Review: The River Restaurant, Salford

The River Restaurant, Salford

Located within the five-star Lowry Hotel and just a few minute’s walk from Deansgate, Salford’s River Restaurant succeeds in providing an intimate atmosphere a million miles from the corporate feel of so many hotel restaurants. 

The hotel sits on the banks of the now-peaceful River Irwell, its Chapel Wharf address a quiet reminder of the area’s busy industrial past. Outside, the building’s dramatic curved glass front makes a strong statement, standing out even amongst the glass and steel of its neighbours.

 Inside the restaurant, the decor combines contemporary and classic design features.  There are green leather chairs, curved bronze banquettes and perfectly-positioned white linen table cloths, beautifully set off by gilt-framed mirrors and stunning architectural floral arrangements.   An eye-catching display of decidedly non-Welsh dresser-style plates completes the look.

The adjacent bar offers a light-filled space that opens out onto Manchester’s longest terrace.  Overlooking the renowned Trinity Bridge (the Calatravas-designed footbridge that links the twin cities of Manchester and Salford ), the terrace on a sunny day is a perfect setting for brunch, lunch or afternoon tea.

The main menu provides a selection of classic dishes from Britain and around the world, using local, seasonal produce wherever possible.  Soups include French onion (£5) and lobster bisque (£7.25), whilst favourite dishes such as moules frites (£7) and duck spring rolls (£7.50 ) ensure there is something for everyone 

Pastas are served as both starters and main courses, the linguine in white clam sauce (£7/£15) being a perennial favourite.  Meat main courses range from a succulent home-made beef burger (£14.50) to the rich and satisfying roasted rack of venison, with blueberry and venison sausage and juniper sauce (£24.50).  The grill menu offers tuna steak (£22), chicken breast (£19.50), and a selection of beef cuts.  All are served with salad, pommes frites, and, of course, your choice of classic sauce.  

The desert menu offers a small but well-chosen selection.  Dishes include a fragrant pear tarte tartin, (£5.50) bursting with caramelised juices, an indulgent rum-soaked rhum baba (£6.50), and a classic New York cheesecake (£6.50).

Alternative treats at the Lowry include Sunday lunch, summer salad specials, and, of course traditional or champagne afternoon teas.

The River Restaurant, Salford

50 Dearmans Place, Salford, M3 5LH

Online booking available here


Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday: 7:00 – 10:30, 12:00 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 22:30

Saturday: 7:30 – 11:00, 12:00 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 22:30

Sunday: 7:30 – 11:00, 12:30 – 15:00, 15:15 – 17:00 & 19:00 – 22:00

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