Blanchflower

4.0
20 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Bistro
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Brunch
Blanchflower in Altrincham is home to a bakery and kitchen. Our menu evolves through the day into evening to create truly all-day dining. We believe we make a wider range of products in house than any other restaurant in the UK including all our bread, pastries and cakes; tarts and puddings: butter and fresh cheese; bacon and sausages: we cure pork, beef and salmon; ferment and pickle vegetables. We even make our own sriracha! Breakfast and lunch is more traditional and our snacks and dinner menus are more modernist. If you like we are a cafe by day and restaurant by night. Bookings are available through out the restaurant for dinner. Bookings are only taken for parties of 6 or more for breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch. We always keep back a few tables in the evening for people who just want a glass of something and a snack.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Bistro, Breakfast, Contemporary European
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Hours of Operation
Sun - Wed 09.30-17.00
Thu 09.30-21.00
Fri, Sat 09.30-22.00
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Phone number
0161 929 6724
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Parking Details
From Manchester, head left from the A560 on to the A56
and take the town centre junction off the Dunham road.
Park up in Sainsbury’s and head around the third corner
to your right. Wait to be seated.
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Public Transit
We're less than 5 minutes walk from Altrincham Station.
What 20 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.0
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3.7
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72% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service... Really enjoyable evening as always

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Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was excellent, however the service was a little cold. I will definitely be back, but would be nice to see a service with a smile!

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LN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Found the food very average and eggs undercooked. Bread extremely salty. No bread with steak dish for one guest. Very small portions too

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g
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous breakfast. Really good sized portions of delicious food. Great coffee, lovely decor. Staff were excellent and very friendly with our two kids. Will definitely be going back

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FR
Amsterdam
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food, nice atmosphere overlooking the markets, but very slow service for both food and drinks.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Seated straight away, order taken quickly. However it took 20 minutes to get our drinks, and almost an hour to get 4 breakfast dishes. The food did not arrive together, 2 meals arrived then 5 minutes later the other 2 arrived but one of these dishes was wrong. Took a further 10 minutes to get the correct meal replaced.
Food was disappointing, fresh, all made on site, but quite disappointing. Perhaps worth the money if it had arrived sooner and service had been better.
Nice place, food and service disappointing.

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LC
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was lovely and the service was excellent. Will definitely be returning soon

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AP
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place . The food was great and the service was excellent. Will definitely be back.

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EW
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and as for desserts- superb. The bread was fresh and just delicious. Staff were very friendly and accommodating re little ones.

We really like the informal vibe. We visited for lunch on a Saturday and although the place was busy, we did not feel crammed.

We are definitely coming back

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a
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Lovely food and very well made. We choose off the a la carte menu but the portion sizes far too small. I ordered a small plate but ended up asking for extra veg to bulk it out. The set menu may have been the better option. Would go back to try the lunch men but probably wouldn't go for dinner again.

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MA
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb! Went on a Saturday night, it was (unusually) warm outside so we sat next to an open window which made us feel like we were on holiday. Food was top, everything we had was delicious and the bread that was provided to us was absolutely delicious, so delicious that we had seconds. Highly recommended! I especially loved the beetroot starter and the custard tart.

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j
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Having previously had breakfast,lunch and coffee /cakes here;I was keen to try their evening menu.It was delicious-quality ingredients and beautiful presentation.The staff were so helpful and I will be back soon to sample more.This is surely one of Altrincham's best!

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c
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

This was our second visit - food is really excellent! Unusual combinations and good presentation. Good value 4 course set menu for £30.

Feel it's a bit short on ambiance though - probably because its a café during the day so a bit stark and the chairs are rather uncomfortable for the evening. Better if at least some of you can sit on the upholstered benches. Also could do with being somewhat warmer - was glad I had a sweater on! Other members of our party had to put their jackets on! Freezing in the loo! Shame the storage fridges facing the loos have clear glass doors - would be better not to see the ingredients stored as you come out of the loo!

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SM
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was outstanding and the service really good too. The only thing that let the restaurant down was the furniture - the dining chairs were quite small and not particularly comfortable - replace them and I'd give 5 stars!

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OT
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been enjoying Blanchflower’s excellent croissants and pains au chocolat since they opened and have now tried their evening meals twice.
Blanchflower offers a limited but wide range of dishes all of which are carefully prepared (you can see kitchen!) and beautifully presented. Some are unusual (eg charcoal grilled cauliflower) others are familiar with a twist (eg cured rare beef...with a slow cooked egg yolk). All have been thoroughly enjoyable to eat!
The service complements the food.
Blanchflower is aiming to deliver something special and we left on both occasions feeling they’d achieved it.

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MB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food here is excellent, I went for dinner and it was really good with fresh ingredients cooked really nicely.
The only downside of the restaurant is the ambience in the evening, it's a little too functional and shop-like, if it was noisier it would somehow be better. I'm sure though that this will improve as the place gets more popular (as it's bound to do).
Don't overeat on the free homebaked bread and save some room for the lamb neck fillet - it's awesome.

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PH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Blanchflower is amongst the most interesting and excellent additions to Greater Manchester's food scene this year. It's attempt at creating different menus through the day and evening is completely successful and I throughly recommend it at all times.
Having eaten and enjoyed brunch and lunch here over the last couple of months I was intrigued to see they had started serving dinner and thought that it might be a big ask. Their social media had enticing pictures of finer looking plates that I imagined would a natural conversion of their daytime menu. I think it's clever that the jump from day to night is total, white a change of both food and mood.
Dinner is small plates. My server suggested that 3 each would be ideal and we were given a basket of stunning home produced sourdough, crackers and breadsticks with homemade butter. This was free and re-filed when we finished the initial one - a great touch.
We had something from each part of the menu; snacks and small plates that were really small and the bigger plates housing the meat dishes with a side of carrots.
The snacks; veg vol au vents, fermented veg and buttermilk chicken were all straight 10s - literally the best of their type I have eaten. Added to the bread, this was a great start.
Small plates of cured beef, cockle broth and beetroot and fresh cheese (made in house) followed and tbh I couldn't find fault in any of them with the beets possibly being my favourite - it's a real flavour bomb.
The larger plates were all superb. Bavette and a potato gratin was perfectly cooked and brought together nicely with a sauce more akin to gravy that a jus, and who doesn't love gravy. The trout was even better and the chicken cut like butter and was served with a green sauce that was really excellent.
My partner and I both had puddings (custard tart w rhubarb and little bits of candied orange peel and poached pear with chocolate cake) - both truly delicious.
Highly recommended.

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S
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Left hungry and plates never taken away after 1:15mins after we finished eating.

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JR
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for dinner. The food was outstanding, different small plates to choose from - I wish we’d had room to try more! Really nice atmosphere and fantastic service. Good selection of wine. Will definitely be back.

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m
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Tables were to close together, we were dining early, many tables were empty ( 1 couple only in the restaurant) , we had a small table with no space for any plates! another couple came in and were sat next to us, they were cramped in also...loads of tables around free!
Didn't make sense to sit people so close...perhaps it was the staff having a laugh?

food was nice though although the small plates were physically large and the food portion was small..hence point above re size of table..doesn't work as a Tapa's type restaurant if plates are too big.

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