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

Christmas Shopper Menu 2 courses for £20 & 3 course for £25

From a set menu.

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 20 November 2019

Ends: 20 December 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-17:00

Celebrate New Year's Eve with a fantastic meal!

We take a holding deposit of £10 per person which will not be taken from your card unless you cancel your booking within 48 hours or you don't turn up.

Tuesday, 31 December, 2019

1,000-Point Tables

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

What 566 People Are Saying
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N
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. I’ve been to many steaks places here and abroad and this one was great.

RE
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great meal, somewhat on the pricey side, but very well presented Ted and tasty

RS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was very friendly and overall experience was nice. Steak was yummy

SL
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak I've had in a long time. We were seated at a corner table, waiters were prompt and friendly. Food was all delicious. It was a special birthday meal and we weren't disappointed!

LJ
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The table we were shown to was right next to the toilets & bar. It was very noisy & obviously people passing frequently. Before we sat I asked the waitress ca we be seated somewhere else. Her attitude was disgraceful she snapped at us saying we can only seat you at a 4 (4 of us) I said that's fine theres a table over there to which she replied, it might be booked! I wssnt aware we booked an actual table.
However we were moved from the original table. Food was actually very good but we waited 50 minutes after the starter for our main course.
We got the bill & there was a service charge of 12%, on enquiry is dosnt go to the waiting staff. We didn't pay this.
Though what we had was good I think charging for sides detracts from your experience & the service charge not going to the staff is a outrageous.
I don't think I'd visit again.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute little date night whilst in Manchester for the weekend :)

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. My mate and I had the “Friday Special” of the Butcher’s Cut. Absolutely fantastic, and really good value. Next time I find myself in Manchester, I’m going again. Hopefully on a Friday.

DZ
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

3 of 5 mains and one steak sold out.
Told us after serving the drinks.
Left after the drinks.

JP
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is relaxing, the service is fantastic and the food is even better, would highly recommend

B
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A really nice dining experience. The starters were incredible and we shared a Chateaubriand main which was a great piece of beef and perfectly cooked; not quite as warm as it could have been and I’d have preferred it classically served which wasn’t an option
It was a busy Saturday night but even so it was little things like our starters arriving moments after ordering, but well before the wine was served. That said the staff were friendly helpful
We shared the dessert tree which was fab and whilst it’s not cheap it’s a good price for the quality of the food and wine

CA
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, great service, fantastic food. The classiest place in the Corn Exchange by a country mile.

NE
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service at a reasonable price, ribeye steak was delicious although the duck was a little chewy, really impressed with waitress as she had asked when we were seated what we had planned for the evening this being an event at the Manchester Arena, when we asked for the bill she asked to see our tickets for the event which gave us a 20% discount from the bill without us knowing a discount was available.

NO
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful meal here and great service from the waitress ! Will be back

JW
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The steaks are excellent and the gin selection is great. Also our waiter Mark was very nice.

RG
Portugal
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing staff, had a great time! I would suggest this restaurant to everyone!

MB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great.
Great starter
Great main.
Pricey but worth it.

ID
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a brilliant evening!
We were made very welcome and cared for excellently throughout our dinning experience.
Ross made superb recommendations for the food and drinks.
Well worth a visit, we will definitely choose again when in Manchester.

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t fault a thing. Staff were incredible and so friendly. We went for the £50 sharing steak deal which was amazing value and so delicious.

K
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Starter and main were absolutely delicious, 10/10! All my friends agreed with this. However they also agreed that the puddings we’re a major disappointment. They were deconstructed to the point that they didn’t taste pleasant. I feel that should the deserts have a revamp that the restaurant would be the best I’ve been to in Manchester.

