Alston Bar & Beef - Manchester

4.4
453 reviews
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Steakhouse
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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

1 Course for £12 / 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: 1 February 2019

Ends: 31 July 2019

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

1,000-Point Tables

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

What 453 People Are Saying
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j
Manchester
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

we have been a few times and had various different steaks, we had the butchers cut this time and 2 of the 3 pieces were a bit tough compared to usual

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L
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fantastic. Myself and the wife had ribeye on the bone and a fillet steak. Not only are the steaks great they also have an amazing Gin selection. Staff amazing. Asked for advice on Gin selection and tonic. Staff very knowledgeable. I believe Alberto help with service on the night. My only complaint was we felt a little over dressed in the section we we're seated. Wife's birthday so got dressed up and set next to someone in shorts on a Saturday night.

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GG
Manchester
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good for special occasions as not cheap but fabulous food. Music a little loud. Service excellent.

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R
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Excellent food, service could do with some improvement.

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S
London
11 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, lovely atmosphere and food was really good, felt it was overpriced for what it was though

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OT
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As good as always

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JM
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Slightly hard to find if you go into the Corn Exchange to find it. (The entrance is outside). We went for lunch (Monday) and spent two hours in there and we were the only customers for the whole time. That said, it’s a lovely and stylish venue. The staff were attentive, whilst not being overly seeing as there were no other customers. The food was excellent, can’t fault any of it. We had the set menu, there were two steaks to choose from but one had sold out, the other one had a £3 surcharge which we had to pay despite the other option being unavailable. Fantastic and well thought out drinks menu. Would definitely go back, but perhaps for an evening this time.

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MC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. All staff very friendly. Would highly recommend and will be returning, thankyou

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SM
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Steak was very good, but the starters were a bit of a let down - virtually everything was sold out - pate was a little tasteless and chicken was only ok. Very quiet on a Friday night so ambience was a little lacking. Overall good value for the set meal but wouldn’t rush back.

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JE
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food and excellent, friendly service, can't wait to return.

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M
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and friendly staff, couldn’t fault the food or service.

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S
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was very impressed with the food absolutely lovely meal. You get what you pay for. It was very quiet when we went on Saturday 1pm lunch however I am sure in the evening it would have more of an atmosphere.

Alston Bar & Beef - Manchester
Responded on 24 April 2019

Hi there! Thanks so much for leaving us some excellent feedback, we're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and you feel our menu was great value for money. We hope to see you again soon! Alston MCR

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A
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Rang ahead to tell the staff we were running 15mins late, they were really pleasant about it and when we arrived we were made to feel really welcome and we were not rushed by the staff in anyway. The food was excellent and the overall service was too. We were the last table to leave and again we were never rushed. A truly enjoyable evening.

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T
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The butchers cut was excellent with non-classical cuts prepared expertly. Good service and a great evening overall.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

I love the food here but I think given the choices in Manchester, I think the price point is expensive for what you get, £33 for a fillet steak without a side is high. Ambience is average and I think it needs to have some music or DJ to improve it. Service is average, we had to go to the bar to ask for drinks and with competition such as the Ivy where they really focus on service, I think Alston needs to think about what is going to be the thing that they want to be known for.

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KD
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing. The meal deal is great value. Service was good.

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E
Essex
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was lovely. Pricey but nice!
The ambiance is gorgeous and the staff ( Olivia ) was super friendly and made the service great

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GR
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Order was messed up on two occasions. Food was fairly poor. Main course dishes were over-cooked, over-seasoned and definitely over-priced for what we received.
Staff were pleasant but a little too pushy in up selling extras. Nicely decorated and good ambience.

Alston Bar & Beef - Manchester
Responded on 11 April 2019

Dear Gavin We apologise for your recent poor dining experience here at Alston Bar and Beef. We pride ourselves on offering the highest quality food and service and it looks like we have fallen very short on your visit. If you would like to discuss further with myself so i can investigate more in detail, please contact me on 01618045555 or email myself at manager@alstonmanchester.co.uk. Kind Regards Paul

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OT
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

They falsely advertised a sweet menu meal for the time I booked but told me it ended at 4pm. The for was very disappointing considering the premium prices being charged. 4 quid for four success of bread, a charger for water and 12.5% automatically out on for service is annoying too. I would definitely never go back. Compared to recent meals in Hawksmoor etc, it was below average.

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CM
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good food, but small portions and overall poor value for money even on the set menu.

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KW
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Steak was delicious, value for money & staff very friendly.

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MR
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

I have a lot to say about this restaurant so I'll start with the good. We were a party of 5, we all had steak, all the steakes were good quality and cooked as requested. The service was efficient and the staff pleasent.

Now the not so good. The restaurant has a basic stripped back look with bare walls and exposed air conditioning pipes, the music was a little too loud making conversation a little tricky. There was no ambience to speak of so a little disappointing.

