A Manchester legend, this West Didsbury restaurant has it all -- fantastic food, a wonderful easy ambience, great wines and a menu that changes weekly. The Lime Tree is decidedly Modern British and if you want to eat here you'd be well-advised to book ahead. Chef-patron Patrick Hannity and his team create dishes that reflect the passing seasons. Local produce is at a premium with much coming from Hardingland Farm, their smallholding near Macclesfield where they breed their own rare-breed pigs, cattle and lambs to supply both the West Didsbury restaurant and a new sister restaurant in Bollington Green. There is a wide choice of wines on offer and these are matched each week with the dishes on the menu. The Lime Tree isn't at all stuffy and has an elegant yet relaxed feel. And in summer you can make the most of the al fresco terrace. Book a table.
A true galloping gourmet delight was had by all the table the other night. We have been going to the Lime tree for some time now, in fact many years. We always enjoy ourselves, Matt is a welcoming host and his team are always courteous. Thank you for another great night.
Me and my Boyfriend visited The Lime Tree for a special Valentine's day meal and we were certainly not disappointed.
Upon arrival we were seated swiftly. The service was very friendly and prompt throughout the whole meal. The cost of the meal was very reasonable at £45 per person for 4 courses.
Menu choices was of a wide variety. We will definitely be making another trip back to The Lime Tree and have already recommended this restaurant to all our friends. :0)
Christine and Karl
We have been regular customers to the Lime Tree for the past 20 years. However we were very disappointed with the service we received during our meal on Sunday night. It was
- The initial greeting at the door was cold and uninterested and we were shown to a table just behind a large party of 20 - even though there were tables free (however - these were for four)
- Our side order of vegetables didn't arrive and my husband had to go in search of the staff since no one passed through the conservatory area of the restaurant for ages. The attitude of the staff was that we forgot to order it rather than they had forgotten to bring it....
- The way the food was delivered to our table was definitely "service with a snarl"
- We had to go in search of staff again (they are all chatting in the bar area) in order to pay the bill.
- We weren't the only table stuggling to get served. While we were ordering someone from another table came up to ask the waitress for some more wine.
- The food was generally good. My lamb was fantastic but my husband's steak was only just about edible...
It was such a shame because we have had so many pleasant evenings at the Lime Tree in the past. However, it seems during the credit crunch they are not interested in keeping their customers happy. We won't be going back again for a long time. Next time we go out for an £80 meal we will choose somewhere where they value their regular customers
The Lime Tree USED to be an excellent restaurant.
The standards have slipped, the food is so so now, and the waiting staff are untrained and unhelpful. The management couldn't careless about their customers, and I would not go back to this restaurant ever again, having had some good meals there in the past. Not what it once was. Shame.
We dined here on a busy Thursday night. The food was great - very tasty, well cooked and a reasonable price for what you got at c £6 for a starter and £15 for a main course.
However we found the service poor as the restaurant was packed and there were only 3 serving staff. Whilst they weren't rude they were very abrupt when taking orders and bringing out food and catching their eye to order more drinks or get the bill was impossible.
The other issue we had was that as the restaurant is so popular they have squeezed in too many tables and as such you are very close to neighbouring tables and can hear everything they say, fine if you are in a big party but prob not ideal for a romantic meal for 2.
So good food but I wouldn't rush back as I think there are other good places to eat.
we went too this so called award winning restaurant which was recommended from your site it was the worst three courses that myself & my wife have had. Also i am a chef so when the manager tried to make the excuse that is how it should be i just had to laugh. so please do not recommend this restaurant anymore.
We had a table for three on Friday to celebrate my birthday and also my daughter's recent qualified teaching status. The food was wonderful, the best we have had in the north west! The scallops were cooked perfectly and it was a pleasure to be able to choose from the wine's of the month with their complimentary descriptions. Marvellous evening and good value for well cooked food!
Party of 6, visited on a busy Saturday night (25/11/06). Had not been to the Lime Tree for a couple of years as so many new restaurants to try in and around Manchester. Everything about the experience was fantastic and price very reasonable for the quality offered. Still better than just about all the newer places in the city, now resolved to visit again regularly!
in a similar price bracket to many other modern eateries but the quality of ingredients and skill of the chefs was remarkable. by far the best value for money anywhere. Its no suprise that tables can be a little difficult to get hold of! would eat there every week if i could find a good reason to get fat.
I had Paddy one of the then owners show me how to create one of his then signature meals of roast duck with the raspberry & vinegar reduction sauce. Fantastic chef & always great food.. On another occasion Paddy showed me monkfish rapped in bacon with lemon & butter sauce.. Another fantastic meal