Manchester House smoked eel

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A Festive Feast at Manchester House

Today we enjoyed our third visit to Manchester House, and we were just as impressed by the food, service, atmosphere and attention to detail as the very first time we dined here. The restaurant was decked out with opulent festive trimmings and the seasonal menu reflected this cosy, wintry theme.Manchester House amuse bouche

Our lunchtime feast began with an amuse bouche of frothy turnip and chestnut soup, served with brioche topped with goat’s butter and tangy cheese. It was the perfect way to ready our appetites for the delights ahead.Manchester House smoked eel

One greedy sister was braver than the other and tried eel for the first time, with the starter of smoked eel, pearl barley and smoked apple puree. And it was completely delicious, setting a very high bar for the next time eel’s on the menu!Manchester House pumpkin soup

The less adventurous sister enjoyed an equally tasty vegetarian starter of pumpkin soup with smoked pepper mousse, served on crisp filo pastry and tangy onion chutney.Manchester House monkfish

And there were no arguments on the main course, as we both chose the monkfish tail with red peppers, brown shrimps, almonds and squid ink dumplings. This elegantly presented dish was packed full of flavour and we thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful.Manchester House dessert

We don’t always choose desserts, but past experience told us this was essential at Manchester House, and we weren’t disappointed. The chocolate, lime and pineapple dessert was a refreshingly satisfying way to end this wonderful meal.

Manchester House macaroonsAnd the treats didn’t end there. After sampling each flavour from the pretty box of delicate macaroons, we met the charming Aiden Byrne before heading into the city centre to continue our Christmas shopping with huge smiles on our faces!

Aiden Byrne

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