Many bars can claim to enjoy prominent positions in central Manchester however few have even an outside chance of trumping The Anthologist. Located smack bang in what many people would consider to be the very beating heart of the city, this is one of the reasons St Peter’s Square is looking so trim right now. The Anthologist has an incredible location overlooking one of town’s busiest public realms but it’s not all about good look and no brains here at this upmarket bar and restaurant.
Once guests are done people watching they can turn their attention to the contemporary open plan dining and drinking areas, with tables available outside, watching over the Metrolink interchange, Central Library, and Town Hall, if the weather suits. Inside, think velvet-backed high chairs, industrial-chic bare bulb lighting and plenty of wood. Aesthetics complete, the menus here are certainly up to scratch with a leaning towards Mediterranean cuisine, albeit with a strong British influence. Chorizo Scotch Egg, British “Calamari” and salt & pepper scampi are small plate highlights, while the Mezze and Charcuterie sharing boards are also great for something less heavy, providing you do actually share them.
Mains keep standards aloft, with British staples including Fish & Chips and Flash Grilled Minute Steak alongside a selection of seasonal specials. A strong range of burgers are offered, too, and healthy eaters can enjoy veg bowls and salads, so there’s certainly something for everyone. Brunch, served Saturday and Sundays until 4PM, is also not to be missed, with the Buttermilk Chicken & Waffle a major draw here. Add a great drinks selection, including cocktails prepped by expert mixologists a lovely selection of zero proofs, wines and beers and it’s easy to see why this Drake & Morgan-owned establishment has proven such a hit. Oh, and did we mention there are bookable bar and even areas, for anything between two and sixty people?