Manchester - Printworks - Pompey Ranger Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Time of Day: 
Mid-afternoon or late evening
4 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
Comments - Stand out in our monthly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

This store is part of the Printworks entertainment complex opened in 2000 in the husk of the former local newspaper printers which had laid dormant for many years. It also has a Tiger Tiger nightclub and a Odeon cinema complete with the largest Imax 360 cinema outside of London. Close by is the national football museum along with Arndale shopping centre and a NCP car park which I didn't use so can't ascertain to its affordability.
The main function of the Printworks complex seems to be for somewhere to go out and has a range of pubs and restaurants to choose from, further backed up by the high profile security on the entrances to the centre and the throngs of hen parties mingling through the concourse.

The store was quite empty being late in the evening but I received a very warm welcome and my choice of table. The store is split over 2 floors with a large stair case from just in front of the door up the side of the building and also a glass lift to the top floor. Toilets are up there so you will end up using one or the other. Both floors have their own tills and serving area so can operate in separation or unison. Only the lower area was in use as the top floor was being cleaned. Both floors had interesting decoration but not a great deal of it consisting mostly of high level pots on shelves.

Service was quick and the serving staff friendly and the food arrived quick with good portions and well cooked. The single chips here were bigger than the double chips had been at the Trafford and the corn on the cob was cooked just right. I definitely enjoyed the food here and it was a good ambience here. This has to be my favourite store in the Manchester area pipping Spinning field to the post by being more homely.

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