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The Bishopsgate Table Table, GMEX

The Bishopsgate Table Table, GMEX

Lower Moseley Street, Manchester

Reviewed by Simon Belt August 2012

 

Ever since I posted Helen Nugent's review of the Table Table pub restaurant near the GMEX in Manchester back in March, I've been meaning to pop in and see for myself if it really was as she described. You see, Table Table is a brand of Whitbread, and as I'm of a certain age, I associate Whitbread with their great Trophy Bitter adverts from the 70's.

 

I used the official opening (by the Lord Mayor of Manchester) of their redesigned bar area, to live up to the ethos of the Manchester Salon, and try and capture something of what's new and happening with city centre pub restaurants, and Whitbread's Table Table brand. Whitbread's beer producing days may be over, but their business acumen does give the distinct impression of being head and body above the rest - as those adverts used to pun home.

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Table Table: GMEX, Manchester Central

Table Table Manchester Central, GMEX

Lower Moseley Street, Manchester

Reviewed by Helen Nugent March 2012

 

As a rule, I tend to steer clear of anywhere that describes itself as a “pub restaurant”. Experience has taught me that this gastronomic hybrid has a worrying propensity to disappoint and, if truth be told, an unappealing habit of overcooking even the most basic of food.

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Food Reviews

The scope of this category is to publish reviews of food experiences - by people based around Manchester, restaurants in Manchester, food relating to Manchester, and reviews of food written by people around Manchester. As this is a new initiative on the site, contributions and suggestions on how best to structure and solicit these reviews are welcome. 

 

For venues looking to be reviewed, it's obviously best that reviews are conducted in a similar way to an internal quality audit or mystery shopper approach, but the scope of the review is really to go beyond whether the diner was asked open questions by staff etc, to try and deal with issues of fashion around the eating experience and how social norms are impacting of the experience like time limited seating slots etc. Probably the best way to acheive this is if a venue sends in a complimentary offer letter for meal for two in say the fortnight following the date the letter sent. We can then try and solicit a reviewer from the site to conduct the review.

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