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Aumbry Comes To Town: McTague Opens In NQ

It's taster menus and snails for Edge Street

Published on August 20th 2014.


Aumbry Comes To Town: McTague Opens In NQ
 

MARY-Ellen McTague, owner and head chef at the award-winning Aumbry in Prestwich, is launching her first city centre venture, 4244 Edge Street on 23 September. Aumbry will close on 30 August for refurbishments and is due to re-open before Christmas. 

The taster menu will have locally sourced, deceptively simple dishes from slow cooked Cumbrian beef to signature favourites grapefruit posset and sautéed mushrooms and snails.  

The Edge Street address comprises the rear area of Teacup which will continue to operate from the Thomas Street side.

The space has fifty covers and the idea is serve a five course taster menu featuring McTague’s award winning fusion of British fine dining, traditional methods and historical cookery using the very latest science and technology. 

Taster menu food for 4244

Taster menu food for 4244

Opening hours will be Tuesdays to Saturdays, 7pm-9:30pm and the intention is to provide a relaxed, casual and intimate ambience. 

The taster menu will have locally sourced, deceptively simple dishes from slow cooked Cumbrian beef to signature favourites grapefruit posset and sautéed mushrooms and snails.  Bespoke wine and in house tea pairings will be part of the experience. The taster menu is expected to cost around £40-£45.

Mary-Ellen McTague said: “4244’s philosophy is to serve exciting, fine dining in the heart of the city without pretension. The restaurant is a place for diners to relax and socialise whilst enjoying the very best cuisine and most importantly, somewhere they can return to regularly.”

All 4244 Edge St bookings will be taken via the website www.4244.co.uk  from 1 September.

Confidential's excited about this news. We also wonder whether the allure of the city centre, if this project is a success, might encourage McTague to take up permanent residency - along with a return to Aumbry after the refit.

We've also just had to throw cold water over the editor's head and slap his face a couple of times because he collapsed in happy joy at the words 'snails' and 'oysters' on the sample menu below. 

Sample Menu 

Amuse

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Sautéed mushrooms and snails

Fresh curds in hay ash, malt loaf, garlic & parsley

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Tomato consommé

Cucumber, borage, tomato confit and rosary goats cheese dumpling

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Slow cooked Cumbrian beef

Oyster, pickled cockles, mustard leaves & Shetland Black potatoes

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Macerated Scottish Strawberries

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Candied violet and elderflower diplomat

Taster menu nosh

Taster menu nosh

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

AnonymousAugust 20th 2014.

WOW that's expensive! The NQ's not the right demographic for this restaurant. Mind you, the NQ has become something a little different from it's original concept IMO.

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AnonymousAugust 20th 2014.

If it can do well in Pretwich it can do well anywhere in town, far more people to target. I'll definitely give it a whirl. Won't be too long until we have next to no empty units in the NQ!

Alf!August 20th 2014.

40-45 quid for a taster menu is expensive?

AnonymousAugust 20th 2014.

Yes IMO it is. I'm not commenting on the food or the venue, just the price stated in the article above BTW JS.

mancadamAugust 20th 2014.

people in the northern quarter are falling over themselves to pay £15+ for burger and chips at Solita, i dont think £40 for this quality of food should scare them.

SmittyAugust 20th 2014.

It is dear, but it's perfect for a special treat. Why has everyone turned so miserable on this site? You guys used to be cool.

mancadamAugust 20th 2014.

for food as good as Aumbry's £45 for a 6 course taster menu really isn't dear at all.

Alf!August 20th 2014.

Thats really reasonable for fine dining 6 course taster menu.

AnonymousAugust 20th 2014.

@Mancadam Oh ok! That means it's great value then does it?

Adam LynnAugust 20th 2014.

yes, that's my point.

AnonymousAugust 21st 2014.

I think the point is it is good food hence all the praise for Aumbry and the price is great value too.

JimAugust 21st 2014.

The NQ is not in the middle of nowhere. It's easily accessible to the whole of Manchester and people who don't normally frequent the NQ will go to visit aumbry. It's not a restaurant for the NQ lot. It's just based in the NQ.

JimAugust 21st 2014.

Plus 63 degrees does well, is a similar price and a stones throw from where this place will open.

AnonymousAugust 21st 2014.

