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4.7 /6 Excellent 118 Reviews

Bourbon & Black

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday Closed
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Bourbon & Black, 704 Wilmslow Road, M20 2DW Manchester

Further Information

Bourbon & Black’s universe begins, and ends, with their pride and joy, that hallowed top shelf racked with bottle after bottle of the world’s finest bourbon whiskies. Limited runs, old classics, and upstarts on the scene all make an appearance at this Didsbury bar, and there’s even a few cameos from bourbon’s cousin rye. Whether you’re a man mad for an Old Fashioned, a chic Manchester chick dreaming of Manhattan over a Manhattan, or a neat and naughty Keith Richards type, Bourbon & Black’s Wilmslow Road watering hole has your back when it comes to the beloved oak barrelled hard stuff.

And then there’s the Black, the sublimely curated food menu that takes its cues from international cuisines and offers Didsbury and Manchester’s foodies a range of charcoal-grilled delights and then some. Bourbon & Black’s theatre kitchen is the other star of the show, the other half that gets diners primitive appetites going. Southern jalapeno poppers, mussels and bones, AKA racks of ribs, best sauced in Bourbon & Black’s signature sauce. Burgers and gourmet sandwiches call up chargrilled chicken and beef, pulled pork, and nut and cheese vegetarian patties for the less carnivorously inclined. All manner of succulent steaks are stellar options at this Wilmslow Road eatery, seasoned with the house dry rub and served with grilled mushrooms and tomatoes, crispy kale and hand-cut chips. Bass heads and the cod-eyed will tip their hats to Bourbon & Black’s fresh seafood selection, too, and don’t forget to finish with the bourbon butterscotch sticky toffee pudding.


118 Reviews

4.7 /6 Excellent 118 Reviews
Waiting Time: short
Food: delicious
Atmosphere: entertaining
Quality/Price: cheap
Service: friendly
Noise: quiet
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Anthony M.
1 review so far 6
04.10.2016 18:39

brilliant food and service, at a great price! the menu was appealable to all people and the atmosphere and interior made the restaurant feel really quirky. AMAZING cocktails

Dave G.
1 review so far 6
03.09.2016 06:40

Great food & service. The staff were polite & courteous. I had the Deluxe burger and my partner had the pulled pork on mac and cheese​.

Simon C.
2 reviews so far 6
12.08.2016 17:25

Fantastic food, service and value. Great starters (Prawns & Meatballs and Ribs to die for. We used a taste card which makes it even greater value.

Keshia M.
1 review so far 6
01.08.2016 16:26

Food was amazing, staff were brilliantly! We has the steak which was perfectly done - need to order sides but these are not expensive so woo tasty! Would recommend a visit!

Paul R.
1 review so far 5
13.01.2016 02:46

The food and drinks were great, we'll defiantly be going back! However, we thought going out for a bite to eat on a Monday would be a smooth affair! we waited 15 minutes to order drinks which took a further 10 minutes to arrive (were worth the wait, the Apple Moonshine was just a delight) Food took nearly an hour to hit the table we only ordered mains, a Burger and the Ribs. The fresh cut chips were stone cold, but were quickly changed. Quality of the food was great, Ribs were tasty Burger was fantastic, we both had food envy of the tables around us which is drawing us back to try more of the menu! We were told when we came to pay the bill which had a surprise 50% discount offer on the food that they were extremely short staffed and the place did seem to have all the covers arrive around the same time. just seemed poor planning on their part not to spread the covers out to allow for the staff crisis. We'll be going back soon in the hopes we'll have a faster service, the atmosphere and lubrication from the cocktails made for a lovely chilled out evening which was really nice actually, just a pity we were both really hungry otherwise it'd have been a 6!!

Chris J.
1 review so far 6
21.03.2016 05:59

Came here looking for Steak on a night when the nearby 'Cau' was booked up. Best decision ever! Great service from knowledgeable staff and an ample menu with some nice touches to make it stand out from the countless other 'burger and grill' joints in Manchester: The house sauce is delicious, although the steak is so good it doesn't need it, and the 'grilled salad' redefines eating your greens! Finished off with Cocktails from their truly creative menu. Again, really impressed (Popcorn Old-Fashioned! Who'd think of that?!). I'm not sure Cau will be getting a look-in now, wouldn't be able to do much better and looks like they pack the tables in a bit.

Dawn P.
2 reviews so far 4
11.01.2016 23:41

I have eaten at the restaurant a few times since it opened and below is list of my experiences: Food: Simple but well cooked, steaks are good. Whole Seabass is really good although on the last visit they had very little fish on the menu except a cod fillet which I was told was delicious by someone in our party of 4. Ribs starters were a decent portion and very tender. Setting: Comfortable booths upstairs although a little chilly. Downstairs, relaxed with both high and low tables. The decor of exposed brick and rustic feel is comfortable but definitely could do with a little more heating in winter. Chilled music generally plays at a good volume. Service: Staff are welcoming but waiting to order or getting the bill at the end of the meal can be a little lengthy at times. They had missed a few bits off the order and informed us. The wait was short for them to arrive. Dessert were very limited so we decided against ordering.

