Alston Bar & Beef - Manchester

4.5
421 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: 30 April 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 421 People Are Saying
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, especially from our server Bradley.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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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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s
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Great steaks.
Wonderful atmo.
Very slow service - amazingly slow.

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m
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for the wonderful service.
We came, from barcelona. And we where very happy that we eat with you guys.

Kind regards
Hope to see you soon!!
Maite & franki

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CB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Hostess was blunt and unfriendly. Table was 20 min late. Waited over 40 min to get a drink. We got up and asked a waiter to get our drinks order. He said he’ll be over but went to the wrong table who had also been waiting for a drinks order. Our food wasn’t served to us, we waited 50 min since ordering and had to leave. Manager offered a complementary meal another time saying he would call the next day. We never received a call. Restaurant looks nice with a good location just as shame that their service let them down.

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GT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was very good but pricey £17 for a burger albeit good quality.
We had a Confidential’s voucher but the steep 12.% service charge was added before the vouchers deduction , bit naughty.
I woudnt go back for that reason .

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OE
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic and would 10/10 recommend.

Bar pre-meal for drinks was brilliant and so were staff.

High quality food, that’s cheaper than most other top steakhouses in manchester but on the same level.

I will be returning.

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JP
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The truffle fries were absolutely amazing and the services were really friendly

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AM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Steaks weren't cooked correctly - my medium well ribeye was rare and the medium rare fillet was medium

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OT
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really nice restaurant this. Staff were really nice pleasant. Now on to the food. Starters were amazing!! Steak was one of the nicest I’ve had in a long long time. Would recommend this place to anyone

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O
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Brilliant meal, wonderful quality of both food and drinks but I do feel that the prices are extremely high. We dined with a Confidential's voucher so the bill did not sting too much however, the bill total was £85 for 2 People, having 1 course each and 1 cocktail each. Whilst I can't knock the quality of both meals, I feel the pricing is wayyyy too much and I would be hesitant to come back based on that. I would however recommend the food to anyone, but would advise them to take out a loan before they go!
I would also question the 12.5% optional service charge (which we asked to be removed). This added £10 to our bill and is pretty steep tipping. I am personally more generous when given the option to tip, rather than to have it forced on me.

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Manchester
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff we really attentive and friendly....got a little
gin class at the bar which was good!
Food was delicious, will definitely be returning!

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LW
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Great service. Nice atmosphere. I had vegetarian options which were really nice and husband had steak which he loved.

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AM
Wales
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Lovely atmosphere and very attentive staff. An all round great experience. We will be back again when visiting Manchester.

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m
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Having eaten here many times previously, the rib eye was a bit of a let down, didn't taste as good as the previous visits.
The chips, are way too salty and over seasoned, the onion rings were tasteless, the most shocking was the bread! Very dry and didn't enjoy eating it, the peppercorn sauce also has a weird lemon/citrus aftertaste which does not bode well with a creamy peppercorn sauce. My wifes sirloin was much better and her salad side was great, the pea dressing tasted great on the salad leaves.
4/10.

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

Great first time going, Food was cooked perfect! Great service from the waiter, we will be booking again very soon

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LD
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the first time and had the special offer menu. The food was fantastic and great value for money. I had the flat iron steak. Cooked to perfection. Will definitely go again and highly recommend

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Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We got put in a corner and forgotten about for a good 20 mins, service after that only improved marginally as there was a huge table of 18 lads who took the staffs attention. Wouldn’t usually be too bothered as the food was great but it was a birthday celebration for myself and my dad. Wouldn’t come back.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience with professional service and lovely food at a competitive rate compared to other high end steak restaurants

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o
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Very over priced - when paying £70 for a steak would expect a selection of vegetables to be included and not just chips or mash!!

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PM
Manchester
15 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Will definitely return. Would not hesitate to recommend to anyone.

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RR
London
8 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

I don’t usually write reviews but hopefully this one will be read by Alston and lead to some key improvements. So my honest view is this restaurant needs to make a few CHANGES to gain 5 starts.

Firstly - I am from London and have an abundance of experience with dining out in a variety of places. My initial thought was Hawksmoor but wanted to try something more boutique and local to Manchester. I called and explicitly explained it was an important dinner with a client and requested a nicer table in a good part of the restaurant. Upon arrival there was no special welcome treatment and were left at the bar holding jackets even though there is a cloakroom. Again - small details that make BIG differences. Generally the service experience was 50/50. Some servers were very polite and others basic. When asking the barman to recommend a top shelf whisky....literally CLUELESS.

On a positive food was fantastic but as everyone knows average service and professionalism makes the food taste worse. Such a shame.

Why am I frustrated?? Mainly due to the fact that I know Hawksmoor would have been better. AND Because this place is a GEM. Please address your whole experience for the diner and you will be a 5 Star review.

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JD
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab place. Food and service excellent!
Sloe 75 gin highly recommended

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S
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! Fantastic service and food, looking forward to visiting again already

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PL
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant service and Best steak I have had in years

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OT
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service food and ambience. Both the fillet and rib eye steaks were cooked perfectly. Staff are all really friendly and will offer advice and suggestions if required. Excellent bottle of Chardonnay. Will definitely be back. 10/10

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CB
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Lovely venue but a tad noisy Sunday afternoon. Food, Sunday lunch beef, was super.

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J
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had never visited your restaurant before and it was a great experience. The food was great and the Sunday menu was good value for money with food which was delicious! The service we received was great and we weren't rushed which was good. Myself and family will definitely visit again!

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JY
Manchester
13 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. Food was amazing, we had the Sunday roast and staff are really friendly and helpful.

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

Very friendly staff, brilliant steak and run options the only grumble was that the deserts didn't match the quality of the starters and mains

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T
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you once again for amazing food and fabulous service as always.

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Manchester
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Recommended medium for the flat iron steak and i think it's a bit on the rare side and not medium throw and not been rested

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AC
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked for lunch before we went to watch a show at Manchester Arena. We had the two course lunch for £15. We really enjoyed it. The food was excellent. The place itself was lovely & clean & the service was excellent.

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London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wedding anniversary

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