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NEW: Lounge Ten Pulls A Filthy Cow

Just when you thought we'd reached peak-burger...

Written by . Published on January 8th 2015.


NEW: Lounge Ten Pulls A Filthy Cow
 

THREE words defined 2014. And two weren't even words: '#', 'emoji-heart' and 'burger'.

The restaurant is said to be a cross between 'farmyard-industrial' (two words usually applied to tractors) and 'Soho-neon' (two words usually applied to brothels)

On average seventeen burger restaurants an hour opened in Manchester last year (or something like that). Many sounded the death knell for the gourmet burger, we'd reached 'peak-burger', they said. Even the stats appeared to back them up, research published last year by industry consultants Horizon estimated that burgers were down almost 20% on restaurant menus.

In which case, come 2015 and you'd be forgiven for thinking we'd turned a corner. Well, far from it. Love 'em or sick of 'em, the gourmet burger trend still has plenty of legs.

Filthy CowFilthy Cow

Six (yes SIX) new burger restaurants are set to open in Manchester in the coming months, and they're just the ones we've had wind of.

Byron Burger will open two new sites at the Corn Exchange and Piccadilly Gardens (in the former-Kro unit), Burger & Lobster will open on King Street this March, Solita are poised to open a new restaurant in Prestwich while American-outfit Five Guys will launch their second Manchester operation in Ashton.

On top of that, US burger chain Shake Shack (first opened in the UK on Covent Garden in 2013), London-based burger-trendies MeatLiquor and 50s-themed Ed's Easy Diner - which has nearly 40 restaurants across the UK including one at Cheshire Oaks - are all rumoured to be flirting with Manchester sites, including the empty former-Monsoon site on King Street.

Filthy Cow is the latest such-operation to announce an early-2015 Manchester launch at the former-Lounge Ten site on Tib Lane, and their marketing guff certainly ain't scrimping on hyperbole.

Filthy Cow will open in the former-Lounge TenFilthy Cow will open in the former-Lounge Ten

'Wildest meat fantasies', 'carnal burger desires' we can just about swallow, we've been chewing on that since patty-porn trailblazers Almost Famous first appeared up a creepy NQ staircase in 2012. But 'change the face of dining in Manchester once and for all'? C'mon now folks. That's just silly (marketing is via a London firm you say? Ah).

So what's Filthy Cow's story?

Opening to the public on Saturday 28 February, Manchester's latest gourmet burger brand is the creation of young entrepreneur Jordan Gallimore, who we're told has been 'working undercover' in the kitchens and out front of house for numerous other burger bars in the city, doing her homework. Gallimore has gall. We like that.

Gallimore's concept is backed by Crewe-based groundworks and landscaping business owners, Steven and Lisa Higginbottom.

Filthy Cow

Filthy Cow loosFilthy Cow

The restaurant is said to be a cross between 'farmyard-industrial' (two words usually applied to tractors) and 'Soho-neon' (two words usually applied to brothels), but basically means exposed brick, exposed piping, provocative neons, graffiti and a gagged-cow in wellies chained to a JCB by udder-clamps. Maybe.

The 1,200 sq ft restaurant will contain twenty tables with room for 70 bottoms plus a private dining space with 'help yourself' bar (risky) for another fourteen.

The menu is 'short and punchy' - what this means is four burgers: classic, cheese, beast and veggie (£6 to £7.50), three sides: fries, onion rings and slaw (all £2.50) and two desserts (from £3). Beer and wine start from £4.

For those 'in the know', there'll also be a 'speak-easy takeaway service' served on the sly through a 'secret hatch'. Hmm.

Another Manchester burger bar thrown into the fray it is, the 'benchmark for memorable dining in Manchester' it probably ain't. Unless that gagged-cow is workable?

www.filthycowburgers.co.uk

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37 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousJanuary 8th 2015.

Wow. It's like every Northern Quarter cliche under one roof. Perhaps the most pretentious PR i've ever read.

SquirrelitoJanuary 8th 2015.

Wasn't there a 50's style burger place called Ed's Diner on Deansgate in the 90s or am I misremembering that?

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AnonymousJanuary 9th 2015.

I remember that diner, one of my first experiences of curly fries as a child; it was called "Starvin' Marvin's" if I remember rightly

AnonymousJanuary 8th 2015.

I've spent some really great nights in Lounge 10. The interior was splendidly decadent. And it even had its own fortune-teller. Well I doubt that she saw this coming. Looking at it now, it seems like somebody broke in during the night and trashed it. The building deserved better.

Jemma FieldingJanuary 8th 2015.

jesus christ. when will it end

Andy JonesJanuary 8th 2015.

No. More. Burgers. Shame, I liked Lounge Ten and its silliness.

AnonymousJanuary 8th 2015.

