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2Kozy Restaurant Reviewed

Jonathan Schofield, chicken chasseur, fruit salad and the late Ms Houston

Written by . Published on January 14th 2013.

2Kozy Restaurant Reviewed

“SO WHY are you called 2Kozy?”

“We have a restaurant opposite the station in Rainhill, near Liverpool, and that’s called Kozy, you know like cosy. This is on 2 Ridgefield and it’s our second place so 2Kozy.”

“Right. So why spell it with ks and zs?”

“Makes it look better. We’re opening another one in Leeds in 2015; that’ll be called 3Kozy.”

2015. Wow. Transpennine plans.

I'd last seen a chicken chasseur in about 1985 in the Iceland Home Frozen Range and thought it had long gone to the Hospice For Obsolete Dishes.

Confidential loves ambition, but we're terrified for this operator. They're getting it wrong. 

At present the site, opposite Grill on the Alley and the original Pizza Express, feels nothing like a city centre destination. Instead it feels exactly like a restaurant opposite a station in Rainhill, a sort of glorified cafe or greasy spoon, with a winelist and a menu stuck in the past.

That aura of under-investment begins outside the restaurant with signage in black and gold printed on boards normally employed as hoardings around a building site.

Hoarding boardsHoarding boards

The dowdy interior doesn't help matters. Nor did the crowd on our Wednesday lunchtime visit. This consisted of me, a friend, Whitney Houston and Luther Vandross.

The latter two were a disembodied presence as their ‘Greatest Hits’ anthemed themselves over the music system to each tune's inevitably tragic climax – a bit like the life of Whitney H herself. Sitting there was an emotional roller coaster of wailings and croonings. 

My friend started with chicken liver pâté (£5.75) complete with an utterly pointless pesto that clashed badly with the pâté. The latter was chilled to the point of frost bite, dulling flavour.

Chilled chicken liverChilled chicken liver pâté

My starter of king prawn, chilli, and ‘garlic Noilly Prat’ (French vermouth) at the racy price of £9.75 was the best thing we ate. I could have licked the weird sauce off the plate with its chilli heat. The peppered prawns were dirtily beguiling.


Then the mains arrived. Oh dear.

Below is a picture of the main course of chicken chasseur (£12.95). I'd ordered this out of curiosity. I'd last seen a chicken chasseur in about 1985 in the Iceland Home Frozen Range and thought it had long gone to the Hospice For Obsolete Dishes. This version was WAG-orange, with poor quality chicken that had the texture of edible cotton wool. It was definitely senile.

Chicken chasseurChicken chasseur

Then there was the salmon (13.95). This looked remarkably like the chicken chasseur. It was also very orange, and, also with the consistency of edible cotton wool. 

Prominent in both pictures are beans and carrots. Heaps of them. This was cooking at its least elegant, most prosaic and clumsiest best. When you go for a meal you want cooking to a standard better than your own, you definitely don't want a school dinner.


The desserts included ice cream, tiramisu and fruit salad. The latter (£4.25) sounded safest. The chef's method was simple. Cut some fruit up and place it in a bowl with syrup that tastes as though it comes from a  tin of pears. I quite liked this.

Chopped up fruitChopped up fruit

By this time the music was really getting to me.

Forget the greasy spoon with a winelist I mentioned before, 2Kozy was beginning to resemble a Village venue gone to seed.

Any minute I expected a howling gaggle of middle-aged divorcees to burst in with a few residual gay mates looking for maternal approval. In my mind's eye I heard the volume being cranked to 9 and 'I will always love you' blasting out amidst squeals of delight.

I was beginning to hallucinate.


Listen, as a reviewer I take no pleasure in being honest about independent restaurants when being honest sounds like you're being cruel, but 2Kozy, if it is to survive, needs to shape up and soon. 

It needs to ditch those signboards, ditch the name and then quickly write a decent menu.

The managers should glance over the road at Grill on the Alley as a model, see how the Living Ventures group excite their customers and then come up with their own solution - God knows we don't need any more 'grills'. There is room for chicken chasseur in the world as long as it's updated in execution and presentation.

At the very least 2Kozy (or Tea Cosy as my brain keeps translating it) needs to appear professional, up-to-date, as though it belongs in this part of Manchester city centre. The concept might need to be polished considerably before 3Kozy launches. 

