Wednesday 29 Jan 2020
[@]HOME - Food and Drink
Opened in May 2015 Home is the venue for the Library Theatre and independent cinema Cornerhorse. The Library theatre had lost its space in the redevelopment of the Central Library and the old Cornerhouse building is part of the major development project for Oxford Road Station.
Following around 5 years of fund raising these two companies have joined together under the banner of HOME in a custom designed and built building at First St, a few minutes’ walk from Oxford rd, St Peters Square and Deansgate. It features two theatres, five cinemas and a large gallery space.
I have been a Cornerhouse member for several years, a regular visitor to the cinemas and its extremely good restaurant. Therefore you can imagine that I was intrigued to see if the new space had the same relaxed appeal.
The new building has a bar on the ground floor and a restaurant space on the first. The bar still manages to keep that relaxed un-pushy feel. A space that you could spend the whole of Sunday afternoon reading the paper while enjoying a beer or two.
The restaurant feel has changed a little, it is much larger and with it huge windows is a bright space. There is even a smaller bar and tables on this level but the majority of it is set aside for table service. Tables, chairs and small coffee tables look very much like 1970’s G-Plan, which is no bad thing as the chairs are very comfortable and even here there is still some of the ‘old’ feeling of Cornerhouse.
The menu hasn’t really changed it has a good mix of starters and side dishes. The main course still includes the popular pies, burgers and the pizzas. There is a good choice of lighter snacks such as the BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich or the Eggs Benedict.
Being creatures of habit we tend to share our choices and on this visit we had the Super Food Salad, which is always very yummy and the La Reine pizza (In my opinion this is one of the best pizza’s to be had in Manchester).
I can also recommend the sharing boards in particular the ‘Persian’ which can also come with the mouth-watering Lamb Koftas. If you get there, normally before 7ish, you will find a lip smacking array of puddings, cakes and sweets.
There is a reasonable choice of wines, real ales and lagers and soft drinks. I can recommend the Outstanding IPA.
You will also be surprised by the pricing as it is low-cost for the quality and consistency of the fare and its presentation. All-in-all this new space is very good the cinemas and theatre spacers are top notch and the food is great. What is not to love?
HOME membership is only £25 for a year (at time of writing). For it you get 2 free cinema tickets and 10% off all food in the restaurant plus other benefits.
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