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The Drop Bar Cafe, Manchester, North West

The Drop Bar Cafe

4.3
4.3
154 Reviews
£25 and under
Caribbean

Clean Caribbean Cuisine, Cafe Chilled, Restaurant Grade, Home of the Hench Box

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Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Caribbean

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 17:00–22:00 Fri–Sun 12:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    0161 286 3317

  • Payment Options

    Cash Only

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    James Gill

  • Catering

    All events covered from £8 per person, please call for more information

  • Private party facilities

    All events covered, please call for more information

  • Area

    Chorlton

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Barlow Moor Road metrolink stationChorlton bus station opposite

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 154 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseEnergetic

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  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Child Friendly

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Late Night Find

  • Manchester

    Late Night Find

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  1. GI

    GuyIncognito

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Highly recommended! Great food and drinks and fair prices.

  2. GM

    GloriaM

    Manchester

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2

    We have eaten here before and the food was quite nice, unfortunately this evening was awful the food was a real disappointment and the delivery people kept on walking through the small restaurant while we where trying to have our food, we ended up moving seats in the end. When the food arrived the steam veg came in a bowl of water so we could not eat it. The standards has dropped in just a few months. Unfortunately we will not be returning there to eat again.

  3. JJ

    JordanJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Excellent food, music and service. Would definitely recommend.

  4. EM

    ElaineM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3

    Great food, as usual, and excellent value for money. They were very busy so service took a while but the food was worth the wait.

  5. L

    Lauren

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food as always was amazing and the vibe was top tier!!

  6. K

    Kenny

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Very tasty selection. Good sized portions. Goat curry and veg rice was an absolute hit, as was the jerk roast, halloumi and plantain. Will definitely be coming back. Could be a tad spicier but understand Y the spice level is kept very moderate for universal appeal.

  7. 1

    1234

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    The food was lovely until we discovered a hair in the food. When asked to speak to the manager he said it is made by humans and as such hair is inevitable. The response wasn’t what we expected. The food was also cold. We found a hair on the outside of the glass. Underneath the table was very dusty. Seen one of the waiters using the ice scooper to scoop ice from inside the glass which already had coke in to take the ice out. Put us off our drink before even receiving the. We ordered rice and peas but instead received rice and vegetables. The manager took the curry off that hair was found in. Not a good experience overall!

  8. AR

    AllanRobertson

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was amazing, and staff were great! The jerk chicken was so tasty! Rum punch was delicious too. Will definitely be going back.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    It was shut!!!!

  10. AD

    AnneD

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    We had a table booked for 8 people on May 2nd at 5pm for my birthday and on arrival the place was closed. There was several other people waiting who had also made reservations and there was no response from Drop at all . Very disappointed with the Drop.

    The Drop Bar CafeResponded on 11 May 2022

    Hi, thanks for your review. We was closed during this period to Eid and closed our booking platforms & advised on our socials including or website. Unfortunately there was an error within the booking platform allowing bookings to be made. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and understand your frustration.

  11. d

    damo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Everything I wanted. Except coffee, to go with dessert.

  12. NS

    NaomiS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1

    Waitress was rude and off hand The male waiter was very good though Over rated reviews online - If you don’t know anything about Caribbean food you would think this was great but it was not authentic or traditional in any way, didn’t have rice and peas, oxtail or fried chicken on the menu! Music good but too loud for the small space we were sat in We won’t be back

  13. J

    Jess

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience1

    The food was amazing but the service was really disappointing. It took 45 minutes just to receive our drinks and when we politely asked for an update on our drinks, the staff were really short and rude with us. It’s a shame because the food was great.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Food was so good!!!!!

  15. SM

    SoniaM

    London

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5

    Ordered the hench box curry goat and Jerk Chicken, portion of fried dumplings and Macaroni Cheese. Macaroni Cheese delivered first informed waitress it was cold. Returned the hench Box as that was cold. Heard some in the kitchen shout "there out of order" he/she should have came and personally said it to my face. Ten minutes after food reserved all hot and 100% better.

  16. JH

    JackH

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We was a large table of 7, with 2 children the staff handled the table well, quick drinks. Good Variety of menu for vegan, plenty of options. If you want it all have the Hench Box. Otherwise you pick mains then sides, you get plenty of food. Staff happy to box it up for you too, will be back very soon again, rhis was my 2nd visit.

  17. S

    Service0

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 March 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2

    We arrived at The Drop early, then we got seated inside (it was a hot spring day) and the air con was turned on to 30 degrees so I asked to be sat outside they obliged reluctantly. We got seated outside and then waited 25 minutes to get a drinks order(we had already sat inside for 10 minutes) we again had to ask to order food the drinks toke their merry time to come out. The food was pleasant and on time I think it is very expensive for what you get - £10 for a chicken thigh and drumstick seems a little extortionate in my opinion. The food was tasty, but not for the cost I would have expected more. I wouldn't be attending again as it didn't feel like it was somewhere I could relax and eat dinner I had to ask for knives and forks, napkins that's not service.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 13 March 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3

    The prices appear to have increased which is understandable. The service is a little poor with a high turn over of staff. There appears to be a big delay in initially taking drinks orders. They are always out of fraught beer and the space can be a bit cramped and uncomfortable. The music can often be a little bit too loud. I go regularly but the food is always amazing just a few little things that can let it down.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing all round evening!

