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“QUALITY PRE THEATRE MEAL”

Stalls Cafe Bar - Bridgewater Hall
Ranked #944 of 2,501 Restaurants in Manchester
Cuisines: Central European
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Description: The Bridgewater Hall contains two restaurants. The Stalls Cafe Bar and the Charles Halle Restaurant. They are open to the general public but are targeted at patrons of the Bridgewater Hall .THe head chef is Marco Tedde. the cooking style is mainly central european. BUT intending diners need to be forewarned!
Reviewed May 1, 2017

Booked a table in the stalls cafe bar prior to the Remembering Fred show on a Saturday night. I had never visited before so was slightly wary and was expecting a very casual atmosphere. However it is a small, smart and quite formal area adjacent to, but quite separate from, the main bar. We enjoyed a delicious meal and received very good service throughout. There wasn't a huge choice but enough to enjoy a very nice meal. It was an ideal venue for a pre theatre meal - very convenient & relaxing. I'm guessing that some of the less positive reviews relate to the general bar area which did get very busy and quite crowded. I would definitely visit again but recommend booking to ensure you get a table.

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Thank SUE H
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Reviewed April 3, 2017

I have eaten twice here now. The first time we turned up "on speck" but there are only a few tables so it is wise to book which is what we did the second time. The food was really good on both occasions and the service was fine. All for a reasonable price and much more comfortable than the scrum which is the area for just drinks and cakes. However, they have a strange approach to customer service (we asked for a second bread roll and were told that the chef only made enough for the bookings! Shades of communist countries!).

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Reviewed February 16, 2017

At our pre concert lunch had to stand to eat our lunch as no free seats. Sandwiches and coffee were good quality but a shame we were unable to relax and enjoy them.

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Reviewed February 16, 2017

We turned up midweek for a lighter lunch and were surprised at how quiet it was. Had checked the menu on line although it has changed a bit. Very nice quiet setting with a view of the river/canal.
Had a couple of coffees while waiting for our son. Lovely strong coffee but would like a bigger cup.
We tried the salt beef,cornichon and horseradish mayo wholemeal sandwich, a griddled bloomer with salmon,dill and cornichon and a griddled halloumi,red pepper and avocado. All with dressed salad and a had a portion of parmesan chips -gorgeous.
Service was efficient and friendly.
Also felt it was good value for money with very fresh and interesting sandwiches.
Will

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Thank Michael A
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Reviewed January 5, 2017

We arrived early for the evening performance of the Nutcracker and so thought we would eat in the Stalls cafe bar. unfortunately, all that was on offer up until 6.00pm was a few cold sandwiches, so we decided to wait and had a hot drink, which was only just warm. We noticed that other visitors were leaving their sandwiches. The hot food bar was setting up and at 6.00 we ordered two hot turkey and stuffing and two hot mushroom and smoky bbq sauce. The sandwiches were prepared as we waited, the turkey and mushrooms being taken from lidded pots. Served on floury baps which were cold and dry, (fresh from the freezer?) the fillings were already tepid not hot, the turkey was tender but had lots of fat or skin hanging off it, the mushrooms weren't much better, an odd combination with the sauce. To make matters worse, they were served on small pieces of cardboard, completely impractical and very messy. All in all, a very disappointing pre concert "meal"! We assumed that this was a "pop up" bar but according to the website, this is a permanent fixture! The Bridgewater is a fantastic venue, badly let down by this attempt at "bar food". It would make sense to have a more permanent set up for hot drinks and food rather than flasks of hot water and food pots transported from the kitchens. We have visited the Bridgewater many times for a variety of performances but have never eaten there previously! We certainly wouldn't bother again.

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