December 2016 I visited the Living Room in Manchester for a work’s night out to see what changes had been made since it had shut down and been refurbished. The last time I had visited the Living Room was in 2011 when I finished my BA(Hons) and my parents took my husband (fiancé at the time) out to celebrate. So I was excited to see what changes had been made in the five years since my last visit.
As we entered the building I can honestly say I couldn’t tell the difference. I think the seating area on the ground floor had been changed. We were seated at a large bench table at the back, which I don’t remember. But we were opposite the exact booth I last in back in 2011! Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s a negative. I like the décor and atmosphere in the Living Room. It’s intimate and classy, the food was fabulous, and the cocktails even better.
The menu is written as a newspaper that you have to flick through, not really to my taste but it wasn’t a total disaster. I went for the fish and chips which were very delicious. The chips were chunky with a bit of crunch, the fish tasty with just enough batter, the peas mushy and they should be. Everyone else in the party also complimented their meals from the steak to the rack of lamb.
However, what I really love about the Living Room is their cocktail menu. It isn’t the cheapest in the city, but it’s certainly not the most expensive and it contains some amazing cocktails and a great variety. There is something to suit everyone here. My absolute favourite is the Elderflower Fizz: St Germain, Prosecco, gomme and lime juice with a twist of cucumber. Absolutely delightful!