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BEEF AND PUDDING – MANCHESTER

April 21, 2014

We don’t get into Manchester very often these days because public transport from out here in (what is considered by many as) the sticks is so poor – last train home is before the shows finish and twice recently we’ve missed it and had hefty taxi bills home when we’ve been out to eat.

However, since we’ve recently discovered a good car park and I’m not bothered about drinking, I’m happy to say we’re visiting a bit more again.

We enjoy city breaks but rarely investigate what’s right on our doorstep so I had a plan that if we got nice weather on Good Friday we’d head into Manchester and visit the Cathedral and then have a meal.

The roads were quiet and the city seemed to be too until we got to the area around The Old Wellington and The Mitre – it was heaving with everyone out enjoying the sunshine and it was a good atmosphere.

Manchester Cathedral

Manchester Cathedral

The Cathedral is truly beautiful and is undergoing a proces of redevelopment – new heating and flooring gives an air of a much newer building – and there is lots of information about the programme and reasons why. You don’t have to be religious to appreciate the building and the stories of people who helped Manchester and it’s people are displayed within its chapels and on the walls.

We were also surprised to see a beekeeper working up on the roof!

We spotted a beekeeper on the roof!

We spotted a beekeeper on the roof!

We had booked for our meal at the recently opened Beef and Pudding. I’m a big foodie follower on Twitter and the reviews and pictures of this venue had put it on my list of places to try as soon as possible. The owners are well established in the North West but this is their first venture into the city and they are working hard to get it right. I particularly like the fact they really promote the North West local food – why wouldn’t you with so much great produce here.

Beef and Pudding

Beef and Pudding

The decor and lighting is urban and unpretentious. We received a very warm welcome and were looked after by Nicole. We perused the menu with a pint of draught beer for Mr W. and a Strawberry Bellini for me. The Manager was also very friendly and attentive to his customers – sadly I neglected to catch his name but will get it next time!

Strawberry Bellini

Strawberry Bellini

We know we can’t eat three courses so made the choice for mains and desserts. I chose “The Pudding” at £14.95 – Beef and Barbon Fell venison suet pudding – horseradish paste – stockpot gravy – mash – black peas – it was delicious. I found the suet casing was cooked perfectly and the meat was tender, moist and very tasty. A chap at the next table had asked for chips instead of mash but I thought it went very well with the mash. I hadn’t eaten since my cereal at breakfast – in training for this main event and I ate every bit. It was the best I’ve ever tasted.

The Pudding!

The Pudding!

Mr W. chose the Beef’ham Tower at £15.95 House-made burger – sweet chilli beef brisket – horseradish – suet pudding and mushy peas – chip shop gravy – onion rings – dripping chips – brioche bun – real chips – ‘howling at the moon’ sauce. Luckily Nicole forewarned him that the pipette of sauce is to be treated with care and he only used it very sparingly – wow is it hot! He found it very tasty, well cooked and a burger to match those he loves in the States.

What a burger!

What a burger!

Having seen pictures of the sharing plank for dessert the choice was easy! The Pudding Plank of Sticky Toffee – Chocolate Tart – Cheese Glazed Eccles Cake – Bakewell Pie – Banoffee Cheesecake – Custard – Whipped Cream – Chocolate Sauce at £14-95. We couldn’t finish it but had a very good try. My only slight disappointment of the whole meal was the custard which had split but we didn’t really need it as each choice was moist and delicious. Other desserts are all priced at £5.95 and looked equally yummy.

A perfect dessert choice

A perfect dessert choice

We finished off with Cappuccino’s (which came with the nice touch of a piece of fudge) absolutely full and very happy with our choices. We will definitely be back soon with family.

Do try it if you’re in Manchester but remember to be hungry when you go!

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2 Comments
  1. May 1, 2014 9:39 pm

    That dessert slab is a brilliant idea! Think I know where I’ll be going next time I eat out in Manchester!

    • May 1, 2014 9:55 pm

      We’ve booked to go again on Saturday with my son and his wife. He trained as a chef and used to be in a chef club that went round trying different restaurants and then he would take me to them for birthday etc., so we still like to try different ones. I should try something else but really want to eat the same meal! Let me know what you think when you’ve been or any others you recommend!

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