Alston Bar & Beef - Manchester

4.4
473 reviews
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Steakhouse
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  • 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.

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 473 People Are Saying
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Manchester
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! We went for a birthday meal and had steak - it was a real treat!

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JF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I think there are better restaurants in the area. Service was hit and miss, no same person looking after our table, had to ask for drinks and anything else we required.

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TW
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We have a lovely meal however did have to wait a while after our mains arrived for our side dishes. It was a bit quiet but that can be expected on a Monday night.

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KD
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere. Food was fantastic. Staff very helpful and friendly. The gin choice was fantastic.

They automatically put a 12.5% tip on the bill, which is a bit cheeky.

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F
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

The roast beef was excellent, although a bit pricey at £18. Service and atmosphere are definitely lacking.

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BC
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 3

Hi I’ve been to Alston around 5 times before in the evening so when my system ask me to go shopping and a bit of a Sunday lunch I suggested Alston , food was love but wasn’t quite what I was expecting , I’m still going to come in the evening but it’s not my kind of Sunday dinner , we had the place to ourselves the whole time and was very confused when we didn’t get a extra we ordered and took ages after asking fir bill to be brought over , all in all I’d tell my friends to come of a evening rather than lunch .

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TP
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak we have ever had! We tried the chateaubriand and it was exceptional.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food but lacked atmosphere..

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CL
Lancashire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant hidden away in the corn exchange, the restaurant is near the cathedral. The food was excellent as was the service. Only issue, not many vegetarian options!

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FJ
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visitors and we throughly enjoyed it! The food was amazing, great service and great value. 2 for £10 cocktails rounded off our visit, we’ll be back!

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SP
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our 3rd time at this restaurant and it has always been very good value.
We start in the cosy bar to taste the wide selection of gins before going into the restaurant.
Always had very good service.

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PD
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant service and food. Gluten free Pilsner lager was a welcome surprise. Too few restaurants cater for coeliacs. Well done.

Alston Bar & Beef - Manchester
Responded on 2 June 2019

Hi PaulD, Thanks for leaving us such a great review! We're happy that we could accommodate your dietary requirements. We hope to see you again soon! Thanks, Alston MCR

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w
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited as staying in Manchester for a concert and birthday celebration. We had the set menu along with some sides and wine and both meals were lovely (chicken/steak) and it was nicely topped off by a pudding all served on a Happy Birthday plate. The waitress was lovely, so sorry can't remember her name but she sounded American/Canadian. Her service was excellent as she wasn't over fussy, made polite chat and always made sure our wine was topped up, a credit to you.

Alston Bar & Beef - Manchester
Responded on 31 May 2019

Hello Wendyc, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review, will make sure to pass your comment to our colleague :) Really glad that you enjoyed your experience with us Hope to see you soon :) Thanks, AlstonMCR

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EC
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an absolutely beautiful steak here and the sauces accompanying them were fantastic. Just wish it was a little cheaper so we could afford to visit more often x

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OH
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The refurbished bar downstairs was really nice but the restaurant lacked ambience and the food was only average- would prefer to pay more and go to gaucho!

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MB
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service but could do with nudging the volume of the music down a notch or two.

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KB
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best steak I've had in a long time. Friendly staff. Good value for money.

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DM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Excellent service
Fabulous Mojito
Fabulous steak & chips
Thai beef salad tasteless unfortunately
Prices a bit heavy

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice restaurant. The food and service was great. Steak cooked to perfection

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LR
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, tasty meal.
The staff were very friendly.
We will definitely visit again

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j
Manchester
18 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
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 on 18 May 2019
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 on 18 May 2019
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
2 reviews
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
4 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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