A roast isn’t just for Christmas – it’s a year-round, quintessentially British staple.
The winter months are upon us and the urge for a roast dinner is strong. Let’s face it, when it’s cold out, a delicious roast by the fire does just hit different.
That’s where we come in, to point you to the best places serving up a roast in Manchester city centre.
We’ve rounded up 10 of the best roasts in the area that will earn a place in every Mancunian’s heart.
Ancoats’ industrial-themed neighbourhood bar and kitchen should always been on your list of places to hit up if you’re after a Sunday roast, as this two-course feast means you choose from a choice of starters, before tucking in to either beef, poussin, pork belly, roast of the week, or the vegetarian / vegan nut roast.
All roasts come with a rich range of sides and accompaniments to top it all off.
The Refuge is known throughout the city for its slap-up Sunday roasts, with the highlight undoubtedly being the ‘Roast Platter’, which lets you combine a choice of meats on offer with a rich range of sides and accompaniments to top it all off.
A vegetarian / vegan roast option is also available, alongside extensive drinks and dessert menus.
Sundays are best spent at The Wharf tucking into a hearty roast canal-side. A roast with a view, what more could you want?
A large tent covers the outdoor seating protecting you from the elements, or you can sit yourself inside by the crackling fire.
Serving up generous portions of roast beef, chicken, pork, cauliflower, pies and ALL the trimmings – The Wharf is a safe bet when you’re in need of your Sunday fix.
The Jane Eyre
The Sunday roasts at popular Ancoats hangout, The Jane Eyre, are no doubt some of the finest the city has to offer, with everything from roast beef, roast pork fillet, the special roast of the day and the vegan nut roast all making up the menu, served alongside a rich range of sides and accompaniments, as well as a selection of small plates on offer.
Don’t forget to try out the extensive drinks and desserts offering too to top it all off.
Hawksmoor’s Sunday roast is easily one of the city’s best, serving a slow-roast rump or prime rib for up to three people with beef dripping roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, carrots, greens, roasted shallots and lashings of bone marrow and onion gravy.
There’s also a range of puddings to finish off with as well.
The Bay Horse Tavern
Offering up a modern take on the Victorian pub atmosphere, and with roasts of either chicken, beef sirloin or a mushroom wellington, accompanied by “all the trimmings”, served all day every Sunday, it’s not hard to see why The Bay Horse Tavern is a much-loved Northern Quarter hangout.
A wide range of starters, desserts and drinks are also available alongside your choice of roast.
Gaucho serves up a ‘Never-Ending Roast’ – bottomless roasts every Sunday choosing from three different joints of perfectly roasted meats accompanied by the finest, unlimited seasonal vegetables and Yorkshire puddings.
Alternatively, the standard roast is served with roast potatoes, unlimited Yorkshire puddings and red wine gravy.
TNQ Bar and Restaurant
Sundays are pretty special at TNQ as it prides itself on providing “top notch proper award winning roasts” and was even named runner up for the ‘Best Sunday Lunch’ in the Observer Food Monthly Awards both in 2018 and 2019.
The sought-after roasts include a rump of beef, pork belly, a leg of lamb and the vegetarian kale, chestnut and mushroom wellington, alongside a range of sides served separately.
A selection of mouthwatering starters and desserts are also on offer.
Fronting as a quirky café, Evelyn’s also serves a banging Sunday roast. The menu offers beef sirloin mustard rib, harissa buttermilk roast chicken, Moroccan marinade lamb or roasted cauliflower.
Veggie or meat-lover, each roast is served up with Evelyn’s gravy and Yorkshire pudding and seasonal veg.
Roasts are served from 12pm but book in advance because this is a particular favourite among the Northern Quarter dwellers.
Part of the Elite Bistros group that also includes Hispi in Didsbury, Kala serves a top-quality roast with perfect blushing roast beef.
The menu also includes a spiced field mushroom donut with sesame creamed spinach and caramelised celeriac gravy.
The election of sweet treats include spiced pear and apple crumble and malted donuts in honeycomb ice-cream.
If you’re looking for a guaranteed class roast – look no further.
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