The Livebait restaurant is situated in the heart of Manchester’s city centre at the top of Lloyd Street on Albert Square in an iconic late 19th century textile warehouse that still retains its original entrance and classic red brick façade.
We are open seven days a week with the emphasis firmly focused on fresh produce, keeping it simple with an efficient and relaxed service. We offer sustainably sourced British fish and shellfish on an a la carte menu at lunch & dinner, with the addition of a two and three course fixed price menu available daily until 7.00pm. Vegetarian, and meat options are available too.
Champagne and wine are a big passion of ours too, and you will find a great list, sensibly priced with one or two champagne’s as well – so eating and drinking at Livebait is great fun! We can accommodate individuals and groups and have a private dining facility that can hold up to forty people.
Livebait was born in Waterloo on London’s South Bank in the late nineties. Three other Livebait restaurants were added, one in London’s Covent Garden and this was quickly followed by openings in Manchester and Leeds. Livebait became the benchmark for how fresh fish should be offered and served. The philosophy was simple, fresh produce that’s simply cooked and complemented with wines matched to the menu structure, and above all sensibly priced!
A few years later Livebait became part of a larger restaurant group and the entrepreneurial spirit that had driven Livebait was sadly lost in the world of corporate business strategies. The restaurants continued with a degree of success however without the innovation and flair that are the cornerstone of owner managed businesses, the local teams were restricted in their ability to develop and evolve the food and service offer. In 2011 the all four Livebait sites were put on the market with the two London locations sold individually, and SBG Restaurants bought the Leeds and Manchester sites. The new owners have wealth of experience in the industry and are both very much “hands on” with a real passion for seafood and wine! A re invigorated team are now running the business with Ellen O’Donnell as General Manager
Jonathan Schofield loves the clever, often exquisite work of an Aussie arrival
THIS could be one of the best times we’ve ever had in Manchester city centre for cooking.
You have to applaud the fabulous figs that burst in a sugary blast in the mouth, the carefully worked veg and the little surprise I was talking about, pork scratching affairs, that turn out to be ducks tongues.
Richard Muir shells out for struggling shellfish specialist
RICHARD Muir, director of SBG Restaurants, has acquired the successful Manchester City Centre restaurant, Livebait.
Muir said, “We know the Manchester restaurant scene very well having been involved in business within the city for many years – Livebait is a great restaurant in a fabulous location and we look forward to re energising the offer and providing something a little more funky.” He needs to. The current operation is looking tired and feeling tired. It needs shaking up.
OYSTERS: there’s nothing else like them.
They are a unique dining experience being the only uncooked, living beast of sea, land or air, we chuck down our gullets.
And finally here’s a perfect tongue-twister for you: ‘What noise annoys an oyster? A noisy noise annoys an oyster most.’ You can have hours of fun perfecting that.
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22 Lloyd Street
0161 817 4110
Monday to Friday:
12.00 – 10.00pm
12.00 – 10.30pm
12.00 – 9.00pm