Village Brasserie

4.1
164 reviews
£26 to £40
Fusion / Eclectic
Located on Canal Street in one of Manchester’s most vibrant areas, the Village, underneath the iconic Velvet Hotel & Bar.

Village Brasserie has served guests in the Village for over two decades with Thomas Parkin at the helm for over twenty-three years.

We operate in-line with Government's guidelines to ensure the safety of our staff and customers.

**Please note bookings made online are for dinning - bar/terrace tables are operated each day on a walk in basis only**

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 164 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.1based on recent ratings
4.2
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3.9
service
4.1
ambience
4.0
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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VernaC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Slow service. Several items on menu not available
Probably wouldn’t visit again

GL
GordonL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food lovely dining experience would certainly eat here again

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mamaseyes
Manchester
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After booking and then reading poor reviews I was worried but it was so good . I took my son for his visit here service really really good he had hummus starter I had figs and goats cheese both above the norm he had chicken in Parma ham I had sea bass both delicious I had espresso martini he had flat white Bill £62 so good highly recommend sat outside for more drinks after do go you were will not be disappointed

SM
SimonM
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food served at good prices by lovely staff.

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Phil
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were allocated the booth for the 4 of us which was excellent, plenty of space. The service was excellent and food was amazing.

EC
ECook
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were sat at the table for 30 mins before a drink order was even taken. Ignored by the staff (restaurant wasn’t even busy approx half full) starter arrived after main course. Steak was Cole and the chips over cooked and cold. Asked for the bill as we’d been there so long we missed our following drinks reservation. The server asked if everything was ok as I’d left over half the meal and I explained it wasn’t but I just wanted the bill and to leave. He returned with the bill and had removed one drink from the bill to compensate. Would rather have paid for the wine as it was palatable. (Bill was still almost £100 one starter two mains and one glass of wine) wouldn’t recommend to anyone at all. Worst place we have eaten in Manchester without contest.

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Colind
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience4

We have eaten here before and always enjoyed it. Last night wasn’t a great experience though. We were greeted at the podium to a blunt “you only have a hour and half to eat” which wasn’t particularity a warm welcome. The food itself was good but my partners main was forgotten and came after the other party members had all finished.

EH
EddieH
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to Village Brasserie and I have to say it was one of the best meals out I have ever had, the food was incredible the atmosphere was light and our waiter could not do enough for it. Absolutely fantastic, I’ve already made another reservation for the beginning of July

MJ
MichaelJ
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great place, friendly service and atmosphere. Enjoyed as always

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice food and service, would definitely recommend this basement restaurant kinda vibe

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience2

Staff didn't know what doing. Food came difrend time and they forgot about drinks. Nobody check us do everything its OK and we sitting with dirty table over 20min. Food overpriced and not good quality. Was my birthday and I mentioned that in booking. Nobody say anything about that. Staff didn't ask us about desert. I'm very disappointed. Table was not in level and Staff put napkins to stop shaking. They serve food without cutlery.... Never again.

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Kfaz
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great value for money food. The bar staff are incredibly friendly and provide fast and tasty food

NH
NeilH
London
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We were looked after beautifully by Mark (think that was his name). First time out with friends post lockdown, sat outside and had a perfect afternoon.

CB
ChloeB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Came over the weekend for drinks and food- the service was great, music was very loud on Saturday night inside but it felt like a club so it was a good vibe, great selection of drinks. The pizza was lovely too and everyone was very accommodating.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing

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oliverd
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining outside - and the waiters were very good.
Sunny, nicely done food - ordering app is hopeless but I think everyone knows that now

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was just simply rubbish, the waiters was just running round like headless chickens. Then we got severed the wrong food and when they finally brought our food is was plain rubbish
The whole interior and design is brilliant but they really need to think of investing in better kitchen staff

KE
KEW27
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three haloumi burgers and a lamb dinner thoroughly enjoyed with beets and cocktails.

