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World Cup at the Circle Club

Lynda Moyo gets away from the crowds at the Circle’s special World Cup screenings

Written by . Published on June 25th 2010.


World Cup at the Circle Club

Some people seem to enjoy watching the game in an overcrowded local, having drinks spilled on them whilst fighting their way through louts to get the bar, but that’s not my World Cup goal.

We were keen to get a belly full before the match, although one of our party admitted he couldn’t eat because his stomach was turning. For me on the other hand, food comes before football and I was delighted at the sight of a two inch thick burger with all the trimmings and plenty of fries, placed before me.

A perfect view of the big screen, easy access to the bar and the option of some good grub, is, however. On a promise of just that, I headed to the Circle Club for England v Slovenia- the make or break match.

The club, based in the grade ll listed Barton Arcade off Deansgate, has 70 places available for fans at each game. We were immediately taken to our reserved seats right in front of a giant TV screen and offered Kitchen at the Circle Club’s special World Cup menu.

It costs £12.50 and includes a free beer as well as a great choice of hearty, homely dishes such as beer battered fish and chips, the Kitchen burger, speciality pie and vegetarian options too.

Having seen some of these meals whilst walking to our seats, we were keen to get a belly full before the match, although one of our party admitted he couldn’t eat because his stomach was turning.

Young England fan at Kitchen at the CircleEngland score at the Kitchen at the Circle

For me on the other hand, food comes before football and I was delighted at the sight of a two inch thick burger with all the trimmings and a bowl of fries, placed before me. Having said that, the steaming hot, homemade chicken pie wedged in a bed of creamy mash with veg and rich gravy did give me a bit of food envy. But with so many matches to go, I guess I’ll end up trying them all at some point.

After your free beer you can also take advantage of other drinks offers during the matches, including four bottles of Heineken for £10 and cocktails at two for the price of one. It’s a good idea to get there early to eat and sort your drinks out so you can concentrate on the match, but even if you don’t staff wander the place throughout the games so you can order at any time.

When England win, you can be assured of a vibrant atmosphere wherever you are so the Circle Club was no exception. However the fact that it’s a limited capacity of like-minded people means that even if England loose 5-0 to Germany, glass bottles will remain intact and that’s certainly good to know.

England’s matches and other key matches are all hosted in Kitchen at the Circle restaurant. The basement Circle Club is also available for private hire. Places are limited and must be booked in advance by calling 0161 288 8118 or email reservations@thecircleclub.com. To find out about further World Cup fixtures and other events log onto www.thecircleclub.com.

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