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BEST OF MCR: Where's The Best Sunday Roast?

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Written by . Published on October 24th 2014.


BEST OF MCR: Where's The Best Sunday Roast?
 

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CONFIDENTIAL has been carefully piecing together 'BEST OF MCR' lists for a couple of years now.

This is probably the most important 'Best Of MCR' we'll ever collate. Perhaps one of the most important articles we'll ever publish.

Most recently, we've compiled Manchester's best: Indie Coffee and Tea Shops, Chinatown Restaurants, Breakfasts, Cheap Eats, Dirty FoodBuildings That Never Happened, Vintage Stores, Cycle Cafes, Drinking Terraces, the list goes on...

It's scrupulous work, but helps our readers make informed choices on where to spend their time and dough.

Now we're asking for a bit back.

Next up on our radar is the most noble of all British dishes; the Sunday Roast. 

Perhaps calling the Sunday Roast a mere dish is doing it a disservice, it is, of course, more than that. Alongside tea, tolerance, doggedness and the legacy of empire (for all its ills), the Sunday Roast is part of the Great British disposition. It's woven into our very red, white and blue fabric.

Why else would the Fro... the French... call us 'Les Rosbifs' (the Roast Beefs)?

Thus, we're not entering into this one lightly. This is probably the most important 'Best Of MCR' we'll ever collate. Perhaps one of the most important articles we'll ever publish, such is the collective passion for a Sunday Roast.

And we're bound to receive a fair bit of stick for our picks and admissions, that's why we're tagging you in.

We've got plenty of our opinions, but we'd like you to use the 'Rant' function below, or our twitter, or our facebook, to give us you're 'Best Sunday Roast In Greater Manchester'... if you'd be so kind.

Then we'll go fill our chops and report back with a list of the best. Sound good? Ace. Let's get to it...

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145 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Maria ShellOctober 15th 2014.

Piccolino Manchester does a pretty great sharing roast for two people. £25 for two to share Manzo | Roast Hereford & Limousin beef, 28 day aged, garlic & thyme PORCHETTA | Roast ‘Italian style’ pork Pollo | Roast whole Shropshire reared chicken, lemon & rosemary All served with crisp golden roast potatoes, seasonal greens & roasting gravy The atmosphere adds a lot too

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EditorialOctober 15th 2014.

Sounds good, Maria. We'll take a look.

Hungry HossOctober 15th 2014.

Your mums!

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EditorialOctober 15th 2014.

Easy now...

AnonymousOctober 15th 2014.

Gorilla, hands down.

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EditorialOctober 15th 2014.

Good for brekkie, worth a try...

mike_aOctober 16th 2014.

Agree about Gorilla, you never leave feeling hungry.

AnonymousOctober 16th 2014.

The venue itself is overated and cramped. Railway arch FFS! Poor bar service overall too.

AnonymousOctober 15th 2014.

Lime tree! Roast sirloin of beef an lots of veg!

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EditorialOctober 15th 2014.

Thanks

Maria AOctober 16th 2014.

The Stoker's Arms in Didsbury. The Yorkshire puddings are heaven. Around £12-£14.

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AnonymousOctober 16th 2014.

It's a chain though so by Mancon rules it can't be good.

Wall-EOctober 16th 2014.

1 Hearth of the ram 2 mr coopers 3 albert Square chop house 4 tnq 5 volta

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EditorialOctober 16th 2014.

Great suggestions these, we have two or three of these on the radar.

NickyOctober 16th 2014.

Parlour in chorlton is worth checking out

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EditorialOctober 16th 2014.

Cheers Nicky

AnonymousOctober 19th 2014.

Seconded

PryonicOctober 16th 2014.

I went to the new Chalk place in East Didsbury last Sunday. Apart from the fact they served it in a tower (quite a feat of engineering) it was very good. Good roasties, pink beef and tasty gravy.

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EditorialOctober 16th 2014.

