn't bring, then had to ask 3 times for dessert menu, they forgot coffess and had to ask twice for bill, awful

CB
London
31 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was amazing, steak was one of best had! Only thing would change was service as was very rushed. As soon as we sat down we had drinks order taken, then as soon as finished dinner we were asked about deserts then shortly after the bill was brought. For the price paid would have expected it to be more relaxed and less rushed.

Alston Bar & Beef - Manchester
Responded on 11 September 2019

Hi ChrisB! Thanks for writing us this review. We are so glad you enjoyed your meal with us! We will definitely take on board your comments about feeling rushed. I will make sure to pass these comments on to our waiters so that we can improve for next time. Thank you and we hope to see you again very soon! ALSTON MCR

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JW
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steaks were cooked perfectly and were of high quality. Our server (John I think) was great and very knowledgeable.
The wine to accompany the meal was a perfect addition.
Overall everyone within our party was very happy with the meal and we will definitely return.

CH
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best stake I’ve ever had was delicious, defiantly go again!!!

AK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

I have posted something directly on tripadvisor, managers discretion on the day was appalling and not as expected from such an establishment

KS
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing restaurant, my boyfriend and I came here for our date night and had the Friday butchers cut sharer. Gorgeous food and such good value for money. Would recommend that maybe the 3 steaks came out separately or kept warm because when we came to the last steak it had gone a bit cold and that there would be an option to have white wine instead of red. But still we cannot fault the food, staff and atmosphere. 100% would recommend and go there again!

JW
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a brilliant night celebrating my new job. The £50 deal was fantastic and all the staff really helpful. Special mention to Ross who really looked after us. Thank you.

TT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

Meat was tough. No salad at all, just meat and fries. Desert underwhelming. Staff nice but a little slow.

JU
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great steak, superb value on the set menu, and dessert was stunning. Will definitely return.

DH
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food is absolutely fine. I just think it’s overpriced. It’s priced at top level and it’s not top level. Just fine.

PD
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Kirsty was an awesome server

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good service
Quick
Amazing staff
All round really good experience

d
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time I've been and intend going again soon . Found my new favourite steak in the flat iron which was cooked to perfection . Great choice of gins and the service was high class . Highly recommended.

AH
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for my wife's 40th birthday, pre booked thinking that it would be busy but we was the only table in at 8pm, The fillet steak was beautifully cooked and everything else was also good. Only issue was how can they put on a service charge of £8.90 for a table of 2??? Took me by surprise.

PB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Phone call in the morning to say the Pastry Chef was not in work therefore there would be a reduced sweet menu. I could live with that. However when our group of 8 people arrived we were told there were only 2 " Sunday Roasts" available we had no choice but to leave and go somewhere else. This was at around 6.00pm on a Sunday afternoon.

Alston Bar & Beef - Manchester
Responded on 24 July 2019

Hi Paul, Firstly please accept my sincere apologies that you were left disappointed. Our Sunday Roasts are served on a limited basis - we often sell out but the times can vary! If you would like to try us out again sometime please get in touch at manager@alstonmanchester.co.uk and I will make sure we have plenty of roasts available! We look forward to hopefully seeing you again someday. Kind regards Alston MCR

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JB
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our second time and Alston and I would definitely recommend a visit. Both times I have had the rump steak and it has been the best cut I have had in Manchester which has also been cooked to perfection (medium rare) we also had the onion pieces which where in the lightest crispiest batter you can imagine. My wife had a side of mushrooms and spinach, these were also to die for.
lovely greeting when we come in and to top it off the draft lager and IPA were top class.

Alston Bar & Beef - Manchester
Responded on 17 July 2019

Hi JasonB! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a great 5* review! We love that you love our food as much as we do! We are so glad you enjoyed yourselves and we look forward to seeing you again! Kind regards, ALSTON MCR

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AJ
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st time visit, was pleasantly surprised with all that Alston had to offer.. staff extremely helpful and all had smiles on.. would definitely recommend and return

Alston Bar & Beef - Manchester
Responded on 16 July 2019

Hi AndrewJ! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a great 5* review! We are going to pass your great comments on to our team! Thank you again for recommending us and I hope to see you again very soon on another occasion. We would love to have you back. ALSTON MCR

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing place!

CM
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I had the Butchers cut which is a sharing dish. The waitress was very informative and knowledgeable. She looked after us extremely well.

Alston Bar & Beef - Manchester
Responded on 16 July 2019

Hi ClaireM, Thanks so much for your 5* review, great to see you would recommend us! We are so glad you had a fantastic meal with your daughter. Hope to see you both very soon to try us again! :-) Thanks again. ALSTON MANCHESTER

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BR
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Only reason I have marked this down what so ever is because it was so quiet - however we went on a Sunday evening at 7:30.
The food was absolutely exceptional. Words cannot even describe just how perfect not only the steak, but the proper homemade chips were!
Drinks had a fantastic range, and the missus was overly impressed with their extensive and home brewed gin choices.

Alston Bar & Beef - Manchester
Responded on 16 July 2019

Hi BenR! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a 5* review! We love that you love our food as much as we do! We pride ourselves in how great our home brewed gins are! We have Jack to thank for making them! I will make sure your comments about our gin are passed on to him. Hope to see you very soon on another occasion! ALSTON MCR

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NM
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our server Ross's first night apparently and he really went out of his way to make us feel welcome. He gladly made conversation with us, was extremely helpful in suggesting a sauce for my husbands steak , always keeping an eye on our table without coming over and interfering and topping up our wine glasses if ever they looked too low. The food was cooked to perfection, was very flavourful and was quite frankly amazing. The atmosphere in the venue was quiet but for a romantic night like we wanted it was perfect. The look of the venue was interesting yet not too catching to take away from the conversation. Amazing place all around!

Alston Bar & Beef - Manchester
Responded on 8 July 2019

Hi NicolaM! Thank you for taking the time to leave us an amazing review! I will make sure that your excellent feedback is passed on to Ross, who is already an integral part of the team. We are so glad you enjoyed yourselves and we look forward to seeing you again! Kind regards Alston MCR

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CP
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening out! Efficient and friendly service. We went for Butchers Choice menu on a Friday. Great value! Amazing steak and includes a bottle of wine. My daughter choose the chocolate tree for dessert which looked fantastic! Would definitely recommend!

Alston Bar & Beef - Manchester
Responded on 8 July 2019

Hi ChrisP, Thanks so much for your 5* review, great to see you would recommend us! We love that you love our butchers choice just as much as we do! Hope to see you again very soon to try us again! :-) Alston MCR

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