Aaaahhh.! Sunshine at last! What could be better than sitting out on a warm Manchester day and enjoying a little light lunch?
In recognition of this simple (but sadly too fleeting) pleasure, I shall be sampling the city centre centre’s best alfresco opportunities over the coming weeks.
To start with, I got myself along to The Mark Addy in Bridge Street and here’s what I found;
On the plus side
You can’t beat this former boat passenger waiting room for location. Just off Deansgate and will spectacular river views, this pub that does food is incredibly well placed.
Added to that the food was well-presented and well-priced.(£15.55 for two including a drink each) I tried out the battered king prawns with chilli dipping sauce (£3.45) while Himself wolfed down a hearty steak ciabatta with mushroom, onions and chips(£4.75).
We shared a side order of mixed salad which was large and came with a separate jug of salad dressing – what a very sensible way of doing it. A bargain at £1.95.
The prawns were good but I was disappointed with the side salad which came on the plates of both dishes slathered in what I thought was a vile cheese sauce. (Himself liked it).
There’s two things wrong with the Mark Addy 1. The whole place desperately needs a refurb, it’s as faded as Ken Barlow’s corduroy elbow patches, and 2. the ongoing building work on the Manchester side of the river doesn’t make for the most peaceful of lunches. Check out this video clip to see what I mean.
The Mark Addy is perhaps a bit overlooked as it huddles down by the riverside on the Salford side somewhat dwarfed by the glass metropolis growing around it. It’s straightforward bar food at a good price with a generous outdoor area. Perhaps it’s about to have its day as the location becomes more noticeable from the upmarket eateries about to open on the opposite bank.