A relaxed canalside setting and an alluring contemporary interior with large plate-glass windows compensate for the uninspiring, brick box facade of this traditional Castlefield restaurant. Most of the dishes, which use produce from Lancashire farms, hark back to the English country-manor table: roast venison loin topped with Stilton cheese and a port and blackberry jus, for example. Other dishes, like pot roast beef with pancetta and Madeira gravy, bring a scent of the
Mediterranean. There's also a selection of pizzas and pasta dishes. An excellent-value lunch menu (two courses for £11) is served until 6 on weekdays, 4 on Saturday.