DT
DanT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible! Staff very friendly and helpful. Just the right amount of interaction from the staff. Great atmosphere. Would definitely recommend.

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debsc
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We keep revisiting this restaurant sporadically since it changed hands a few years ago after the same people had it for many years, but I think we’ve given it it’s final chance last night. Slow service even after being told we had to vacate the table at a specific time, the menu isn’t very extensive and I wouldn’t say that the prices were on the ‘reasonable’ side, it’s just not ‘cutting it’ all round for our liking. One small fillet of pan fried fish just isn’t enough. Eating a similar meal at other restaurants-I’d get 2 decent sized fillets within my meal, two fillets constitutes a ‘fish’ in my eyes so only having ‘half’...........one feels a tad cheated.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome would go again!

SP
ShelleyP
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting, great food and adorable service

SG
SueG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and great service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Anniversary, food was incredible, toilets were incredible, service was almost perfect, vibe and atmosphere was perfect.

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Debs
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We visited on a sunny bank holiday Monday (31/5). The area outside was busy and lively. Sadly the Brasserie were not serving food outdoors. We dined indoors - the restaurant area was dark and lacked atmosphere. The food was ok.

KB
KeithB
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Waitress was rude and looked like she wasn't bothered. Wanted to move outside buy wasn't allowed, next door at no1 canal st were all sitting outside and their food looked much superior . Food was adequate asked for no mushrooms but because the waitress was so rude, didn't even think about asking to get it changed.

KM
KarolisM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely visit to the Village Brasserie. All was lovely.

MJ
MoJo
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

So disappointed about our experience yesterday at Village Brassiere. It was almost comical. I went with 3 friends to celebrate birthdays. When booking I mentioned it was a birthday meal. When the waiter took the drink order and me and my friend ordered a Diet Coke he sarcastically said “Ooh big birthday!” My other friend then ordered a lemonade and he said “Jesus!” Why because we’re celebrating birthdays do we have to have alcohol. I was driving. One friend has a medical condition and cannot drink. The food took a long time to arrive but I have to say it was delicious. My friend asked for mayonnaise and it was obvious the waiter forgot so she asked again. And he laughed about forgetting. He then forgot again!! It was a joke!! He then commented on my friend leaving her salad and then proceeded to tell her how many calories are in a Caesar Salad!! One lovely thing he did was bring us a delicious dessert to share for our birthdays which we were very grateful for. It was a nice touch. When we asked for the bill there were two pints of lager on it that we hadn’t had plus some fries. I queried it and a waitress went off to change it. A few minutes later she dropped the bill on the table and when we looked at it, it was exactly the same bill!! She’d thrown the wrong one in the bin. Genuine mistake, no big deal but everything together added up to a bit of a poor experience. The most annoying thing was that the waiter who served us had his face mask under his chin the whole time we were there. And he stood pretty close to us and other customers when taking orders!! Why is that acceptable? But customers has to wear a face covering when stood up/walking around. None of his colleagues told him to cover his mouth and nose. Overall it wasn’t the experience we expected and not the usual at Velvet or the Brassiere.

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JudeH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Having dined here multiple times over the years and not had any issues, it was the obvious choice for a Sunday afternoon meal. I had a table booked for 2.00pm.
We were made to wait while a table was cleared even though there were plenty of tables ready that we could have been seated at. I looked round to see a lot of seated people with no food in front of them (this rang alarm bells straight away)
We decided not to have a starter as service looked very slow. Our food order was taken around 2.20pm
Our meals, which were only main courses still hadn't arrived by 3.00pm and I queried it's whereabouts. The waitress bruskly advised 'It's the Lamb - it takes a while to cook'
Food arrived at 3.10pm and was lovely. Couldn't fault the food at all.
We had eaten and left the building by 3.30pm as getting a round of 2 drinks was also taking 20 mins at a time.
No desert was offered.
The guy on reception was doing his best but the staff didn't seem to have a clue.
The food was excellent but not enough people in the kitchen would be my guess.
I had sea bass with noodles and my hubby had lamb with potatoes, neither are complicated dishes.
If you don't have the kitchen capacity, don't book so many customers in.
Disappointed

