Ah, good old Revolution. I have many memories of Revolution Bars, all over the UK. When I first started going out when I was in college, there was a Revolution in Oldham which would kick start my night (although Oldham isn’t the nicest of places to go out may I add!) When I went to University in Preston, I’d visit the Revolution Bar there for various cocktails before heading to a club. But the main way that Revolution has been a huge part of my social life is from being a Manchester resident. There are loads of them dotted around the city, and I even hired a little room out at the back of the Deansgate Locks Revolution for my 23rd birthday.
Many a times I’ve turned up at one of the venues across Manchester for a bit of lunch or dinner with friends. What I love about these bars is that the menu is overly extensive; pizzas, sandwiches, main meals, pastas, curries, sharing boards… there really isn’t a person the menu doesn’t cater for. So when I heard that Revolution had embraced the Spring season and updated their menu for the warmer months, I got myself down to the Parsonage Gardens Revolution situated behind Deansgate. Myself, my sister and my mum headed here on a Friday afternoon at 5pm for a bit of food and drinks before heading to The Palace Theatre. An ideal Manchester evening in my eyes!
As you can see, the bars in general seem to have had a little re-vamp. The classy drop lampshades and plush red booths in this bar in particular looked uber modern. With a bar chain that has been popular for so long, you can expect them to get a little slapdash with the interior, as their brand name does the talking for them. But this bar looks stylish and a little more ‘done up’ than other chain bars in Manchester, and it was nice to be seated in a comfy booth area close to the bar.
The menu’s have all had a little make-over too, but this time not just the food and drinks, but the design too. Bright bold pink menus were placed on the table, with whimsical floral printed artwork. I have to say, I rarely see menu’s designed so pretty!
Anyway, I guess it’s whats in the menu’s that count the most, so lets take a look at some of the new additions. For me, I was over the moon to see a Lobster Ravioli on the menu. This is my very favourite Italian dish, and I didn’t expect it to appear at Revolution. Other new additions was Duck Frites – so yep, just like Steak Frites but with yummy duck – Thai curries and courgetti, which is clearly jumping onto the healthy eating bandwagon. The burger menu has started to replicate the famous burger bars popping up all over the place too, as everyone is loving these bulging burgers at the moment. I was glad to see a good old Buttermilk Fried Chicken burger join the list too!
In true Revolution style, the cocktail list is spot on. I went very traditional and sipped a Cosmopolitan whilst I waited for my food, but I was tempted by some more interesting options. The Double Dutch Kettle would be a great call for a night out – a Vodka and Cointreau cocktail mixed with Elderflower and various fruit concoctions, served up in a kettle!
My very favourite cocktail is the Espresso Martini, and it looks like Revolution have upped their game on the classic by adding a ‘Popping’ version to the cocktail menu, complete with popping candy. That’s one for me to try on my next visit, or perhaps the Not So Old Fashioned drink, which would satisfy my Jack Daniels love! It’s a combination of Licor 43 with Jack Daniel’s bourbon, orange bitters and sugar, served stirred over ice with orange zest and cherry. Definitely putting the modern into vintage…
My guests both sipped the Gin N Juice cocktail, which comes in the quirky jam jar set up. This refreshing drink is a mix of Beefeater gin, elderflower liqueur, and strawberry purée strained over ice and topped with Ting. In the words of Revolution: As laid back as Snoop D-O-double-G, for all the right reasons.
Here’s a photo of the delicious Lobster Ravioli myself and my sister ordered. It was so tasty, with a generous amount of lobster stuffed into each parcel. The garnishing added a deep and flavoursome taste – very impressed to see this on the menu as mentioned before.
My Mum opted for the traditional fish and chips option, and boy it was huge! The fish was a very large size, complete with chunky chips, mushy peas and tartar sauce. This is certainly ideal for a filling evening meal, and it tasted as good as any other fish and chip restaurant!
You always get fairly loud music and that ‘going out’ atmosphere at Revolution bars, therefore if you like that fun type of ambiance, you’ll find yourself at home here. The best part is, it’s affordable in comparison to other eateries which offer the same type of dishes. You can pay over the odds for stacking burgers at some more targeted Burger restaurants, and our mains came to roughly £10 each, for a large plate of good quality food.
Overall, it’s great to see the updated menu and I genuinely enjoyed my meal and drinks – all three of us did. Thank you Revolution!