A new hotel has opened up in Manchester. And I’m seriously glad that I checked it out.
Hotel Indigo is an absolute dream; a stone’s throw away from Victoria Station and a few minutes from Manchester Arndale, The Printworks and The National Football Museum – it really is in a prime spot for tourists and Mancs alike.
On Sunday, we got ourselves all packed up and went to check in to the gorgeous hotel. The reception and lobby is striking – you can look up to a bricked atrium with hanging wicker baskets with lights, which really does show the attention to detail that has gone into this place.
The Hotel Indigo chain like to personalise their buildings in line with the heritage of the property and city. This place certainly has nods to the Industrial Revolution and Cotton Mill heritage.
The rooms were just as beautiful – with interesting art work, beautiful bathroom tiles and modern furniture. Ours had the China Cups highlighting our love of tea as a nation. Who doesn’t want a good cuppa in bed?
But before we could try out the bed, we wanted to give their adjoining restaurant a go – Mamucium. The interesting name was chosen again from city’s past as it has been taken from the Roman fort that birthed the Manchester we love today. Headed up by chef, Andrew Green, they pride themselves on using locally sourced ingredients.
And let me tell you, hotel guest or not, this new place should definitely be on your list to come to. With a great menu offering, we were spoilt for choice and so asked our expert waiter Zac for his advice. And my god did he choose well.
To start I went for the Smoked Cheshire Beef Hash – this is a must. Runny yolk, crisp potato and great meat. Wish it came as a main too! We also had the Pan-Seared Scallops which were cooked to perfection.
For main, there were lots of great classics to choose from. But what stood out for us was the Beef Wellington – in part down to being informed by our lovely waiter, Zack, that it was the last one left.
Succulent, rare beef wrapped in delicious flakey pastry. We were shown it before and after cutting deciding to team it with some Blackstick Blue dauphinoise potatoes and Tenderstem Broccoli and Hispi Cabbage.
We didn’t think we had much room for dessert, but thought it would be rude not to right. As it is Veganuary (not that this influenced our previous choices!), we thought we would look at the vegan menu to choose something sweet. The Bramley Apple and Caramel Crumble with sorbet really stood out so thought we would give that a go alongside a cheese board (a bit less vegan but very local)
The crumble was amazing, you definitely did not miss the butter as the crumble was crunchier, tastier and more substantial. I would opt for Vegan every day and it made me more curious and excited about their whole Vegan menu. Will have to be back!
The cheese, was brie-lliant. Selection of local North West cheeses all talked through with passion by Zac, with cheese scone and crackers on the side. Washed down with an amazing malbec this restaurant is definitely in my top Manchester 5.
Full, and grateful for the lift it was finally time to enjoy our room, try out the massive bed and enjoy the luxury on offer. We would be inclined to agree with general manager James McDevitt about it being a first-class hotel.
Want to try it for yourself? Check out the website here.
Or the Restaurant here.