Hi Mancunian hounds,
I'm traveling with a group of my university students, and I'm looking for a place for our first dinner together. The last time I did a trip like this, we found a relatively inexpensive gastropub near our hotel in London, which was perfect. If possible, I'd like to show the students good British cooking--clean flavors and local ingredients. If not possible, I'll settle for good.
I need a place that can seat 14 people, that is relatively disability accessible (one group member uses a walker; he can do a few stairs, but not a whole flight), and that has decent fish and veg options (1 veg and 3 pescatarians in the group).
We're on a fairly tight budget. I'd like to come in at under 20GBP per person without alcohol.
I realize this is a tall order. Anything you can think of that will come close would be great. If we need to, I don't mind moving off the idea of British food. We're staying in Chinatown, so I could always take them for a thai or Indian feast. But since it's their first night and they'll be jetlagged, I was hoping for something more familiar to some of them.
I've looked at the chophouse family; their prix fix meals should work. I also noticed Cafe Istanbul (clearly not British, but seemed to be in budged and well-liked) as a possibility.
As a bonus, the other faculty and I will be dining on our own the second night, so I'm open to any suggestions you have. If you were going to have one reasonable dinner in Manchester, where would it be?
Thanks in advance. I'm exciting to be introducing more of my students to your fine city. We were treated exceedingly well last time.