The King of all Dinners is the Roast Dinner and it's held that spot ever since Henry VIII decided he wanted some roast potatoes with his massive leg of lamb and Thomas Cromwell decided to take advantage of the situation and pass him some gravy.
But what if you’re a vegetarian? Well, here’s the best veggie roasts we’ve tried in the city and beyond – if we’ve missed any, be sure to let us know!
If you’re a vegetarian and you’ve not eaten at Greens yet – what’s bloody wrong with you!? Owned that that Simon Rimmer fella off of the telly, Greens is a fantastic restaurant in itself – serving up a delectable range of dishes all sourced from the humble vegetable. It’s the same with their Sunday Roast, where they’ve managed to get some of the most mundane and boring ingredients and turn them into a mega-fit roast that will make your Sunday 10x better (even without Antiques Roadshow). Their offering is a Nut Roast featuring Pecans, Cashews and Almonds, which is then served up with all the trimmings. It’s truly excellent and well worth the trip down to Didders for.
Greens, 41-43 Lapwing Ln, Manchester M20 2NT
TNQ has been keeping the bellies of Northern Quarter trendies full on Sundays for some time now, and their veggie option does not disappoint. The latest is a Kale and Mushroom Wellington with chestnuts which is divine. The sides are phenomenal too – with your plate coming loaded with garlic roasted potatoes, honey glazed parsnips, carrot & swede mash, buttered cabbage and a Yorkshire pud. You can also upgrade to get a side of truffle cauliflower cheese, which you are going to want to do – because fuck it – it’s the weekend.
The Northern Quarter Restaurant & Bar, 108 High St, Manchester M4 1HQ
Slap bang in the middle of West Didsbury there are many adjectives and plenty of hyperbole that can be used to describe Volta. Not only does it manage to attain a bit of a Balearic vibe in the middle of suburbia, they also bang out some brilliant dishes – with their Roast Dinners being no exception. I’m sure everyone has seen and swooned over their massive Roast Dinner Platter but as a vegetarian you can still tuck into a lovely bit of roast action with their Sweet Potato, Fig, Sunblushed Tomato and Feta Bake which then comes perfectly perched alongside some lovely crispy roasties, a fluffy Yorkshire and more vegetables than the Jolly Green Giant’s larder.
Volta, 167 Burton Rd, Manchester M20 2LN
Home to one of the best Sunday Lunch deals in the city, Brasserie Abode not only do a brilliant Roast, but they also offer Unlimted Prosecco with it for only £25 all in. So all you need to do is sit down, choose one of their two veggie roast options and you’ll then get 2 hours of unlimited bubbles. They have a choice of Truffle Macaroni or Puy Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with all the trimmings and my word – they’re good. There’s always a DJ on too so it’s a proper decent afternoon.
Brasserie Abode, 107a Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2DB
Sunday Service at Albert’s Schloss is bloody brilliant. Fact. Not only do they have a Gospel Choir on from 2 ‘til 4, they also have the wonderful DJ Paulette and Will Tramp DJing until 2am while you tuck into one of the best Roast Dinners in town. Their vegetarian offering is typically Germanic with a Butternut and Wild Mushroom Strudel served with all the trimmings. For a Sunday it’s probably the most raucous party in the city, and with Prosecco at only £20 a bottle too – you can forget all about doing any work on Monday.
Albert’s Schloss, 27 Peter St, Manchester M2 5QR
Mr Cooper’s House & Garden
When a colleague told me about the veggie roast at Mr Cooper’s there was a fair whack of confusion going on. She used the word “pithivier” which to me sounds like a Medieval torture device but is in fact a form of pie. As a pie expert I was worried, but upon further explanation and description, that worry turned to intrigue and then hunger. Mr Cooper’s offer a Mushroom Pithivier (pie with puff pastry) on their Veggie Roast, alongside the usual suspects of roast potatoes, Yorkshires and gravy. A nice touch is the Bubble & Squeak Croquettes, which are apparently fantastic and a perfect addition to the Roast Dinner ensemble. I’ll go as soon as possible and check it out for myself.
Mr Cooper’s House & Garden, The Midland Hotel, Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS
There was a fair bit of arguing going on in the office when I mentioned The Parlour and it almost ended in a scrap. I personally think that their Roast Dinners are amongst the best in the whole of Manchester, while others in the office were adamant that there are better ones elsewhere. The problem was that they couldn’t come up with a better alternative, especially in Chorlton – so I won the argument and continue to be the best. As is The Parlour’s Sunday Dinner, with their veggie option keeping up this tradition for excellence. Sit down, drink some pints of Black Dragon and have a proper Sunday in front of a Roast.
The Parlour, 60 Beech Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9EG
The Trof Roast Dinner can best be described as legendary. They have been bashing out one of these epic roasty events every Sunday for the past 10 years and it is safe to say that they have mastered it. The veggie option changes regularly, but you can always be assured of something decent. When we rocked down we were lucky enough to tuck into their Nut Roast – which was fit AF. All the options are served with seasonal veg, proper roast potatoes and really thick veggie gravy which will have even the most avid meat eater converted. These babies fly out quickly, so do not waste time and get down there quick-smart.
Trof, 8 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1EU