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Manchester City Centre

Ate Days A Week

Restaurant - British

If it’s a pie you’re after, and especially a pie with a punning name, then you’ve come to the right place – Ate Days A Week has moved into Manchester city centre after going down a storm in Stockport and picking up wins at the prestigious British Pie Awards five times over.

There are pies a-plenty – proper ones too, with tops and bottoms and sides – but there’s also an evolving à la carte menu as well as seven-days-a-week roast dinners, specials and even sweets. Let’s start with the pies, as, after all, the pies have it. First up, Pie Of The Tiger, made in house with a shortcrust pastry base and puff pastry lid, offers a choice of fillings: classic steak and ale, a cheese pie with Lancashire Cheddar and Red Leicester plus red onion chutney, and chicken balti, one for the footy fans out there, no doubt. “Make it a meal”, it’s suggested, by teaming with creamy chive mash, minted mushy peas and proper gravy made from red wine, beef stock and shallots. Alternatively, stick it in a buttered bread roll – (I Just) Died In Your Barm is, of course, the name for this number. Specials include the now infamous full English breakfast pie with a runny egg and brown sauce gravy, and the beef madras pie with beer-roasted onions and potatoes. Aside from pies, there are focaccia sandwiches, in the form of The Bartender & The Beef – braised steak, caramelised red onions and Welsh rarebit – and I Ham The Walrus – honey roast ham, crispy fresh piccalilli, shoestring fries and a soft runny fried egg. The new menu also features the likes of ox cheek croquettes, pork belly with bubble and squeak, fish and triple-cooked chips, and a vegan risotto of mushrooms and asparagus; those roasts include beef short rib, rosemary and mint lamb shank, and a veggie cheese, chard and onion pithivier, which is a pie with a different name. They can’t help themselves.

Heck, there are even sweet cookie pies, including one oozing with salted caramel and Belgian chocolate ganache, and freshly baked sticky toffee pudding served with crème Anglaise. Drinks? Yes, it’s all here: beers, ciders, wine, cocktails, even fizz.

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7 Cooper Street, Manchester, UK
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