Salford’s hidden gem, The Eagle Inn is a traditional boozer known for its great selection of ales and eclectic calendar of local and international artists and musicians.
They take to the stage in the pub’s music venue that was reconstructed back in 2012 by Landlady, Esther Maylor from the last remaining terraced house on the long forgotten Salford street.
Yesterday, Ethiopian and Eritrean food connoisseurs, House of Habesha moved into the pub on a permanent basis, serving punters with delicious vegan curries and alternative takes on your traditional pub classics.
Owners, Samson and Samuel began the business a few years back, and they’ve already had residencies in popular Northern Quarter and Ancoats eateries including Blossom Street Social and Mala.
The name is taken from the word ‘Habesha’, which is a collective term used to refer to Eritrean and Ethiopian people. The home element comes from their comforting food, that they distribute in warm, welcoming environments across the city.
The curries range from a Spicy Timtimo – which is a mix of red lentils stewed in onion, garlic and ginger with some berbere spice herbs – to a Fit Fit with pieces of Injera (a type of fermented flatbread) stewed in tomato, onions garlic and berbere spices.
Their residency at the Eagle Inn has seen them add a few new dishes to their menu, alongside the traditional hearty curries and stews, and they definitely aren’t forgetting about the carnivores among us.
First up is the Habesha Cheesesteak, a packed sandwich with grilled steak, creamy cheese sauce and a side of house fries and coleslaw. They make it their own, still using traditional herbs and spices to give it an alternative, flavoursome boost.
They’ve also introduced the Berbere Burger – two smashed patties with american cheese and house sauce, all served on a brioche bun accompanied by Cajun fries – and the Grilled Chicken Loaded Fries, that are served with grilled chicken, creamy coleslaw and the famous house sauce.
You can grab a fried lamb version of these fries, too, topped with boneless lamb, tomato, onions, parsley and oregano, as well as garlic mayo and House of Habesha sauce.
House of Habesha will be available at The Eagle Inn for the foreseeable. The venue is open Sunday- Wednesday 3:00pm – 12:00am, Thursday 3:00pm – 1:00am and Friday – Saturday 3:00pm – 2:00am.