Manchester Confidential reviews The Belle Epoque
Taken from Manchester Confidential, 4th February 2015
“It’s (The Belle Epoque) still probably one of the best five restaurants buildings in the North West with the added benefit that it’s only 25 minutes from the city. The name says it all, Belle Epoque, built in 1907 the gaff wouldn’t look out of place in a Harry Potter movie.
The food has changed. Whilst this is not an official review, Gordo is happy to place it on his official ‘Gordo Go’ list. Whilst still in the ownership of the Mooney Family, it appears the kitchen has been cleared out in the last few years by the current owner, Matthew Mooney, re-invigorating the menu.
Service is very good. The staff know what they are doing and operate with a wry smile on their faces.
Food is serious stuff based on cookbooks from the Belle Epoque era; wild duck, seared cod cheeks, Chateaubriand (with made-in-the-kitchen béarnaise) and wood pigeon. The vegetarian dishes have been praised. The triple cooked chips are bang on.
This place is the whole deal; yes, they still do the weddings, but if you’re looking for a place for a romantic meal, a family meal, somewhere as an antidote to dirty food, where you can put your glad rags on, then go. It’s an experience. A delightful one”.