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Monday, 12 March 2018

Review | 20 Stories

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Without fail, every time I go to London, I head somewhere with a view. Whether that's Duck and Waffle, the 10th floor of Tate, the Sky Garden or any bar that's situated on a roof.


Manchester on the other hand, is lacking a little. Kingstreet Townhouse has a beautiful sun trap come summer or at 23 floors, you can get the highest view of the city from the Hilton Hotel's Cloud 23. Yet I'm still greedy and want more. Introducing: 20 stories, which I write as if I had anything to do with the place actually opening. I didn't. But boy was I happy when news of the new eatery entered my inbox.


For those who don't know, 20 Stories is part of the D&D chain and is now the highest restaurant in the city. Located in the heart of suave Spinningfields, despite the building being so high, I struggled to find it ironically. Note: be wary of Google Map's placing, it had me frantically walking in circles with my mother's day bouquet in tow. You'll know when you've arrived due to the bold sign, red carpet and friendly staff on the ground floor reception, before you're led to the lift up to the sky.



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The venue is split into two restaurants - a fine dining side with a higher price point and then a more casual grill with everything from fish and chips, cottage pie and steaks to burgers and salads. Plus if you're visiting on a Sunday like we did, you can pick up a roast. As you can probably guess, we visited the Grill. Hands held high, fine dining isn't really for me. I appreciate it, but I love hearty dishes: your stews, pies, steaks and all your regular dishes I was exposed to when I was a waitress. I'm no chef, but my stilton sauce is something I'm damn proud of, if I learnt nothing else working in a kitchen for four years.


I swerved the starters (I have a tiny appetite), but did try my brother in law's starter of smoked eel, because I do like to try everything once. Whilst the texture wasn't for me, I'm glad I ticked the box. For main, it was tough to choose between a steak or a roast but being traditional, I went for a Roast Beef, which comes beautifully served. You get all your usual trimmings and the meat was beautiful. It's a great portion size and price pointed equally to the majority of roasts in the city (yes I've had a fair few).


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I again didn't join in with the dessert crew, but sampled the Manchester Tart which was lovely and light yet full of flavour and my sister's Chocolate Fondant looked incredibly delicious. Before we went, I took approximately 20 photos just because. In terms of affordability, the grill is just that - it's the same prices as most restaurants, making this a place to put on your visit list. It's not stuffy and the added bonus of the outside bar, make this a destination not just for food. It's a place you can come to show off the view to mum, share a cocktail or three with the girls or have date night with your other half.


The staff were a pleasure from start to finish, and I already can't wait to go back.

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