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.
A relative newcomer to this list but a certified ‘Outstanding’ Roast Dinner from all of those who have tried it. I’m one of those lucky people – opting for their Rosemary Studded Roast Lamb Leg with slow-roasted garlic. There’s added class, sophistication and truly wonderful ingredients to a meal that’s already up at the top of the list each week and we will forever be thankful to Edinburgh Castle for that.
What’s not to love about Firehouse?! They’ve got weekly wine clubs, a runway for iconic guests including House of Ghetto and Arthouse (and me after two bottle of wine), as well as some of the most banging food Manchester has to offer. Don’t even talk to me about those truffle potatoes. HEAVENLY. They also do an incredible Sunday Roast, where you can choose from either Lemon, Garlic and Thyme Roast Chicken and Onion and Herb Stuffing, Roast Rump of Cheshire Beef or the Oyster Mushroom Wellington. There’s always a party atmosphere at Firehouse, too, so please don’t blame us if you stroll into work 2 hours late on Monday feeling like a pork scratching.
Super Sunday’s at Prestwich Social are definitely something to shout about. Alongside their banging food offerings of Roasted Topside of Beef, Half Roast Chicken, Roasted Pork Loin, and a Vegan Nut Roast, you can also take part in their ‘Big Fat Sunday Quiz’. This starts at 6pm, alongside live music and they have their huge cocktail trees, too, which you can fill with 12 Pornstar or Espresso Martinis.
Foodwell is Firefly’s boujee restaurant serving all-day dining, wine, cocktails and freshly squeezed juices. Their Sunday roast is meant to be pretty banging, too, with Roast Sirloin English Beef, Roast Garlic and Herb Chicken, Roasted Rump of English Lamb and Golden Roasted Cauliflower all making the menu. You can also choose from their side plates, which include dishes such as Tebasaki Chicken Wings and Mango Achaar Pork Ribs, if you’re not feeling too peckish.
Three Little Words
With a gin distillery approximately 3 metres away from your table, Three Little Words have managed to create the ‘Perfect Sunday’ with their roast dinners and their offer of delicious Mother’s Ruin. The best thing to do, though, is to add a Gin Tour & Tasting to your Sunday too for just £35 all in. They also have Cauliflower Cheese on the menu (HELLO), which makes the perfect addition to any Sunday roast for just an extra fiver.
Famed throughout the land for their Sunday Roasts, there’s many people out there proclaiming it to be the best you can get in Ancoats, which is a very bold claim – considering the amount of competition in the area. I’m inclined to say that it’s definitely up there – certainly in the top 5 in Manchester anyway. What makes it so good? That slow-cooked Pork Belly and quite possibly the best roast potatoes you’ll ever have.
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.
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!
On Sunday’s at Wild Goose in Altrincham, you can choose to enjoy either a two or three course menu with loads of amazing dishes on offer! For starters they’ve got a French Onion Soup, Roast Bone Marrow, Crayfish and Prawn Cocktail plus others, and, for the roasts, you can choose from either the Roast Hereford Sirloin of Beef, Roast Half Cumbrian Chicken with Sage and Onion Stuffing or the Maple and Mustard Glazed Salt-Baked Celeriac. The restaurant is also stunning and has a proper cosy feel to it, a perfect place to enjoy a Sunday roast.
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.
The Moor in Heaton Moor is a big hit with Sunday roast connoisseurs. It’s situated in a historic farming area of Stockport famed for its black fertile soils perfect for rearing livestock, meaning their produce is all locally sourced and sustainably produced. Their Sunday menu is outstanding and consists of unique dishes including Skrei Cod, Goosnargh Duck Leg and Jerusalem Artichoke Ravioli amongst all the classics!
A roast dinner that’s won more awards than Marlon Brando and one that will have feeling as fat as him by the end of it. TNQ serve up their wonderful roasts as part of a set menu on Sunday, where you can get 3 courses for just £21.95. Which is amazing considering the roast itself has been named runner up for the ‘Best Sunday Lunch’ in the Observer Food Monthly Awards in 2018 & 2019!
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!
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!
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 Allotment Vegan Eatery
A completely vegan roast dinner? Can’t be done. A completely vegan roast dinner that doesn’t taste like cardboard? Can’t be done. Well, Allotment have defied the rules of the universe and come up with an absolute stunner – and it’s available again to enjoy from the beginning of September.
Pie & Ale
A full Sunday dinner in a pie?! Yes PLEASE. Every Sunday, Pie & Ale serve a pie crust that is stuffed with roast veg, cauliflower cheese, and mashed potatoes, topped with either roast beef, lamb or turkey, or a veggie wellington, with a massive Yorkshire pudding on top and covered in gravy. It’s a bit of a different take on the Sunday roast, but it’s definitely not one to be missed!
Alvarium / Black Leaf
Brand-new Chef, Chris Nuttall has taken over the kitchen at Black Leaf and he’s switched up their Sunday offering with two new roast options, and loads of new sides. You get the choice of either a mushroom, chestnut, and black truffle wellington or a rich and creamy kale and leek bake. Both are served alongside maple roasted carrots, roast potatoes, a homemade Yorkshire pudding, and seasonal greens.
There’s a new standout dish on Volta’s Sunday menu, Jerusalem spiced half roast chicken served with fresh herbs, pomegranate and house pickles. The chicken is marinated in a Jerusalem spice blend containing coriander, cumin, turmeric, cardamom and pepper, which is then mixed with tahini and preserved lemon to marinade overnight. You can order the dish alongside crispy fried potatoes and greens for an exotic twist on a classic Sunday roast, or enjoy as a special sharing platter alongside their à la carte small plates menu by spicing it up with flatbreads, dips and cheeses.
Dakota Hotel burst on the scene last year with a grand opening to one of the plushest hotels in town. Dakota Grill serve up a classic and delectable Sunday Roast Dinner with a choice of Beef, Chicken or Nut Roast and a plate full of all the extra trimmings. That includes Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, honey roast parsnips, carrot and swede mash, green beans and cauliflower cheese for the table. There’s also the option to add on an impressive cheese trolley to finish up with 10 different types of cheeses from the brilliant Crafty Cheese Man.