I get the feeling that writing this list is going to get very repetitive, very quickly. No matter. The Roast Dinner is the king of dinners.
Everyone has their own certain expectations and if they’re going to pay for it – it’s got to be better than their mums.
Here are some of the best we’ve had in the city (and beyond), but I’m sure most people will kindly explain how I’ve missed loads out. Feel free to comment in a disappointed tone so I know I’ve done a bad job.
The Bay Horse Tavern
Bay Horse is a frequently haunted spot by the Finest team, and one thing we love about them is their delicious rotisserie meat. Sure, you can get your hands on this at any time of the week, but Sunday’s are special because they go for full Sunday roast vibes using this succulent meat at the core. Choose from chicken or beef sirloin with all the trimmings with a mushroom wellington for veggies- you really cannot go wrong. I cannot find a picture of it so it looks like I am going to have to go back and get one. What a shame.
Mr Cooper’s House & Garden
You may not have heard of Mr Cooper’s House, located within the Midland Hotel. Well, the only reason I’m saying this is because I’ve only just become aware of it very recently and so expect everyone else to be as ignorant as I. Well I’m sure that’s not the case because a few people have recommended their amazing Sunday Roast to me for this article, which they all proclaim to be probably the best in the city centre. Bold claims I agree, but the only way to settle it is to go down yourself. They have different options each week, with a choice of two courses for £17 or 3 for £21.
Just a stone throw away from St Anne’s Square on Deansgate you will find Turkish restaurant, Kai. Somewhat unusually, they offer a roast dinner with a bit of Turkish twang. Chicken is marinated overnight in a tasty and secret Kai marinade, cauliflower is BBQ roasted and carrots soaked with ginger and roasted. Of course, there’s the usual, roasted cabbage wedges, roasties, homemade Yorkshire puds and Kai special gravy.
Finding yourself holed up in the stunning Refuge on a cold, windy, wet Sunday afternoon, you’d be absolutely mental to not want to give their brilliant Roast Dinner Platter a try, mainly because it’s one of the best roasts in the city. It might seem a bit pricey at £39 but for that you get a huge pile of roast beef, suckling pig and chicken, perfectly accompanied with all the usual mod-cons including perfectly crunchy-fluffy roasties, Yorkshires and their fantastic Vimto-braised red cabbage. I mean, just look at the picture.
When it comes to somewhere to eat a roast dinner you’d probably not like to find yourself wandering aimlessly around Piccadilly Gardens at 3 pm on a Sunday, because you’re more likely to end up eating a sweaty kebab than some lovely roasties. But if you head down to Brasserie Abode, they have their Sunday Socials each week and you will be rewarded with a fantastic roast dinner, some live music and more fizz than you can probably handle. Book a table between 12.30pm and 5.30pm and for £25 per person you can get a roast each and unlimited Prosecco for 2 hours! Sold!
The Counter House
A relatively new kid on the block, The Counter House, launched their Roast dinner’s a few months back and they’ve become a staple in a lot of people’s diets. There are 3 choices of main from roast sirloin beer, half roast chicken or nut roast for veggies. Obviously served with all the trimmings and topped with a MASSIVE crispy Yorkshire pud. My one requirement with this is you HAVE to get macaroni cheese side because I told you to.
The one-stop health shop for all things healthy, including brunches, juices, shots and yoga classes, FoodWell also serve up a roast dinner on Sundays! There’s thick slices of meat and huge Yorkshire potatoes what more could you want? You can even do a lovely yoga flow in the morning and enjoy the dinner on the roof terrace to enjoy the sunshine (if it makes an appearance).
This list wouldn’t be complete without an entry in Didsbury, and although people may lynch me, I’ve decided on Volta. Sure, The Met’s offering is excellent, but I think Volta just nips it to the post – mostly because they offer a huge platter for two and because their chicken, stuffed with sausage meat is truly amazing! If you feel a little peeved off about this because you love the one from The Met – I’m sorry. Actually, I’m not. I don’t care.
Newly launched at Mash Tun is the Sunday roast served every Sunday from 12pm. Would you expect anything less from Mash Tun than almost the whole thing being beer based? Surely not. There’s a choice of beef, roast chicken or nut roast served with seasonal veg. The whole thing is then covered in lashings of homemade Stout gravy with a massive, crunch beer infused Yorkshire pudding. Beer-licious.
