Laidback neighbourhood bakery, bar and kitchen The Creameries is presided over by celebrated local chef Mary-Ellen McTague, who spent time in the kitchens of Heston Blumenthal (amongst others) before running her own fine-dining establishment, Aumbry, in Prestwich.
The Creameries is a much more casual affair than Aumbry, but McTague’s nose for the best ingredients and attention to detail shine through in even the simplest dishes – from pheasant pie to wild garlic soup.
The real focus though is on bread, cheese, wine and beer. Sourdough is baked in-house and predictably wonderful with whipped butter on the side. It’s an open kitchen, so you can watch and even chat to the chefs while they work, while a kids’ corner will keep the young’uns occupied for at least three minutes.
Sommelier Kim McBride’s passion for wine informs a colourful and surprising collection – heavy on the natural and low intervention choices – for both the restaurant and wine shop. You can even fill a reusable vessel from kegs as well as being able to take your pick of the bottles.
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- Great wine
- Good for vegetarians
- Good value