You can follow Jonathan Schofield on Twitter here @JonathSchofield 


2Kozy Bar & Restaurant, 2 Ridgefield, City. M2 6EQ

Rating: 9/20 

Food:4.5/10 (prawns 6.5, pâté 5, chicken 3, salmon 3, fruit salad 5)
Service: 2.5/5
Ambience: 2/5

PLEASE NOTE: Venues are rated against the best examples of their kind: fine dining against the best fine dining, cafes against the best cafes. Following on from this the scores represent: 1-5 saw your leg off and eat it, 6-9 get a DVD, 10-11 if you must, 12-13 if you’re passing,14-15 worth a trip,16-17 very good, 17-18 exceptional, 19 pure quality, 20 perfect. More than 20, we get carried away.

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

pollolocoJanuary 14th 2013.

Very naive if they think they can survive with that kind of offering.....good constructive review though.

Bilbo BobbinsJanuary 14th 2013.

bloody hell, are those tinned mushrooms?

AnonymousJanuary 14th 2013.

I dont get it,this place gets rave reviews on Trip Advisor.....Hmmmm

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ClaggyJanuary 14th 2013.

What you believe TripAdvisor?

AnonymousJanuary 14th 2013.

Swear by it................NOT!

Steve5839January 15th 2013.

TripAdvisor rules, well if you can take a view on the comments i.e one great comment - dont believe, 100 great comments - hummmm, hot and miss comments - well the place is hit and miss, its not rocket science. Also, if homely food is what you like!

Jackie LeachJanuary 19th 2013.

I seen it on trip advisor, and i have been to the one in liverpool, and i think they are really nice, you should see the reviews on the site my husband goes on onionring.com its really good, i had a great time and have booked to go back.

AnonymousJanuary 14th 2013.

Looks like the type of venue that is slowly going out of business in Urmston... In the centre, what are they thinking!??!

Simon TurnerJanuary 14th 2013.

Good review, what a terrible place. I'd like more on this theory about middle-aged divorcees and their gay mates tho, what's that about?

Simon TurnerJanuary 14th 2013.

Good review, what a terrible place. I'd like more on this theory about middle-aged divorcees and their gay mates tho, what's that about?

AnonymousJanuary 14th 2013.

You didnt total it up but that horror show is almost £50 for two without drinks at lunchtime.

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Jonathan SchofieldJanuary 14th 2013.

It actually cost with drinks £74.35

Amanda EveryJanuary 15th 2013.

"Jonathan Schofield:Yesterday afternoon at 2:03 PM. It actually cost with drinks £74.35" - That's an absolute disgrace. I could knock out better than that for less - in fact; I challenge them to a cook off!

AnonymousJanuary 14th 2013.

Think I'll steer clear. The food looks awful and so does the venue!

AnonymousJanuary 14th 2013.

Think I'll steer clear. The food looks awful and so does the venue!

AnonymousJanuary 14th 2013.

you should review the rainhill one too

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AnonymousJanuary 14th 2013.

I've been and it's no better than this one seems to be. The Rainhill is usually full of screechy WAG wannabes.
So they have two terrible restaurants (one which isn't busy) and they're looking to expand to another city. Wonder who the money is in this business?

Prince_HarmingJanuary 14th 2013.

I wouldn't even serve that kind of food at home if I were in a rush! I think it's been years since I saw anything like that standard where you were still expected to part with cash for it. Good lord.

At this rate I can comfortably consider myself good enough to open my own venue...

AnonymousJanuary 15th 2013.

Whilst indulging in a post-dinner cheroot outside GOTA a few months ago, I was accosted by an interesting individual, claiming to own 2Kozy. Not only did he offer to arrange for me to meet Diane Modahl ("You know, the Olympian, Diane Modal" for a price of only £600.00 but he went to great lengths to explain how he had "sent the staff home" early, as a reward for working so hard throughout the day.

I can only think that you visited this place on a rare 'off' day, as it's obvious to me that this place is actually a roaring success. Chicken chasseur, LOTS of carrots AND the chance to meet Diane Modahl. What's not to like about it?

EllieJanuary 15th 2013.

EMB - had office Christmas eve meal here. Manchester was buzzing, markets, people, great atmosphere - 8 of us went in.......ONLY US IN THE WHOLE PLACE - why we thought? However, we made the most of it but food NOT good and certainly the only atmosphere was us! Very, very disappointing and won't survive if they don't up their game! PS - Staff ok.

Richard AthertonJanuary 15th 2013.

Love the naivety of some scousers to believe a WAG pleaser in Liverpool will automatically work in Manchester.
Sound review.

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AnonymousJanuary 15th 2013.

Rainhill isn't in Liverpool and the original Kozy is hardly a WAG pleaser.

