We were recently invited by the team at Love Thy Neighbour in Chorlton to pop over and review their special Valentine’s Day menu specially created for their customers. We arrived at the place quite easy and found parking just 5 minutes away. The restaurant is located on Wilbraham Road which is a lovely neighbourhood in Manchester. From the outside, the restaurant seems demure and unassuming but soon as you walk in, you will be greated with lots of character, a tendy vibe and warmth. The area by the window is bright and cheery, it lets you enjoy a drink and watch passers by, but as you go in, the mood and lighting sets in. The green themed ceiling with its lights, the wall painting and pink neon lights are just so hip and gets your in the mood. There is also a piano at the end of the room as well as lots of vinyl records on the counter with a turn table. The restaurant seats 45 pax inside easily and about 10 outside on a nice day.
Love Thy Neighbour serves mainly vegan and vegetarian dishes so we were quite excited to find out what their menu would be like. We opted to try their three course menu, and ordered cocktails to go with our food. Do read on to see the photos of the dishes and hopefully this will entice you to bring your loved there for a Valentine’s meal they would not forget! Let’s start with our cocktail mixes made by the ever talented Bianca.
For our first cocktail, we ordered Apple of My Eye, which was a mix of Vodka, Vanilla Syrup and Apple Juice and this cost £7.50 . This drink was light, smooth and the Vodka was not too overpowering at all. It came served in a beautiful glass with recyclable straw and chocolate sprinkles on it and we loved the flavour.
For our second cocktail, we ordered Sweetie Pie which was a mix of Amaretto and Cranberry Juice and this cost £8. Amaretto fans would have loved this drink as both the cherry and almond flavour came through quite strongly. For us, this drink tasted a bit too strong and rich especially with the whipped cream, otherwise it was nice and befitting the occassion especially with the chocolate sprinkles and cherry on top of it.
So far, we were impressed with the drinks, especially if you want to take your other half out on a date-night to impress them and sweep them off their feet. Our first starter soon arrived, which was Falafels on a bed of couscous and cumin vegan yoghurt. The dish tasted light and fresh, you could taste lots of different spices in the chickpea balls especially the cumin and coriander coming through nicely. Couscous which is usually bland complemented the falafels really well paired with the salad.
For our second starter we picked the Avocado Salad which was served with mix leaf and a balsamic and red wine dressing on a bed of black lime quinoa, cherry tomatoes and avocado chunks. The flavours of this dish was just perfect, we loved the black lime quinoa as it gave the dish a crunch while the creamy avovado mellowed the tangy dressing. We would have this again in a flash, as it tasted gorgeous.
We managed to have a quick chat with the restaurant’s General Manager Dan Woods, who was very friendly and full of ideas for the place. He shared that although the place has only been open for 8 weeks, that it has been doing really well and well received by the community. He plans to start off Comedy Night as well as a Quiz Night and organise more events benefitting and supporting the local community. He is also planning to organise an art sale for a local artist to showcase some of his work as well as organise knitting meet ups training classes in the restaurant. He emphasised that the aim of the restaurant was to provide a place for the community to feel welcomed and part of their live. He also said that the restaurant is pet friendly so patrons can feel free to bring in their pets with them. Here’s another shot of the restaurant interior.
Because the starters were light, we wanted to taste more, so we ordered Beetroot Tagliatelle for our mains. This came served with sauteed carrot tops, broccoli, spinach and chunky golden beetroot. The sauce made up of tomato sauce and beetroot puree tasted nice. The tagliatelle brought the dish together by mellowing the sharpness of the sauce. The pink dish just stood out for us and so befitting the Valentine’s theme with its pinkness! The dish was very enticing with so much vegetables in it, as we love beetroot, we loved it!
For our second mains, we decided to try their fish dish and ordered the Pink Seabass Fillet. The seabass was perfectly grilled and served with shredded carrot, butter, sauteed potatoes and spring onions. The fennel and a heritage tomato sauce complemented the dish and the seeds made it look amazing! The fish and vegetables were perfectly cooked and perfectly portioned, the only thing that made the dish being short of a perfect 10 was that it was slightly over seasoned. Nevertheless we finished every bit of it.
With all that we had, we still had room for more and could not wait for our dessert to arrive. Wer ordered the Pink Strawberry Heart Pancakes with strawberry ice cream coolie. Again the pink / Valentine’s theme clearly shone through and it was so romantic to enjoy this dish. The pink heart shaped pancaked and the ice-cream tasted lovely together and not too filling especially as we had just eaten the two courses before that. We found the pancake not as flulffy as it should be but otherwise a perfect finish to any meal.
We were totally stunned and swept off our feet when we saw our final dish which was the Dipping Chocolate Strawberries and marshmallows. Maybe we have weak knees when it comes to chocolate but the presentation of this dish was just so stunning especially with the edible glitter and cocoa sprinkled all over the plate !! The chocolate in the high glass, the little sticks that came on the plate just added to the romance, its perfect for feeding each other chocolate dipped strawberry and marshmallows. This just tasted so heavenly and amazing, and we wanted more!!
Thank you to Chef Robert Goodfield and his team who cooked us the amazing meal, being vegetarian himself, he understands the flavours well and know what works and what does not. He told us that all food are feshly made on the day in the kitchen and ingredients are all locally sourced. Here’s a photo of Chef Robert working in the kitchen.
Points to note
- Love Thy Neighbour is pet friendly, so feel free to bring your pets along with you
- The restaurant is close to residential areas, so plenty of places to park in the day time just within 5-10 minutes walking distance
- Mondays, is Loving Vegan evening hence, they serve tasty vegan dishes from their delicious menu, vegan cocktails, beers and wines.
- Saturdays, between 6pm to 12midnight, there’s a DJ that comes to spin come funky tunes on the turntable. If you have any Vinyl records around, bring it in with you and they will be happy to play it
- Sundays, between 12noon and 3pm, they will have live piano music, where a local musician will pop over to play some nice melodies
- The restaurant is plastic free and is big on using recyclable materias
- Dan also mentioned that they follow the composting program and send their compost to an allotment in Didsbury
- They love supporting the local economy and bringing communities together
Here’s a copy of their Food and Drinks Menu specially created for Valentine’s Day. You can choose a two course meal and a bottle of prosecco for just £37 per person or a three course meal and a bottle of prosecco for just £45 per person.
Here’s their Cocktail Drinks Menu
Where is Love Thy Neighbour in Chorlton?
516 Wilbraham Rd
What are their opening hours?
Monday to Friday 11am until 12midnight
Saturday and Sunday 10am until 12midnight
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** Note: This is a collaborative post, a small fee was paid in exchange for the review of this post. All views and findings are our own.