“ American style food. Several location throughout England to serve you. „
There are five Exchange Bar & Grills in the UK at the following locations - Rochester, Batley, Nottingham, Manchester and Salford. The one I went to is situated in the Trafford Centre in Manchester and I'll be using that one for the review although I think that all five of them are essentially the same.
The food here isn't horrible and isn't out of this world, either, it's just average. The menu is American food so if you like burgers, ribs and onion rings then you will be happy. I thought that the prices were avearage for this type of venue but due to the average food some people may think they are slightly overpriced. Again there was nothing on the menu that stood out as being anything different or exciting.
There are a few large TV screens dotted about so you can catch the major sporting events whilst your have a break from shopping and enjoy a well earned rest. Staff are competant but don't really go the extra mile. The place was clean and tidy throughout and food was brought to us in less then 15 minutes.
The only thing wrong with it is that I found it so average there is nothing to make me return. But it was busy so it might just be me.
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What is it?
An American style restaurant, which offers a varied and wide menu, including cocktails.
Where is it?
There are 6 more of these restaurants across the south and midlands of the UK; the one I am reviewing is in Nottingham at Castle Park Marina, which has ample parking.
When is it open?
After checking on the web page (www.ebandg.com) I cannot find any opening times, however I would say it's from around 11.30, they do not cook breakfasts and is open until late.
What can I eat there?
The menu is varied, they do American style burgers, which are so thick you can't fit them into your mouth! Mexican, Italian and general everyday foods, such as steaks and grills. A starter costs around £4 with a main course around £8-12, deserts are around £4 and there is a good choice of these too. They also cater for those with a smaller appetite offering wraps and sandwiches.
They do many different deals, the first time I ate there with just my husband and we both had huge burgers with chips and coleslaw for a grand total of £9, other main courses were included in the deal of 2 mains for £9. The chips were very greasy which normally I would not like but I thought go with the flow of the American theme, and it was nice as a treat, however I wouldn't want to eat there too often due to the greasiness of the food.
They also do an all you can eat buffet mon-fri 12-2pm for £6 each. This is good value as they have 3 canteen style hot plates full of food. There was a full salad bar with apples and oranges (which was great for my little boy), bread and pickles. The hotplates had some Mexican dishes, hot wings, creamy mushroom chicken, fish goujons, lasagne, curly fries, jacket potatoes etc. etc. My main problem with the buffet was that nothing was labelled so you had to guess what everything was and sometimes take a bite and get a surprise, with so many spicy things available I would say this could be a problem for some children, and people with food allergies/intolerances.
The bar stocks Fruit Shoots so you can take your little ones without the worry of them spilling a huge glass of juice; they also supply highchairs if you ask.
What makes this an American style restaurant is the size of the portions they give you, I would never be able to have 3 courses here, after 2 I am so full it's uncomfortable! The starters and deserts are really big!
They have a bar if you just want to drink with a wide range of drinks and cocktails available; most of the cocktails were around £4/5. The bar is in the middle of the restaurant and is a level higher than the rest of the seating.
There is a small children's park outside with a slide and some climbing equipment, we haven't been in the summer to try it out with the kids yet but I would be happy to take them when the weather gets better.
As mentioned the buffet was not labelled at all. Those with food allergies would have to ask the staff what everything contained, and fussy eaters would not be able to easily tell what was what. This could lead to quite a bit of food wastage which is a shame as I hate to waste food.
Also the toilets are a little cramped and could do with revamping; they did let the restaurant down somewhat.
The service can be a little slow, sometimes there is only 1 waitress and 1 bar staff which means quite a wait to get served, I would say take a lot of patience with you or eat somewhere else if you are easily bugged by not getting a fresh drink quickly.
Would you recommend it?
Overall I would recommend this as it makes a difference to the normal places we tend to eat, it really is American style with the sizes of the portions and greasy chips but once in a while it is a nice treat!