Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Aspire Restaurant, Trafford College


It’s while since we went to the Aspire Restaurant that’s only a few minutes walk from our house. So a little odd that we chose to go after visiting a posh restaurant the previous night and after lunch at the Hollybush in Seighford, my mum’s favourite eatery. Thanks for the treat, mum.

Anyway, we managed only a light lunch, which was just as well, and we joined eight other lucky folk at Aspire at seven o’clock. The 20/20 club is supposed to be for 20 people at £20 a head for a cocktail followed by five ‘taster’ courses. We were very full by the end, although on the face of it the tasty courses looked modest in quantity. They didn’t get the 20 people they aspire to attract. That’s a shame. If you live within reach we do commend a visit to this establishment, where trainee chefs and hospitality students managed to match or even surpass what we had enjoyed at Mr Cooper’s the previous night.

Here’s this week’s menu:


The college’s website gives details of opening times, and if you call or email them they’ll send you the relevant menu. Special dietary requirements are not a problem for them – in fact this provides good experience for the students. We chatted to some tutors afterwards, and it was clear that they are very experienced and push the students to very high standards.

Here are the current opening times. In the evenings you may have to walk all the way around the college building to get in as the college reception may be closed.

20/20 Club
Dinner from 6.45pm

Lunch from 12 noon
Dinner from 6.45pm

Lunch from 12 noon

Christmas Dinner

Christmas dinner will be served on Thursday 30th November, then 7th and 14th December


Christmas Lunch will served on the following days

Thursday 30th November
7th, 14th and 21st December
Friday 1st, 8th and 15th December

It sounds delicious (see the extract from their website below); let us know if you’d like to join us for lunch on one of the above dates.

  • Christmas Lunch Menu

  • Chestnut Mushroom velouté (v)
    Selection of home made breads
  • Or
  • Ham Hock & parsley terrine
    Home made piccalilli, toasted brioche
  • Or
  • Home-cured fillet of mackerel
    Heritage beetroot salad
  • Or
  • Caramelised shallot tart tatin (v)
    Goats cheese, endive & walnut
  • Roast Cheshire bronze turkey
    Goose fat roast potatoes, organic vegetables, apricot stuffing
  • Or
  • Baked supreme of Hake
    Roast tomatoes, olives, tarragon mash, herb oil
  • Or
  • Slow cooked belly of middle white pork
    Champ cake, caramelised shallots, braised cabbage & roasting gravy
  • Or
  • Spiced Roast squash risotto (v)
    Wilted spinach, cumin & fennel seeds, tomato fondue
  • Lemon Trio
    of limoncello drizzle cake, crème brulée & citrus sorbet
  • Or
  • Christmas pudding
    With brandy sauce and spiced clementine jam
  • Or
  • Rich chocolate tart
    Vanilla cream, chocolate ganache and accompanying sauces
    Coffee and Mince Pies
  • £17.50
  • includes VAT at standard rate
  • The staff and students of Aspire Restaurant wish you a Merry Christmas

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