  20. CM

    CMCP

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 March 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    Food was excellent and prob worth the long wait to get served

  21. JH

    JackH

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food is tasty, staff are accommodating, pictures don’t do it justice you need to taste the flavors. Quick service, 241 cocktails too. Home of the henchbox. If you’re into Jamaican Fresh cooked food then you need to try this hidden gem!

  22. SH

    SarahH

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really love it here every time we come. The food is so delicious. We’re not vegetarian but the veggie food is so good we choose it. So flavoursome, good value, good atmosphere.

  23. JM

    JamesM

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good. Always is. I recommend this to anyone passing through chorlton

  24. MD

    MizzDarkSkin

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a lovely time. Food was great and service was top tier. Great cocktails.

  25. SL

    SarahL

    Liverpool

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely delicious my mum was overjoyed with flavour

  26. EB

    EBONYJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Food and service amazing It was a little cold and the tables were wobbly

  27. M

    Metaboliser

    Manchester

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    What a shambles! We did not end up having our Valentine's Day dinner here despite booking weeks ahead. We arrived at the time of our booking to find there were no tables available, staff were either dismissive or ignored us and we were pretty much told our booking was pointless. We ended up going elsewhere.

  28. EM

    EMilt

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2

    I was looking forward to going to The Drop after a friend said how nice the food was. My partner and I shared a meal which was nice, however unfortunately, we won't be returning as this didn't outweigh the poor service. We had ordered on the app which we had a QR code for on our table. Our food arrived after 40 minutes, however the drinks didn't ever arrive - we had to ask for a refund because we still hadn't received them after finishing our food. It was only two glasses of wine which we had chased up three times. Unfortunately I don't think we were the only ones having trouble and this made the atmosphere quite loud and negative for such a small place as other customers were getting up and going to the bar to chase orders which made the space very chaotic. I'm not sure if they were short staffed or if just over capacity considering it was Valentine's Day. I feel for the waitress working front of house as she was trying to chase orders and keep customers happy. She could have done with more support from her colleagues.

  29. Y

    Yumyum

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and great portion sizes. Highly recommend

  30. LS

    LukeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Lovely atmosphere , great music and friendly and attentive staff. The food was fantastic, authentic, fresh and very tasty.

  31. SD

    SarahD

    Cumbria

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3

    Short staffed. Small portions in the double box. Staff too busy with delivery guys to pay attention to customers. Sat by the door which was constantly open and closed all night blowing the cold in. Not asked once if everything is ok. Food luke warm. Disappointing. Nice music.

  32. ES

    EmmaS

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5

    Been before, food is always amazing but we got the food before our cocktail which I thought was abit quick.

  33. AW

    AndrewW

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food!!! Great size portions , really enjoyed, will be going back

  34. JK

    JaneK

    London

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Delicious food

  35. JM

    JamesM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Can't recommend The Drop enough. I'm a regular who visits a few times a month at least and always recommend to anyone looking for good authentic Carribean food. Service is always amazing. Food always consistent and great music.

  36. n

    nataliew

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and great choice on menu for vegetarians too . Service spot on and would definitely go again.

  37. D

    Danielle

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is amazing. It came out fast and very fresh. Portion size was perfect as we had left overs for lunch the next day

  38. 1

    123ma

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Amazing , wound definitely recommend great food , drinks music.

  39. TA

    TimA

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great food , service and value. Loved the drop since it opened a few years back .

  40. K

    Kevin

    Manchester

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    No need to waste time booking tables as they do not reserve them. Food quality had gone downhill. Goat was chewy. Chicken was dry. Service was rude and slow. Wait over an hour between ordering food and for the food to arrive. Check the bill carefully. My pint was charged as two half pints which is more expensive

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Drop Bar Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Just Eat. The Drop Bar Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0161 286 3317.

The Drop Bar Cafe is rated 4.3 stars by 154 OpenTable diners.

The Drop Bar Cafe does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 7 times today
Google Map for The Drop Bar Cafe

356 Barlow Moor Road Chorlton Manchester, North West M21 8AZ

Additional information

  • Area

    Chorlton

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 17:00–22:00 Fri–Sun 12:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Caribbean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Barlow Moor Road metrolink stationChorlton bus station opposite

  • Payment Options

    Cash Only

  • Executive Chef

    James Gill

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    0161 286 3317

  • Catering

    All events covered from £8 per person, please call for more information

  • Private party facilities

    All events covered, please call for more information

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