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New Manchester Restaurant: Neighbourhood

New independent restaurant to come to Avenue North, Spinningfields

Published on May 2nd 2012.

New Manchester Restaurant: Neighbourhood

THERE'S a new restaurant in Spinningfields and it isn't by Living Ventures of Australasia, Alchemist and Oast House fame.

It’s my second venture and will be a totally new dining experience for Manchester and I am looking forward to opening the doors later this year

Neighbourhood will be the first new restaurant to open on Avenue North later this year. 

The brainchild of James Hitchen, the man who created Southern Eleven, also at Spinningfields, Neighbourhood, will be 'a New York style all-day eatery'. 

Apparently Neighbourhood takes its inspiration from 'iconic New York restaurants and bars including The Standard Grill and STK'.

The restaurant will have 200 covers and be designed Cheshire company Innex Design. 

James Hitchen says:  “Following on the success of Southern Eleven at Spinningfields, I am thrilled to be opening Neighbourhood on Avenue North.  It’s my second venture and will be a totally new dining experience for Manchester and I am looking forward to opening the doors later this year.” 

Brave words. Is there such a thing as a 'totally new dining experience'? At least Hitchen has form, at Confidential we think Southern Eleven is a cracking diner-style eatery.

The restaurant will be sited in Tower 12, formerly Manchester House - the building might be more familiar as hosting Waitrose with an entrance on Bridge Street.

Click here for Tower 12 info.

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

AnonymousMay 3rd 2012.

*Groan* Style over substance again? Far too many places in the city serve up mediocre, overpriced fayre. Unfortunately, and having eaten there on the back of the Confidential review, Southern 11 was another such experience.

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Bilbo BagginsDecember 19th 2012.

don't talk nonsense. its a great place with good food which will get better; Sothern 11 is bloody great. You are talking crap my friend.

Rob WDecember 19th 2012.

Anonymous!? *yawn* Your opinion is boring and lacks credibility.If nowhere suits your taste,cook your own gourmet food at home.I had a great overall experience at Neighbourhood and would recommend it as a must in Manchester.

AncoatsMay 4th 2012.

Neighbourhood definition
• a district or community within a town or city
[mass noun] neighbourly feeling or conduct eg: the importance of neighbourhood to old people

Are they trying to be ironic or just chose a silly name?

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AnonymousDecember 19th 2012.

Apple: the fleshy usually rounded red, yellow, or green edible pome fruit of a usually cultivated tree (genus Malus) of the rose family; also : an apple tree — compare crab apple

If you own an iPhone your dental treatment must be costly.

AnonymousMay 4th 2012.

the food at Southern 11 is extremely good.....are you mad!

BaggioMay 4th 2012.

agreed. the food at soutthern eleven is great and decent value. there's too much food snobbery about.

AnonymousMay 4th 2012.

Differing opinions here but personally I found the portion sizes too small and the food unremarkable. Overall, poor value for money.

Michael HarrisonMay 5th 2012.

Don't know who anonymous complainers are I have worked in the industry for many years and eaten at plenty of different establishments and each restaurant should only be judged on its market.
We eat at southern 11 when it fist opened the quality of the produce, presentation, flavour and service was really good. We have been back twice since and no problems.
Do not try to compare Mc Donald's to fine dining

pollolocoMay 9th 2012.

On another note re an imminent opening.......does anyone out there know when Steve Pillings new place is due to open? I remember hearing about this place about a year ago...it was due to open this year at the Courthouse.....JS...Gordo???

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GordoDecember 19th 2012.

we will be beating young Pilling up in the New Year and reporting back

Poster BoyMay 11th 2012.

The more interesting story here is that rather than relying solely on market forces for operators, Allied London are jointly investing in another local independent restaurant business in order to provide the Spinningfields development with a diverse interesting and quality offer. It is a template that could and should be extended to some of Manchester's best independent retailers in the future.

Poster BoyMay 11th 2012.

...and what happened to the plans for Frank Cohen's permanent gallery?

JenMay 17th 2012.

Wow! When does this open?? Looks fab!

AMES85November 15th 2012.

Does anyone know the Website for this new place? Or contact details to get an example Menu? With this opening on the 30th November I would be interested to know what sort of Christmas Bookings they would have avaialble and what they have to offer?

Karina HitchenNovember 15th 2012.

Hi Ames85

Our website is http://www.neighbourhoodrestaurant.co.uk if you email holly@neighbourhoodrestaurant.co.uk she will be happy to send you our menu and Christmas set menu.

Chris FullerNovember 29th 2012.

Southern Eleven is distinctly average. It was essentially fine, nothing more when i went. When you compare what Southern Eleven is trying to do versus the restaurants that actually do this food (in the states) there is no comparison.
I hope neighbourhood is able to deliver although i fear another poor interpretation of american flavours at unreasonable prices

IanNovember 30th 2012.

I enjoyed Southern 11 so looking forward to trying this restaurant out next week.

IanDecember 7th 2012.

Went there this evening. On entering it felt the cliche "fur coat no knickers" judging by the people in there, and it was. Starters of lobster tacos and cheese souffle balls were overpriced and under seasoned, nothing special. Burger was overcooked, fries were nice but only fries. Would not go back unless 50% offf or somthing

MeDecember 12th 2012.

Went here on saturday for lunch...
Service was pretty awful, food very good.