'It's not a restaurant for the NQ lot. It's just based in the NQ.' Hmmm...perhaps Spinningfields [the obvious choice of location] was too expensive.

AnonymousAugust 20th 2014.

This is bold... with such a big drinking and casual dining culture alive in the NQ, I'm not sure how well this will take off. Do people who are willing to spend such an amount on 'fine dining' want to be surrounded by groups of men throwing up against the window?

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AnonymousAugust 20th 2014.

It's hardly the Printworks or Deansgate Locks! It's Edge street facing Common. If the food is good then it'll do well I'm sure.

AnonymousAugust 20th 2014.

There is fine dining in Parts of london surrounded by bars

Craig DelaneyAugust 20th 2014.

63Degrees is in the NQ? (just)

AnonymousAugust 20th 2014.

I've never seen anyone throwing up on a window near Common or Terrace.

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AnonymousAugust 20th 2014.

Also it says it closes at 9.30.

AnonymousAugust 20th 2014.

9.30 will be last seating

AnonymousAugust 22nd 2014.

I can only imagine you don't live in the vicinity

Jonathan Schofield - editorAugust 20th 2014.

This is a fine idea and let's hope it soars. I'm going to selectively censor the anonymous whingers on here for 24 hours just for the fun of it.

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AnonymousAugust 20th 2014.

Hmmm...perhaps your efforts might best be put to good use sorting the website out to accept named posters. I've tried and I can only post Anon. It's not the first time this has been said.

Sir KennethAugust 20th 2014.

Tyrant Jon.

Kat NowerAugust 20th 2014.

Cannot wait!

SquirrelitoAugust 20th 2014.

She'll do absolutely fine in town. Aumbry is absolutely brilliant (if you can get in)

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SquirrelitoAugust 20th 2014.

absolutely! (doh!)

AnonymousAugust 20th 2014.

'Aumbry is absolutely brilliant (if you can get in)' Oh my! It's going to be one of those restaurants...and in the NQ?

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SquirrelitoAugust 20th 2014.

I just meant it's not very big, and it's very popular, so it's hard to get a booking at times, nowt else.

AnonymousAugust 20th 2014.

Booking restaurants in the NQ now? Blimey!

MaggieAugust 20th 2014.

anonymarse - just put your petty little prejudices to one side. Aumbrey is a small restaurant in Prestwich that doesn't have many covers. The food is of such a fab quality that, yes, it is v v difficult to get a table if you haven't booked in advance. As it has such a fine reputation throughout the north west (despite the fears of south Manchester and Cheshire-ites that 'It's grim up North') then it will probably transpire that you would have to book at the NQ venue as well. Might be better if you stick you Nandos and Zizzi - or call in at the chippy on your way home.

AnonymousAugust 21st 2014.

@Maggie Snob much?

mancadamAugust 21st 2014.

"booking restaurant" The Market has been in the NQ for 30 years, and TNQ 10. the only (reverse) snob on this page is you, "anonymous".

pollolocoAugust 20th 2014.

do you think the amuse will be jokes or impressions?

AnonymousAugust 20th 2014.

IMO it's exactly what the NQ needs - lots of places that are opening up are rather identikit and at least this will be different. Also, the NQ is hardly as grungy as it used to be - it's slowly drifting up market - if you'll pay a fiver for a pint then I'm sure a £45 meal isn't beyond the realms of possibility.

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AnonymousAugust 20th 2014.

A fiver for a pint? I always wondered what qualified as up market!

Gwyn StarkeyAugust 20th 2014.

Mary-Ellen and the team turn out some incredible food; exciting and inventive. Go on, live a little!

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AnonymousAugust 20th 2014.

Perhaps some people haven't got the disposable income that others have.

MaggieAugust 20th 2014.

ditto comment to anonymarse - call in at the chippy............ You pays your money and takes your choice!

AnonymousAugust 21st 2014.

@Maggie. You've always been a snob on ManCon. I wouldn't expect any less a comment from your slappedarse.

Alf!August 21st 2014.

I'm with Maggie, £45 quid isn't expensive for 6 courses. If you think it is don't go, I'm pretty confident it will be booked out.

MaggieAugust 21st 2014.

