Altrincham is currently being described as a ‘boom town’ and it’s not difficult to see why. With new bars and restaurants popping up all over the place, it is becoming a real destination for foodies and partygoers alike. A once forgotten about town, we predict that Altrincham will start to position itself as the new Greater Manchester hotspot.

Very close to Altrincham Market lies Blanchflower – a beautifully simple restaurant with about 30 covers. It’s intimate, it’s open and it’s welcoming. The first thing that strikes you about the knowledgeable team is the passion they have for the menu. Everything they serve is made in-house; from the bread to the butter, and you can tell. The flavours are rich and everything tastes delicious. The idea of Blanchflower is to enjoy ‘small plates’. We ordered five small plates, two of our favourites were Charcoal Grilled Bavette Steak with potato gratin and juniper carrots, and the Charcoal-grilled Free-Range Chicken Breast with confit thigh, mushroom veloute, potatoes and king oyster mushrooms. Both had exquisite flavours and, even though they were small plates, they left us full enough to not want to order dessert. We teamed our food with an incredible Combe Rouge Picpoul de Pinet, a really hearty white wine that complemented the food perfectly.

We love Altrincham anyway, but Blanchflower has left us wanting to go again and again. A huge well done to the team for a quirky menu and relaxed atmosphere.

Blanchflower, 2-14 Shaw’s Road, Altrincham, WA14 1QU