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The Manor Bar & Grill (Bar, Restaurant)

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196 Tooting High Street, Tooting, London, SW17 0SF
Cuisine: Gastro Average Price: £12.00
Tel: 020 8672 6351 | Email to The Manor Bar & Grill | Transport: Tooting Broadway | Write review

The Manor Bar & Grill Review

Best for: excellent value and specials

Great: decent pub grub in deepest, darkest, south west London

Last week, two Fluid critics (a brace of reviewers? A gaggle? A murder?) found themselves walking uncertainly down Tooting High Street hoping to stumble upon The Manor Bar & Grill. It was raining heavily, getting cold and dark, and tempers were beginning to fray.

Tooting is famous for its athletics track, for boasting the largest freshwater pool in the country (91 metres, if you’re interested), for being the birthplace of snooker legend Jimmy White, and for being the home of Duran Duran’s guitarist. Impressive, non?

But as a metropolitan hub of fine dining? Not so much. I don’t want to denigrate Tooting, but as we walked past the umpteenth Chicken Cottage and checked Googlemaps once again to make absolutely sure this was where we were actually meant to be putting things in our mouths, I had to question my commitment to the cause. Especially on such a filthy night when any sane person is curled up on the sofa with a glass of wine and Come Dine With Me on repeat.

Suddenly, The Manor Bar & Grill appeared unto us, with celestial rays beaming from its doors. We walked mutely towards it, transfixed, cars screeching to a halt as we stumbled blindly across the road. Large glasses of Pinot Grigio were placed gently into our feeble hands, and we were shown to a table in the corner to be brought slowly back to life.

At first sight, The Manor Bar & Grill has most of the prerequisites of a good local pub, but as the night went on I found myself formulating a shifting list of pros and cons in my head. The Good: friendly staff – well, yes, but that really is the most basic of requirements; pool table; pleasant atmosphere; good wine; yes, yes and yes. The Not-so-Good: laminated, Wetherspoon-style menus - I picked one up, and my heart sank, and sank further when I saw that it was ‘Steak Night’; visions of rubbery, unidentifiable ‘Spoonsesque – yes, it’s a word – pieces of blackened flesh and half a grilled tomato came to mind.

It’s not a precise science, but I find that you can often gauge a restaurant using two bellwethers; the ladies toilets and the standard of the coffee. I didn’t try the coffee at The Manor Bar & Grill, but the loos were in a pretty bad way.

And then the food came. Whoever designed the menus at The Manor Bar & Grill should be firmly asked to go home and think about what they’ve done, because they just don’t reflect the standard of cooking the pub offers. As I mentioned, I’m suspicious of any pub that has wipe-clean menus (what do they think you’re going to do with them?) and with sirloin steak priced at under £6, I wasn’t holding out much hope.

We hadn’t let the threat of mango chutney put us off ordering a baked Camembert, which, when it did arrive, was meltingly rich, thick and as satisfying as hot cheese can be. The real surprise though, was that the lightly crisp squid was…just that. Crunchy, lightly fried, and nicely seasoned, it hadn’t been dunked in a glutinous, impenetrable layer of batter and cooked for most of its useful life in a vat of oil.

My companion - who doesn’t believe that wine exists unless it’s from France and has premier cru written on the label, and who thinks that foie gras is a basic human right or visibly shudders if anyone mentions a well-known global burger chain - sat up a bit straighter. This was not what we were expecting.

Still, an 8oz steak and chips for that price? It’s a lot to ask. I had asked for my meat to be served as rare as possible, although I wasn’t hopeful. That wasn’t necessarily a reflection on the pub itself. From bitter experience, I have learnt that in most English restaurants they look at you as if you’ve just ordered live goat if you’ve ask for your steak blue.

So when it arrived, we both leaned in and gazed at it suspiciously. Yes, the ubiquitous half grilled tomato was there, but there wasn’t a buggered piece of meat to be seen. The chips were definitely on the right side of chunky, the steak running with the required amount of blood.

The other main course was fish pie, but not as we know it. This one came with mussels peeping out from under cheesy mash, garden peas buried within the creamy sauce, and large plump, unshelled prawns baked around the edges. It wasn’t Michelin star, but The Manor Bar & Grill deserves a medal for serving up dishes of that quality for that price, which is exactly what pub food should be all about.

At the end of the meal I asked my fellow critic, who never lets the boundaries of social politeness stand in his way when giving an opinion, what he thought about the pub. His response wasn’t entirely suitable to be published on this website, but suffice to say, he was pleasantly surprised.

It may not be a destination restaurant, but the next time I’m sinking a few balls with Jimmy, or practising my breaststroke at the Lido, I’ll make sure I pop into The Manor Bar & Grill.
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Customer Reviews for The Manor Bar & Grill

Average (based on 1 votes): 1 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“What an odd mixed crowd. Part tattooed locals, part hospital workers out on the lash, all up for the craic. Had a good time here on Saturday. The music was great but incredibly loud. Maybe I'm just old. Not so old that I didn't fall in love when the cute bar lady winked at me. Lots of screens showing premiership footie etc, and some decent ales on tap. Plenty of space for all and sundry too.”
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The Manor Bar & Grill Food & Drinks

  • Cuisine Type: Gastro
  • Average Price: £12.00

The Manor Bar & Grill Food Menu

A great selection of dishes including Steaks, pasta and fresh seafood with something for everybody.

