Alston Bar & Beef - Manchester

4.5
276 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Steakhouse
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Seafood
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Sunday: 12.00pm - 9.45pm
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Phone number
0161 804 5555
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Parking Details
Click on the link below and pre-book your car parking at Q-Park Deansgate North with promo code PT1117GIN to save 20% on your car parking when dining with us!


Q-Park Deansgate
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Offers

30% Off the summer a la carte menu

Enjoy 30% off. Only valid on food. Management reserves the right to amend or remove this offer at any time, without prior warning.

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

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 3 September 2018

Ends: 30 September 2018

Availability: Fri 12:00-18:00
Sat 12:00-17:00

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PJ
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A basement located dining area with pleasant ambience which was buzzing without being overpowering. The menu is limited. However the focus is meat which was excellent in quality. The other attraction is a range of gin-based drinks, which we did not try. Our bottle of red wine was very drinkable and not too expensive. Overall, a great place to go for a slightly different relaxed quality night out.

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N
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice food, starters lacked a little flavour. Steak and Burger was fantastic. Dessert menu was a little fancy, simpler options would have been more enticing. Lovely cocktails. Would have expected it be busier on a Saturday night, lacked a little ambiance for a Saturday night

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OT
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food - starter was out of this world

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JC
Manchester
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service, loved the food. Great venue lovely and spacious. A little expensive but u get what u pay for my husband had the burger and he said it was the best burger he’s ever had. I had the butter chicken which was lovely but I wish I had the burger.

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ST
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed our dinner, both starters and steaks were superb. We will go back, when we visit MCR again!

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LD
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was lovely apart from the steak. Although decent I was expecting a lot better for the price and reputation it has gained. I’ve had a much more flavourful piece of meat for half the price at other places I’ve been. Id go back though but maybe try another cut or a burger because that looked great.

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J
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Music not really Energetic but too loud for comfortable conversation. Staff attentive and food well prepared and flavoursome.

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TL
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Restaurant is nice and trendy, tables are a good distance from one another so you don't feel like they are cramming you in. Only criticism is they were out of truffle oil at the beginning of a weekend evening service so couldn't order some of their signature dishes.

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M
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Sadly didn’t live up to expectations. Service slow and impersonal. Steaks decent but pretty expensive with only one side included and a 12.5% service charge added automatically which makes for an awkward experience if you don’t feel the service was great.

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r
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Locale molto bello e curato. Forse più adatto ad una cena serale. Cibo buono e sevizio perfetto. Consigliato

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GF
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Decor was very nice. Would definitely revisit and recommend. The roast beef was the best ive has in ages

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OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff were very attentive and couldn’t do enough for us. Food was fantastic. Will definitely be returning in the near future.

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Dublin
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very friendly service and great food.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and incredible service. Would definitely return.

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GW
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

birthday meal for myself and my daughter food was very enjoyable we had the Chateaubriand £70 which was gorgeous the desert cocktails were a bit on the expensive side but it was for a special occasion. Not the kind of place to got to often as it is expensive but good for special occasions.

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OF
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food, steak is made to perfection! Very well priced, service was spot on. Amazing touch to the night with it being my partners birthday they give birthday cards for the occasion. Fantastic

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S
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and impeccable service! Fantastic experience, the restaurant and bar are also gorgeous - stunning place. Thanks team for a wonderful experience (we’ll be back)

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TM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant, fast service and amazing products, would totally recommend!

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FW
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here a number of times now, the Sunday lunch is the best in the whole of Manchester. It is like Michelin star food without the prices. I would always highly recommend this place.

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CL
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place for a lovely romantic meal or catch up with friends
Food was amazing and creative!
The steak was to die for and the chocolate orange mousse was the same
Great selection of gin based cocktails, not may vodka or rum based though
Service was great throughout and not too intruding

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ST
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time on Saturday evening, the food was outstanding. Definitely up there with one of best meals I've ever had.
We were celebrating a birthday and an anniversary, and we felt that Alston fit both occasions superbly. Service, staff, food and atmosphere: 5*.