We reviewed this recently, as it happens. Not the roast, mind.

AnonymousOctober 16th 2014.

Bakerie - like a Roast dinner tapas and great for a feast with friends!

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EditorialOctober 16th 2014.

Thank you

Katy GilesOctober 16th 2014.

Definitely DEFINITELY Gorilla's roast beef. Cooked pink, served with the most delicious gravy I've ever come across, proper roasties and really well treated veg. Oh and great Yorkshires.

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EditorialOctober 16th 2014.

Gorilla seems to be a popular choice.

Chris AitkenOctober 16th 2014.

Parlour in Chorlton. Trof in NQ. TNQ restaurant does a good multi-course deal, as does The Ox on Liverpool Rd. Also Superstore.

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EditorialOctober 16th 2014.

Ox has been mentioned in the office, as has Trof. That's 2 for Parlour and TNQ. First mention of Superstore. Thanks

Steven ManginiOctober 16th 2014.

Piccolino on Clarence Street does a fine Sunday Dinner. They recently changed the menu to a sharing for two people but if you ask they will serve the dish individually. Ask for extra gravy at the time of ordering

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EditorialOctober 16th 2014.

Third mention of Piccolino, looks to be a crowd-pleaser.

Steven ManginiOctober 17th 2014.

Ettore, Sebastian, Andrea and the staff look after you for sure.

Joseph KellyOctober 16th 2014.

A Sunday Roast Dinner isn't just about the dinner itself. Surroundings and atmosphere are equally important and contribute to the success of the meal itself. For that reason, there is no other alternative to The Wharf. Great food, great people, great bar, great decoration, great warmth (literally - a fire), great pub!

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EditorialOctober 16th 2014.

First mention of The Wharf but that could be a sound tip-off.

Dan MussonOctober 16th 2014.

Volta's platters are excellent.

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EditorialOctober 16th 2014.

Volta's getting good press

AnonymousOctober 16th 2014.

Atlas Bar £5 with all of the trimmings.

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EditorialOctober 16th 2014.

Surely not?

Atlas BarOctober 16th 2014.

Not sure when this would have been... we have ducked out of the Roast Rat Race and we offer a great Sunday Breakfast and Brunch..

AnonymousOctober 19th 2014.

When do you have DJ's? It's been a while.

DeirdreOctober 16th 2014.

Jem & I on School Lane Didsbury...Neary as good as my own!

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EditorialOctober 16th 2014.

Thanks Deidre.

AnonymousOctober 16th 2014.

Im a big fan of the George and Dragon in Great Budworth for a Sunday roast, especially at this time of year next to the open roaring fire.

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EditorialOctober 16th 2014.

Good one, Anon.

Chris Keller-JacksonOctober 16th 2014.

The Wharf is a good choice, well cooked and excellent location and atmosphere. Pushing a bit further North - the Freemasons Arms in Wiswell does a Sunday Lunch, a great and reasonable introduction to Steven Smiths excellent cooking. Not quite in the Greater Manchester circle, but worth the trip

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EditorialOctober 16th 2014.

We'd be tempted to stray slightly over the border for an outstanding roast, Chris. Thanks.

AnonymousOctober 16th 2014.

The Knott......Mmmmmmm

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EditorialOctober 16th 2014.

Castlefield has a few contenders.

AnonymousOctober 16th 2014.

Atlas Bar £5 with all the trimmings.

AnonymousOctober 17th 2014.

Still the Knott for me. Just make sure you're hungry....I've seen Mital from the Banyan having Sunday lunch in there. There's is a good un too.

AnonymousOctober 16th 2014.

Not sure if the vegetarian choice holds much sway but the nut roast I had at the Parlour last Sunday was one of the best I've ever had out of the house.

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EditorialOctober 16th 2014.

Choice matters, anon.

JoanOctober 16th 2014.

