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15 EPIC roast dinners for Sunday lunching

3 weeks ago

Everybody knows that the antidote to any *ahem* late Saturday night is an epic roast dinner on a Sunday. And if there’s one thing any northerner knows, it’s how to judge one. The Confidentials team all have our favourites and we’re willing to let you in on some secret left-fielders too.

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  • Inside Albert's Schloss, the Bavarian-inspired cook haus and bier palace in Manchester city centre.
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    Albert’s Schloss

    European

    Albert’s Schloss is a Bavarian-inspired fun palace of extraordinary dimensions and clever design. Behind the glistening tiles of the former Manchester and Salford Wesleyan Mission building (est in 1910) you’ll discover a vast bar, real fires, perfectly preserved original plaster, and a wall stuffed generously with flowers by floral artists’ Frog. You’ll also find a stage, DJ booth and network of beer pipes and tanks serving unpasturised Pilsner Urquell to hordes of adoring punters.

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  • The Bay Horse Tavern Manchester
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    The Bay Horse

    British

    The Bay Horse Tavern, to give it its full moniker, describes itself as “a modern take on a Victorian Pub” and, with its dark hues and warm woods, puttering candles and kitschy knick-knacks, and range of gins, craft beers and “other libations”, it may well straddle the eras.

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  • One of the dishes served at Andrew Nutter's gastropub Bird At Birtle, on the edge of the Lancashire moors
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    Bird At Birtle

    British

    The big, first-floor window at the rear of Andrew Nutter’s Bird At Birtle frames the moors – and this gastropub, a sister to Nutters’ restaurant proper – is an ode of sorts to its impressive, rural location.

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  • One of the dishes served at gastropub The Black Friar in Salford, Greater Manchester.
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    The Black Friar

    Modern British

    The Black Friar stood empty and unloved for almost 20 years before reopening in summer 2021 after a substantial renovation project. Now a modern British restaurant and a traditional pub, it has two distinct settings with menus to match.

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  • Inside Elnecot, one of the new generation of restaurants in Ancoats, Manchester.
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    Elnecot

    European

    Named after the first recorded name for Ancoats, Elnecot (meaning ‘lonely cottages’) takes its influence from historical cooking methods with lots of fermenting, a little foraging and a few nose-to-tail dishes.

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    Gorilla

    American

    Gorilla is tucked under a railway arch, it has a slightly industrial vibe but it’s comfortable for all that. The cocktails are good and good value too – Gorilla is as much a bar as it is a restaurant.

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  • The vegan burger served at Jimmy's Manchester - a rock n roll barbecue restaurant on Cutting Room Square, Ancoats.
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    Jimmy’s Manchester

    American

    Fans of the original, now closed Jimmy’s Manchester in the NQ will find this new version on Cutting Room Square both familiar and strange. It’s got the same dive bar vibe, with rock and indie on the stereo, red and black furnishings, and neon signs on the walls. But unlike its predecessor, it’s not a live music venue and hopes of getting a licence for gigs in this residential area are low. Instead, the upstairs space is devoted to a barbecue restaurant where they cook burgers, wings, and skewers over live flame. 

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  • Mr Thomas's Chop House
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    Mr Thomas’s Chop House

    British

    Thomas Studd and his wife Sarah established their Chop House in booming Cottonopolis in 1867, and it’s still going strong, serving up top-end pub grub in the famous tiled back room restaurant along with flagons and snifters in the bar and on the sunny St Ann’s Square terrace.

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    The Refuge

    European

    Winning small plate fusion in an iconic and glamorous setting. Housed in Manchester’s iconic The Refuge Assurance Company dating back to 1858, this DJ-run restaurant and bar is large and sassy.

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  • On the menu at Three Little Words, Manchester
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    Three Little Words

    Global

    Three Little Words is housed under the arches at the lesser-visited end of Watson Street, near Beetham Tower. Inside you’ll find the Spirit of Manchester gin distillery, a cocktail bar, and a kitchen serving small plates with thoroughly decent cooking. It’s certainly a place worth knowing about.

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  • TNQ Northern Quarter, Manchester
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    TNQ

    Modern British

    This unassuming, independent restaurant overlooking the historic Smithfield Fish Market is a stalwart of the Northern Quarter’s dining scene. Co-owner and chef Anthony Fielden has been cooking up a storm at TNQ since 2004, winning various awards and accolades along the way. 

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  • Fresh tomato and olives on a Neapolitan-style pizza at Tre Ciccio - an Italian restaurant in Altrincham
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    Tre Ciccio Altrincham

    Italian

    Translating as ‘three chubby friends’ (a self-effacing reference to owner Francesco Scafuri and a pair of his portly pals from back in Campania), Tre Ciccio Altrincham doesn’t look much from the outside, or even the inside, at first.

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  • The exterior of Trof, a restaurant and bar in the Northern Quarter.
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    Trof

    Global

    Trof was the OG Mission Mars bar in Manchester and it’s still got ‘top Manchester night out’ written all over its labyrinth three stories.

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  • A colourful small plate served at Volta in Didsbury: a Confidential Guides' recommended restaurant
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    Volta

    European

    Volta is owned by Luke ‘Unabomber’ Cowdrey and Justin Crawford – the DJ-restauranteur duo behind Chorlton’s Electrik bar, the Electrik Chair club night, and Refuge by Volta in Manchester city centre’s Kimpton Clocktower Hotel. 

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  • Lamb Laziz at Zouk, Manchester
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    Zouk

    Indian subcontinent

    Zouk specialises in ‘apna’ – home-style cooking shot through with colour and heat from the spices and herbs. In recent years it has incorporated elements of global street food to its menu (prawn and pomegranate tacos, and butter chicken bao for example) but the main focus is still the authentic Indian and Pakistani cooking that made Zouk a success.

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