Everyone loves a Roast Dinner, and in Manchester we’ve managed to find ourselves in the position of having a rather dazzling array of variations on the traditional British Sunday staple.
This lot are the city’s best alternative roast dinners, the ones with a little twist that elevate them above the usual ‘meat and two veg’ that you expect every Sunday at home.
The Indian Roast Dinner Platter @ Zouk
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!
Zouk Tea Bar and Grill, Unit 5, The Quadrangle, Chester Street, Manchester, M1 5QS
Vegan Sunday Roast @ Black Leaf & Alvarium
Easily the best vegan roast in the entire city, I challenge anyone to find a better Sunday dinner for vegans anywhere else in Manchester. Even if you think you’ve had a good one, I can guarantee that Alvarium’s is better – you really need to get yourself down here and give it a try. Served from 4pm, it’s a Caramelised Red Onion, Spinach and Mushroom Wellington, served alongside harissa and oragne roasted carrots, roast potatoes, homemade Yorkshire pudding and an amazing port and blackcurrant gravy.
Alvarium, Manchester M4 1LU
The World’s First Cauliflower Cheese Menu @ Ducie Street Warehouse
Here we go. Not only is Ducie Street Warehouse’s Roast Dinner absolutely bloody sublime, they’ve also introduced the world’s first dedicated Cauliflower Cheese menu featuring eight different options available for your roast every Sunday. The mouth-watering menu offers dry-aged shorthorn Beef Sirloin, roast supreme of corn-fed Chicken, rosemary roasted Leg of Lamb, free-range Gammon and a weekly changing vegan roast. Then there’s the Cauliflower Cheese, with a selection including a classic vintage cheddar cauliflower cheese, truffle, bacon frazzles, blue cheese, macaroni or a totally vegan cauliflower cheese. Mega!
Ducie Street Warehouse, Ducie St, Manchester M1 2TP
The Vietnamese Roast Dinner @ NAM
Ancoats institution NAM introduced probably the city’s oddest Roast Dinner in 2021, and it’s absolutely spectacular. You wouldn’t think that the flavours of Vietnam would work with such a British dish as the Roast Dinner, but they do. Surprisingly well. The Half Roast Chicken is rubbed with NAM’s signature spices, and it includes all the trimmings, including a massive savoury Vietnamese DOUGHNUT and their Pho Gravy. It’s absolutely phenomenal, taking their signature Pho broth, adding stock and reducing it slowly over time, you end up with a fragrant, rich and breath-taking gravy that’s perfect for pouring and even better for dipping. The Sunday Roast at NAM is coming back VERY soon – keep an eye out for it.
NAM, Unit 2, 33 Blossom St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 6AJ
The Roast Dinner Platter @ The Refuge
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.
The Refuge, Oxford St, Manchester M60 7HA
The World’s First Fried Chicken Roast Dinner @ Kong’s Chicken Shop
You better believe it, Kong’s Chicken Shop have created their very own roast dinner and, (in their own words) it’s actually the ‘World’s First Fried Chicken Roast Dinner’. Taking everything that’s made them so popular over the last few months and turning it into the nation’s favourite meal is genius, featuring Kong’s signature Fried Chicken Thigh topped with their Crispy Chicken Skin, sweet potato mash, crispy roast potatoes, vegetables and a massive Yorkshire pudding, all smothered with their homemade chicken gravy. It’s available every Sunday from their location at Foundation Coffee House on Portland Street.
Foundation Coffee House, 11 Portland St, Manchester M1 3HU
The Reggae Roast @ Pull Up
Pull Up Bar & Cafe over on Swan Street, that bit riding the cusp of the Northern Quarter and Ancoats, well they do a banging ‘Reggae Roast’ on Sundays, featuring lemon and thyme roast Jerk Chicken, carrots, plantain, rice ‘n’ peas, mac and cheese and their signature spicy gravy. They also offer a vegan (and gluten free) ‘Rasta Roast’ with Roast Pumpkin, carrots, sweet potato wedges, fried plantain, rice ‘n’ peas and veggie gravy.
Pull Up Bar Cafe, 14-16 Swan St, Manchester M4 5JN
The Sunday Roast Pie @ Pie & Ale
Is there anything better than a Roast Dinner? How about encasing the whole bloody thing is pastry and pouring lashings of gravy on there? Yep, I think that’s definitely better don’t you? Every Sunday Pie & Ale in the Northern Quarter serve up their Sunday Roast Pie, and probably the best thing about it is that you can add and change almost everything that goes with it. Add a Salt & Pepper Mash if you like, or a Yorkshire pudding on top, or better still – Pigs in Blankets. It’s all very customisable, which we love.
Pie & Ale, Units 1 & 2 the Hive, 47 Lever St, Manchester M1 1FN
South American Sunday Roast with Bottomless Bloody Marys @ Peru Perdu
Taking their South American food and drink concept and really going ALL out on a Sunday, Peru Perdu have created a unique take on the classic Sunday Roast, which comes with BOTTOMLESS Bloody Marys! Available every Sunday from 12pm – 5pm, the roast is packed full of Peruvian flavours, with a choice of Churrasco Picanha, Pollo la Brasa or the vegan Chimichurri Cauliflower with Truffle Gravy. If you’re not a fan of Bloody Marys, you can also order their signature Pisco Sours – the national drink of Peru and an absolutely banging cocktail.
Peru Perdu, 74 Princess St, Manchester M1 6JD