Eagle & ChildBritish
Award-winning pub grub in the hills above Manchester This excellent pub is famous for Sunday lunches and gourmet pub food. Under the auspices of Glen Hackett, the décor is comfortable and pubby, with a major draw being the beer garden. Start with freshly baked breads, Lancashire sauce hummus, beer-battered black pudding, crispy chipirones or ‘heritage carrot tasting’ brulee. Firm favourites on the menu include the beetroot braised bulgar wheat with homegrown honey and dill, the south coast clam linguini and the ‘Three Little Pigs’ slow-braised belly, cheeks and shoulder– and Sunday lunch is a thing too.
The pub won best food pub at the 2016 Manchester Food and Drink Awards and Pub of the Year at the Great British Pub Awards. Sourcing is impressive: sirloin comes from the Trough of Bowland via Albert Matthews’ butchers on Bury Market for example, while sticky endings include Heaton park honey and garden lavender panna cotta with blackberry and honeycomb. Enjoy a bottle of wine from the compact list, or a choice of Thwaites beer. The beer garden was jointly created with local food growing initiative, Incredible Edible Ramsbottom and Hackett has a background in youth work and so on, so much of his project here (and at other offshoots such as Heaton Park café and Fusiliers Museum in Bury) has training opportunities for young offenders and those who might otherwise find it hard to get on their feet. A feel-good, eat good kind of place.
- Great wine
- Good for meat