DIARY: Let's do lunch

Hurricane Bar & Grill reviewed by George Anthoulakis, account director, Mason Williams PR

Located at the top of King Street, where the much-loved Reform Club used to be, Hurricane is becoming the next place to be for Mancunians.

I was last there with a journalist on a grim Tuesday afternoon. We felt a bit lonely because it was fairly quiet, but it gets a lot busier in the evenings.

It was nice to see that the new owners kept some of the building's original features, including the ornate vaulted timber ceiling. The restaurant is cleverly separated from the bar area with a high, light-emitting back bar gantry of timber, steel and glass.

Watch out for Simon - he's one of the friendliest bartenders on earth and rapidly puts everyone at ease.

The menu features grill favourites such as matured Scottish sirloin and fillet steaks, alongside a selection of entrees such as the roast cod with pesto linguine, clams and piquillo peppers. My journalist associate had a Caesar salad as a main course and I went for the rib-eye steak with mash and peppercorn sauce. I wish her choice didn't make me feel so guilty because I really fancied the grilled muffin with asparagus, parma ham and poached hen's egg - just one of the mouth-watering starters.

Apparently Winston Churchill delivered a keynote speech on this very site, and I can't help thinking this would be his kind of place.

Where: King Street, Manchester M2

Contact: 0161 835 2785

How much: £25 per head for two courses

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