Joseph DentJanuary 15th 2013.

hahaha. Gordo you crack me up!!!

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Tea CosyJanuary 15th 2013.

Gordo didn't write it

Scott NealJanuary 15th 2013.

Have to say the place looked awful (and don't get me started on the name) but then the GLOWING Tripadvisor reviews made me think it was worth a punt. Thanks ManCon for saving me from what would have been an almost certainly terrible meal.

AnonymousJanuary 15th 2013.

I hope that owner knows what the name of his restaurant means in Slovakian. Word Kozy means goats in Slovak language. To be honest it's radiculos thst this restaurant is called Goat! Loool as we use word goat in different meaning which I believe will be good laugh for people from Slovakia, Czech and Poland if they see this!

Stuart BaileyJanuary 15th 2013.

Not all the reviews on Trip Advisor are good.....

Kath HollandJanuary 15th 2013.

I will stick with cart and horses in astley food great

Mike NooneJanuary 16th 2013.

come back Harpers !

Reader XxxJanuary 18th 2013.

I have eaten in this place on several occasions, I have fount food and the service excellent, I do not agree with the author who is trying to compare this place with grill on the alley which is a large franchise with financial investment, 2 kozy is a new concept being driven by a young business man who has had the minerals to open a restaurant in the middle of Manchester city centre, competing with larger more established places.

In stead of destroying his reputation you should be supporting these small business franchise, as for the comments about the word goat then if you are a foreigner get used to living with British business and culture, so what I'd it means goat in your language, how many people do you know in the uk speak Slovak, lets stop trying to condemn small business enterprises and support them after all that's what Manchester is all about looking after each other and supporting these new and up and coming business.

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Sylvia HayesJanuary 18th 2013.

I and my family have also eaten there, enjoyed the food and service so much we booked for xmas day. Which we enjoyed, people who criticise annoy me, if you dont like the food why did you pay for it. Why dont you give people a chance instead of putting people down.

AnonymousJanuary 19th 2013.

Bad food is bad food. It doesn't get any better because it's served up by an indie rather than a chain. In a city centre such as Manchester where there are hundreds of restaurants, being mediocre doesn't work.

James KayJanuary 23rd 2013.

Reader XXX sounds like the loving uncle or father of the 'young business man'

Simon TurnerJanuary 18th 2013.

"Small businesses" like any other business have to earn their place in the market. "Minerals"?

jrsteeveJanuary 18th 2013.

The decor doesn't appear to have been touched since Harpers closed down. It's a god awful name, it really needs to be changed.

It's a difficult unit to fill, I though Harpers was a great little place but never saw it completely full.

Daniel JamesJanuary 18th 2013.

Those carrots look like they have been cooked within an inch of their life! A little overdone me thinks

Vicky AlcockJanuary 19th 2013.

I was here last saturday with a group of friends and we had a great time. The atmosphere was amazing, from the singer they had on, to people dancing. The service we got from the staff was excellent, and they could not do enough for us. I am sorry but the review i have read on here from a so called writer, is rubbish, and i believe he has a personal problem with the restaurant and that his comments he wrote where in no way done in a professional manor. Some people have wrote about Harpers, well you need to get by the fact it is no longer Harpers, and you should be supporting your local businesses. We ate from the specials, and i have to say the food was of excellent standard, and the freshness of the food was outstanding. People also go on about prices, and of places that are on a side street where you can pay 9.99 for a 3 course meal, well if cheap and cheerful is your thing then good, but you can in no way compare a pub tea to that of a excellent standard restaurant. Also the name is known as meaning goat, well yes it is and so what there are plenty of place in the uk that if you looked up in another language it would mean something different, so because you have no valid reason to slate this restaurant you attack the name instead. Well a goat is Beautiful, and thats how i would rate 2KOZY, so please take my word go try it, you wont be disappointed and i am a hard person to please. All of the staff there will make your night enjoyable.

Vicky AlcockJanuary 19th 2013.

I have to say we have visited this place on 4 occasions and on each one we have not been disappointed. Myself and my partner, along with my parents love the sunday roasts here, they are fresh and all the potatoes and gravy, and yorkshire puddings are home made, not a frozen one in sight. The staff are excellent and make us feel very welcome, and they always remember you, unlike some places you go and all they see is money signs. We have also been to one of there live entertainment nights and eaten from the special and loved it, the steak i had was to die for, and a good atmosphere. Will continue going here, and hope you will too.

