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“wonderful meal”
Review of The Rose Garden

The Rose Garden
Ranked #170 of 2,274 Restaurants in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 19 - US$ 40
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: New to West Didsbury’s Burton Road, The Rose Garden serves exciting contemporary British food created by owner and head Chef William Mills. It’s very much a family affair — William’s elder Brother Tom constructed the interior to a design created by their architect father, the restaurant’s striking visual appeal is complemented by professional but informal table service from William’s younger siblings.
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1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“wonderful meal”
Reviewed 10 April 2012

Came with a friend for her birthday, we went on the bank holiday Monday evening, where they were offering the set menu all day.. and we both ordered off the set menu as it seemed really good value, as the picked out fish and meat weekly dishes are placed on the set menu too...

I ordered the watercress, broad bean and cream cheese tortellini which came with a fragrant broth and peas, and spring garden shoots... very pretty dish and the broth was lovely, not much watercress flavour in the tortellini, but yummy and dumpling like with broad bean, green pasta. Was first attracted here by the fact they had pig cheeks on the menu, this wasn't on today and was replaced by pork fillet, so I opted for the tea smoked duck breast.. with red cabbage salad, purple potatoes, and plum reduction and butternut squash puree. Duck was pink and tender and sliced well, the flavours of the plum, slightly pickled cabbage and the puree were lovely, skin could have been seared a little more, but it was too delicious to really notice, as the meat was done lovely and had a delicate smoked flavour. And for dessert the Wensleydale and blueberry cheese cake which was inhaled rather quickly, not too sweet, good texture and really creamy with nice tart blueberry jam and fresh blueberries whipped into the main mixture. The mackerel kedgeree was very good, and my friend enjoyed the braised pork fillet, very tender and went well with the beetroot, and she had the creme brulee egg, which was ordered because we had to see it for ourselves. Creamy and custardy and was basically gone very quickly, the presentation of the shortbread was amazing. All in all very enjoyable meal for just over £50 including a bottle of nice rioja.... I only wished I'd tipped more, but forgot we hadn't enough change as paying by card etc.... All staff were helpful and friendly and made you feel very welcome...nice chats about the food, and recommendations (notably from looking at other reviews, to not have the cornish pasty for a starter) Nice addition to Burton road and will definitely be back!

  • Visited April 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“After hearing rave reviews...I wasn't disappointed!”
Reviewed 3 April 2012

Having read and heard rave reviews about West Didsbury’s newest restaurant, I was expecting great quality produce, cooked to perfection and…I wasn’t disappointed.

Hear not-to-be-missed details on the food, service, atmosphere in my full restaurant review...don't go without reading it first!


Visited April 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Highs and lows - Room for improvement”
Reviewed 3 April 2012

Recently visited the rose garden with wife as a birthday treat

Good points
staff friendly and attentive,
reasonable priced wine,
nice ambiance (perhaps slightly stark and clinical for some)
menu which was full of interesting options and with an original twist

Salt Beef -expected nice pink, succulent cured salt beef, received dry well done beef lacking flavour and tough
Cornish (ish) pasty - advertised as slow braised venison - very dry. 2 miniscule pasties think amuse bouche, used also on the set menu where portion size/profit margins may be appropriate but not for £6.95 full price starter

Sea Bass and 3 way scallops - excellent, tasty, variety of contrasting flavours and textures

2 Way beef - fantastic braised shin of beef - very, very tasty no complaints could have just had this on its on. The 4 oz fillet was cooked perfectly but paired with the braised shin failed to shine/come through and tasted quite bland against the shin.

Fantastic chips!!

Egg and soldiers aka duck egg brulee, strawberry jam with shortbread fingers
Style over substance – well presented however duck egg brulee consistency too thin and runny, underdone. Shortbread finger very dense and lacking butter flavour.

Rhubarb panna cotta, rhubarb sherbet with brandy snap biscuits – panna cotta and sherbet nicely presented and good flavour.
Brandy snap biscuit was a disaster - soft, no snap at all which should not have been sent out – frustrated by the quality control by the chef.

So £110 for 2 including drinks – eaten at other places for this kind of money (eg Damson’s, lime tree, Michael Caines abode) were the food is faultless but felt let down by The Rose Garden inconsistencies - great main courses but room for improvement on other areas.
They need to focus on some on the cooking basics, put this right and has the potential to be a real gem.

Other slight gripe, booked early evening but wasn’t made aware that they wanted to turn the table until end of meal so didn’t manage to fit in after meal liqueur – need to be clearly at time of booking

  • Visited April 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Lovely restaurant, great service and food”
Reviewed 1 April 2012

I went here on a Sunday afternoon with a couple of friends. We all had the 3 course set menu for £16.95 which was really good value. The service was attentive and friendly and the food came out quickly. The decor is very modern and clean-looking. The food was very good but not quite exceptional. We all had the cornish pasty starter (two small cornish pasties filled with venison). They were nice but didn't quite have a wow factor - the primary taste was just of pastry. My main of cod wrapped in dry-cure ham on asparagus and colcannon was delicious. One friend also enjoyed the chicken and asparagus pie but another friend's roast beef was good without being great. The desserts were all very good - the duck-egg brulee was very inventive and the rhubarb pannacotta were delicious. The wine list was reasonable and the rierio I had paired with my cod dish was lovely.

Overall I really liked this restaurant. Some of the dishes are not quite perfect but overall the food is very good and the great service and reasonable price means I will definitely go back.

  • Visited April 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Nice restaurant with average food”
Reviewed 1 April 2012

Visited the Rose Garden with a friend on a Monday night having been impressed with the excellent reviews on Tripadvisor. The restaurant is nicely done out with a nice ambience - having walked by a few times I'd always thought it looked a bit 'sterile' from the outside but inside it's really nicely done and feels very cosy and welcoming. We ordered off the set menu (available all day Monday) that offered 2 courses for £14.95, which seemed good value. We both ordered mussels for a starter which came in a creamy/cider/bacon sauce with bread. The mussels themselves were nicely cooked and seemed fresh although the sauce was very salty and seemed to have been over-seasoned given that it also had bacon in. Due to this we were both disappointed with the dish. For the main course I ordered a chicken and asapragus pie and my friend ordered pork (this had an extra supplement as it was a special). The chicken pie was lovely and came with mash and veg which were both average I'd say (the veg seemed a bit limp). The pork my friend ordered seemed quite a small portion and was possibly very slightly over-cooked, but came with a nice jus.

The bill came to £43 for 2 courses and a glass of wine each which I thought seemed reasonable. The staff were very professional and friendly and didn't rush us despite us being about the last people to leave.

Overall I've rated the Rose Garden as average based on the quality of the food and the price - perhaps our expectations were too high on this first visit having read the excellent reviews on here so I'd be inclined to try it again sometime - it was by no means a bad meal it just didn't wow us like expected and based on this experience I'd say there are better restaurants in West Didsbury...

  • Visited March 2012
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