A relatively new kid on the block to the Sunday roast game is Cottonopolis who launched their ‘Japanese Inspired’ roast towards the back end of last year. To put it bluntly, it is great, and a refreshing makeover of a Sunday dinner you didn’t know you needed. Choose from Wagyu Beef, Karobuta pork (with the crispiest cracking I have ever tried) or fried chicken and mash served with black garlic-spiked greens, miso carrots and salt and pepper roasties. If you haven’t given it a try yet I am extremely jealous – no time is like the first.
An Indian restaurant that does a Sunday Roast!? Surely not! Well, Zouk get involved every Sunday with a selection of their unique roast dinners, with a little bit of an Indian twist – just to infuriate all you staunch traditionalists out there. For me I love it, there’s nothing wrong with giving the roast dinner a bit of a kick up the arse with some spice – and with Zouk’s succulent meat and spicy gravy – they’ve gone and done it. If you give them 24 hours’ notice they can do a whole stuffed lamb for you too!
Favourite of many a meat lover, Hawksmoor inevitably do a fantastic roast dinner every Sunday, and although you may have to sell a lung to be able to afford it, you don’t need two of them to stuff your face with their succulent slow-roasted rump and all the trimmings. If you’re feeling particularly extravagant (and hungry), they also do a massive sharer slow-roasted prime rib for between 2 and 3 people for £80. You’ll undoubtedly come out feeling satisfied though, I guarantee it!
It seems sharer-roasts are in vogue this year and Electrik is home to one of my favourites. You do not have to choose between your favourite meats here, as you get chicken, beef and crispy-crackling-clad pork as standard with a plethora of veggies, Yorkshire pud and plenty of gravy for £. Pair this with a few of their excellent cocktails and you have everything you need for a #SundayFunday right there.
Cruise on down to Albert Schloss on a Sunday and you’ll experience their fantastic Sunday Service, featuring more roast dinners than Aunt Bessie’s front room as well as some cracking tunes right into the early hours. Not only can you tuck into some succulent roast meats, potatoes and lashings of veg, but they also have a gospel choir singing between 2 pm and 4 pm, before DJ Paulette and Will Tramp take to the decks. Their Yorkies are amazing by the way!
If you are a fan of the finer things in life, then perhaps you want something a little more sophisticated than a cosy pub and a pint of beer. If this is the case, then the beautifully bright interior of Harvey Nichols Second Floor Brasserie might be the place for you. They keep things nice and simple with their Sunday roasts – a selection of meat (which changes weekly to keep things fresh and seasonal) with roasted potatoes, seasonal veg, gratin, Yorkshire pud and sumptuous red wine gravy.
Sitting in Bock Bière, sipping a lovely frosty Delirium, it’s hard not to notice the huge piles of meat and cheese getting delivered to everyone. A quick inspection will reveal an extensive menu featuring some of the best sharing platters in the city. Not only this but they also have a Sunday Roast Fondue available, where you get a massive pot of Beer Bourguignon gravy and all the trimmings to dip into it. It’s a genius idea and is a fantastic way to spend a Sunday afternoon while you get leathered on mega-strong Belgian lagers.
The White Hart Inn at Lydgate
Located right in the sticks in the poshest part of Oldham, the White Hart Inn at Lydgate is renowned for its phenomenal food and rustic countryside setting. Sitting in here on a cold Sunday afternoon, the Pennines stretching away into the distance through the window while you chomp down on a juicy roast dinner is probably one of life’s greatest pleasures – made even better with the prospect of a dessert and a few crisp ales to wash it all down with. Well worth the trip!
Bit of a no-brainer this one. Trof has been around for 10 years now so they’ve got their Sunday Roasts down to a bloody art – the good art too, not the rubbish stuff that ends with someone buying a manky, stained mattress for 10 million quid. Each week they provide hungry, still-pissed punters with a selection of meats or veggie options in which to smother in thick gravy and stuff down their throats. There’s always a great atmosphere in here, and the tunes are always top too.
The Lowry Hotel
If you’re looking for a Sunday afternoon of class, sophistication and excellent food then you’d find no better place than The River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel. Every Sunday they rope in talented performer Kimm to serenade diners with her singing, all while you enjoy one of the best roasts in the city. You won’t need to re-mortgage your house either – for only £36 you can have 2 roast dinners and a glass of Prosecco each – which is pretty good if you ask me.