Saints & Scholars Cafe Bar Restaurant
Saints & Scholars Cafe Bar Restaurant
4 Altrincham Road
Tel: 01625 548144
Newly refurbished, this cafe / restaurant is informal, bright and airy. We arrived on
spec at lunchtime and perused the specials board outside - interesting, but probably over
the top for a working lunch.
Nevertheless, we ventured in to try a light meal. A couple of large glasses of the
House Red, and a glass of Stella. Three of us opted to share a mixed garlic bread, and
were presented with six pieces of bread - four with toasted Brie, two with tomato topping.
A comment to the waitress that the mix was not exactly perfectly matched to three diners
was met with a bemused shrug. 'Tis a good job both varieties were very tasty!
Cannelloni for one, a Tuna Melt for the other, and I opted for the Potato and Mushroom
Korma. We were all well pleased. For my part, the Korma was obviously prepared using fresh
ingredients, and was nicely flavoured - with ginger to the fore. Cappuccino and Filter
coffees were fine, but there was a look of consternation when I asked for a Ristretto.
What I got was a VERY large expresso. And very good it was too!.
When the bill was presented, we had to check the list to see why it had managed to
creep up to £40. It was mainly due to the £3.80 charged for a large (250ml) glass of the
(admittedly nice) house red!
I have no doubt that I and my friends will ensure we find the time for a more relaxed,
and full scale, lunch here very soon, though we may pop in to the Ship next door for a
See our review of its sister establishment, Saints
& Scholars in Didsbury Manchester.
Seared Halloumi (without Proscuttio) and salad. Very good.
Had a salsa dressing and the Halloumi was cooked properly (neither tough nor
Wild Mushrooms and Coconut Rice. Exceptional. Mushrooms
were properly cooked (their concern about keeping the food warm was correct - mushrooms
can get quite ropey if kept). The sauce was creamy and flavoursome. The
balance of the Coconut Rice with its different texture, and coriander and other herb
flavourings lifted the lugubriousness of the mushrooms making an overall delightful dish.
The portion of rice seemed small for the volume of mushrooms (no small portion for
a "set lunch") but turned out to be plenty.
Verdict: I would have been more than happy to pay double the price for the
same quantity as an evening meal - at lunchtime the quantity and quality was exceptional
and unlooked for.
Phil and I had lunch at Saints and Scholars Tue. 21st December 1999. Start
with a selection of Garlic Breads - Tomato, Cheddar and Brie - Excellent!
We then perused the menu, but were sadly forced to concede that we really did
have to go back to the office after lunch, and we would probably be expected to
stay awake as well, so we couldn't really push the boat out and try one of the
many enticing offerings.
Phil decided on the Canneloni, and I went for the
Spicy Sausage and Mushroom Fettucine.
Phil was very happy with his dish, and I
thought the fettucine were as good as I've ever had, and as good as I could ever
Verdict: I really must take time out and visit Saints &
Scholars for Dinner - I'm sure Margaret would really appreciate it, and I'd love
the chance to try out their extended menu.
Mon 17th Jan 2000
Saints and Scholars, Styal
Phil and I met for Lunch at S&S, ostensibly to sample the
Lunch" at £6.95
From a surprisingly interesting selection, we both decided on the Smoked
Haddock and Avocado to start, followed by Pheasant in a Game and Wild Cherry
Phil couldn't resist ordering a selection of garlic bread - tomato, brie and
A pint of lager each.
As usual, the breads were delicious, and the Haddock and Avocado was probably
enough for me as a main course. It was delicious - almost as good as Marg makes!
The Pheasant arrived, accompanied by a rather nice, and nicely done, selection
of vegetables - carrots coated in mustard, parsnips, potatoes.
The pheasant was nicely textured, and flavoursome, but I personally found the
sauce too strongly flavoured. My perception of this may have been different if
I'd not had to steel myself to return to my "day job" after the meal.
Another couple of lagers, and a couple of coffees brought the bill to around £27
- double the notional meal cost when drinks were added. Nevertheless, for the
quality and variety of meal offered, this to us seemed remarkable value.
Saints and Scholars is becoming one of our more regular lunchtime haunts - and
I'm eager to find the time to sample the place for dinner!
Recommended - again!