At the heart of Manchester’s most prestigious address, the uber-artsy Lowry Hotel, and overlooking the River Irwell, the aptly named River Restaurant charms with its elegant decor and laid-back ambience. Here, you can expect to lunch or dine on a carefully-curated menu featuring seasonal ingredients, with a strong emphasis on local ingredients. For dinner, I sampled the three-course set menu (available every evening except Saturdays). Started included a choice between a smoked salmon and a refreshing beetroot salad topped with bocconcini. For mains, I enjoyed a roasted fillet of chicken, while my guest ordered a sous vide flat iron steak served with fat chips. The meal ended on a typical British note with a selection of local cheese, served with crackers and dried apricots. The River also does a traditional Sunday lunch, with a selection of roasts and grills, with traditional gravies.

Verdict: Great service and excellent food with fresh local produce, in an elegant, easy-going setting. Perfect for a quiet dinner in Manchester.

Contact The River Restaurant, The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Salford, Manchester +44 (0) 161 827 4000