@anonymarse. Is 'snob' your new insult? Ha, ha, ha, I'd rather be considered that that than be the pedantic little killjoy you portray. if I choose to spend my money on good food in a good restaurant rather than fags and booze, that's my choice - if you choose the chippy then that's your choice. Now go away like the annoying little pedant you are and let people who enjoy good food, good wine, and interesting local events carry on passing the news of good restaurants etc between us. That's what Mancon is all about. You don't have to read the reviews if you don't want to. Snob? Ha, ha ha! Funny! I nearly choked on my champagne!

AnonymousAugust 21st 2014.

@Maggie Fags and booze? If I choose the chippy? Call me an annoying little pedant? YOU FUCKING TWERP I've done more for this city than you've had hot dinners ya bitch, and continue to do so. GO STUFF YOURSELF FULL OF FOOD AND BLOAT YA TWAT!

Hero
GordoAugust 22nd 2014.

Anon, that made me spurt my tea all over the desk. ~Funny~ take a deep breath and chilllll I hope Jonno doesn't remove it :-)

MaggieAugust 22nd 2014.

Ha Ha Ha anoymarsehole! What are you then, the Mayor! Or are you the local road sweeper. i hope you are because there is great dignity in work of any type, but if your the mayor........... I think you have shown your true colours now, ha, ha ha!

rinkydinkAugust 23rd 2014.

anonymarsehole... hysterical. Cheered my morning no that has. Thanks Maggie!

rinkydinkAugust 23rd 2014.

Morning up

AnonymousAugust 23rd 2014.

Oh my! What have I missed? This is too funny. Careful Maggie, it looks like Anon's sussed you out as you're showing your true colours here too.

SmittyAugust 20th 2014.

Aumbry is my favourite restaurant - really good for a posh treat. Hope they can bring the Aumbry charm to the city centre! Can't wait to give it a whirl! Nom, nom, nombry

Alex24August 20th 2014.

Just what the NQ needs - recently, it's become somewhat of a parody of itself with each new venue fawning over a version of Americana which doesn't actually exist. The odd Americanized venue is OK but it's been getting quite cringeworthy considering we are an English city. Cane & Grain seems to have been the logical conclusion of this trend with the cheek to charge extortionate amounts to eat cheaper cuts of meat in shoddy (or is it cool?) interiors with 'casual' service. I've eaten at places like this in the US, the difference is, they are actually priced accordingly for the experience you are getting. Ditto with the burger trend in Manchester. Hopefully this new venture will succeed and being a bit of diversity to what, foodwise, is actually a very generic area of town.

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Ghostly TomAugust 20th 2014.

If it says 'casual service' it's best avoided I've found... And I'm well over burgers...

AnonymousAugust 21st 2014.

Isn't the NQ all about casual service, albeit overpriced?

AnonymousAugust 20th 2014.

Rosylee, El Capo and now this, things are getting better in the NQ.

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AnonymousAugust 21st 2014.

For whom?

AnonymousAugust 21st 2014.

For people who like to leave the house once in a while.

AnonymousAugust 21st 2014.

That's madness.

AnonymousAugust 21st 2014.

Nice to see somewhere opening which hasn't got pulled pork/beef/hot dog/burger/rum blaring on the menu. Good luck to them! I for one will certainly be trying it given the excellent experience I've had at Aumbry.

Wall-EAugust 21st 2014.

You all realise it is a pop up?

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SquirrelitoAugust 23rd 2014.

yes, love. A bit of Prestwich in town for just a few months while the original is refurbed. We got it.

Wall-EAugust 26th 2014.

5 weeks actually love.

Mr knottyAugust 22nd 2014.

Thank god something that's not another American rip off!! There are only so many burger/rib joints needed so when There is a chance of creative local cuisine as a choice, I for won will be choosing it!! Ps Mary Ellen has the same training pedigree as Rogan/Bryne so at £40/45 it gives people a chance of experiencing amazing food without having to pay for all the pretension that usually goes with it!!

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SquirrelitoAugust 23rd 2014.

Absolutely! When Cane & Grain are charging £22 for a bit of brisket on a giant bone, why are people whining about £45 for a quality experience? Beyond stupid.

Harry KongAugust 23rd 2014.

Great idea let's hope it stays after December

JJJAugust 28th 2014.

Awesome - can't wait. Would much rather spend my money here than at any of pop up the meat joints, and for not much more outlay. It'll even come on plate, not a prison dish, like Cane and Grain.

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