There aren't actually that many good burger restaurants in Manchester. Only Byron, Solita and AF are any good and even then they are not as good as London's better offerings like MEAT liquor or Lucky Chip (plus others). There's still room for more as long as they're good.

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SteamyJanuary 8th 2015.

Meat Liquor is good, but not a patch on Solita. Give credit where it is due, Anon.

AnonymousJanuary 8th 2015.

I've only been to both places once and in my experience MEAT (mission) was better. I liked Solita though so I wasn't slagging it off.

AnonymousJanuary 8th 2015.

AF is all hype. Mediocre food at premium prices and the worst service of any restaurant I have been anywhere in the world.

AnonymousJanuary 9th 2015.

I don't know about that. I've had 3 or 4 really good burgers at AF. The last couple of times have not been as good, however. Also, is a tenner a "premium" price?

AnonymousJanuary 9th 2015.

A tenner is a premium price for what amounts to a bit of mince... And don't forget the appalling service.

AnonymousJanuary 9th 2015.

Service has always been fine for me. No issues. It's not JUST a bit of mince is it? There are a lot of other ingredients on there. I've always enjoyed it anyway.

AnonymousJanuary 9th 2015.

Well if you're happy to get wait hours and get your own cutlery and use smart price paper towels as a napkin then it's perfect for you. If I want to do either I'll eat at home. Sorry about the mince comment, I forgot to mention the monster munch and the slathering of unidentifiable gloop that comes with it. All in the room that has the ambiance of a run down club at closing time. AF is one of the worst dining experiences to be had in the city. And well beyond....

AnonymousJanuary 9th 2015.

I like all kind of dining experiences, so having to collect my own cutlery or kitchen roll isn't really a problem. Anyway this is besides the point that I was initially making, which was that I think there's still room for some better burger places. Hopefully Filthy Cow will be one of them.

AnonymousJanuary 9th 2015.

I love Almost Famous, the best burgers I've had in Manchester and the service I've had has always been good. I've had disappointing experiences at Solita though.

AnonymousJanuary 9th 2015.

Has anyone tried the filthy fucker burger?

AnonymousJanuary 9th 2015.

We have far too many of these overrated burger joints as it is. Eventually people will get bored and then where will they be? McDs, last man standing I suspect.

AnonymousJanuary 9th 2015.

What you need is some dirty meat in your mouth.

AnonymousJanuary 12th 2015.

The best burger I had last year was at The Splendid Sausage (as it was then) strangely.

SteamyJanuary 8th 2015.

Lounge 10 was quirky and interesting, with great food. Why the hell did it close down? We need more places like that, we have enough burger joints.

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AnonymousJanuary 9th 2015.

It obviously wasnt making enough money. It was the sort of place people maybe went once a year, if that. I went once about ten years ago and didn't love it. If people were queueing out the door then it wouldn't have closed.

Poster BoyJanuary 8th 2015.

So 2012. It's the artisan kebab bus now...

AnonymousJanuary 8th 2015.

More burgers? Give us a break already...

AnonymousJanuary 8th 2015.

Not AFBJ! When will it end? Soon hopefully. Loathe the entire concept of dirty food. And who, in their right mind, will eat in a restaurant with the word 'filthy' in its name?

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AnonymousJanuary 9th 2015.

I will.

AnonymousJanuary 9th 2015.

More fool you then....

AnonymousJanuary 9th 2015.

Why? If the food is nice, what difference does the sign on the outside make?

AnonymousJanuary 9th 2015.

Well if you can't see the dichotomy between 'filthy' and 'food' then go ahead. Dirty food is over.

AnonymousJanuary 9th 2015.

I don't care if you or others think "dirty food" is "over" (whatever that means). I'll still like burgers. So if this place does nice burgers, then I'll go, despite the daft-sounding name.

AnonymousJanuary 9th 2015.

It's not over though is it? dirty food is big in every city in the Western world.

AnonymousJanuary 9th 2015.

Dirty food is a passing fad that is fading the world over. Not everyone in Manchester has got the memo yet.

AnonymousJanuary 9th 2015.

'Over', in this sense means finished with, it has run it's course....

AnonymousJanuary 9th 2015.

If they seriously think they can offer me a selection of brewed beverage labelled "Lager", "IPA" & "Cider" - they can fuck off. I offer them "Custom (out of stock)" & "No Custom".

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AnonymousJanuary 9th 2015.

Presumably they will change the selection up on a regular basis. I'm sure they will tell you what it is if you ask.

shiveringgoatJanuary 29th 2015.

Can I buy a dog's arse burger here?

AnonymousMarch 14th 2015.

Another independent burger joint, jesus. A burger's a burger, yep Manchester's saturared with em but a cheeseburger or a steak bake on the move? No-brainer. Same old industrial cloned interior as expected but yes, a damn good burger. So simple -good wedge of a patty, seared hard, pink, seasoned right. I'm eating lunch here again, this place'll get busy.

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