On Saturday, I finally found time to check out HOME. 6 months since Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company merged to form the multi million pound centre for international and contemporary art, theatre and film in Manchester, it’s attracting a lot of attention.
For a people watcher like me, I couldn’t help but notice the wide range of visitors who had decided to make HOME their Saturday night destination. I guess it’s not surprising given that the 3 storey building houses 5 cinemas, 2 theatres, a large gallery space and function room, as well as 2 bars and a restaurant. There really is something for everyone.
I’d read a glowing review of Suffragette, and decided that it would be a good opportunity to combine a trip to the cinema with a chance to sample the venue’s foodie offerings.
A busy venue makes for a busy restaurant, which meant we had 20 minutes to kill waiting for a table. Fortunately we’d allowed plenty of time before the film. We were happy to relax with a glass of fizz in the bar until the text message came through confirming that our table was ready.
After we were seated we didn’t have to wait long to place our order from the extensive menu. There is a wide selection of main courses, burgers, salads, and even brunch options to satisfy any taste. On this occasion it was the pizzas that grabbed our attention.
I chose the Anatra, which had all the toppings you’d expect with a Chinese crispy duck pancake on a plum and hoisin sauce base. The pizza was delicious; the fresh flavours of the vegetables balanced the sweetness of the sauce. It would have been even better if I’d been able to cut the extremely crispy stone baked base. Even at the request of a steak knife I struggled. If it had been cut in to slices, I could have picked them up – just an idea.
The boy opted for the spicier Buffalo Chicken, with red onion, aged jalepeno sauce and a sour cream and chive dipping pot to cool it down a touch. His pizza also tasted great, and was much easier to cut!
We shared a side of garlic dough balls, because sometimes you just have to.
We didn’t have time to sample a dessert before the film, although the sweet treats coming out of the kitchen looked very tempting – next time maybe.
As for Suffragette, I’m not a film buff so if you want a proper review check out Dennis Keighron-Foster’s review on I love Manchester. But I will say this; I’ve never known a cinema full of people stay silent as the credits roll, such was the impact made by this important story.
You could wait for the DVD, but make sure you see it if you can.
HOME: 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN
PS – Be warned that there are still taxi drivers who think you’re slightly crazy if you ask to be dropped off at HOME when you’ve been picked up from your own front door!
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