Husband and wife team John and Carolyn Phillips held occasional supper clubs and appeared on Channel 4’s Too Many Chefs before opening Proost. Cheffing in a hot kitchen is a long way from John’s former life as a lawyer, but the career change paid off. Proost has become a local favourite in Urmston since opening in 2019, and it’s increasingly attracting attention from further afield too.
The menu, like the restaurant itself, is small but well-considered with an elegant, traditional feel. A typical starter could be melon and Serrano ham with rocket and stem ginger and lemon dressing. Mains are largely centred on meat: chicken breast, lamb shoulder, salmon fillet, fillet steak and so on, typically served with buttered greens and various styles of potato. Desserts could include apple crumble with Calvados custard, or Lancaster lemon tart. Their Sunday Lunch gets rave reviews.
Proost’s popularity is due to the quality of the cooking rather than novelty dishes or a striking setting, making it something of a novelty itself nowadays.
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