Can you name a better duo than a roast dinner on a Sunday afternoon?
We didn’t think so.
A roast is a pillar of life for many, the quintessential British meal and it marks a time to get together around the table to enjoy one of the heartiest meals you’ll probably have all week.
Now, what goes onto the plate though and what the best bit is always does seem to cause a bit of a stir – one that our loyal audience of Mancunians debated over back in June – but there’s no denying that a roast dinner is held near to the heart of many Mancunians.
Don’t fancy cooking it yourself though? Are you looking to sit down somewhere else for an authentic roast dinner with your family, household or social bubble this weekend?
In no particular order, here’s just a few of our picks for the best places to hit up in the city centre.
The Counter House
The Counter House is a vibrant neighbourhood eatery in the heart of Ancoats serving up the best in comfort classics and Sunday is certainly no different.
Choose from roast sirloin of beef, half a roast chicken or a nut roast that each come with roast potatoes, swede mash, a Yorkshire Pudding, carrots, parsnips, savoy cabbage and gravy. There’s also a selection of side dishes and desserts, ice creams and coffees to finish too.
You can find Sunday menus, booking details, opening times and more information via The Counter House website here.
Trof is known for serving up some of the heartiest food in the Northern Quarter, but it really takes things up a notch on Sundays.
It’s even been called “best Sunday dinner in the world”.
Take your pick of topside of beef, chicken breast, crispy pork, roast lamb or beet & pumpkin wellington if you’re vegetarian/vegan, all served with seasonal vegetables, crispy roast potatoes, Yorkshire Puddings, homemade sauces and “proper roast gravy”.
You can find Sunday menus, booking details, opening times and more information via the Trof website here.
One of the new kids on the block in Manchester as part of a partnership with popular Northern Quarter eatery The Allotment, Herd is an independent steak restaurant, and if there’s one thing at steak restaurant knows how to do well, it’s a roast dinner.
We think the pictures speak for themselves, right?
You can find Sunday menus, booking details, opening times and more information via the Herd website here.
If it’s fine bistro dining you’re after, then you certainly can’t go wrong with the roasts being served up at KALA Manchester on Sundays.
Choose from roast beef or stuffed and rolled pork belly, or you can also get a day-aged sirloin of beef to share, which all come with roast potatoes, carrot and swede mash, Yorkshire Puddings and gravy. There’s also a selection of sides and desserts available too, along with an extensive list of wines, cocktails, bottled beer and other spirits.
You can find Sunday menus, booking details, opening times and more information via the KALA Bistro website here.
Great Northern – Peter Street
After something a little different?
The kitchen at Impossible MCR has teamed up with “masters of flavour” Vietnamese street food-inspired geniuses South Manny Flavaz to offer a sensational Sunday Dinner that provides everything you know and love about the traditional roast, with a seasoned twist.
You won’t be dissapointed.
You can find Sunday menus, booking details, opening times and more information via the Impossible MCR website here.
The Cook Haus at Manchester’s first “wunderbar” Albert’s Schloss – inspired by trips to Alpine Germany, Italy, Austria, France & Switzerland – should always feature on the list of places to enjoy a roast dinner in the city.
It’s not hard to see why either.
Here you can take your pick of porchetta roast pork, topside of Lancashire beef, roast Cheshire chicken or wild mushroom nutloaf, which are all served with “haus trimmings” roast potatoes, root veg mash, Yorkshire Puddings, broccoli, savoy cabbage and proper gravy.
A selection of Alpine Cook Haus dishes and wursts are also available on Sundays too.
You can find Sunday menus, booking details, opening times and more information via the Albert’s Schloss website here.
Mamucium’s Sunday roast sharing boards really are something else.
Suitable for at least two or more people with pre-booking essential, this feast comes with a rump of local roast beef, Yorkshire Puddings, roast potatoes, carrot & swede mash, market vegetables, unlimited gravy and horseradish dip.
There’s also a mouthwatering selection of desserts to finish too.
You can find Sunday menus, booking details, opening times and more information via the Mamucium website here.
The Quadrangle – Chester Street
You’ll find another game-changing sharing roast platter at Zouk Tea Bar & Grill, which comes with three meats, golden roast potatoes, sautéed vegetables, Yorkshire puddings, heaps of spicy gravy and creamy horseradish sauce.
A whole poussin, roast topside of beef, whole or mini roast lamb, sajji raan leg of lamb and whole roast chicken are all available as individual roasts too.
Now that’s a Sunday done right.
You can find Sunday menus, booking details, opening times and more information via the Zouk Tea Bar & Grill website here.
A roast dinner perhaps isn’t what you’d expect to find served at a restaurant inspired by the New York meatpacking district food scene that brings together Mexican, Japanese and Chinese cuisines, but BLVD certainly brings its A game on Sundays.
If you’re looking for a traditional roast with all the trimmings, don’t count out BLVD.
You can find Sunday menus, booking details, opening times and more information via the BLVD website here.
The Oast House
On Sundays, The Oast House becomes the “R’Oast House”.
Paired with a choice of starters, sides and desserts to build out the perfect roast, you can take your pick from roasted lamb, roasted pork, roasted beef, roasted chicken or a mushroom, red lentil and chestnut roast that is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.
All roasts are served with mustard glazed carrots, red cabbage, tenderstem broccoli, roast potatoes, a Yorkshire Pudding and rotisserie gravy.
You can find Sunday menus, booking details, opening times and more information via The Oast House website here.
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