This weekend saw the gourmands of Manchester come out in full force for our soft launch – and what a crowd! This city definitely knows how to have a good time…
With press, local businesses, friends, family and foodies galore invited, it was time to throw open our windows, get the disco ball spinning, and for Ed Baines and the team to fire up the shiny hobs and get cooking! Before long the scent of golden-crisping rotisserie chicken was wafting down Bridge Street, and the oysters were being shucked at an unprecedented rate.
So what does Manchester like to eat? There was definitely a demand for lobster and chips, proving shellfish is always a success. Our Fish Pie – unique to the new menu - was very popular, and more than a few guests were seen savouring our bestselling Spaghettini Marinara. On Sunday the roasts were flying out of the kitchen – both succulent chicken and thick slabs of rare beef, served with fluffy Yorkies and swimming in glossy gravy. And the city proved they’ve got style – and aren’t afraid to make an impression – as we saw a fabulous amount of our towering platters of Fruits de Mer delight diners. Plus naturally we got through more than a few bottles of Champagne – well, the weekend was all about raising a toast to our new home!
We had such a wonderful reception from everyone, and were absolutely thrilled that so many of you took to social media to share your experiences. Karen Dominiak Tweeted ‘fantastic night, amazing food as always, excellent service & perfect vibe! The R&A we know & love with a Manchester twist!’ while we Philip Murphy used his 160 characters to say ‘Fantastic lunch @randallaubinMCR yesterday. Amazing food, great staff and cool vibe – it’s got it all. Welcome to Manchester. #Success’.
And the Facebook reviews had us blushing with pride too, as Martha Moore wrote ‘Incredible food in gorgeous surroundings. We felt so looked after by Louis & the team and already cannot wait to come back. Thank you so much for a wonderful evening - R&A is just the injection of glamour that Manchester has been crying out for! Xx’, while we loved Peter Fletcher’s summary of : ‘Such great food, roast selection is great addition to the menu. Restaurant looks incredible, definitely lived up to the London restaurant, with its own northern identity!’
So there we have it – our soft launch has been completed! Thanks for bearing with us Manchester – we hope you agree it was worth the wait. We certainly couldn’t be happier with our new home, and so raise one more glass – to such a vibrant and fabulous city that has welcomed us with open arms.