My birthday fell on a Sunday this year. Chose The Ox as it was well-priced for a family get-together. The quality of all the food was superb, beyond expectations, and they serve large portions too. Great value for money. Prices have risen since then, but I'd happily go back.

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EditorialOctober 16th 2014.

Ox has come up a number of times, Joan.

Jonathan HughesOctober 16th 2014.

The Lowry Hotel does an excellent Sunday lunch, £20 for three pretty substantial courses. The horseraddish cream is / was to die for. Very pleasant staff also.

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EditorialOctober 16th 2014.

Would have missed that one, thanks.

Seb RandleOctober 16th 2014.

AMEN to Parlour and Gorilla *licks lips* ... In addition, why not go a bit further afield and check out The Pointing Dog in Cheadle - Pork and crackling to DIE FOR.....Mmmmmm

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EditorialOctober 16th 2014.

Interesting...

Daniel CoultasOctober 16th 2014.

The Parlour, with honourable mention to the deaf institute for their excellent yorkshires, veggie options and sides.

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EditorialOctober 16th 2014.

Deaf Institute is of the Trof and Gorilla gang.

AnonymousOctober 16th 2014.

The Parlour hands down; forget about all the other over cooked and tasteless lot.

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EditorialOctober 16th 2014.

The Parlour is getting a lot of noise. Taxi...

Yvonne BarryOctober 16th 2014.

Malmaison Sunday brunch without a doubt. Top quality; well priced @ £20 for three courses including a buffet starter; ambiance is relaxed for such a nice place. Would highly recommend

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EditorialOctober 16th 2014.

Mal is usually a banker

AnonymousOctober 16th 2014.

Last time I was there we found the top of the sauce bottle in the dessert.....

TopchefOctober 16th 2014.

Malmaison, best Sunday Lunch I have had since my grandma past away. Proper gravy also!!

Miki ChristiOctober 16th 2014.

Bakerie for the win ( the veggi option is v good too) and Montpellier's is divine!!!

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EditorialOctober 16th 2014.

Divine, eh?

Stu EllisOctober 16th 2014.

Mr Coopers does the best roat in my view. Great price too. At the cheaper end comes the Kings Arms wich is another regular of mine for Sunday eating. Both great. NQR also worth a shout, and The Angel does a pretty amazing roast.

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EditorialOctober 16th 2014.

We've heard Angel is up there. Kings Arms on Bloom St?

AnonymousOctober 16th 2014.

The Angel? Spit roast more like! On a Saturday night that is :O

AnonymousOctober 16th 2014.

Is The Church Inn @ Mobberley out of bounds? Their Sunday lunch is amazing - all the trimmings and good portions, cooked well. The roast beef is £14.95. Their puds are also very good.

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AnonymousOctober 16th 2014.

Erm you must be posh and not from 'round these parts coz you said 'puds'. WTF Cheshire person?

EditorialOctober 17th 2014.

Depends on how good...

mrsplimOctober 16th 2014.

Had a really nice sunday lunch at the English lounge last week and the place was full! we struggled to get in! The Carvary at The John Gilbert is also fab value for money at £9.25 and the meat is always lovely.

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EditorialOctober 17th 2014.

English Lounge? My oh my...

AnonymousOctober 16th 2014.

Really enjoyed the roast at Superstore recently. Nice relaxed atmosphere too.

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EditorialOctober 17th 2014.

They made it into our Best of Brekkies. Great place.

AnonymousOctober 16th 2014.

Another vote for Piccolino.

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AnonymousOctober 16th 2014.

Perhaps but he's prone to telling lies which in turn makes his nose grow.

EditorialOctober 17th 2014.

We'll ask Geppetto if he can play out.

Claire BerryOctober 16th 2014.

The Angel does a delicious roast. V reasonably priced too.

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AnonymousOctober 16th 2014.

But the place is full of idiots and "locals".

EditorialOctober 17th 2014.

Few notches for Angel here.

AnonymousOctober 16th 2014.

Chicken

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AnonymousOctober 16th 2014.

