This week I was invited down to try the new ‘bring your own wine night’ at Randall & Aubin in Manchester which they’ve recently launched. The restaurant is primarily a fish restaurant, described as the best one in the country and they have sites in Manchester and London. I’ve been once before for a Christmas party and was really impressed with how many yummy dishes they have, and as a big fish lover, I was in heaven.
The restaurant first opened back in 1996 on Brewer Street, Soho and the menu is inspired by French and British dishes. The decor is inspired by Parisian style with chandeliers and marble table tops but has an almost urban feel about it with the use of white subway tiles.
They’ve just started to offer customers and wine lovers the chance to bring their own bottle on a Monday night, which, let’s face it, isn’t one you’d usually spend doing anything special. It’s rare that Jordan and I will head out to eat on a Monday night as well, but in a way, it made the weekend feel a little bit longer, and it was a nice way to start off the week. We decided to bring a red wine, which usually doesn’t go with fish, but it’s one of our favourites.
The restaurant itself is set just away from Spinningfields on Bridge and is in a prime location and easy to get to by public transport. The interiors are absolutely stunning and as we visited in November, it was all decked out with Christmas decorations, which made it feel even more special.
I wouldn’t say I am the biggest wine lover in the world, but in my later twenties, I’ve definitely discovered a taste for it. For me it’s red wine in the winter, white in the summer: There’s something about drinking red wine at this time of year as well which makes me feel all that bit more festive.
The fact that you can bring a bottle that is special to you, or something you have been saving for an occasion is a really lovely offering which a lot of other restaurants in Manchester may not do, plus with it only being £5, it’s definitely a cheaper option if you fancy a tipple on a school night. But if you’re more inclined for a beer or cocktail, they have a full list available too.
The food at Randall & Aubin is amazing too. I started with Calamari Frites with pimento and peppercorn salsa, followed by Bouillabaisse with British coastal fish for the main, which I’d never had before. Jordan started with the classic French onion soup (I had a bit and it was glorious and cheesy) followed by the steak bavette, chips and truffle salt, which we’ve now both agreed we need to buy. The staff were really attentive too and didn’t let our glasses get empty – a massive plus point in my eyes.
If you’re after a meal that’s a little bit fancier than your usual restaurant in Manchester, then head to Randall & Aubin, especially if you’re a fish lover, or just want to try something a little bit different – and don’t forget your wine on a Monday!
Our meal at Randall & Aubin was complimentary in exchange for an honest review.