Food: The Cosy Club, Corn Exchange Manchester Review

If you follow me on social media, you may have seen that last week, I celebrated my birthday! And I decided (as part of a bit of a ‘new thing’) to start creating a weekly vlog, where I film some of the activities I get up to across the week.

So, I filmed my birthday week, which includes choosing to lunch at The Cosy Club, in Manchester’ s Corn Exchange, with the family. It was such a lovely lunch, with excellent service, ambience and interior, that I wanted to follow it up on here with a bit of a review.

Firstly, if you want to skip to the video clips, you can watch below, where Cosy Club features from 29.30 minutes in (then I talk about it from around 35 minutes onwards …)


First up, the interior and decor of The Cosy Club in the Corn Exchange is breathtakingly beautiful. They’ve took advantage of the dome shape ceilings and traditional walls of what used to be the old ‘Triangle’ building, and created a real authentic, open plan dining and drinking area.

With deep rustic red walls and galleries of portraits and wall art, along with stags heads and mirrors, this place gives you a lot of visual pleasure! I could have eyed up the walls all day…

I came here on a Tuesday lunch time around 2pm, in which I was surprised to see it so busy for the beginning of the week. We had two small children with us (my niece and my baby nephew), so we needed quite a lot of room for dining.

The guy on the front desk couldn’t have been more accommodating, making sure we had a great table space, and then went through the drinks and food menu’s with us.

I was driving, but as it was my birthday (and my twin sisters too, who was here with me!) I decided to treat myself to one cocktail during my visit. I have to say that I was actually a little stumped – the menu was so extensive and I had a shortlist of around 9 different types!

As my Mum and Sister went for one of my options which was a sweet gin based cocktail, but I went for The QE2, with red varmouth and lots of juices. It was so delicious, and came as a bold orangey red cocktail garnished with mint.

As for my food order – I actually went for a salad. I NEVER order salads, but on this particular occasion, I couldn’t take my eyes off the Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Superfood salad, packed with seeds, salad leafs and veggies. It was such a generous portion, with a little bit of a crunch from some of the veggies and seeds, topped with large creamy slices of avocado and soooo much chicken and bacon.

I have to say, it was topped with lots of juicy sundried tomatoes which really gave it a yummy taste.

My Mum went for the Pan Fried Sea Bass, which came with lots of sugar snap peas, peppers and lime wedges. The presentation of this was fantastic, and I felt like this was presented more like a fine dining restaurant example, rathet than a casual eatery. Plus, it was so tasty!

My Sister’s choice of the new Pastrami Sandwich, topped with cheeses, pickled red cabbage, gherkins, tomatoes, mustard and Russian dressing on slices of chunky Rye Bread was so much more filling than imagined. It was a real thick, loaded sandwich, with lots of toppings and sauces muddled between the Pastrami slices. Delicious!

The Sandwich and Burgers lists on the menu are really good value, coming in at around £9-£11 with a side of chips and salad, providing more than a generous portion meal.

Plus you have so many choices from the new menu, some which I really wanted to try (like The Colonel Burger – panko fried crumb chicken with macaroni cheese fritter and bacon, and the Thai Veggie Burger, with a spicy quinoa burger topped with edamame beans and coconut sauces).

The children’s menu had enough choices to keep my niece Emilia happy too (with her sausages and beans!), but of course we had this little one with us too (my gorgeous nephew Theo) who isn’t old enough to enjoy dining out with us all just yet!

I have to say that overall, the Mains menu, with the sandwiches and burgers couldn’t be faulted. If you want to spend around £10 on a large portion meal with sides, and have the choice of healthy eats and naughty eats, you’ll find everything you need.

However, what I’d love to do next time I visit is to explore either the Brunch or the Tapas menu. So the Brunch menu again is fairly new, and they offer some yummy looking dishes to enjoy for those 11am onwards meals.

Think Ham Hock Hash, Triple Stacked Buttermilk Pancakes, Shakshuka, Avocado laden brunches and allllll the egg dishes you can imagine (as well as large breakfasts and veggie breakfasts too). Brunch is potentially my favourite meal of the day, especially on a weekend, so I’d be sure to check this out on my next visit.

In terms of the Tapas menu, you can enjoy 3 dishes for £13.95, which would be ideal if 2-3 of you were to eat out and have 6 dishes to share at lunch time. They have everything from Goats Cheese and Spinach Croquettes, Crispy Sesame Chicken, Squid and Chorizo, and Crispy Scotch Egg plates… although if you want to go crazy, you can purchase as many as you want for £4.95 per plate.

Thanks again to the very attentive and friendly team at Cosy Club Manchester – you made my birthday lunch very special!

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