Popping up in Spinningfields last spring, The Lawn Club enjoyed a successful first year before redevelopment of Hardman Square resulted in it shutting up shop this January. This closure was short-lived, however, and the venture is back up and running – now expanded to feature the Orangery. This 60-cover restaurant area – which adjoins the main bar and a decking area, overlooking a private lawn – features a simple, no-nonsense menu by head chef David Gale. On our recent visit, highlights included Rare Roast Beef (£6) and Wild Mushrooms on Toast (£5.50) from the Small Plates, plus Honey and Mustard-glazed Lancashire Duck Breast (pictured, £18) and Lobster Roll (£14.50) from the Gourmet section. From Big Plates & Salads, Macaroni & Cheese (£7.50) came with a twist on the classic in the form of roast broccoli and roast nut crumb. All five selections offered good value for money, and plenty of flavour – helped by The Lawn Club’s commitment to high-quality, locally sourced ingredients. Savoury options are rounded off by a Sandwich section – with all four areas of the menu listing just six choices. Puddings, meanwhile, included Lawn Club Mess (£4.50) and a Dark Chocolate & Orange Pot (£4.50) – both of which came in almost sharing-sized portions. Despite offering around 20 beers and ciders from around the world, a visit to The Lawn Club isn’t complete without venturing in to its extensive cocktail menu: The Buttercup (£10.50) was the pick of the bunch, combining butter-washed Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva with Aperol, Oloroso fortified wine, The King’s Ginger Liqueur, vanilla and Peychaud’s Bitters.

The Lawn Club, Byrom Street, Spinningfields, M3 3JE, Tel: 0161 914 7830, Sun – Wed 11.30am – 12am, Thu 11.30am – 1am, Fri – Sat 11.30am – 1.30am, thelawnclub.com

Chris Horkan
Published on:
Wed 8 Jul 2015