1761 and Lily’s Bar opened all the way back in November, unfortunately I am usually away most of December / January and so hadn’t yet had the chance to try out the Manchester newcomer.. Until now that is.
1761 introduces itself as ‘An Independent, British Restaurant, passionate about fresh, seasonal and locally sourced British food’, and it certainly keeps to the ‘local’ theme with its stunning Manchester Bee door handles.
Tucked just off King Street and just off Albert Square, the restaurant is situated at 2 booth street, with the ground floor restaurant having an upmarket gentleman’s club feel, with leather seats, tasteful decor and stunning chandeliers, whilst still keeping a friendly and informal feel to the place.
We arrived early for our table and so decided to sit in the bar area. Starting with a beautiful Manchester Three Rivers Gin and Tonic. The bar area was a relaxing place to wait for our friends to arrive and service was fantastic.
When ready we moved through to the restaurant area, which was light and airy, whilst maintaining the upmarket yet informal feel.
For starter I opted for the Salt Cod Scotch Egg, I had seen this a few times on social media, I’m glad I had. The egg was rich and runny, the aioli had a good Garlic hit to it, and the samphire bought just the right amount of saltiness to the dish.
India went for the Baked Haddock, which she devoured in one.
Moving onto mains, and with it being Sunday, I just had to try out the Sunday Roast. There were 4 choices including Beef, Chicken and my choice, Lamb.
The lamb was tasty and very tender, roast potatoes that were perfectly crispy on the outside, whilst soft and fluffy on the inside. The side of Mint Sauce and Extra Gravy just added to the taste of this beautiful lunch.
As well as the Roast, you were also served Mash Potato (Bonus) as well as two locally sourced cabbages, roasted carrots and parsnip.
Overall this was a very tasty Sunday Lunch and was also very filling. A bonus here – if you have 2 Sunday Roasts, priced at £13.50 each, you get a free bottle of house wine.. Bargain!!
India however didn’t opt for the roast, and had spotted another favourite… a corned beef hash.
Very different to the Hash Type dishes that I often make at home, this was a beautiful mixture of corned beef and potatoes, topped with a soft egg and crispy bacon, what isn’t to love.
Stuffed after the two courses, India still found room for a dessert. Out of Manchester Tart, so it was the Sticky Toffee Pudding which, with a little help was also finished off.
There are lots of new places popping up all the time in Manchester, many serving a good Sunday lunch, with this one definitely being up there with some of the better places. Their Sunday Meal Offer is a great one to grab.
I haven’t tried out the downstairs ‘Lily’s Bar’ as yet, but with a lot more city centre eating coming up soon, I may just need to pop down there for a drink or two.
1761 can be found at 2 Booth Street, Manchester