Alex R.
1 review so far 6
05.07.2016 17:31

Great service, great food and great atmosphere! The food arrived promptly and the servers were attentive. No mistakes were made and they even let me order multiple sides/starters in a tapas style instead of my main. The upstairs is beautiful and I'd definitely request sitting up there again. I'd recommend Bourbon & Black to anyone.

Elle B.
1 review so far 6
20.03.2016 20:02

The Didsbury Bourbon & Black has a relaxed atmosphere. The food was excellent, ingredients were fresh and delivered to our table promptly. The staff are friendly and are willing to talk through the menu with you. The cocktails were two for £10 and very nice they were too!

James W.
1 review so far 4
02.02.2016 06:57

We were seated within 1-2 minutes of entering as there were people waiting in front of us. The waitress was very helpful and enthusiastic and our food came out relatively quickly. The Merlot wine was lovely and the atmosphere upstairs was very chilled. If we had time we would have liked to have stayed downstairs and check out the bar area and try some of the whiskies. For the money wasn't sure the food was worth the same prices but I would like to give it another try and see. The food was good but I didn't feel like it wowed me hence the 4/6 mark. We went on a Saturday evening around 8pm and made a reservation, the restaurant looked busy.

Steph T.
2 reviews so far 5
04.02.2016 22:37

The food was overall very nice. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. The atmosphere at Bourbon & Black in Didsbury was very welcoming and I would recommend going there. I cannot wait to go back there again to try other dishes on their menu!

Hannah D.
1 review so far 3
18.01.2016 03:24

A very nice setting and good atmosphere, with very tasty food. The service needs a little improvement however. Our drinks order was taken quickly, but took over half an hour to come. A lot of what we wanted was not available from the menu, which we weren't made aware of initially, and even when half of the food had come, one of my friends was told his food wouldn't be available. We had to remind the staff to bring several items. The food itself was very tasty, a very good steak and we ordered some sauce with it, which was also very good. The cocktail I had was delicious. The staff realised it had not been ideal and knocked a considerable amount off the bill, which was good of them. The food was lovely, but it was just a bit of work to get it!

cheryl w.
1 review so far 5
14.12.2015 04:41

The food was lovely, the staff were friendly and there was a good atmosphere. The only let down was that there were no condiments on the table, which meant salt & pepper arrived 10 minutes after the food was served. We had to chase up the drinks order too as the restaurant got busier, but otherwise it was a lovely meal out with friends and we would definitely return.

Hayley S.
1 review so far 6
16.03.2016 18:58

Great meal and wonderful service, Emily served us and was absolutely on point all night. I actually felt terrible because I had no cash with me and paid by card and the machine didn't offer me the chance to give her a tip. Sorry Emily but your servce was amazing and the food, as always was fantastic!

Stuart C.
1 review so far 3
17.03.2016 18:19

Cold and lonely atmosphere in a modern bare brick look restaurant with decent enough food but a limited menu and small portions. Reasonable wine and very attentive waiter who should really find a better restaurant. £50 for two burger and chips and a bottle of wine seems a little steep. I remember the place from the late 90s when it was a fabulous Spanish family run establishment, superb Tapas and then waiters appearing with guitars to add that little bit extra. Heaven only knows how many incarnations of the premises there have been since then but sadly, I cannot recommend this one.

Lauren S.
1 review so far 4
02.09.2015 01:03

Service was very good with friendly staff. The setting of this restaurant was very nice - far nicer than restaurants of this nature usually are. Very professional set up. Wine was very good (I had a Malbec) though didn't get a chance to try to the cocktails which was a shame. Food was decent - the rib portion was huge so would recommend ladies go for the starter sizes as I got nowhere near finishing mine.

Keira M.
1 review so far 4
26.09.2016 19:41

Service good, decor impressive, food average. We had ribs (dry but sauce tasty) & prawns to start. Chicken burger & chefs burger for mains. The burgers were dry and not that tasty, the chips and coleslaw were good. Also the toilets could do with renovation - there are broken & missing wall tiles & the seat was chipped. With 1 beer each the bill was over £50, which I thought was a bit pricey.

Ruone B.
1 review so far 6
29.01.2016 18:12

Fantastic staff, food and drinks will be back to try more of the menu!! Delicious food from the corn chowder and the plantain dumplings and the ribs and the sticky toffee pudding a must visit!! You won't be disappointed, plus a good mix of music too and decor.

Kirsty F.
10 reviews so far 2
29.09.2016 17:20

Been here many times and usually really good but this is a venture that is rapidly going downhill. Ordered 2 starters and two steaks. Was informed that the steak didn't come with any sides... this has to be a recent change as they used to come with chips... The mains arrived before the starters, and when the starters did arrive one was missing. Sirloin was ordered medium rare, arrived without a hint of blood and only a little pink... i.e. overdone. It was very quiet considering it was a Sunday afternoon but service was slow to the point we ended up going down to the bar to get the bill. The menu has been whittled down considerably with only a narrow choice of dishes available these days. Genuinely used to love this place but we won't be back.

Michelle H.
1 review so far 5
04.09.2016 02:25

Had the pigs in blankets & meatballs for starters, burgers for mains with chips & slaw & topped off with a cornflake tart to share. All very tasty. Good service by our attentive waitress. Couple of items were not available on the menu, which I think is quite limited anyway. Overall nice evening.