Mmmm I loves me chicken. Talking of which, I'm surprised nobody on Mancon has mentioned This and That restaurant's Sunday curried roast chicken special.

EditorialOctober 17th 2014.

Straight to the point.

AnonymousOctober 16th 2014.

Whim Wham Cafe for me

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EditorialOctober 17th 2014.

First one for WhimWham

AnonymousOctober 16th 2014.

Lime tree Bollington £13.95 great lamb beef and poussin!! Good breakfast also

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EditorialOctober 17th 2014.

Ooh poussin

Rebekah DaviesOctober 17th 2014.

Been compiling my own one of these for a while! So far, way ahead of all others is 'Superstore'. Its a two or three course meal for £14.50 or £18(?) ish with subtle flavour combinations (the roast belly pork with fennel and apple accompaniment is to die). Add a fruity glass of red or a hungover OJ and lemonade, it makes for not only a lovely venue to while away a Sunday arvo, but a scrum plate of food that is worth every penny. Let me know when you agree! Bekah x

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EditorialOctober 17th 2014.

Another one for Superstore.

Julie WilliamsOctober 17th 2014.

Volta in Didsbury by a country mile

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EditorialOctober 17th 2014.

It's on the go-to list...

AnonymousOctober 24th 2014.

Since when did Withington become Didsbury?

Suzanne AckermanOctober 24th 2014.

sometime in the 13th century.

AnonymousNovember 6th 2014.

Anon; Volta couldn't be more in West Dids if it tried?!

AnonymousNovember 10th 2014.

Sorry Suzanne & Anon; I thought Volta on Burton Road was next to Withington Community Hospital. Don't believe the hype, Burton Road is Withington no matter what the estate agents say.

RachelOctober 17th 2014.

Rosylee in the NQ does a lovely roast, which is very good value at £19.95 for three course. My favourite however is The Wharf - great atmosphere, great food and because I can bring my dog with me.

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EditorialOctober 17th 2014.

The Wharf seems popular.

Mags BurgessOctober 17th 2014.

Rosso !

David BuckleOctober 17th 2014.

Superstore do a fantastic Sunday roast, I've already been trying out a variety of places, including Trof & Bakerie and out of those three Superstore are a landslide ahead.

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AnonymousOctober 17th 2014.

agree but shush, don't tell everyone!

EditorialOctober 25th 2014.

Superstore has a legion of fans

Cheshire KatOctober 17th 2014.

Nutters in Rochdale does a decent (and great value) Sunday lunch.

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EditorialOctober 25th 2014.

Nutters is a good'un

Olly BeatOctober 18th 2014.

The Oxnoble on Liverpool road. Great value, quality gravy and I live around the corner!

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EditorialOctober 25th 2014.

Few for the Ox now

AnonymousOctober 18th 2014.

Highly recommend The Knott at the end of Deansgate, delicious roast and great value too!

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EditorialOctober 25th 2014.

How much?

AnonymousOctober 18th 2014.

The Blue Pig in Northern Quarter definitely.

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EditorialOctober 25th 2014.

Couple for the pig

AnonymousOctober 19th 2014.

Electrik in Chorlton does the best Sunday dinner, a platter for two (£23) consists of roast beef, half roast chicken, pork, beautifu veg, roasties, mash and possibly the best stuffing I've tasted with lashing of gravy. Much better than The Parlour in my opinion.

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EditorialOctober 25th 2014.

Volta and Electrik doing well for the Unabombers, they can't have two though...

AnonymousOctober 19th 2014.

Hawksmoor (when it arrives)

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EditorialOctober 25th 2014.

Very true

Rob SpicerOctober 19th 2014.

Gorilla! Without a doubt. I didn't really rate The Blue Pig roast.

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EditorialOctober 25th 2014.

Gorilla is a must-try it seems

AnonymousOctober 19th 2014.

Marble Arch pub.

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EditorialOctober 25th 2014.