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Michael
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience1

The second time we have been here after lockdowns. The first time the service was terrible, this time even worse. The host barked at us to use the nhs app. He did not greet us. He pointed at the table which we quickly moved to. Our booking was at 7.15. We waited 30 minutes to order a drink another 30 to order food (with no hint of an apology). Our food arrived at 9.30. We decided to have no dessert after the meal (we were never asked and quite frankly felt the option would not be welcome). As the host was clearing the table I said we would like the bill when it’s ready.... she immediately slammed my friends plate down walked over to a toll point and threw down the bill. Another server who was actually very polite then continued to remove our food which had been sitting for about 20 minutes when asked. Dinning should be light and enjoyable, this was neither. The food was excellent so the chef should be commended, the service. Diabolical. In an economy where people are struggling for employment I would really ask your staff to consider themselves lucky and secondly, if you do not enjoy hospitality or the service industry, we all have choices. Perhaps not always nice choices but we do nonetheless. Perhaps they could set the world of healthcare on fire with the attentiveness they showed myself and my party. I will be sharing my feedback with anyone who will listen as quite frankly I will be spending my hard earned money elsewhere in future.

LC
LisaC
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always. Food is always great, staff are just perfect and always attentive. A wonderful place to go.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were so friendly service was very good, bar is slightly cold so would say to bring a jacket but other than that we really enjoyed it

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Zach
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Walking down the stairs to what looks like Manchesters Best Kept secret, you're greeted with an amazingly decorated open plan room, from the dark grey dining area with its lush white tables to the well-presented bar.

The only issue is at our table, this came with a small high difference if you are seated opposite the bench (nothing a cushion couldn't solve). I didn't raise this with staff as it's only a minor issue.

Overall, a very successful evening.

ME
MarcE
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

From entering the premises it was clear that there was extreme confusion about the virgin experience voucher i had used for the booking. The waiter told me without a PIN number for the voucher i would not be able to dine. i informed him unequivocally that i had actually sent the whole PDF voucher 4 times, which included the PIN. I had also had a conversation with somebody called Angel who assured me they had everything i needed and the booking would go smoothly. After some very protracted and uncomfortable discussion i was told the waiter Jan would contact them and get the PIN. It then became known to me that there were some items not included in the voucher, none of these were mentioned at the time of booking.
At the end of the meal i asked what deserts they had (as the voucher deal was side, main dish and desert. They only had 2 and both contained way to much sugar, for me as i have type 2 diabetes. I gently made the suggestion that if i could have an irish coffee in lieu of the desert, this was rather swiftly denied and i had to pay myself. Then at the end of the meal Jan asked my partner and not me "how was the meal" and then preceded to give my partner a voucher for a free desert next visit!

A shocking experience made worse by incompetent and inexperienced staff.

HE
HazelEvans26
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for a lovely evening with lovely food :)

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

We had fish and chips and it was delicious

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Food wasn’t good at all. But they did knock my meal off the bill as they could see I wouldn’t eat it. Taken ages to get a drink also. Under staffed

CJ
ChristineJ
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The staff worked hard and nothing was too much trouble, despite the restaurant being full. The food was good, especially the pizzas. Great atmosphere and sound track. We will return!

LG
LilyG
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

our booking didn’t show on the system so we were put on a really cold table, service was very slow considering the restaurant wasn’t overly busy, only one choice of roast dinner left at half 2 on a sunday. but all in the all the food was lovely and the staff were very pleasant.

LT
LeeT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

This was a shocking experience. Plenty of staff, only five tables, but service was extremely poor and rude.
Food looked microwaved.
Also, the restaurant was cold.

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Village Brasserie is rated 4.1 stars by 164 OpenTable diners.

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