Tariff & Dale has an interesting story and it all started back in 1858 when, in an area that has always been associated with metalworking and fabrics, the site became a cotton spinners under Ralph Waller and Co. Despite being, amongst other things, firebombed during the Blitz, the building is still standing and was rediscovered by Nick de Sousa in 2014. Nick, a local bar entrepreneur (he’s also got The Lead Station in Chorlton to his name), fell in love with the dilapidated site upon arrival – its walls oozed history and it felt like a direct link to the area’s heritage (having become increasingly derelict after World War II).
He was determined that the building’s extraordinary original artefacts were not something to be glossed over but respected, worked around and celebrated. And so the tradesmen’s entrance was made the front door (despite this meaning a new address had to be applied for as 2 Tariff Street did not exist), a glorious lift shaft became a cosy booth (make sure you don’t forget to look up), the loading bay is a private drinking space and the hydraulic fabric press takes pride of place in the entrance way.
When you walk through the front door you are faced with a choice; up a few steps to the bar or down to the basement where the restaurant dwells. We’ll start downstairs where the looms used to be. Here now you will find a cosy, comfortable space with 72 covers, an open kitchen and a backdrop which has been sensitively restored to retain many of the building’s original features. With natural light provided by the original, street level windows above by day and candle lit my night, Tariff & Dale’s restaurant is a cool, cosy venue for enjoying very special food & drink.
The restaurant has a stark elegance that sets the scene for cuisine of a similar style – classic with a contemporary influence. The Tariff & Dale menu is a straightforward tribute to good food and expert cooking with a deep appreciation of the best local produce. Casual, but perfectly prepared, properly sourced boards and sourdough pizzas grace one half whilst a weekly changing selection of chef’s specials bring innovative, exciting cuisine to the Northern Quarter.
And so back upstairs to the spacious ground floor bar which serves high quality drinks of all descriptions. Its aim is to provide a little luxury in a democratic environment. Excellent drinks served in a beautiful, original place – no one’s excluded.
The cocktail menu is a bit like Tariff & Dale itself, respecting the original but adding its own authenticity and creativity. A carefully curated list takes nine classics and creates three versions of each – one classic and two more individual twists on the original, invented by the bar team. Bespoke and beautiful drinks abound. Many of the juices, syrups and purees are made fresh on site daily. A large artisan gin and tonic selection, served with bespoke garnishes, means you can pick and mix your own perfect start to the evening.
Craft beers of course make an appearance because they are great and you can’t have a decent bar without decent beer. The taps are a selection of the best the current British and local beer scenes have to offer and the fridges have enough choice to keep most palates happy.
In the ever changing bar & restaurant scene in the Northern Quarter, Tariff & Dale has already found its spot, providing a little corner of style and luxury that is moored to Manchester’s history. They aim to be as long lasting as the building itself. I guess time will tell.
Sunday – Wednesday 10am – Midnight / Thursday 10am – 1am / Friday & Saturday 10am – 2am
Tariff & Dale / 2 Tariff Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 2FF / WEBSITE / 0161 710 2233