Take hearty, honest, quality pub grub with a twist, add a great selection of craft beers and cocktails, live acoustic music and fantastic service and you have the perfect lazy Sunday at Beef and Pudding in Manchester.
Located just behind the town hall, Beef and Pudding has firmly been on the foodie map of Manchester for nearly a year now and for good reason. It’s a place that suits all occasions, from hung-over brunches with friends to family Sunday dinners to romantic treats with your better half.
Matt and I visited last Sunday for a lazy lunch.
We headed there for 2 and were glad we made a reservation as it was jam packed! However our lovely waitress, Emma, told us that the previous Sunday was a quiet one, So it’s a bit hit and miss as to whether you’ll get a table right away. Either way there’s a bar area to relax in and as mentioned before – a fantastic range of craft beers and cocktails!
We were shown our table and took some time to decide what to enjoy from the menu. As it was Sunday there was a fantastic value Sunday Dinner menu which was very popular. I spied quite a few other tables were enjoying the roast and the Yorkshire Puddings look insane! Not fancying a roast dinner, Matt and chose from the main menu which is filled with starters, sharing planks, salad, pasta, and mains – everything from Tempura Monkfish Cheeks to their notorious Baked Suet Pudding with Mash and Black Peas. There are no surprises on the menu – it’s traditional pub dishes made from quality ingredients and sometimes with a little twist – all very Gastro-Pubby.
To start, Matt and I chose to share the Bread Oven Duck Spring Rolls with a Vimto Plum Glaze and “Wet” Coleslaw and the Crack Black Pepper Potato Skins with dips.
The Potato Skins came looking like goujons but it’s cracked black pepper crust which makes them look like this. They were crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside – plus the garlic dip was pretty amazing!
The Duck Spring Rolls were our favourite out of the two – slow cooked to perfection in the bread oven overnight, the exterior had the perfect crunch and they were packed full of fillings. Matched perfectly with the Vimto Plum Glaze and incredibly creamy coleslaw – yum!
After our starters we had a little rest before our mains arrived. Matt chose the “B&P” House Burger which consists of a patty made from mature beef, herbs and spices, caramelised onion brioche and gherkin. He then added crispy bacon, cheese and a garlic mushroom to the top of it – look how high it’s stacked up! (And this is their small burger – you should see The Beef’ham Tower!) He said the burger was a good one! Simple yet flavourful.
I had the Leekin Chicken Breast which was divine! The dish consisted of Farm chicken poached in a soft leek and smoked bacon cream with English mustard mash – it makes my mouth water just writing about it! The chicken was cooked to perfection, as was the mash and the sauce was rich, creamy and oh so yummy! The balance of the rich creamy sauce with just hint of mustard worked perfectly.
We obviously had to share a portion of onion rings too! A little greedy, but totally worth it. Batter that was crispy and flavoursome – unlike many I’ve tired – and soft sweet onions in the inner.
After the mountain of food we’d consumed you would think dessert would be out of the question – but after a little rest we managed to find some room! We originally planned to share the Pudding Plank which I had spied on Instagram and was recommend – however I really don’t think we could have managed it, so we settled on a pudding each. Matt enjoyed the Creme Brulee with Cracked Pepper Shortbread and a scoop of ice-cream and I indulged in the Chocolate Mouse with Mimosa shot – because why wouldn’t you want Mimosa in your chocolate pudding – it worked perfectly and we love the little pipettes – very instagrammable!
We spent a good few hours enjoying our food, the relaxing ambience and conversation with our very helpful waitress Emma. Beef and Pudding, for me, was made for lazy Sundays! I’m yet to try the Brunch Menu – which I’ve heard lots of wonderful things about – but I plan on returning very soon!
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