Check

AnonymousOctober 19th 2014.

Tnq and damson media city both do amazing Sunday lunches and they are great value, definitely the best in town. On the other hand I had Sunday lunch at the met in west didsbury today and it was crap! Really bland and not great value for money, plus the veg was terrible and really overlooked.

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EditorialOctober 25th 2014.

Nods to tnq and Damson

AnonymousOctober 20th 2014.

My favourite is the Blue Pig in NQ, delicious...

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EditorialOctober 25th 2014.

Mixed reviews of the Pig

George EdwardsOctober 20th 2014.

Annies for me, failing that one of the Chop houses

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EditorialOctober 25th 2014.

First for Annies, Chop Houses are bankable

Anna GaffneyOctober 20th 2014.

Whim Wham is the best, followed by Mr Coopers

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EditorialOctober 25th 2014.

Really?

Helen TaylorOctober 20th 2014.

If Chester isn't too far out then I had a wonderful roast at Joseph Benjamin a few weeks ago. If it is then I'd say the ox does a good roast (albeit I've since looked up it's hygiene rating and discovered it was a 1 :-s) hearth of the ram and also eagle and child in ramsbottom are very good. The wharf is very good and I recommend the cheese board for dessert there!

SteveOctober 21st 2014.

The Salford Arms no doubt is the best kept secret in town, we had a choice of 3 meats (cooked to perfection)which came with handmade Yorkies & lard-roasted potatoes.Our vegan friend had a slow roasted sage pumpkin roast & my oh my was it delicious best of all it cost just £7.95 each - & the service was Top-Notch!!!COULDN'T BELIEVE IT!

AnonymousOctober 21st 2014.

Parsnip

AnonymousOctober 23rd 2014.

Hearth of the ram is delicious

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EditorialOctober 25th 2014.

Agreed

Mark SmallwoodOctober 27th 2014.

Volta, mr coopers, palour 3 great roasts, good ingredients and good value

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

It often gets overlooked but I've never had a roast better than those at The English Lounge. (Parlour also good)

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

That was lottie btw - hiya

October 28th 2014.

Fishermans Retreat, Ramsbottom. Plenty of tender cow and real meaty gravy. All for 12.50

AnonymousOctober 29th 2014.

Recently had a fabulous roast dinner at The Old Wellington near Manc Cathedral.

AnonymousOctober 29th 2014.

Tried Superstore in the NQ on Sunday (from the comments above) and loved every bit of it.

Lisa YauOctober 30th 2014.

The Ox, Liverpool Road do AMAZING SUNDAY ROASTS! Great price for under £16 for 2 courses. The pub is a gastropub and makes the sunday dinner to perfection! Nicely cooked beef, beautiful chicken, huge crunchy outside and soft in the middle yorkshire puds, rustic veg and to-die-for roasties. Desserts are amazing too! The atmosphere of the place is lovely, warm and friendly. Highly recommended.

AnonymousNovember 2nd 2014.

1. Nutters, it's delicious, 2. Church inn mobberly 3. Parlour

SAZKNovember 2nd 2014.

Looking forward to this article. Not sure if it's feasible but could be useful to note which venues need advance booking?

AnonymousNovember 4th 2014.

Best ever rose'n'bowl stacksteads delicious! The carved joints are wonderful

mrsplimNovember 13th 2014.

I recently had a very nice sunday lunch at Browns with the in-laws, nice atmosphere and pianist too

Elizabeth HolroydNovember 14th 2014.

Ox Noble

MollyDecember 12th 2014.

The Volunteer in sale m33, sunday roast £3 yes you have read right,and its delicious beef or chicken

AudreyJanuary 13th 2015.

I'm planning to take the family out to celebrate my Sons 18th and a Sunday Lunch seems the best option to please all ages, looking for somewhere with the atmosphere for the 18 yr old though, after all it is his day... Can anyone recommend somewhere suitable for this occasion. Thanks

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