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The Oddfellows of Mellor review

Gordo does a runner despite a cracking feed

Written by . Published on January 17th 2011.

The Oddfellows of Mellor review

Gordo uses Twitter a lot. He has found it a strange experience, but as his readers know, he isn’t bashful about letting his thoughts out into the Twitterverse. His pals looked at him askance when he first started using it more than a year ago. Nowadays, they are all with him, egging him on to tell his tales from the toilet. @GordoManchester, folks, is a hoot. But Gordo would say that, wouldn’t he?

Along with Facebook and Linkedin, these social networks are now firmly part of people’s lives and in no small way enriching them, mainly by allowing friendships to form without the barriers of tribal colours, ageism or demographics.

Good looking building

Gordo gets asked a lot by people what it’s all about, where are the benefits? Well, it’s simple really; you get to hang about with your mates in a way that you did when you were in your late teens, sitting around on couches watching TV, drinking beer, eating crap food and talking bollocks.

Only on Twitter, later in life, you are hanging out in hundreds of front rooms, watching TV but drinking good wine and boasting about just how-fucking-good that bloody big rib chop with braised pak choi and béarnaise is. Mind you, still talking bollocks.

There are other things that Twitter is good for; especially being a professional food botherer like Gordo. Getting leads on new restaurants, new chefs, or where to avoid is easy. Gordo has more than 1,500 followers now, and he loves the banter - but he likes the leads just as much.

Which leads to one of Gordo’s trusted tweeters, the lovely @MariaTelfs. “Going to treat Curly to dinner at Oddfellows I think,” she tweeted last week.

Seven hours later: “Oddfellows is so charming, lovely batty owner, pianist on, menu to die for …best meal for ages.”

Then an interjection from @davogray: “can thoroughly recommend Oddfellows , Marple.” Well that was enough for Gordo, who, after interrogating Maria decided to give it a go for a Sunday lunch. It’s up in Mellor. Go to Marple Bridge and turn right, basically.

Gordo dragged his pal Howard along, who was suffering with cabin fever from the Xmas break. The road approaching Oddfellows is just short of a track, with charming terraced cottages either side and when you find the gaff, it’s a converted three storey weaver’s cottage, which had been turned into a pub and has now had a makeover by someone who knows their stuff. Its comfortable, cosy and relaxing.

Ten minutes here with a beer in your hand irons out forehead wrinkles far more effectively than Botox. The lady at the bar was a darling; there were only the two of them on duty, her and the chef (also the owner), who Gordo will meet later.

There was a short menu on as the upstairs room was closed; it still was, however, a good list of food. Gordo ordered an old timer; eggs mayonnaise and anchovies (£4.50). Good test this, and the dish passed it; home-made mayonaise with a touch of cream, good egg and a fair salad with it.

Howard’s pork rillettes with a beetroot salsa (£5.50) across the way was a chunky slab of fatty pork, seasoned well which married up with the (rather popular these days) beetroot salsa nicely. It looked like the chef knew what he was doing.

The Menu

Being Sunday, both of us had the roast fore-rib of scotch beef (£10) which arrived with crushed carrots, a good Yorkshire pudding, duck fat roast potatoes, homemade horseradish along with peas and broad beans. The gravy was a sticky delight but the beef had been left on the pass two minutes too long, so had lost the pinkness but retained the flavour, while the spuds were fantastic. This, overall, was a marvellous plate of food.

Other mains on the list were belly pork with apple sauce, seafood pie with cheddar mash and duckling confit with cranberry sausages. All under a tenner. Stunning value.

Gordo had the cheese plate for his pudding, described as ‘Warm Cheese and Biscuits’(£4.50) which confused Gordo but when he asked Phil the chef, by now on first name terms with the fat one, he explained it meant room temperature - another big tick. The cheese was spot on; smelly and giving, served with Phil’s mum’s fruitcake. Do not leave this place without that cake; it sings tales of medieval jousting tournaments. Someone under the age of twenty-five would describe it as ‘wicked’. Gordo will tell you that it was bloody fabulous.

The pudding across the table looked like something that his Granny would serve at Sunday lunch and, by all the gods, she could turn out a stratospheric pud. This one was poached pear bakewell and custard (£4.50). It looked great, but it had disappeared down Howard’s gullet before you could get a spoon in.

Warm cheese

Did I mention Phil’s bread, his own, studded with dried apricots served with a good butter? This man is a fine baker.

