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.
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.
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. Chef Julian Pizer has 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 him for that.
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 roast itself is excellent, and it comes with cauliflower cheese – which is always a welcome addition. The best thing to do though is to add a Gin Tour & Tasting to your Sunday too for just £30 all in.
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!
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.