Cosy Club Manchester is one of the many Manchester restaurants that are located in The Corn Exchange, a Grade 2 listed building dating back to the early 1900’s, and it still boasts lots of original features including the grand staircase, tiles and domed glass ceiling in the bar area.
Eclectic is the word that springs to mind when I picture the Cosy Club Manchester.
Stuffed antelope heads and crystal chandeliers sit alongside vintage lampshades and oil paintings, with the décor ranging from floral wallpaper and mahogany panelling to exposed bricks and industrial piping. The furniture is in-keeping with the eclectic feel, with leather and suede armchairs in vibrant colours sitting alongside stiff-backed wooden chairs and blue tables.
The vibe itself feels relaxed and unpretentious, and the staff were super attentive and friendly.
It looks like Cosy Club Manchester is getting off to a good start!
Between 4-8pm Sunday to Thursday, Cosy Club Manchester has a happy hour where you can get any two cocktails for just £10.95.
Much to my surprise, I was allowed to choose two different cocktails, which is unusual, and I was even able to have them brought over one at a time!
My Bloody Mary was to die for. Not only did the waiter ask me how spicy I wanted it – he promised me a 12/10 and oh boy, did he deliver – but Cosy Club Manchester have also given the classic recipe a fun twist with a dash of Malbec, horseradish and Chase smoked vodka in addition to the Smirnoff base.
For my second, I opted for a Cherry Bakewell, which arrived after I’d finished my meal and was the perfect dessert. Made with cherry juice, Amaretto, Ron Barcelo rum and caramel syrup, it was sickly sweet but oh so delicious.
As far as grub goes, Cosy Club Manchester has got it covered.
Specialising in ‘luxury comfort food,’ with full vegan and gluten-free menus to boot, they really do cater for all. From hot smoked salmon fishcakes and good old fish and chips to Moroccan-spiced aubergine and Gruyère & spinach tart, there is something to suit every taste.
To start, we opted for cheesy garlic bread (£2.95), as well as the tapas deal (three plates for £13.95).
Although it was difficult to pick just three, we eventually settled on garlic mushrooms, buttermilk chicken with chipotle mayo and king prawns in garlic and parsley butter, served with hot ciabatta.
Although I found the chicken slightly dry (the others had no complaints), I have to hand it to Cosy Club Manchester for their king prawns. I love my seafood, and I can confidently say that these prawns were the best ones I’ve ever tasted. They were juicy, they were flavoursome, and the portion size was actually bigger than I was expecting as well.
For our mains, Rebecca chose buttermilk chicken with triple cooked chips, chipotle mayo and house slaw (£11.25). Not only did it look yummy, but the portion size was pretty impressive as well, especially for the price!
Liam opted for the slightly fancier roasted chicken breast filled with mozzarella, tomatoes and pesto, wrapped in smoked bacon and served with peppers, kale, parmesan potatoes and a balsamic dressing (this is no longer on the menu). He commented that the chicken was ‘juicy and full of flavour,’ and especially loved the parmesan potatoes.
And yours truly? Well, I went for the slow-cooked pork belly with a pea and ham hock croquette, kale, mustard mash and cider gravy (£14.25), and I did not regret it. The pork was juicy and succulent, and although I’m not a huge mustard fan, the potatoes and kale went beautifully together.
Cosy Club Manchester – Final Thoughts
I loved my experience at Cosy Club Manchester. Granted, everything sure tasted a lot sweeter with our 50% off voucher, but even if we’d paid full price, I still think that The Cosy Club is excellent value. Three tapas dishes for £13.95 is a steal, and the portion sizes of each main course were more than generous (not to mention tasty!).
Service was excellent, and I really appreciated the fact that I was allowed to enjoy my cocktails at my own leisure rather than being brought both at once (which is usually the case whenever there is a ‘2-4-1’ deal or something similar).
However, what really made our experience special was the beautiful atmosphere of The Cosy Club Manchester. The fabulous décor, low lighting and soft music made for an intimate experience that perfectly facilitated a wonderful evening with wonderful people and wonderful food.
Have you ever been to The Cosy Club Manchester? What did you think? Do you have any other recommendations for me in Manchester centre? Let me know in the comments section!
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