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King Street, Manchester

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3.2/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web
King Street is one of the most important thoroughfares of Manchester city centre, England. Formerly the centre of the north-west banking industry it has become progressively dominated by expensive shops.HistoryKing Street began in the 18th century at the Spring Gardens end when the Jacobite party in the town created James's Square and to the west of it a fine street. Beyond what is now Cross Street it was much narrower and one 18th century building remains (a former District Bank). Further west beyond Deansgate is King Street West on a different alignment. By the 1970s there was a clear demarcation between the eastern section of mainly financial and office buildings and the narrower section to the west a mostly up market shopping street (later pedestrianised). Subsequently the eastern section had the monumental National Westminster Bank offices built at no. 55 and some years later further changes brought more and more retail outlets of the expensive sort. In 2008 the grand Midland Bank of Edwin Lutyens was vacated by the HSBC Bank.Old Town HallManchester's original civic administration was housed in the Police Office in King Street from 1772; it was near the junction with Deansgate and Police Street is so called because of it. It was replaced by the first Town Hall, to accommodate the growing local government and its civic assembly rooms. The Town Hall, also located in King Street at the corner of Cross Street, was designed by Francis Goodwin and constructed during 1822–25, much of it by David Bellhouse. The building was designed in the Grecian style and Goodwin was strongly influenced by his patron John Soane. As the size and wealth of the city grew, largely as a result of the textile industry, its administration outstripped the existing facilities and a new building was proposed. The King Street building was subsequently occupied by a public library and then Lloyds Bank. The facade was removed to Heaton Park in 1912, when the current Lloyds TSB building was erected on the site .
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  • A nice Street with plenty of shops and/or architecture to your not having bored, but at the same time not particularly enough to once home still in your memory.
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  • Nice area to shop if you have plentry of money .... all expensive shops here I wanted a Fred Perry Polo top .... £70 
  • Once Manchester's answer to Bond Street, the recession has had an impact here, as everywhere else and many of the classy outlets have gone. However, there are still some shops worth visiting and it re...  read more »
  • I booked 47 King Street West for our Christmas party and it was absolutely fantastic. There were about 35 people in total, all constantly ordering drinks and moving seats - not an easy task for waiting staff - but they handled it brilliantly. They made us feel that nothing was too much trouble and everyone had a great time. The food was also excellent. I went back in January for a cosy meal with my boyfriend on a Sunday and again couldn't fault the service or the food. There is a very personal feel to their approach and you can tell your eating in a family run restaurant but it also very high quality. Would highly recommend!
  • It was for a Christmas party and the menu was therefore limited. The quality of the food was still very good considering and they had a good selection of beers.
  • Amazing food for a reasonable price. Probably one of the nicest settings to eat in in Manchester. Always food service
  • Lovely restaurant, a little snug but excellent food, service and personnel. The negative review in the press is little more than sour grapes and indicative of the class of complainer. I feel for the manager who had to cope with such unpleasant comments which were blatantly due to the complainer's inability to be punctual and behave correctly. Some people should stay within their class (common and vulgar) and eat in a greasy spoon café in the docks and not in an up market eatery. I can recommend 47 to anyone who enjoys and appreciates good food in a restaurant that delivers on its promises.
  • Me and a friend booked this restaurant for a hen do. When we arrived we waited for a while before being shown to our "tables" the restaurant somehow thought it acceptable to put 10 of us on one table and 8 on another, which was never outlined to us before our arrival - they said there was nothing they could do as it just wasn't possible to sit 18 on the same table despite the fact the manager (Barry) had told us when we first enquired they could seat 26 on one large table. These tables weren't close enough whereby one table could interact with another and left the bride to be having to spend time going from table to table which was really not ideal. Had we been told that we couldn't all sit on the same table initially we never would have chosen this restaurant. I should also mention that not once did the manager apologise for this massive inconvenience but quite the opposite, he very rudely told us we had never specified we wanted to be seated together which I found absolutely ridiculous. As if that wasn't bad enough the restaurant brought out starters for girls who hadn't arrived yet which were left to go cold and they refused to heat them up once they did arrive, poor service for a restaurant I expected so much more from. Also watch out for the sneaky supplement they add onto your bill without explanation, with being a large group we had to give the restaurant our food orders early and at no point between our initial booking enquiry to actually sending them our food orders was any mention made of a supplement for any courses. After a heated discussion between the manager and ourselves he eventually reluctantly took this off our bill. All in all a very nice meal absolutely ruined due to the shockingly bad customer service, I won't be returning and wouldn't recommend this place to anybody. What I would recommend is a people skills training course for the manager who I found to be very rude and arrogant towards not only his customers but also towards his team of hard working but very unorganised staff. Manager thought it was ok to publicly abuse us further via Facebook, check out his replies to reviews on there and take the advice from someone who overlooked a few bad reviews and avoid this place!!
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