This week, I popped along to the soft launch on Manchester’s newest restaurant, 20 Stories. 20 Stories is the impressive rooftop restaurant homed at the top of No.1 Spinningfields and is owned by D&D in London.
I was lucky enough to visit this back in November 2017 when the only way you could access was wearing a high-vis jacket and steel-toe boots. The venue at this stage was simply a shell so you can imagine my anticipation in finally getting to see the venue in all its glory.
The Grill at 20 Stories
Upon arrival, we were greeted by two lovely front of house staff. One directed another to seat us at a particular table, which just so happened to be right near the door with barely a view.
My guest and I looked at one another confused as to why this table (literally in the middle of the restaurant, by the door)? Especially as the restaurant was empty. Surely it was about giving your guest the best experience and the best possible view?
As we took our seats the restaurant manager walked over, confused himself as to why we were sat in this particular spot and offered us a table by the window – of course we obliged!
The view at 20 Stories
The view at 20 Stories is incredible, there is no doubt about that. And it felt special to be able to see across this beautiful city of ours. I was mesmerised by how amazing it was to see such a view. Plus we were blessed with such a clear day.
Our waitress was really lovely, and really engaged with us. We ordered a water for the table, along with a ginger beer and a glass of champagne. They brought some delicious sourdough bread and butter. We ordered delicious starters of Crab Thermidor and Game Pie, both absolutely incredible.
Our main was a sharing dish of Best End of Lamb with dauphinoise potatoes (again, incredible!). For dessert we shared the chocolate fondant with inside-out rocky road ice cream.
The experience at 20 Stories
The whole experience was great. The only downside was the champagne not being cold. However when I mentioned it they were really quick to rectify it and even poured me a little extra.
The restaurant is in it’s early stages and the whole point of the soft opening is to get used to delivering the service and ensure it is up to scratch before opening.
The outdoor terrace is huge and looks so comfortable and inviting. However with temperatures lower than us mancunians can handle, we opted to stay inside.
My favourite quirk about the venue, and I appreciate this is an odd one but you’ll understand once you’ve experienced it for yourself. It was the toilets – and the fact it isn’t music being played, but an audio book. A little quirk that made me giggle.
20 stories officially opens from March 1, so it’s time to get a date in your diary and to check it out for yourself. It is without a doubt impressive.
The welcome, the service, the drinks, the food, and the element that sets it apart from the rest of Manchester, it’s views. I’m confident it will do well, and I can’t wait for summer so I can sit out on that rooftop terrace.
20 Stories, No 1 Spinningfields, 1 Hardman Square, M3 3EB // www.20stories.co.uk