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The Lowry

Mark Garner, the Confidential publisher, is a big fan of the Lowry’s private dining room and so are his POETS

Written by . Published on January 28th 2008.


The Lowry

Sometimes here at ManCon towers we find that we have a need for a private dining room, for which we have numerous reasons. They can range from Gordo making a fool of himself through to the Chairman holding a small family reunion, insisting on giving a speech which generally has the same result as Gordo just being Gordo.

This has floor to ceiling windows perched in a corner position, three storeys up looking down the river - spectacular at the end of the day with the sunsets.

So, here we have an occasional look at the private dining rooms across Manchester. We’ll start with the Lowry Hotel, who have a super salon. This has floor to ceiling windows perched in a corner position, three storeys up looking down the river - spectacular at the end of the day with the sunsets.

The room has a door opening onto the balcony which can be roped off for you.I remember being invited to a private dinner as a guest of chef, Eyck Zimmer, and restaurant manager, Marc Whitley, one fine summer’s evening. With a glass of Pol Roger, my favourite champagne, l was in a good enough mood already. But the sight of three swans gliding passed an Oxford/Cambridge style sculling boat really had my shoulders feeling at peace with the world.The food on three occasions has been nothing short of superb: Eyck’s team are really polished at delivering a high end food experience and marc’s team look after you with alacrity.

One of the benefits of being the Publisher of the Confidential group is hosting a monthly lunch, know as POETS, where I get to invite ten to twenty key people across the North West to come and let their hair down. What happens at POETS, stays at POETS.

The purpose is, for me, nothing other than sitting back and putting people together whose paths wouldn’t ordinarily cross. The key is good food and wine, lighting the blue touch paper and watching people unwind and enjoy. I currently have two favourite venues for this, one being the Malmaison and the other this room at The Lowry. I love it, as does my Chairman Howard Sharrock; here are his comments on a recent private family lunch.

“In addition to this there is private access to a spacious balcony which would be perfect for holding champagne receptions on sunnier days. Whilst we braved the outdoors briefly we were lured back inside to discover more special touches that the staff had thoughtfully carried out. As already discussed the room is lovely but the staff had decorated it beautifully in a modern and elegant style. Someone had really made the effort with table decorations and floral arrangements to make the room as special as our special day. The food from a personalised menu was fabulous as ever and the service from our assigned waitress was seamless from champagne to cheeseboard.”

If you want to find out more, if you click on the link at the end of the story you will be delivered to the Lowry’s online brochure within Manchester Confidential. If you speak to Marc Whitley, the restaurant manager and tell him Mark Garner recommended him, you may well have the £300 hire fee waived. Have a go and let me know what you think?

I have included some photographs below.

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