‘Tis certainly the season for all things naughty and nice, at least, according to Manchester’s restaurant scene. Going hard on the festive flavours for the occasion, the city’s innovative chefs have come up with some absolute corkers this Christmas – from festive-themed toasties to actual Christmas dinners on a pizza. We warned you it’d be weird and wonderful. Without further ado… Here’s some of the best festive grub to try this December.
1. Drip’s Festive Pizza
Equal parts weird and wonderful, Drip’s Festive Pizza is perfect to indulge in this December – topped with buttermilk chicken, melted brie, cranberry sauce, sage stuffing and red onion, and served with a dipping pot of gravy for good measure.
Additionally, guests can also get their hands on a garlic bread fondue this Christmas, too, consisting of garlic pizza bread topped with melted Camembert and cranberry sauce to rip and dip into. For those really fancying a treat, the new steak and cheese option is a moreish delight – consisting of a flat iron steak served with melted Camembert to dip into. Drip, 5, THE ROCK, Bury, BL9 0JS.
2. Almost Famous’ Christmas Special
Almost Famous’s naughty-but-nice Christmas special is back – with plenty of indulgent festive treats piled up to enjoy. Think smashed patties oozing with melted American cheese, fried chicken, a festive roll and even a pig and blanket on top. It’s messy, but so worth it. Almost Famous, Unit 2, Great Northern, Peter St, M3 4EN | 100-102 High St, M4 1HP.
3. Crazy Pedros White Christmas Pizza
Crazy Pedro’s December special has officially dropped, and in true festive spirit, it’s as Christmassy as ever. Topped with Pedro’s very own white sauce, pigs in blankets, stuffing, cranberry, sage and even turkey dinosaurs, the delicious pizza is the perfect bonkers creation for the festive season – with a drizzle of gravy added before it’s served to add a little more festive flavour. Crazy Pedro’s, 55-57 Bridge St, M3 3BQ | Short St, M4 1AA.
4. Fress Christmas Dinner Waffles
Fress certainly knows a thing of two about creating a delicious American-style waffle, but this Christmas, you can expect it with a proper British twist. Topped with turkey, carrots, stuffing balls, gravy and cranberry sauce, the waffles are the perfect alternative to a turkey dinner, with a whole boat of mulled wine gravy to lather on top of it. On the side, guests can tuck into Jack Daniels glazed pigs in blankets, alongside turkey-topped dirty fries and winter-themed cocktails. Fress, 62 Oldham St, M4 1LE.
5. Slap and Pickle All I Want For Christmas Burger
Newcomer Slap and Pickle is taking it to the next level this Christmas, with not one – but two festive burgers on the menu (albeit, one is for the vegans among us). Piling up two Swaledale beef patties, the All I Want For Christmas burger is finished off with a number of delicious, Christmassy toppings, including beef fat-fried Christmas pudding, smoked bacon, Paxo mayo and cranberry mostarda – all combined together in a festive red bun.
For the vegan edition, hungry Mancs can expect a delicious Moving Mountains patty, complete with vegan cranberry Wensleydale, ‘bacon’ lardons, fried vegan Christmas pudding, Paxo mayo and cranberry mostarda in a festive green bun. Slap and Pickle, Basement, 100 Barbirolli Square, M2 3BD.
6. Southside Tequila Joint Piggy Smalls Tacos
Who knew tacos could be so… British? Combining festive grub with arguably Mexico’s most delicious street food item, Southside Tequila Joint has created the ‘Piggy Smalls’ taco, filled with pigs in blankets, agave and cinnamon roasted chantenay carrots, cranberry port sauce and gravy, alongside the ‘3.141’, which is filled with mince meat, homemade shortbread, cranberry port sauce and hand-whipped cream. Southside Tequila Joint, 447-449 Wilmslow Rd, Withington, M20 4AN.
7. What The Pitta Christmas Gyros
Ok, so this one’s only been teased so far, but it’s safe to say, fans have gone wild at the premise of a festive gyro at What The Pitta. Likely launching at the new kebab joint in town, What The Pitta has created a tasty looking Christmas Gyros, filled with fries, sage and onion stuffing, a vegan turkey filling and cranberry sauce. Stay tuned for more on its (hopefully) inevitable release! What The Pitta, 42 Back Turner St, M4 1FR.
8. Frankie’s Pigs In Blankets Toastie
Returning after major success last year, Frankie’s Toasties absolutely delicious Pigs in Blankets toastie is back – alongside two other delicious, festive-themed toasties. Jam-packed with pigs in blankets and gravy, the absolute classic is available now, making for the perfect lunch treat if you’re in town. Additionally, guests can try out the turkey, bacon, cranberry, stuffing and gravy toastie, too, or opt for the sweeter salted caramel and brandy butter toastie. Frankie’s Toasties, 98 Portland St, M1 4GX.