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

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 546 People Are Saying
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K
Manchester
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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. 👍

OT
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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

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.

TM
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place! Amazing food! Amazing staff! All the staff helped me set up proposing to my girlfriend, now fiancée! They made it so special and put so much effort in! Could not have asked for any more from them!
5star service with 5star food!

AG
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived and were met with smiles immediately by Sophie who also passed on recommendedations where we could go afterwards. We went for the gin experience first which was great - very informative and got some great tasters and a cocktail lesson from Martin.

Great service from Rionach who put up with our staff do and the food was honestly fantastic, and I am very picky about steak!

I would happily recommend!

L
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Very friendly staff and very average food. Quite expensive too .

MB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JC
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely incredible, we had the Butcher's cuts sharer, with a bottle of wine, 2 sides and 2 sauces for £50. It was very filling, and cooked to perfection. One downside is that by the time you get to the 3rd steak, it is only warm. We went not long past opening time, so there were barely any other customers there. The service was impeccable, we weren't waiting ages for refills of water or the bill to come. Lovely interior, friendly waiters, fantastic food. Come for the accessible location, stay for that bearnaise sauce! We ordered a Chocolate Tree dessert, which was excellently crafted and felt much more expensive than it's £8 price tag. Nice, clean, spacious restrooms too. Would highly recommend. 9.5/10.

HW
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was fantastic, especially the food 👌🏼😋

IS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food at a fantastic price, service excellent, fantastic ambience - yes I will go back

HP
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall4food3service3ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic, especially the service 👌🏼

C
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth every penny

MH
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant as ever great service and amazing food would deffo recommend