YES. Back to Alston Bar & Beef, but this time I’m not talking about just cocktails (as I did back in December). Last Wednesday I was invited for an Influencers Night at Alston Bar & Beef to try and test some of the dishes they’re thinking of incorporating to their Spring Menu, and you know me, I just couldn’t resist!
It was an amazing evening and I got the chance to chat and meet other bloggers and influencers, as well as some people from the Alston team and learn a bit about their story, which is always fun!
We learned that Alston Bar & Beef is the first place in Manchester to offer cold compound gins infused in house with seasonal botanicals (their team is always experimenting with different infusions so no two visits will be the same, even if all you have is a gin and tonic!).
During Spring 2018 you’ll be able to find the Alston pineapple gin, as well as the Alston Raspberry and Rose gin (my favourite from the evening!). The latter one includes the addition of rose petals, which have been foraged locally.
Apart from these, you’ll be able to find up to ten cold-compound gins on rotation at the bar, as well as Alston’s growing selection of 62 gins from all over the globe. Who knew that all these gins could be waiting for you in one place?
But hey, I bet you also want to know about the food we had, so let’s get started.
The evening began with a round of a Cathedral Honey bee’s Knees cocktail, which was absolutely delightful. The honey flavour complemented the gin perfectly and they both came together in a cocktail that’s just sweet enough for you to enjoy every sip of it, even if you’re not into sweet drinks.
I cannot wait to go back and order another one! I’d definitely recommend it to anyone.
I’m a big fan of scallops, so liking this amazing dish wasn’t a surprise to me. The scallops were seared perfectly and the wild mushrooms had the most delicious flavour. I loved having pancetta chips because they added some variety in matter of textures.
This dish was accompanied with Alston Pineapple Gin, which complemented the flavours perfectly. I wouldn’t expect less from Alston Bar & Beef, they surely know what they’re doing!
Can’t come to a place specialised in Steak and Gin and miss their steak (although they did prepare some nice vegan options for two bloggers that were with us on Wednesday, so if there’s someone in your party with dietary restrictions, I’m sure the chef will prepare something to accommodate them!).
This steak was so tender, juicy and flavourful, I can still remember the taste just by thinking of it!
They have the best steak selection, and they’ll make sure to prepare it just how you like it. Every single bite was delicious, and even though it was a big piece of meat, I didn’t leave any of it behind.
This main was paired with Alston Peppercorn Gin which, again, complemented the flavours perfectly.
If you’re looking for a good offer this Spring, you should definitely mark your Tuesdays to check their Muscle vs Mussel offer: steak frites or mussel fries + a choice of beer or wine for just £15.
And if you’re in the mood for sharing (a nice evening with someone else), Alston’s Beef & Reef sharing menu features a 500g rump steak cooked to your liking, two giant tiger prawns served with skinny fries and garlic butter, plus a bottle of house wine for £50 every Wednesday from 12noon till 10pm.
Finally, for dessert (even though I was already full by this point!)…
This dish was not just beautiful, but also incredibly delicious, specially coming from someone that prefers desserts that involve lots of chocolate. The meringue was chewy at the bottom and soft inside, which proved to be the best combination of textures to make this a winning in the eyes (and stomach!) of everyone at the table.
It was accompanied with Alston Raspberry & Rose Gin, which was my favourite infused gin from the evening and my recommendation for everyone in the look for a unique and soft flavour.
To this day, I still don’t know how I managed to eat all of these things in one sitting, but they were too good to eat just half of them!
The evening was absolutely amazing, and I loved the chance to hear Riki Bennett (Alston’s Bar & Beef General Manager) talk about their experience in Manchester since opening their doors in October last year. This is definitely one of those family businesses that succeed thanks to the passion that everyone brings to the table, and I’m sure they’ll continue to bring not just quality food and drink to Manchester, but also a delightful dining experience to every person that visits them, and I think that’s the best part of it.
I’d like to thank Alston Bar & Beef’s team as well as BIG Partnership for the invitation and the wonderful experience. And you, of course, for reading me! You’ll be seeing more of Alston on my Instagram, that’s for sure.
Talking about Instagram, don’t forget to follow me (@michellelovestoeat) and check my feed if you’d like to win a meal at some of my favourite spots in Manchester. There’s still chance for you to participate in two of my GIVEAWAYS, so go take a look.
And finally, make sure to come back next Thursday for a new article talking about my favourite mostly food-related things from this month!