Maybe it’s a northern thing – it’s colder so we appreciate comfort food more, or maybe it’s just our love of gravy, but I love a Sunday roast. Whether it’s at home with the husband, or in town, with friends, maybe even using it as a little recovery from the night before, there’s something about the mix of vegetables, roasties, and gravy with a glass of wine or a beer, that just makes everything that bit cosier. I’m one of those people who would still want a full on roast in the middle of summer because it’s just a big round hug on a plate.
I’ve picked five of my favourite spots in Manchester to head for just that, so you too can indulge in a little gravy love of your own.
Albert Square Chophouse
I must admit, I bloody love it in here. There are seven single plate options – including fish and chips for those non-traditionalists, and homity pie for the veggies, but for me, it’s all about the sharer. Sure, you’ll fight a little over the sides, but it’s worth it for a tenderly roasted chicken with stuffing, or the rib of beef.
Bay Horse Tavern
Take an old fashioned Georgian pub and give it a Northern Quarter twist. Their weekend roasts include a juicy rotisserie roast chicken, or tender beef sirloin, or for the veggies dishes such as their mushroom Wellington (vegetarians love gravy too). All are served with all the trimmings including fluffy Yorkshires. If you’ve still somehow got room afterwards, indulge in a pud from the specials board, or just loosen the button on your jeans and settle in with a pint instead.
Bock Biere Café
Speaking of Gravy, Bock Biere Café takes it to a whole new level. Rather than putting the gravy on your dinner, you dunk your dinner in the gravy. This Belgian beer house hidden on a side street in the city not only has a fantastic beer list, but takes the fondue concept to whole new level. For the meat eaters, there’s slow cooked beef brisket, or roast chicken (there are veggie and vegan options) served with veggies, sautéed roast potatoes and Yorkshire puds cooked waffle style. Why? Well to make everything easier to dunk in the red wine gravy fondue. And if you run out of gravy, they offer another pan as an extra. Someone find me a straw?
Now we have a few places with that special extra – a word of mouth reputation. Ask anyone about a Sunday roast in Manchester, and one of these three will pop up.
Part bar, part music venue, part gin parlour, Gorilla also has a reputation for a stonking roast dinner. Choose from roast beef, slow roasted pork belly, roast chicken and stuffing, or for the veggies, sweet potato apricot and nut roast. Big portions, lots of crisp roasties, seasonal veggies, gravy and Yorkshire puds. What’s not to like?
TNQ Restaurant & Bar
Another venue with a great reputation, not just locally, but recognised by the Observer Food Monthly awards too! Not only do they cover meat and veggie dishes, but fish options too. It’s always worth a visit whether it’s Sunday or not, and either way, booking is definitely recommended.
Trof have been serving their signature roast for nine years, and their reputation for portion size and gravy is well earned. Not only that, but it’s served with a side of music, meaning that you really don’t want to rush this one. Usual choices are chicken, beef, and pork, plus a veggie option, but keep an eye on their social feed for specials too. One of the best spots for a Sunday roast in Manchester!