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Promotion, Earle - Strictly

£26 - 3 courses a la carte + 1 side order + 1 glass of wine

We have a fantastic new offer with Simon Rimmer’s Earle – it's a saving of about £21 on normal prices.

It gives you the full a la carte menu to choose – click here to see it. Plus a side order. Plus a glass of wine.

Available until 15 May

Click here to book your meal; it isn’t going to last long.


We took an outing to Hale, where Earle is situated, to try this new Strictly deal for ourselves. It's a neighbourhood restaurant that could easily hold its own amongst the stars of the city centre.

It looks great (all exposed brick work, iron staircases, and gold framed mirrors), the service is welcoming and friendly, and the food is divine.

We began with an onion and cheese tart that suggested there was a skilled pastry chef in the kitchen. It was a very delicate thing appearance-wise. Taste-wise, it pulled no punches – strong cheddar and a hint of mustard in a delightfully gooey centre. The spring roll was a hit as well. Traditional English flavours of lamb and mint within a thin, flaky Oriental roll.

Head chef Steven Green, who worked at Nutters, Jem&I and Fat Loaf Didsbury before arriving at Earle, likes to give an Asian twist to the largely Modern British cooking here. For our main we had the fillet of pollock, which pays homage to the Modern British obsession with Indian restaurants through its side of a seafood baji, sweet potato and curried spinach. It was an original take on a fish dish and it worked a treat.

The slow roast pork belly was more conventional but stood out nonetheless – not easy nowadays for a cut of meat as ubiquitous as this. The pork was succulent and juicy and topped by a layer of quality crackling that stuck to our teeth. The tiny Parisienne potatoes were light and fluffy, and the green beans were threaded through with shallots – an interesting touch.

For pudding we devoured the cheesecake. Steven makes the base with Bourbon biscuits to add to the chocolatey-ness. The tiny raspberry palmiers on top again hinted that there was someone very handy with pastry behind the scenes. The vanilla milkshake in a shot glass was a mellowing influence on all those rich, indulgent flavours.

If you've been to Earle before, you'll know this a great offer. If you've never ventured out there – do so. It's easily accessible by train or tram from Manchester and the first-rate food is well worth the trip.

Asian marinated fillet of Pollock

Caramelised onion
& Cheshire cheese tart

Chocolate cheesecake

Lamb, pea, mint & feta spring roll

Onion rings

Slow roast pork belly


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1. Deposits must be processed online to confirm the booking

2. Take the email booking confirmation along with you on the day as proof of purchase

3. Manchester Confidential must be informed of any cancellations directly

4. Deposit refunds can only be offered if Manchester Confidential is notified 48 hours in advance

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