Restaurant Review: Grand Pacific, Manchester

Camille Allcroft heads to Manchester to marvel at a rather lavish new restaurant once home to the infamous Reform Club.

Paying homage to the heyday of high society, blending colonial style interiors with indulgent menus, Grand Pacific weaves together exotic and classical influences such as high tea with Champagne and classic Sunday roast with hand carved beef served tableside. The grandiose project was the final one of the late Tim Bacon, the restaurateur and co-founder of Living Ventures who secured the site in 2015.

The venue

Grand Pacific Restaurant

A tone of grandeur is immediately set by the striking peacock chandelier which adorns the elegant staircase leading to the entrance hall, beyond which lies the stylish bar which conjures up the refinement of a bygone era. Abacus style crystal screens give a nod to the location of Grand Pacific in what was traditionally known as the financial district of Manchester and the arched windows and high ceilings make the room bright and spacious.


The opulent design was envisioned by interior designer Michelle Derbyshire who has created an aesthetic that combines classic and contemporary details to alluring effect. Polished marble and plush upholstery give the dining room a luxurious feel and the pineapple motif is visible throughout, chosen due to its heritage as a symbol of prosperity and hospitality.

The food

 Tea Smoked Salmon-2

The menu blends exotic influences with traditional elements; the Asian spiced duck cottage pie is an inventive take on a comfort food classic, while tea smoked salmon and chirashi sushi bowl are sure to appeal to seafood lovers. The cocktail menu evokes far-flung shores, with expertly mixed creations including Earl Grey sling, hibiscus Collins and the sweet and floral rose and lychee martini.

High Tea3

An appetiser of chicken and spring onion gyoza brings together light and clean flavours, while pineapple sweet chilli dipping sauce adds a zesty sweetness to the Thai fishcakes. Don’t miss the tempura of Szechuan sea bass encased in golden, light batter served with crispy noodles, pineapple and cucumber.

Dessert options include chocolate fondant with salted caramel sauce, honeycomb pieces and roasted peanuts as well as crème brûlée with jasmine tea bread and rose petal jelly.


After hours 
Grand Pacific takes on a decadent atmosphere after dark, with lights turned down low and a DJ playing an eclectic selection of tunes. The late license makes this an ideal destination for evening drinks in refined surroundings and the impressive grand pineapple cocktail brings together tropical flavours of rum, pineapple, lime and chocolate bitters served in a golden pineapple cup.

The details
Where: Grand Pacific, 50 Spring Gardens, Manchester M2 1EN
Reservations: To make a booking, phone 0161 839 9365 or click here.

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