Gordo wishes Phil all the best with this venture and looks forward to the upstairs dining room opening properly. Phil isn’t completely happy with it yet, although Gordo thinks it is absolute magic; a place to linger over a bottle of Chateau Coutet telling lots of lies.

We shared a good bottle of red, but Gordo can’t remember what it was. The reason being that when it came to paying the bill, the card machine hadn’t arrived and neither of us two hot shots had cash on us.

“No problem,” said Phil, “pay me next time”. Not quite doing a runner, but not far off

Pudding love

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Breakdown:6.75/10 food
4/5 service
4.5/5 ambience
Address:The Oddfellows Arms
73 Moor End Road
0161 449 7826

Venues are rated against the best examples of their kind: fine dining against the best fine dining, cafes against the best cafes. Following on from this the scores represent: 1-5 saw your leg off and eat it, 6-9 get a DVD, 10-11 if you must, 12-13 if you’re passing,14-15 worth a trip,16-17 very good, 17-18 exceptional, 19 pure quality, 20 perfect. More than 20: Gordo gets carried away

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

John HarrisJanuary 13th 2011.

Why only 6 and a bit for the food? Sounds like a rave review

Tricky WooJanuary 13th 2011.

I have just looked at the picture of @davogray. Like Gordo, it takes all sorts to make a world.

stockyJanuary 13th 2011.

Surely Mellor is in Stockport, not Cheshire..??

erm...January 13th 2011.

Stockport is in Cheshire!

But...January 13th 2011.

Mellor is in Derbyshire!

however...January 13th 2011.

Their website lists Mellor as being in Cheshire!

GordoJanuary 13th 2011.

@ Jon The Brief, actially six and a lot... its good, but points kncked off for leaving the beef on the pass for too long, no dressing on the salad and the crushed carrots were a bit naive, small points but there you go...

AvoJanuary 13th 2011.

I love naive carrots. They taste so virginal and unsullied.

PicassoJanuary 13th 2011.

I have eaten here and its good. That is all.

StockyJanuary 13th 2011.

To erm,
Not since the Local Government Act of 1972.

MTJanuary 13th 2011.

Great Gordo review, it's bloody lovely at Oddfellows, really exciting food. The menu for this week sounds super gorge, can't wait to go back.

Arran SummerhillJanuary 13th 2011.

Going sunday after reading this review.
Good places are rare over east manchester way!!!

MarplemanJanuary 14th 2011.

Mellor is in Stockport which is Greater Manchester. It used to be in Derbyshire and it used to be in Stockport. This guy deserves all the support he can get - previous review from elsewhere mellorview.wordpress.com/…/…

davograyJanuary 15th 2011.

@Tricky Woo thanks f*ckwit x

GordoJanuary 16th 2011.

Seen the new menu, it's looks good.

PaulJanuary 16th 2011.

This site is going down hill adverts for fake Rolexes and clothes

Arran SummerhillJanuary 17th 2011.

Went yesterday. They had got the time of our table wrong so had no where to sit. Made up a table in an alcove and gave us a free round of drinks....nice touch.

Only 2 staff serving, but were really great.

Food was amazing and really good value. Smelly cheese and cake....what a combination.

Go. It's fab.

RayJanuary 17th 2011.

I used to eat here a lot in the 1990s. It was great then, but lost its way somewhat in the early 2000s. Good to see it back again - a place of real character.

Michael TaylorJanuary 25th 2011.

We had our wedding reception here. Well, we went for lunch after we got married in secret. Great place. Good review. Must go back.

Duke FameJanuary 27th 2011.

Went there last weekend, hadn't seen this review & just looked it up.

Extremely good, I had hte belly pork which was spot on.

It's terrific value for money and there are no surprises in bill, I mentioned he forgot to charge for coffee but no, "why would I charge you for coffee when you've had a meal" nice touch.

He was advertising a Burns night for 28th Jan so we may try that.

AnonymousOctober 17th 2011.

And its closed down again...........

Andrew PorterNovember 19th 2011.

need to go back just re launched...............amazing

AnonymousNovember 26th 2011.

Great, thank for the info, I'll ring to make sure they're open. Thought we'd lost it.........again!

AnonymousJanuary 17th 2012.

Apparently not v child friendly at all so be warned families; friend went and was not pleased with how staff were towards her & brood - that was after they spent a fair bit of mine there! Plus when is the card machine ever going to arrive? Went there over a year ago and no machine then - we were only told after we had eaten so luckily someone driving so had to go get cash.

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