Tuesday, 29 April 2014

A night at Mr Cooper's House and Garden in Manchester

Our trip up to Manchester was a chance to get away from all the stresses and pressures of wedding planning and the opportunity just to spend some time together. 
We wanted to choose a really fabulous restaurant for a date night on Friday before we met up with our friends for the christening on Saturday.

Mr Silver and I used to know Manchester very well as he went to university there and I have a good friend from just outside the city, but now we haven't been there in years. So I asked my virtual friends on twitter for their recommendations for premiership restaurants up north. Specifically, I asked Mrs Petticoat, who has a fabulous blog commenting on restaurants in Manchester, London and the rest of the world. 

Mr Cooper's House and Garden was the resounding answer, and one backed up by other tweeters. So of course, I booked it!

Mr Cooper's House and Garden

The restaurant derives it's rather odd name from the real Mr Cooper, a popular figure in Manchester. His family were coach-makers who once had a very beautiful garden, on this exact site, famous for it's fruits and flowers.

Hence the restaurant has a beautiful and unique garden theme.

Mr Cooper's House and Garden

Mr Cooper's House and Garden

Yes, those really are trees 'growing' in the middle of the restaurant. 

And our table reminded me of patio furniture...

Mr Cooper's House and Garden

But it didn't seem naff or over-thematic. I was a buzzing restaurant full of character and style. 

Mr Cooper's House and Garden

I eagerly perused the menu as I'd given myself the night off from my strict health regime. 

The menu was created by chef Simon Rogan, who is one of the UK's most celebrated chefs. He already has a two Michelin star restaurant, L'Enclume, and has achieved great success at his first Manchester-based restaurant, The French. Climbing higher and higher, Simon is soon set to take over the restaurant previously occupied by Gordan Ramsay at Claridges. 

The dishes on the menu at Mr Cooper's have an international flavour. After ordering our food, the bread was a welcome sight after weeks of attempting to limit my favourite carb. 

Mr Cooper's House and Garden

Mr Silver suggested a bottle of Veuve, and I'm never one to say no to a sensible suggestion.
Mr Cooper's House and Garden

Mr Cooper's House and Garden

Mr Cooper's House and Garden

Starters arrived...

Mr Cooper's House and Garden

I chose a aubergine pancake topped with mozzarella and cherry tomatoes. It was like a mini-pizza but lighter and a great way to take a break from the diet without feeling too guilty. 

Mr Cooper's House and Garden

Mr Silver chose deep fried prawns with mango and chorizo marmalade. On the face of it, a rather odd combination, but the chorizo was beautifully salty and the sweetness of the mango wasn't over powering. 

Mr Cooper's House and Garden

My main course was grilled sole with ginger butternut, shrimps and boy choy. The sole and shrimp were perfectly cooked and the dish was light and delicious. My only complaint was the butternut squash puree was was overly sweet and not so much to my tastes. 

Mr Cooper's House and Garden

Mr Cooper's House and Garden

On the basis of twitter recommendations, Mr Silver chose the ribeye steak with truffle pudding. As  you can see from the photo, the steak was perfectly rare. I'd expected a heavy dish but the portioning was just right so there wasn't too much on the plate. And Mr S had to have chips too, of course!

And no cheat night would be complete without dessert. 

Mr Cooper's House and Garden

Yoghurt cream with warm rice pudding, rhubarb and ginger was the lighter choice. I loved the different mixture of textures and the warm rice against the cool frozen yoghurt. 

Mr Cooper's House and Garden

White chocolate cake with pineapple cardamom was a little stodgy but still totally delicious and the flavour combinations worked very well. 

Thank you twitter for a fantastic restaurant recommendation! It was the perfect place for us soon-to-be-weds to enjoy a date night outside of London. I'm very much looking forward to trying Simon Rogan's new restaurant at Claridges, but we'll save that one until after the wedding! 

Mr Cooper's House and Garden
The Midland Hotel,
Peter Street 
M60 2DS
0161 932 4128

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  1. Replies
    1. I definitely needed the treat, and it was fabulous!!
      Lots of love,

  2. Looks sooo amazing! YUM YUM YUM! x

    1. The perfect place for a cheat night ;)
      Lots of love,

  3. I love how smiley Mr Silver always looks :)

    This restaurant looks gorgeous, I love that there are trees growing indoors!

    If there's one thing I LOVE in a restaurant its bread. I don't allow myself too much in "real life" so whenever we're out for a meal and there's a bread basket I found myself doing a little WOOOOOOOOOP and reaching for the butter :D

    Being a dessert girl I have to say they look amazing, I'm obsessed with the flavours of ginger and rhubarb so I definitely would have chosen the same!


    1. Ah yes, he's a jolly old soul :)

      I also very rarely have an ordinary slice of toast at home but I love bread so much especially freshly baked in restaurant. I love it when there's all different interesting varieties too like tomato bread!!

      I never used to be a dessert person but developed more of a sweet tooth in my old age ;) now I'll always have a dessert on a big meal out!
      Lots of love,

  4. I love the trees made to look like giant bonsai. The fried prawns and white choclate cake looks amazing. How are the final plans for the wedding going x

    1. It was so cool having the trees in the restaurant!! The fried prawns were probably the best thing we ate, but then I do love a fried prawn ;). Nearly there with the wedding, still need to finalise the table plan and a few other small bits and pieces!
      Lots of love,

  5. Food looks divine! I do love a good restaurant find / reccomendation, especially when they live up to the hype.

    hannah bee xo

    1. It's been so long since I've been to Manchester but you can always rely on twitter for everything ;)
      Lots of love,

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