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Six show-stopping Sunday lunches in Manchester

5 years ago

What are your essential components for the perfect Sunday lunch? Do you turn your nose up at anything other than a huge slab of beef? Or are you all about roast pork with that crunchy, chewy crackling? Maybe a lemony, buttery roast chicken is the only one for you. There are some exceptional vegetarian contenders these days too, an earthy wild mushroom wellington is a favourite.

The trimmings, of course, are of paramount importance: the crispiest of roast potatoes, gooey and indulgent cauliflower cheese, Mancunian-style red cabbage braised in Vimto, gargantuan Yorkshire puds, ‘schweins’ in blankets and, quite possibly the most important component, a damn fine gravy all feature on our dream Sunday plates (and cause impassioned arguments in the Confidentials office). Or how about going one step further with a gigantic slow roast prime rib for 2-3 to share? All of the places on this list are doing something special with their Sunday dinner offerings, we’re hungry just thinking about it.

  • Dakota Grill Manchester Lamb Rump
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    Dakota Grill Manchester

    Bars

    Dakota Grill Manchester is the work of former Malmaison owner, Ken McCollough and it is as dark-hued and handsome as the successful boutique hotel chain. It’s an inviting place with flickering candlelight, very retro-sexy – sure to be the setting for many a first date.

    The focus at Dakota is on steaks which are very good – all grass-fed, 28 day-aged, hand-cut Aberdeenshire beef cooked over hot coals.

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  • Ancoats

    The Firehouse

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    Found in the former E & A Auto Services garage depot on Swan Street, Firehouse is the sister restaurant to Ramona’s Detroit-style pizzeria. Promoting “Wild. Slow. Days.” the Firehouse is part restaurant, part bar and part performance venue where tables are available to book for dinner and “after dark drinking”. The space is open and airy with a real laid-back feel. White shutters, bleached brick and glitter balls hanging from the high ceiling complete the chilled out party ambience.

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  • Spinningfields

    Hawksmoor

    Bars

    The first Hawksmoor steakhouse outside of London opened on Deansgate in 2015 and is a confident affair. Well sourced steak and attention to detail have created a place like no other.

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  • One of the fine-dining dishes served at James Martin in Manchester city centre.
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    James Martin

    Restaurant - British

    A fine-dining restaurant inside a casino with a celeb chef name above the door? Alarm bells. Yes, James Martin has his name across the massive billboard outside, but this is not an ostentatious venue.

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  • Manchester City Centre

    The Refuge

    Bars

    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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