Thanks again for a wonderful evening.
Sophie

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JR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited with my wife before attending a night at MEN Arena, service was friendly & very helpful, even let me sample a beer before ordering. Food was carefully crafted, presented beautifully & tasted great, portion sizes were spot on & waitress guided us where we needed it; we’ll be back, we left impressed & talking to others about going too!

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SH
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate here on a special menu deal 2 courses and a gin for £15.00. We all had the steak which was cooked to perfection and not a scrap of food was left. Great service, food and atmosphere, will definitely return.

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EC
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! My husband said it was “the best steak he has ever eaten” the presentation, flavour, service all exceeded our expectations. We can’t recommend this place enough.

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F
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, really friendly service. Loved everything about it. I would go back again in a heartbeat.

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HB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service from the minute you step through the door to the second you step out the door.
Cocktails and homemade Gins were amazing, steak cooked to perfection and a waiters that give geniue good customer service.
Definatley going back

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A
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal well looked after by staff steak served exactly as requested will visit again

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S
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time customer went for a date. Food was fantastic. selection of gins were fantastic and partner love the cocktails and food. Deffo a 10/10 staff were very help full and polite..will be going again..

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G
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked this for my fiances birthday. Great restaurant. Amazing steak and really attentive staff. Can't wait to go back

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SH
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed the food, drinks and hospitality. Great value.

Thanks

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MW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing burgers and mac and cheese! We all had a great night here. Also enjoyed the cocktails!

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AN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Second time we have been here as the steak we had first time was excellent. We ordered the chateaubriand medium it came a bit on the rare side it was delicious but as my partner does not like it to red was not what was ordered. Also ask for another drink when main was served and this was forgotten not good enough for the prices charged here. The starter and dessert menu could also do with a change not a lot of choice. The main problem with this restaurant though is they add a 12.% service charge automatically to your bill do not know if the management are just plain greedy or stupid or both as the to most people in England this just grates you, also you notice people having to embarrassingly ask for it to be removed, for this reason alone will not be returning and I would say would also put off a lot more people.

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ND
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great steaks and great service. Lovedvit and will be back.

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OT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow this is like a tucked away gem! It was amazing keep up the good work.

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T
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Booked Sunday lunch for our anniversary,we had an early booking so was not busy.The venue was very nice well laid out,staff very pleasant and attentive . The menu was very good and reasonably priced,the food was very good ,would recommend .

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G
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had an excellent dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I had a perfect steak after a special salmon starter, where my better half had delicious scallops followed by a tasty hake dish. We got a free dessert to share, as an anniversary present of the owner. The staff was very helpful and friendly. However, we had to remind our waiter of the 30% discount offer that we had booked for.
The location is ideal, right between the Arndale shopping center and Victoria station. Reservation recommended or maybe even essential on a Saturday.

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LD
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous place.
Food was delicious.
Great set menu with the gin added did it for us.
Good ambience
Lovely staff

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S
Manchester
9 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and the food was of excellent quality. As steaks go it was right up there. They didn’t have the gin we wanted but they offered various alternatives in its place which was good. There was attentive service but not to the point where you felt rushed. I’d definitely go back.

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DM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

The service was great, informal and prompt service from people with personality! Restaurant looks nice, the only issue I had was the steak just wasn’t very good. It was cooked pretty well, came just a slightly over how I ordered and was within my normal tolerance. The quality of the meat just didn’t seem good, it was fairly tasteless and unseasoned and pretty tough for a bone in rib eye. Starters were decent, beers are good and sides were good, but for a steakhouse it should be focused on the meat, there are a lot better steaks in Manchester.

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EA
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 1

2nd visit. 1st visit we had the burgers and they were so nice we went again. This visit we had the burgers again. They are now £17, they have gone smaller, last time we got two patties this time we got one. The burgers and the beef brisket were both over cooked and tasteless. The chips were greasy and were also bland.

The staff are friendly but slightly too friendly which isn't really a bad thing.

Cocktails were nice.

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