Updated 18/10/2010

Item Description Price
SIRLION STEAK 8oz,10oz or 18oz with rustic chips, char-grilled plum tomato, watercress and the manor's sweet &sour, spicy tomato steak sauce £ 10.95
SCOTTISH FILLET STEAK 8oz,10oz or 18oz with rustic chips, char-grilled plum tomato, watercress and the manor's sweet &sour, spicy tomato steak sauce £ 13.95
SLOW BRAISED LAMB SHANK POT Served with creamed mash potatoes, mint gel and crisp parsnip £ 10.50
AUBERGINE CANNELLONI Stuffed with ricotta, blended spinach and sun-blushed tomato topped with slow cooked tomato sauce and cheese bechamel sauce. £ 9.25
FISHERMANS PIE A selection of 5 fish baked with an infuison of star anise and langoustine white wine sauce topped with cheddar and mash potato £ 9.50
SURF AND TURF 10oz 21 day aged sirlion steak topped with tiger prawns, mussels and watercress £ 16.95
GRILLE-SEARED HALLOUMI SALAD Sauteed asparagus, char grilled courgettes with sun blushed tomato £ 7.50
FISH & CHIPS Home made beer battered haddock with hand cut rustic chips and tartare sauce £ 7.95
ALESSANDRO'S MEATBALLS With a slow cooked tomato & basil sauce on a bed of linguini topped with parmesan. £ 7.50
WILD MUSHROOM RAVIOLI With white wine sauce, spinach &toasted pine nuts. £ 8.55
GOURMET BURGER with smoked bacon &cheddar cheese served on a sour dough bun with lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, tomato relish and chips. £ 7.95
FULL RACK OF RIBS Served with BBQ sauce, rustic ships & mixed leaf salad. £ 8.50
THE MANOR'S BAKED BREAD With anchovy butter, balsamic oil & butter £ 4.50
MANOR'S NACHOS Spicy tortilla chips topped with melted cheese served with guacamole, spicy tomato salsa, chives, sour chream and jalapenos £ 4.55
MANOR'S NACHOS WITH CHILLI CON CARNE Spicy tortilla chips topped with chilli con carne and melted cheese served with chives, sour cream and jalapenos £ 5.75
WILD MUSHROOM RAVIOLI With white wine sauce, spinach &toasted pine nuts. £ 4.75
MINI VEGETABLE SAMOSAS Served with chilli sauce. £ 3.95
LIGHTLY CRISP CHILLI SQUID Served with aioli. £ 3.95
CRISP BREAD CRUMBED CHICKEN FILLETS Served with tomato salsa. £ 3.95
HALF RACK OF SMOKED BBQ RIBS Served with BBQ sauce. £ 3.95
RUSTIC CHIPS Served with mayonnaise. £ 2.95
BAKED CAMEMBERT Served with mango chutney & a toasted multi-seed baguette. £ 4.50
ANTIPASTI Prosciutto slices, grilled chorizo & spicy pepperoni with marinated mediterranean olives, rice filled vine leaves, karadula peppers stuffed with cheese and served with multi-seed bread. £ 5.50
CHAR-GRILLED PITA BREAD Served with houmus, tzatziki and olives. £ 3.50
MELT IN THE MIDDLE CHOCOLATE FONDONT With vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. £ 4.50
APPLE & MIXED BERRIES CRUMBLE Topped with coconut and hazelnut crumble served iwth homemade custard. £ 3.75
WHITE CHOCOLATE & RASPBERRY CREME BRULEE With shortbread biscuts. £ 3.75
TIRAMISU Coffee liqueur soaked biscuts with mascarpone and zabaione cream. £ 3.75
ICE CREAM Traditional vanilla custard, dark chocolate or strawberry with chunky strawberry bits. £ 3.50
SORBET Passion fruit, lemon or raspberry. £ 3.25

The Manor Bar & Grill Drinks Menu

The Manor offers a slection of great tastin alcholic and non alcholic coktails

Updated 13/10/2010

Item Description Price
Cocktails A great selection of shaken and blended cocktails £ 5.90

Special offers, discounts and deals at The Manor Bar & Grill

A great selection of early week specials

Updated 13/10/2010

Events and other great things going on at The Manor Bar & Grill

Information on coming events is available on our website.

Updated 13/10/2010

The Manor Bar & Grill Hire Details

For private hire,functions information and bookings or restaurant reservations please contact us.

Updated 13/10/2010

Name: The Manor
Type: Entire Venue
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 0
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: Optional
Capacity: 100
Notes: All areas of the venue can be hired for any function type.

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