On arrival the host took us to our seat, and handed us each a menu, then went to get the drinks menu. We each opened our menus, two of which were food menus's and one was a cocktail menu, and the drinks menu she bought over turned out to also be a food menu... they have different coloured covers, why not make the purple ones food, the red ones drink, it would avoid confusion, as this also happened later on when we asked for dessert.
We sat there with our menu's, very close to leaving, until someone eventually (20 minutes later) came to take our order. Staff seemed to be setting tables and talking, but nobody offered to take our order. Eventually that time arrived and I opted for the Lobster Sandwich. "Ya what" the waiter replied... I repeated myself, at which point he grabbed the menu from my husband to see what I was on about. I then asked for fries with that, again he said "ya what". I was beginning to get a complex, but that was soon quashed as it became evident that was his general response when taking everyones order.
I had pretty low expectations by this point, but have to say the food completely made up for everything. The quality of ingredients was very very good, the lobster was great, the strip steak brilliant, and the sides all great quality.
I felt the menu could do with a little tweeking, there was no decent nibbles, something just to keep you going whilst you await your food order, that isnt a starter, and the dishes that were sharers could do with a little explanation as to how many they feed etc. The desserts particularly were bad for this, I just assumed the £15 dessert was a sharer.
I know this place is new, so willing to let the poor service slide this time, and as I was really impressed with the food. But come on, with so many other places offering better service get training your staff, there was no passion about the menu, staff couldnt answer simple questions, one waitress asked a colleague for a wine opener when she was opening a screw top, there was no towel with the wine so every time we poured it water dripped all over the table... this place could be really great!

AnonymousDecember 13th 2012.

Service is bad. Ordered drinks and starters, starters came out, drinks didn't. Waited for drinks, didn't come. Ate starters, cold. Drinks came 10 minutes later. Overpriced.

Food isn't amazing. The garden salad was like something I'd make in my student days. Mains are OK, not worth what they cost. There's a lot better place to get steak (grill on the alley) or burgers (Jack Spratt, Almost Famous) where you'll pay less/the same and get a much better service and/or atmosphere.

The fittings sum up the style-over-substance approach. The taps are a peculiar open pipe style that ensures the water dribbles out at a ineffective pace and the hand dryers are placed unexplainably low. The faux wood panelling and indecisive interior (part Mediterranean garden, part 'NY' diner also do little to gloss over the service. Small things, but they matter. But the piece de resistance is the foot high Empire State building lined with shots and with a firework propped atop.

I'm a very forgiving person, but I cannot understand who thought this was a good idea nor the market that would find this tasteful bar the stag and hen dos that visit The Printworks. Incidentally the Manc Con crew were in attendance the same day we were, a fact made well aware to us in an attempt to excuse the fact we didn't require the same attention, so I'll be waiting to see how your experience held up.

All in all, a underwhelming restaurant that lacks 'wow' in any aspect and fails to provide the seamless experience you'd get in 80% of Manchester's other restaurants.

This is also the first time I've ever felt to review a restaurant.

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James SharplesDecember 19th 2012.

Anonymous, your comment doesn't sound like the same restaurant as the one I visited last week.

I went with a few friends and tried different starters - lobster tacos, scallops, chicken lollipops, and the shrimp with bisque - loved all of them. Had NY strip steak for main, as good as any I've had at Grill on the Alley - juicy, pink, and with a nice crust.

We thought the atmosphere was good and went back later that evening for a drink - quite a trendy bar and their old fashioned is very tasty. All in all a good addition to the Spinningfields food scene, will be eating there again very soon!

AnonymousDecember 13th 2012.

I went here recently after having been for a few drinks at Oast House. The lady on reception was lovely, warm and welcoming. The interior wasn't to my taste, though is cool, colourful and querky, as are the uniforms - think an upscale 'TGI Fridays' We didn't eat, so I can't review the food, but they had a good range of beverages and not at a bad price. The staff in general were attentive and nice enough, a bit uneducated on the menu though (to be expected if it's new though I suppose). I did notice either a manager/supervisor speak to a member of staff quite aggressively, which was a bit off-putting and uncomfortable to watch. But overall a positive experience. I think in time, it'll be a great place, need to try their food, which I'm told is predominently seafood so I'll review again soon.

AnonymousDecember 14th 2012.

Shit lobster mac & cheese tasted like bad fish stock , they could have used the lobster shells to make the stock , burger was well done also - pure plums work there too

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GordoDecember 19th 2012.

Jonathan, can you check the IP on this one? Looks like a troll to me. Pure Plums?

Stealth BomberDecember 19th 2012.

Anon, had a great lobster and chips here, worth every penny, cooked to juicy perfection. Tried a colleagues at the Christmas party, you are talking through your bottom about bad fish stock; are you in the Industry badmouthing a competitor?

AnonymousDecember 19th 2012.

Popped in for a drink last Friday evening. It reminded me of being inside an All Saints shop. The staff were smiley enough. It wasn't an exceptional experience by any stretch.

RachelJanuary 10th 2013.

The service is terrible and the staff are rude - plain and simple. I think they need to employ Mary Portas to give them a lesson in customer service.

JackieJanuary 16th 2013.

Agree with Me's review, great food, we had the burgers which were great although we would have liked to see a bit more choice on the lunch time menu, I was hoping to have the lobster mac which isnt available at lunch time

The service however was inconsistent, one guy was really great the other looked totally disinterested, well in us and another table for sure, but not another table who perhaps he knew as he spent the majority of the time with them leaving us to wait for a good 20 minutes to order coffee's

The guy that was great appears to have been promoted we were in for drinks on Saturday, just a note its polite to ask someone if they have finished their drink before whipping it away, as I hadnt quite finished!

I like the idea of both Southern Eleven & Neighbourhood but fear both concepts dont fit in terms of environment, menu and service, they appear to be trying to serve a menu that should be more 'funked up' in a setting that really should be more informal.... for example http://barque.ca a Barbeque smokehouse restaurant in Canada totally gets this combination right, or Bodean's BBQ restaurant in Soho London, great ribs, brisket, pulled pork etc, may it's just me but that is what I would like to see.....

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