Manchester Social 101 was recently invited to review the Christmas lunch preview at the Double Tree at the Hilton in Manchester.

I was joined by two other journalists and their partners. We began the event with a cocktail from the Xmas menu, it was fruity and refreshing and the venue was very cosy – It almost felt like winter despite it being almost 30 degrees outside on an unseasonably warm day.

After our cocktail we were escorted to the table where we were offered a glass of wine to complement our starter.

Beetroot cured salmon, goat's cheese fritters, candied hazelnuts (c) David Lindsay

I had chosen the beetroot cured salmon, goat’s cheese fritters and candied hazelnuts, which was absolutely lovely. The beetroot provided a twist on the traditional cured salmon and the goat’s cheese fritters balanced the palate making for a mouth-watering starter that left you hungry for more.

Slow cooked fillet steak,braised ox cheek, truffle mash, baby onions (c) David Lindsay

Next up for the main we were provided with a recommendation for the best red wine to accompany our Christmas menu choices. My choice for the day was the most amazing slow cooked fillet steak that I have ever tasted (it literally melted in my mouth), braised ox cheek, truffle mash and baby onions. I can honestly say that it was one of the best steak dishes I have had in a long time – could not recommend it more!

Chocolate  torte, chocolate soil, orange ice cream (c) David Lindsay (2)

Finally for desert I couldn’t resist the chocolate torte, chocolate soil, orange ice cream, which did not disappoint!

As to not break with tradition and to get the full Xmas experience, we finished on a high note of coffee and mini mince pies – stunning!

The Festive Lunch or Dinner is available at the award winning, AA Rosette recognised City Café restaurant City Café Restaurant and Bar from 25th November – 23rd December

Service Times are as follows:

Lunch served from 12:30pm – 2:30pm Monday to Friday. Lunch served from 1:00pm – 3:00pm Saturday & Sunday. Dinner served from 5.30 – 10.00 pm Monday to Sunday.

In addition to my choices, you can choose from:


Roasted butternut squash veloute, pumpkin seed pesto
Ham hock terrine, pickled vegetables, piccalilli dressing
Beetroot cured salmon, goat’s cheese fritters, candied hazelnuts Three onion tart,feta cheese, tapenade dressing

Main Course

Roast turkey breast, apricot and sage stuffed leg, duck fat roast potatoes, pancetta and chestnut Brussels sprouts, root vegetables
Slow cooked fillet steak, braised ox cheek, truffle mash, baby onions Halibut,prawn potato cake, kale, noilly prat veloute

Parsnip and Jerusalem artichoke bake, roasted vegetables, chestnut sauce


Traditional Christmas pudding, brandy sauce
Chocolate torte,chocolate soil, orange ice cream
Cherry bake well tart, raspberry semi gel, vanilla ice cream Pear tarte tatin, apple puree, banana ice cream

Coffee and mini mince pies


City Café Christmas Festive lunch £21.95 City Café Christmas Festive dinner £24.95

DoubleTree Manchester One Piccadilly Place,
1 Auburn Street, M1 3DG

For full terms and conditions and booking information:

For all City Cafe enquiries and Cocktail Master Classes please contact us on:

T: +44(0)161 242 1020 or

For Private Events & Party Nights

T: +44(0)161 242 1010 or

About The Author

Lisa Hollinshead
Editor & Director

Boss lady over here at Social 101. Lover of all things that inspire creativity, individuality and happiness! Former party gal, now mama to a beautiful baby boy!

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