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Wood

Modern British

Simon Wood’s debut modern British restaurant is perfectly pitched. The eponymous restaurant of Simon Wood, MasterChef winner and local lad from Oldham, is an accomplished affair. Food is cooked by both Wood and head chef, Mike Jennings, formerly of Grenache in Worsley. The décor – muted natural tones in a glass clad new build – places the focus of any meal on the fine, Italianesque (yet often locally sourced) food and wine on offer. Bold yet balanced starters could include seared mackerel with goats curd and beetroot or a towering wild mushroom ravioli, warmed by chestnuts and sage. Mains are rich, yet perfectly size. Venison with parsnip, blackberry and ginger for example, or hogget hotpot. An English posset-packed ‘citrus tutti-fruitti’ (Wood’s MasterChef masterpiece) is a must, as is anything chocolate; the almost bitter delice is a great example. Pre theatre and lunch menus are excellent value but for the real deal, the ever-changing tasting selection is worth the £65 price tag. Some wines are predictable but the likes of Californian Viognier or dry Portuguese Rose are a worthy match for the food. Cocktails such as the Wood Old Fashioned with house-smoked bitters are good. One of Manchester’s leading destinations for modern British food.

  • Good for vegetarians
  • Fine dining or fancy
  • Great wine
Jack Rosenthal Street, Manchester M15 4RA, UK
Tel: 0161 236 5211 www.woodmanchester.com Our review Read 15/20

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