My latest Manchester Adventure with the girls started with a naughty prosecco in the park and ended with half a cider in a bar that used to be a public toilet ! Somewhere in between we managed lunch too…….in the impressive looking Hotel Gotham.
HOtel Gotham rises majestically over the various designer boutiques on King Street. Formerly a bank, this Art Deco building was designed by Edwin Lutyens and it is said that forgotten recording material by Manchester bands Joy Division and New Order were discovered in its vaults during the renovations. Now a bespoke hotel with original features such as half moon shaped windows and terrazzo floors, it also has a quirky side inspired by 1930s gangsters,prohibition , oh and Batman of course!
The hotel’s restaurant ‘Honey’ is on the sixth floor and commands grand views of the city. We started our lunch with delicious cocktails and a cheesy fondue style starter with artisan breads.
For our mains Jo and Fi decided on the Club sandwiches and I chose the charcuterie board which was both weird and wonderful. There’s a savoury donut in there somewhere.
Its a shame the weather was the typical summer time drizzle we come to expect in the North West. Not the best sneaky peek at the view! Ooooh Fi and I did manage a sneaky peek in the private members/residents club ‘Brass’ by the way. That Fi is very bolshy. 😉 It’s all swanky leather sofas and wall to wall alcohol up there. And I can tell you the ladies toilets are like stepping into the brains of a Peacock……
Time for desserts. Fi and Jo both chose the chocolate soup with tracklements. Now being the country bumpkins that we are, none of us actually knew anything about tracklements. Do you? Well ,they turned out to be little accompaniments on the side. I think the chocolate soup might have been a bit sparse without them! And I went for the peanut and raspberry parfait which was rather good.
We all enjoyed the food ( and the cocktails! ) but I think our experience would have benefited from some explanations from the waiting on staff. Although lovely ( and donning bowler hats) the staff seemed a little clueless about how the food should be consumed. For example one of our cocktails came with a shot of prosecco on the side. Was this meant to be downed in one beforehand or mixed in with said cocktail? Nobody seemed to know. And as for those tracklements……..
I loved the attention to detail in the restaurant and hotel interior. Vintage typewriters on the wall, retro luggage,gold bars and old fashioned drinks trolleys. What I wouldn’t give for a nosy in one of Gotham’s sixty luxurious bedrooms and suites!
For a special treat ‘Honey’ in Hotel Gotham is somewhere I would love to dine again. Where in Manchester do you recommend going for lunch?