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Green’s Bar Gastro

Sian Claire Owen investigates a gastro bar with two names

Published on November 29th 2007.

Green’s Bar Gastro

Two months ago, Green’s Bar Gastro opened on Chester Street, Manchester. But due to a naming conflict with the West Didsbury restaurant of the same name, Green’s Bar Gastro is now due to be renamed Senger. That’s an anagram of greens. Bit of a hassle, but at least they get to have two launch parties.

The bar is situated in a building that would make your average Novotel look like a work of architectural brilliance, in other word a plain brick box that must have cost the price of a Kronenberg. It's better inside fortunately.

The bar is situated in the heart of the so-called student quarter, in a building that would make your average Novotel look like a work of architectural brilliance, in other word a plain brick box that must have cost the price of a Kronenberg. It's better inside fortunately, with chic velvet sofas, clunky antique coffee tables, cow skin rugs and Hilda Ogden-inspired flying ducks. In this way Green’s manages to blend the eccentric with the stylish to create a comfortable bohemian atmosphere. Shame that the room's so high though as that tends to detract from any cosiness.

The food is freshly prepared from a kitchen left open for scrutiny by the general public, which must mean the kitchen staff need to put on quite a performance. Tap-dancing juggling chefs you ask? We’re not entirely sure, but given the Willy Wonka feel of the bar it wouldn’t be surprising to see a troupe of dancing Oompah Loompahs on table service.

Green’s opens at 7am, serving as an up-market alternative to the greasy spoon caff, with cooked breakfasts ranging from £3 to £4.50 for the full English (with vegetarian options).

The a la carte menu has classics such as the beef Wellington (£11.95) and lamb rack (£10.95), but true to form the selection makes a theatrical u-turn, presenting dishes such as the angry sounding ‘ferociously roasted poussin’ (£9.95).

Apparently it’s been said they make the best Beef Wellington in the world. It's not that good, but it provides the sort of meal which attracts the two words of 'hearty' and 'fayre': a filling, good value dish which might lack subtlety in its cooking - who'd want that anyway? - but makes up for it in more down-to-earth ways. Greens, by the way, is also somewhere to bear in mind if you’re in search of a decent Sunday Lunch.

Saying that, if you’re not so flush, and one would assume that most students are up for a bargain, the lunch menu has a range of sandwiches for £4.95.But let’s face it, we’re as much about the booze as the food, and Green’s sport an impressive range of beers from around the world, from Czechoslovakia to America, and their wine list is pretty top notch too. If you’re feeling especially frisky, a range of champagne is available, with the Zeta Cava Brut Reserva, Spain for a surprising £14.95 per bottle.

For those who fancy a tipple but are unsure what to choose, fear not, the staff, we're told, have all been trained in the art of wine tasting so they probably know more about what you want than you do.

There isn’t much going on by way of entertainment, but Green’s simply isn’t that kind of bar. It's more living room in feel, well, if the living room was from a Foxton’s ad. It's a place to go and relax gently with pretty good food as well.

Rating: 13/20
Breakdown: 3/5 Food
4/5 Drink
3/5 Decor
3/5 Ambience
Address: Green’s Bar Gastro
Unit 4, The Quadrangle
Chester Street
M1 5Q3
0161 923 4703
Mon-Wed 7am-11pm, Thu 7am-midnight,
Fri am-1am, Sat non-1am, Sun noon-11pm

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

AnonymousNovember 29th 2007.

They had live jazz in there for the last four weekends with free entry. Went to see Matt Nickson there last Friday and the high ceiling made his sax sound great!

Joan of JazzNovember 29th 2007.

High ceiling eh? Matt Nickson needs more than a high ceiling to sound half way in tune let alone great. If he could remember his name, the day and which end to hold his sax he might have half a chance but, frankly, we've all given up waiting for that to happen! The guy's obsessed with the past when he should be working to find his hidden talent!

AnonymousNovember 29th 2007.

Oooh, think Joan of Jazz has been chomping on a wasp.

markNovember 29th 2007.

matt does not need a high ceiling to make his sax sound great!!! also, they had john ellis and co there. fantastic jazz AND good food and beer. a mighty place indeed

Joan of JazzNovember 29th 2007.

Just noticed the proliferation of references to 'high ceiling' in the previous posts [not including my own]. Is it me or is the coincidence perhaps indicative of the same person [Matt?] posting the aforementioned reviews??

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