Much as I enjoyed watching the chocolate bomb being served on the next table, my brain won the battle over my eyes.

Yes just two courses of the Ivy Spinningfields new set menu had defeated me to such an extent that only a black coffee could suffice

The menu includes what the restaurant is referring to as stress free cocktails infused with natural CBD adaptogens, designed to boost the mood, enhance relaxation and reduce stress levels.

It was a busy Monday night, a Monday daubed blue by the PR industry but it was far from blue at the Ivy when we sampled the new offering.

It had been a graduation day in the City Centre and many of the tables were taken up by parents and grand parents celebrating their offsprings achievements

Despite the busy night, we were well liked after, from the traditional greeting of a doorman in green livery to the reception showing us to our table and the waiter service for whom nothing was too much trouble

One very small criticism, the physical size of the menu combined with the low light combining to mean turning mobile phone lights on to be able to read what was on offer

The food itself was difficult to fault, the truffled wild mushrooms starter was set off superbly with the potatoes rosti whilst my wife was suitably impressed with the cured salmon served with dark rye bread

For the mains for me it was the chargrilled halloumi on a bed of farro grains,crushed artichoke, hazelnuts, mushrooms and truffles which for me was the killer that meant no room for sweet while my dining partner chose the blackened cod fillet

We both washed them down with the CBD Spritz a delicious and refreshing take on an Aperol Spritz using trip peach and ginger CBD

My advice-Get down and check this out, the set menu offer is available from Sunday to Thursday until the 10th February.

Guests can enjoy two courses for £28.95 or three courses for £34.95,

About Manchester were guests of the Ivy


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