Looking for the perfect Sunday lunch is tough, but we’ve made it easy for you. Take a gander at our delicious top picks.
If there’s one thing that’s sure to keep you warm on these cooler days, it’s a Sunday roast. And we’ve chosen the best ones in Manchester, all you have to do is turn up.
1. The Counter House, Ancoats
Arguably one of the best Sunday roasts Manchester has to offer, The Counter House offers a seriously tasty, piled-high plate of goodness – with huge Yorkshire Puddings, massive portions of roast meat, and all the trimmings you could think of. The atmosphere is really laid back and bustling, with gorgeous decor, the scents of rich gravy sweeping through the room, and most importantly, impeccable customer service. The Counter House, 35 Blossom St, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6AJ.
2. Hawksmoor, Deansgate
Claiming to have the ‘best steak in Manchester’, Hawksmoor is located in a late Victorian courthouse on Deansgate. The interior is true to the building and features lots of reclaimed materials from the era, but it’s the food we are interested in most. The restaurant imitates the traditional cooking of the era – roasted on a spit over an open fire – by cooking their meat on real charcoal before finishing them in the oven, making their slow-roast prime rib with all the trimmings sound delectable. Hawksmoor, 184-186 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3WB.
3. The Wharf, Castlefield
Originally the site of the Roman era fort of Mamucium, established in AD 79, which guarded the Roman road that ran from Deva Victrix (Chester) to Eboracum (York), Castlefield is a wonderful place to visit on a Sunday afternoon, and The Wharf is an added bonus. The menu is chosen daily, but you won’t be disappointed with an option of roast chicken, pork or lamb with all the trimmings on offer. You can always finish the meal off with a slow walk around the historic ruins. The Wharf, 6 Slate Wharf, Castlefield, Manchester, M15 4ST.
4. Trof, Northern Quarter
Casual Northern Quarter dining at its finest, Trof is a serious contender for one of the best roasts in the city – piling the good stuff high on plates swimming in gravy. Choose from a number of different roast meats served on a bed of tasty veggies and wash it all down with a lovely, refreshing pint. Trof, 8 Thomas St, Manchester, M4 1EU.
5. Volta, Burton Road, Didsbury
Established in 2013, Volta has already made huge impressions with their Sunday roasts. You can choose between three platters of roast beef, pork or poussin with all the trimmings. for two or four to share. Or if you don’t fancy sharing you can opt for your own plate of rare breed pork with crackling, Himalayan salt-aged rump of roast beef, lemon and thyme roasted poussin with sausage meat stuffing or, keeping with the times, a vegetarian option of sweet potato, fig, sun-blushed tomato and feta bake with herb crumb. Volta, 167 Burton Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LN.
6. Elnecot, Ancoats
Tucked away behind Cutting Room Square, you’ll find the casual, industrial-style spot Elnecot. The gorgeous restaurant and cocktail bar is known for its beautiful British dishes, and their Sunday roast is no exception. Consisting of huge Yorkshire puddings and huge, tender portions of meat soaked in rich, delicious gravy – it sure is one to add to the list of your Sunday roast tour of Manchester. The crispy roasties are absolutely divine, not to mention the uber-tasty veggies that don’t get left behind when it comes to flavour. Elnecot, Cutting Room Square, 41 Blossom St, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6AJ.
7. Evelyn’s Cafe Bar, Northern Quarter
Evelyn’s Cafe Bar is the go-to place for the health-conscious, providing vegan meal options as well as vegetarian and meat dishes for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, all flavoured with an Asian Continental twist. This doesn’t change with their Sunday roast – with a choice of lamb shoulder with harissa and mint, beef topside with mustard and Yorkshire pudding, chicken on the bone with buttermilk and chilli and whole market fish with lemon all served seasonal vegetables and Evelyn’s gravy. There’s also a vegan roast option changed daily. Nothing like a guilt-free roast. Evelyn’s, 44 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1NB.
8. James Martin At Manchester, Great Northern
Nestled beneath vaulted brick ceilings on a mezzanine within Manchester235 Casino is Yorkshire television chef James Martin’s classic British restaurant. Martin provides a strong Sunday roast menu, fit with a slow-cooked rump of beef, corn-fed chicken breast and Yorkshire puddings, as well as, his traditional English puddings with a twist – hot sticky toffee pudding and white chocolate and whiskey bread and butter pudding. You can also offset the carbon footprint of your meal through their food for thought programme. Add just 99p to your bill and it buys a fruit tree for the developing world. Food for thought. James Martin At Manchester, Great Northern, 2 Watson St, Manchester, M3 4LP.
9. Dakota Grill, Ducie Street
Located in the Dakota Hotel, the Dakota Grill promises the finest ingredients, outstanding chefs and impeccable service and that extends to their Sunday lunch menu. The restaurant offers you a two-course or three-course meal, including starters, mains and desserts. Their choice of roast beef, roast chicken or nut loaf, if you’re vegetarian, comes with the traditional Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, honey roast parsnips, carrot & swede mash, green beans and cauliflower cheese. Dakota, 29 Ducie Street, Manchester, M1 2JL.
10. White Hart Inn, Lydgate
The White Hart Inn has been many things over the years – A police station, a schoolhouse, a bomb shelter and a brewery. It is now an award-winning venue playing host to all sorts of celebratory events as well as providing a delectable Sunday lunch menu, including roast beef, roast pork belly, pan-fried hake and an unusual vegetarian lunch option of macaroni with Lancashire cheese and spring onion. White Hart Inn, 51 Stockport Rd, Lydgate, Oldham, OL4 4JJ.
11. Hispi, Didsbury
Didsbury’s neighbourhood bistro, Hispi provides a considerable amount of Sunday lunch choices including, roast beef with carrot and swede mash, roast pork belly with an apricot and thyme stuffing, chicken breast, charred sweetcorn with black bean mash, celeriac schnitzel with Sparkenhoe custard, pan-fried sea bream with samphire and capers and dry-aged sirloin steak which is available to share. Top it off with an apple crumble complete with plum sorbet and We’d say you had a pretty exceptional Sunday. Hispi, 1C School Ln, Manchester, M20 6RD.
12. The Refuge, City Centre
Behold: the sharing Sunday roast platter. We know, it really is a spectacle, isn’t it? Comfortably filling the tums of two (potentially even three!), the platters are filled up with generous portions of different meats, fluffy Yorkshire puddings, roasted veggies and finished off with a gravy boat to share. You’ll definitely need to pop your top button for this one, but trust us when we say it’s well worth it, and great value for money. The Refuge, Oxford St, Manchester, M60 7HA.
13. Albert’s Schloss
Albert’s Schloss hosts quite the experience for their Sunday offering, aptly naming it the ‘Sunday Service‘. Dine alongside jazz performers, DJs and a gospel choir, push the prosecco button for a refill and enjoy freshly baked treats after filling your tum with a gorgeous roast. Their filling roast comes piled up with a big Yorkie pud, a serving of a meat of your choice, and well-seasoned veggies that could arguably be one of the best parts of the meal (they’re that yummy!). Albert’s Schloss, 27 Peter St, Manchester, M2 5QR.
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