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Review: All Star Lanes

Adam Fearn and Lise Millerjord review All Star Lanes, a swanky new restaurant in the heart of Manchester

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All Star Lanes offers a fantastic bowling, dining and drinking experience every night of the week. Located at The Great Northern Warehouse in Deansgate within the heart of Manchester, the building houses eight bowling lanes, a cocktail bar, a large restaurant and a fantastic whiskey tasting room. For private events, an exclusive party room can be hired, equipped with two bowling lanes, private cocktail bar and karaoke facilities. The cocktail bar is well stocked, boasting an impressive list of premium spirits, beers and wines, making for an excellent spot to enjoy drinks in between bowling and dinner. Like its décor, All Star Lane’s food revolves around classic American dishes with their indoor barbecue smoking up some great dishes.

When we visited, we sampled February’s special: the BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich. Served on a bed of crunchy slaw and topped with pickled red onions, the sandwich oozed flavour and was cooked to perfection. The highlight of the meal was the crispy chicken crackling that accompanied the main. Golden brown in colour and crispy in texture, it complimented the lighter shredded chicken perfectly. Instead of having traditional sauces, All Star Lanes provide samples of their own BBQ, mustard and spicy chilli sauce, all of which were divine. Although slightly pricey at £9.50 for the sandwich alone (all sides have to be purchased separately), the lively venue definitely justifies the price.

If you’re after an evening of fun, dinner and drinks then All Star Lanes Manchester should be right up your street; with four successful and highly-acclaimed venues already in London, this new Manchester offering is bound to be a winner.

  • Anon

    This place opened in March 2013, hardly what I would call ‘new’