SF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible, one of the best steakhouses I've been to in a long time!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is a little hard to find but you should definitely try as the food is great, the servers are friendly and helpful, plus it is a light spacious restaurant, which you don’t often get. My husband had the mackerel followed by the rack of lamb, which was done to perfection, ie rare. I had the arancini which had an odd taste but very pleasant, followed by the cauliflower steak, etc and it was amazing. We would definitely go to the Alston Bar and Beef again. 👍

SM
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We arrived to celebrate a birthday. We wanted to 'Eat The Best Steak in Manchester', we certainly did that! The 3 course set menu for £21.00 is a bit disingenuous, we needed to add the pepper sauce, onion rings and the sauted spinach with mushrooms and this does significantly change the price. But a portion of each is easily enough to share between 2 people. Including drinks we spent just under £170.00 for exceptional food and great service. A must eat in Manchester for meat eating foody.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had sea Bram from set menu. Smoked salmon starter portion very small and more apple than salmon. Sea bream from mains was delicious. Had a side of broccoli which was needed. 12.5% service charge was put on the bill automatically, which could be reduced or removed if you wished. Who's going to do this unless the meal is really rubbish. I think a 10% service is more acceptable.

SW
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Lovely meal and the set menus are great value for city centre dining

j
Hampshire
45 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very empty but food amazing

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The location was nice albeit hard to find. Service was excellent. The flavour of the dishes was delicious. I was disappointed by the meagre amount of meat in the dish I selected as part of the menu deal. Sides and trimmings were exquisite but, to say it nicely, the amounts in the plate “lacked generosity”. You go to a beef place to eat meat, not to have a meek taste of it.

OT
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our birthdays on Saturday. It was our first time in the restaurant and it didn’t disappoint. We both had the fillet which was cooked to perfection. Will definitely be coming back

A
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

They could improve the service, explaining the meats and being more mindful if we wanted any more drinks

K
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was unbelievable and so was the service, we will definitely be returning

ST
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly & helpful serving staff. Great food prepared to a high standard.

NW
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Friday menu is exceptional - amazing food, amazing value.

CG
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Only 2 other couples in when we arrived. 5 waiting staff on duty that we could see. We waited too long for the order to be taken, had to ask again for the wine after the food had been delivered and we waited 20 minutes for plates to be cleared after we’d eaten. Refused to pay the 10% service charge and no one bothered to ask why. Food was nice enough but just poor service. Disappointed.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at this restaurant and it was perfect. Service as it should be, friendly and attentive, food was outstanding, steaks cooked perfectly with great sides. Pudding spot on.
Look forward to visiting again soon.

IJ
County Durham
10 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent service, very pleasant atmosphere, very good value and mostly good food (sadly the fish wasn't perfect), but the rest of the food was excellent, with the fillet being superb. A good restaurant for an evening at the Manchester Arena very nearby .

F
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Pretty standard steak and chips... Don't know why they get such a high rating. Prices far too high for the quality.

OT
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing beef but very pricey for the portions.

TS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a booking for Sunday 20 October, but when we got to the restaurant it was closed. I did not receive any message from the restaurant to inform me that they were closed.

Alston Bar & Beef - Manchester
Responded on 26 October 2019

Hi TrondS, Please accept our sincere apologies for the emergency closure of the restaurant on Sunday 20th October. Due to the severity of the situation closing the restaurant was unavoidable. On the day, we attempted to contact every guest. 2 bookings we could not contact due to incorrect contact details. I can fully empathise with the disappointment and inconvenience caused. Please contact me at manager@alstonmanchester.co.uk to discuss this further. Kind Regards Paul General Manager

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of the steaks are second to none, my partner and I shared the chateaubriand which was AMAZING - highly recommend. We had booked for 8.30pm on Saturday evening and although we arrived a little late, we still had to wait for our table but we were able to get a drink at the bar in the meantime so this wasn't an issue. The atmosphere is really good and it's a nice touch that you can see the food being prepared. Definitely a place to visit, the prices are reasonable for the quality, with 2 courses and drinks we were around £75 per head.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Outstanding steaks.

DW
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

From the moment my family and I entered, it was so welcoming and caring down to the smallest of details. Other than some of the chips being slightly overcooked for the main, the steaks themselves were cooked to preferential perfection and the desserts were simply amazing.

The inside is decorated very stylishly, to a point where I always say never judge a venue from the exterior. The staff were always at hand whenever you need them, but not invasive when you're eating and chatting away; very well done!

If you want to visit a steak house and experience what dining and service is all about, get yourself to here.