The Albert Square Chop House
Albert Square, Manchester, M2 5PF
For a time, Albert Square was home to the city’s Memorial Hall and the history of this listed building alone makes it worthy of a visit. The Albert Square Chop House is one of three famous sister eateries located in Manchester. I have been a regular diner at the other two – Sam’s and Mr Thomas’ – for over two decades, and so it was with eager anticipation that I visited Albert’s to see what the latest addition to the Victorian Chop House family could offer. On arrival, visitors are immediately greeted by a pleasant atmosphere and the welcoming warmth of low lighting, creating the perfect setting in which to enjoy good food and drink. The menu offers diners the opportunity to embark on a splendid food journey, taking them to the heart of homely British comfort food, with the added reassurance of style, quality and taste. My main course of whole West Coast lemon sole on the bone, pan-fried with nutty brown butter, lemon pickle and capers, was washed down wonderfully with a glass of Rioja. My partner’s double lamb loin chop, served with French-style petit pois and herb butter, was paired well with a glass of Montepulciano red. Dessert arrived in the form of zesty lemon curd tart glazed with Italian meringue and drizzled with tangy raspberry coulis. We rounded off the evening with a glass of dark cherry dessert wine and left feeling satisfied and content.