Although the food was good, presentation was poor, we paid £31 for a 300g Ribeye with chips, and that was what we got, a steak on a plate with a cup of chips, no mushroom, no grilled tomato no salad garnish. If I'm paying £31 for a main course I want it to look sumptuous, I want to think I'm getting something special and this didn't have any wow factor.

One thing that I really didn't like was the 12.5% service charge, I like to decide if, when and how much to tip at a restaurant, and it's unlikely I'll ever tip that much after just good service. I had the service charge removed from the bill and left what I felt was a very generous tip under the circumstances.

Overall a disappointing experience, there are a number of restaurants in Manchester that have a better offering than Alston Bar & Beef and for a more modest price. I wish them every success, but we will be dining elsewhere in future.

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t
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day weekend treat , great hidden treasure of a steak house serving top quality food

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s
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice restaurant let down by the smallest of details.

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AH
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressed. Food was great quality and really delicious. Set menu was an absolute bargain. Very surprised at the quality for such good prices. Will return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great gin selection and first rate service

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G
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Quite a mixed experience at Alston Bar & Beef.

The reception bar was great. The music was chilled and at a low level. The selection at the bar was good.

The main restaurant extra looked fab with the bee/hive theme.

The staff were very friendly and happy to help.

The problem we had was the 45 minute delay to our starters (park belly and sweetcorn fritters were nice but not worth £8 each if i am honest) and the wrong order being put through accidentally by the waiter. Went for the more expensive steak and got the cheaper version cooked wrong. At £37 a steak its not ideal. The restaurant was busy and the staff were working hard so but it put a downer on the overall experience.

We had already waited ages for the starters so i didnt want to have to send the mains back to be re-cooked. We would have been there for ages!

However, the manager Shannon sorted everything out for us and we ended the night very happy!

It is a nice place, the staff were very friendly and i would certainly go back.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The staff and food are very good and we would definitely go back or recommend to others.

The only thing for us was they add 12.5% gratuity onto the bill, we always leave a tip however it would be nice to be able to decide this at your own discretion. We was also asked if we would like our change which I personally dislike. It just makes it uncomfortable to say yes or decide otherwise.

Overall though it’s a nice restaurant.

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BS
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Very slow service in bar despite being quite (6:50 pm). There was a problem with our food which was dealt with to our satisfaction. The actual food itself was very nice as was the waitress.

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GP
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

We arrived at venue at 6.30pm last Saturday and went downstairs to the bar. We were sat at a table in the corner of the room which had a mop and bucket next to it which was a bit disturbing. The waitress came over and asked what we wanted to drink ( bottle of red wine and a coke for my son ).
After around 10 minutes we could see our drinks on the bar so waited a few minutes more then my wife got up and fetched her own drinks to our table ( unbelievable ). After a further 10 minutes ( around 7pm ) we had to go over to the bar again to ask if we could be seated in the restaurant.
We then spent around 15 minutes choosing our dishes and chatting to our waitress ( think she was called Jenny ) and she was really nice.
We ordered our food but was not really given any info on our dishes ordered !
My son ordered a chicken starter, my wife ordered the salmon starter and I ordered the caspachio starter. Main coarses my son and wife had the sirloin with bone marrow butter and chips ( medium to rare ) and I ordered the T Bone with chips and bone marrow butter. Once the starters arrived my son and wife said that their starters were cold so we asked the waitress why this was not shown on the menu. She replied that all starters were cold ( very disappointing ). We then got our mains but I then noticed that my T Bone was very well done and really dry ! ( £39 ?? ). Whilst we were watching food coming out were noticed that our fries were just normal fries and not the ones that looked lovely but were told that these chips were separate on the menu ( again this was not highlighted to us or was not on the menu ). My son ordered a chocolate dessert and he loved this. We then got the bill and this was £187 ( very expensive for 3 people given the quality of food and the whole experience ). I wanted to complain there and then but wife told me not too and put it down to experience ! I gave the waitress a £13 tip and then we left feeling disappointed

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KS
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great time here, one of the best steaks we have had in a long time, staff were friendly and attentive, but not in an overbearing way. A hidden little gem

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EC
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely place for lunch with a really reasonable priced set menu. Would recommend to anyone.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, especially from our server Bradley.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place to eat service amazing food was quality. 100% be going again.

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z
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

All good. It is what it is. Food fine. Service better. Value ok.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The steak was amazing and the staff were very friendly and helpful

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KB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good starters and steaks and waiters know what they're talking about

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SH
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely food and a really nice separate bar area for pre & post food drinks

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OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing beef, cured and cooked to perfection, amazing selection of gin, service impeccable 👌

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another great meal; the food and service were excellent as usual. I’ve marked the ambience down purely because the restaurant was again quiet which is a real shame and hopefully not something that continues

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