ACCORDING to Wikipedia, a banyan is a plant that grows on another plant.

And once you know that it's pretty much impossible to start without saying this new Spinningfields restaurant has really grown on me.

The all-day drinking and dining venue is a sophisticated setting filled with florals, dark brown leather booths, copper tables and deep green and blue chairs with a mezzanine level looking out over the bar.

And if this all already sounds familiar you would be right.

There's already a Banyan in the Corn Exchange right in the middle of the city centre.

But with this one Arc Inspirations, which also recently opened New York-themed bar and restaurant Manahatta on Deansgate, have promised something a little bit different.

While on weekdays it will no doubt be filled by the many office workers plying their trade nearby, at weekends the bar has a 2am licence and will have DJs and live entertainment to keep crowds entertained into the small hours.

We headed over on a Sunday afternoon to sample what they had to offer on their roast menu.


From 12pm until they are all gone, diners can get two courses for the reasonable price of £15.95 with a choice of half a roast chicken or beef.

Piled high with fluffy roast Maris Pipers, crushed swede and carrot, greens including kale, green beans and peas, a Yorkshire pudding and served with a jug of gravy each, we couldn't resist accompanying our tender roast beef dinner with an extra stretchy cauliflower cheese side.

While the soup of the day, beetroot and goats cheese bruschetta or bang bang chicken skewers all would have been perfectly good places to start our meal, I couldn't take my eyes off all three pudding options as our second course.

Luckily for me my other half didn't mind going halves and we tucked into the sticky toffee pudding and the most moreish chocolate and raspberry brownie topped with ice cream.

With friendly staff and a varied menu, we definitely fancy branching out and sampling more in the future.