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Vicky AlcockJanuary 19th 2013.

i wrote a second comment as my partner had commented on the roast an i had forgot to do this .

AVOJanuary 19th 2013.

Or you forgot to change your name to a suitable random pseudonym to hide the fact that you're posting biased positive reviews on here? Rumbled.

James KayJanuary 23rd 2013.

Rumbled indeed

Sara ArnoldJanuary 19th 2013.

A night with the girls tonight, yummy food and wine, and maybe a cocktail, a great night on each visit thank you all at 2kozy x

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AVOJanuary 19th 2013.

With the liberal use of comma's particularly before the letter "and" the poor syntax suggests that "Sara Arnold" is merely another guise of Vicky Cocksucker.

What do you reckon Gordo?

Sara ArnoldJanuary 19th 2013.

Who is Vicky i have no idea what your on about, i am just stating that as always i am going to have a good time, tonight and that i enjoy the food and drink, if you dont that is your problem not mine, and by the use of your foul language, i doubt i would pay much attention to anything you said on here, your fowl mouth has obviously took over your taste buds, and this is a page where i can come to post my views if you dont like it, again your problem, i would suggest people go on Onionring.com they clearly have a better way at handling reviews and you will see on there how nice this restaurant is, from people who know what they are speaking about!

Sara ArnoldJanuary 19th 2013.

Who is vicky? i am just stating what i have tasted and seen, and i really enjoy it here, by the use of your foul language i wouldnt trust anything that come out of your mouth, and if you are not happy with my comments an the truth hurts that is your problem not mine. I would suggest people have a look on onionring.com they have much better reviews and seem to be more open about their experience, rather that attacking people for writing there comments, as i have just had.

Jackie LeachJanuary 19th 2013.

A little gem we went here after going to the other one in Rainhill liverpool.
It was a nice treat after being in the hustle and bustle of the christmas markets.
We booked for christmas dinner and it was a lovely day.
Saved me doing the washing up and having any stress. Have booked again for valentines so that will be a treat.

Wall-EJanuary 19th 2013.

Not the sharpest knife in the draw.

AnonymousJanuary 19th 2013.

If the owner wants to defend their business, why don't they do it under their own name instead of via obvious fake comments?

Elaine StoreyJanuary 19th 2013.

ELAINE STOREY: Well, Jonathan, what has 2Kozy done to upset you! I have been there on several occasions and each time the food and the service has been superb. The 2-course lunch for under a tenner (which included steak with handcut chips) was excellent value. James, the manager, is friendly and attentive, as are the other members of staff. For those who have not tried this restaurant yet, please don't let Jonathan's negative review put you off...

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AVOJanuary 20th 2013.

The two course lunch is not under a tenner. It's £11.99 plus if you want the steak, it's an extra £3.95 supplement. Check their website and get your facts right.

AnonymousJanuary 20th 2013.

I agree Elaine, we have been on a few ocassions and travel from Southport.Its been worth it. Nice food, very friendly staff and Kozy atmosphere.

CheenyJanuary 19th 2013.

Onionring? Sugarvine? The difference between Confidential and those sites is that Confidential don't seem to censor the comments. Or their reviews. Although they may not be correct in what they write.

AnonymousJanuary 22nd 2013.

Given that there's sod all in the way of decent places to eat in Southport (I unfortunately hail from there and have to make regular trips back); I'm unsurprised that 2Kozy is 'rated'.
"Fowl mouth". Absolutely PMSL. That of guinea or partridge!?

AnonymousJanuary 22nd 2013.

I feel I have to defend the unfortunate negative comments regarding 2Kozy.Firstly I dont see rhyme or reason why the name of this restaurant is a problem.My wife and I had the pleasure of dining here for the first time last week and I can honestly say that I could not fault either the food or the service it was first class to say the least the establishment was warm and friendly and very clean,the food was presented extremley well and I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending this restaurant for your meal.I have eaten in many establishments thoughtout the world and thoughly enjoyed my visit here.We will certainly eat here when visting Manchester.The spiteful negative comments made by Mr Schofield makes one think he has some underlying issues of his own.?? Don't let this man put you off visting 2Kozy.

StraightmanJanuary 22nd 2013.

That Mr Schofield doesn't have underlying issues but he's given me underlining issues. He stole my ruler three years ago and now when I try to emphasize a word it's all over the show.

IanApril 18th 2013.

If the name and sign were not enough to convince you this place would be terrible, look at the photos.

The number of fake positive reviews on here is ridiculous. So obvious - Vicky Alcock, Sara Arnold, etc.

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