At Masons Restaurant our focus is on serving classic British dishes whose names you’ll immediately recognise, such as Gressingham Duck Breast or Lamb Rump, but introducing flavours with a world influence that is all our own.
Making things simple with a focus on service
You’ll notice a few things about Masons that sets us apart from other restaurants in Manchester. We know it’s easy to be bamboozled by flowery language on restaurant menus. Therefore we’ve deliberately kept our menu simple with the names of traditional British dishes that you’ll immediately recognise. We then expect our experienced waiting staff to do the rest – giving you all the details of the locally sourced ingredients that make up the day’s dishes – to help you make your choices.
A nod to the Freemasons’ history of our iconic building
We are located on the ground floor of Manchester Hall – the former Freemasons Hall – and you’ll notice a few nods to the building’s past in our interiors. Our restaurant boasts a multitude of different dining settings under one roof, catering for a plethora of requirements – from breakfast planning meetings, entertaining clients at lunch or enjoying a romantic evening meal. A Freemasons-inspired booth can be booked for private dining.
With a full coffee barista service and extensive whiskey and gin menu, Masons is perfect both for work lunches and meetings during the day, as well as being the ideal place to unwind after a stressful day in the office. Our smart bartenders and staff are easy to spot in their smart uniforms, while you relax with friends and colleagues in plush surroundings.
Just as the Masons’ name references the building’s unique history, the food at Masons also nods to some of Britain’s most traditional and best loved dishes. All ingredients on our a la carte grill menu are carefully sourced from across the British Isles, including Connemara organic Irish salmon from Ireland and Dukesmoor steaks from Cumbria.
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Parc national du Connemara, Letterfrack, Irlande
Our salmon is sourced from the Connemara Smokehouse in Western Ireland, a family business which has been in operation for almost 40 years and which uses traditional smoking methods which have been passed down the generations.
Mussels are a dish which if sourced and then cooked correctly are as close to food perfection as it’s possible to get. However, in our view the best mussels don’t come from France – we think they come from Wales – or the Menai Strait to be more exact.
Cumbria, United Kingdom
We are confident that there are no better steaks to be sourced in the British Isles than those from Dukesmoor.
Our English wines
Devon, United Kingdom
One day we might be able to serve wines on the Masons menu which originate from the North of England. But until such time as weather conditions change dramatically in this part of England, we’ll continue to source our English wines primarily from vineyards in the southern counties of England – including East Sussex, Kent, Devon, Cornwall, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. All have been carefully selected – indeed we’re so confident in their quality that we list our British wines right at the top of the menu so our guests know they come highly recommended by us. Among our English wine options a personal favourite of Masons’ restaurant owner Stephen Cliff is the Sharpham Dart Valley Reserve English white wine from Devon. Its light and fresh notes made it the ideal pairing for the Risotto or Pea & Leek Tart on our a la carte menu.
Ham Hock and Mustard Terrine
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Our ham hock and mustard terrine has been one of the break out stars of the Masons menu – including at our media lunch attended by over 20 discerning food journalists. Our ham is cooked for over four hours – until the meat falls off the bone – and the stock which is added to the terrine includes juniper berries, five spice and star anise. We think one of the reasons for the popularity of this particular dish is that it is served with a Clarence court egg – infact we think some of our customers would order this Masons dish for that fact alone. Also accompanied with a reduced pineapple chutney to balance the bite of the mustard in our terrine.
Book a table
We’re located on the ground floor of Manchester Hall, the former Freemasons Hall, on Bridge Street in the heart of the City Centre. Whether it’s your first time to Masons Restaurant Bar, or you’re a regular customer, you can be assured of the same attentive Masons’ welcome.
To book a table, please call 0161 359 6952 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday to Friday 8:30am-11pm
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