Riverside (Salford), stay away. It's very, VERY clichy. Not an enjoyable atmosphere at all and just not a friendly place at all. The tournaments get the same 7/8 players and rarely any more, for this reason.
Now you mention it, I think it use to be a bit like that when I use to go, I bet the card room hasn't changed, use to be really fucking snug, and cash would only start once they started cutting the tables down in the MTT that was running.
Out of those BNR is definitely the best choice, nice big card room, generally friendly, the best Cardroom Manager in the Northwest, busy on a Saturday night. Stakes will start at 1/1 and they'll have probably 5/6+ tables of different stakes on the go.
Didsbury is the nicest of all the Manchester ones though, nice cardroom, Saturdays usually get 2x 1/1 tables going plus the baby cash table. If I don't go Blackpool for their big tournament I'll be at Didsbury this Saturday. Definitely worth a visit at some point, though not sure what part of Manchester you're in if it's 18 miles lol
Thats what I get for using AA route finder on my phone at work on my dinner, just punched it in now, no wonder its comes up with that, it takes you down the M60
, when I took the motorway out I got this
Again being retarded wanting to take you through town lol, you really sold it
, so think am gonna go with BNR and here.