Manchester’s Purity is a 2012 venture from the people who brought us Pure. This though, is no superclub. Instead it’s a smart and stylish restaurant and bar, providing comfort food both to those out simply for a meal and those looking for sustenance before dancing away the night in the club below.
On the ground floor, light floods in through high vaulted glass walls that open out on to a large terrace overlooking the Great Northern Square amphitheatre. A bar area complete with baby grand completes the picture. There is a separate balconied Mezzanine area, where you can relax on luxurious white sofas set in cosy alcoves. Lighting is used to great effect to create different moods.
Purity’s menus are all based around the concept of hearty comfort food.
At lunchtime, there’s a great selection of quick but substantial dishes to keep you going through the day. Flat breads (£6) come with tasty fillings such as smoked chicken, avocado and bacon, and grilled haloumi with roasted red pepper. There are classic wraps (£5.60) including hoi sin duck, spiced chilli chicken and falafel with mint sour cream and shredded lettuce, club sandwiches (£5.80), smoked salmon bagels (£5.70), and hearty baguettes with popular fillings such as steak and caramelised red onion and prawn in seafood sauce. All the bread-based meals come with chunky chips and a small soup. Those looking for something lighter will find a good choice of salads (from £6.40).
From midday through till 5pm, Purity offers a relaxed base for afternoon tea. You can indulge in the full cream tea option, with finger sandwiches, scones and cakes (£13.50), or choose from a selection of tasty savouries and sweet treats. Pianists perform from 2pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
In the evening, the emphasis is on informal dining in a stylish setting. Start with cocktails in the piano bar, then move to your table to choose your meal from a range of favourites. Starters include prawn cocktail (£4.60), baked camembert (£4.20) and sharing plates of nachos (from £6.40). The main course offers a simple choice of dishes, but an unusual cooking method. Choose from a selection of grill classics such as rump steak (£16), king prawns (£14.20) and rack of lamb (£16.50), then cook the food exactly how you like it on hot stones at your table. Sides (£3) include hand cut chunky fries, onion rings and mushrooms.
The comfort food theme continues with a dessert menu featuring traditional puddings such as chocolate fudge cake (£4) and profiteroles (£4), alongside jammie dodger cheesecake (£4) and sweet, sticky triple chocolate and banoffee waffle creations (both £4.50 – or £6.80 served as a tower for two to share). If you’re running out of room by this point, sorbets and ice creams provide a lighter option.
All in all, Purity offers a winning combination of satisfying food and up-to-the-minute style plus a touch of novelty, making it a great choice for a relaxing meal out with friends.
Purity Bar & Restaurant
Purity Manchester, 36 Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5GP
Booking available here