Manchester is just like it always is, with new bars and restaurants opening every other week. Tariff & Dale may have been around for a while now (since 2015, actually); tucked on the corner of Tariff Street and Dale Street, unsurprisingly. However, because it opened not long before I last left Manchester in favour of Nottingham, it was one place that I hadn’t had chance to visit.
That’s why, when I visited Manchester for the day in December, I decided to pay Tariff & Dale a visit.
As it was the run up to Christmas, we made sure to book in advance. The bar was on the ground floor, with the restaurant tucked away downstairs. The décor was fairly industrial, with bare brick walls, iron poles and beams – pretty much what you’d expect to find in quirky Northern Quarter.
We started off by ordering a couple of cocktails. Usually I have a knack for ordering the best ones, but this wasn’t the case when I ordered the Carrot Top. Gin, carrot juice, Ancho Reyes Verde, spice mix, lemon and lime: my friend described it best, when he said it tasted like cold soup. It really did.
Still, my next choice – the Rhubarb and Violet Collins – was very nice. There I was, trying to order something a bit different, when I should have just known to order any cocktail on the menu that incorporated violet, lavender or rose.
Dinner was sourdough pizza: I went for the classic goats cheese, spinach and egg combo; whereas my friend chose the more festive option with turkey, cranberry and chestnut stuffing.
No matter how full I am, I always have room for dessert, and I just couldn’t say no to the chocolate and honeycomb cheesecake on offer. I may have put on half a stone by the time I left Tariff & Dale, but I couldn’t fault the food.
Manchester is home to so many great, unique bars and restaurants – it’s just one of the many things I love about the city. And I think that Tariff & Dale fits in perfectly in the Northern Quarter. Just don’t try the Carrot Top…
Tariff & Dale: 2 Tariff Street, Manchester, M1 2FF