Sunday Roasts in Manchester

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

It’s autumn, which means winter is coming and things are about to get cold with a capital C. The solution? Pack on a winter coat made from lovely Sunday roast calories, then you’ll get through these chilly months happy, warm and even looking a bit like cuddly old Santa Claus to boot.

But even if weight gain isn’t a goal, everyone loves a roast dinner, and Manchester has them in spades (not literally, they generally come on plates). We’ve spent the past few months hunting down some of the very best, either through word of mouth or first-person sampling. And there’s even more lined up, so keep checking back for the latest Sunday roast news, hot off the press.

And we have all different kinds, from the very traditional – looking at you, Black Friar – to glorious mash-ups of cuisines at top-tier venues like Nam and Ashas.

So clear the next few Sundays from your calendar and get booking. Manchester has some of the finest roast dinners in the North, and we’re here to help you discover the one that’s most up your street.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Maray Manchester

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    Maray Manchester, 14 Brazennose St, Manchester , M2 6LW - Visit now

    Maray is one of the greatest additions to Manchester’s food scene in a long time. The food is beautiful and delicious, the venue and staff are a delight and now they’re putting out one of the city’s top-tier Sunday roasts. Is there anything they can’t do?

  • 2. Libertine

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    Libertine, Withington Library, Withington, Manchester , M20 3BQ - Visit now

    Withington’s Libertine serves up a number of superb Sunday roast dinners, which all come with roast potatoes, honey-glazed carrots, savoy cabbage, Yorkshire pudding and gravy. They’re served from 12pm to 8pm, and you can dine by candlelight in these later hours. Tuck into either; Hereford sirloin of beef, with horseradish crème fraîche; Tamworth pork belly, with roasted apple sauce; brined half of chicken, with a bread sauce; whole roasted chicken (to share between four) and for the vegan/vegetarian option, roasted harissa cauliflower.

  • 3. Nam Manchester

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    Nam

    Nam Manchester, Unit 2, 33 Blossom St, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6AJ - Visit now

    Fancy a Vietnamese-inspired Sunday roast with the kind of 5-spice infused gravy that you’ll be waxing lyrical about for months? Go to Nam and go this very Sunday.

  • 4. Asha’s

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    Asha’s, 47 Peter Street, Manchester, M2 3NG - Visit now

    Asha’s is an Indian food institution, and rightly so. It makes the most of its high profile by teaming its elegant interior with friendly staff who are up there with the best. And now it’s showcasing a special Sunday roast menu, ideal as the wet and cold autumnal months roll in.

  • 5. Canvas Manchester

    Canvas Manchester

    Canvas Manchester, Circle Square, Oxford Rd, Manchester , M1 7FS - Visit now

    As well as all-week breakfasts, coffees and smoothies, the relatively new Canvas Bar and Kitchen also serves up high-quality roast dinners on Sundays. Choose between chicken, beef or vegan cauliflower steaks, with all the traditional trimmings, including sweet carrots, tenderstem broccoli, fluffy roast potatoes and plenty of rich gravy.

  • 6. El Gato Negro Tapas

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    El Gato Negro Tapas, 52 King Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 4LY - Visit now

    El Gato offer a neat Spanish-inspired twist on the classic Sunday lunch. A must for those looking for something a little different, but not too different.

  • 7. The Edinburgh Castle Pub

    Edinburgh Castle

    The Edinburgh Castle Pub, Henry St &, Blossom St, Manchester, M4 5AW - Visit now

    The perfect setting for a Sunday Roast, Edinburgh Castle offers a variety of dinners to select from, such as; butter roasted cinderwood celeriac, with a vegan option available, roasted fore rib of beef and Swaledale leg of lamb – all served with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, January king cabbage and Tropea onion.

  • 8. Black Friar

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    Black Friar, Blackfriars Rd, Salford, M3 7DH - Visit now

    This old-school pub is back in business with praise from the highest quarters in the land (the son of a 1980s agony aunt, no less), in no small part to their truly excellent and enormously filling Sunday roast dinners.

  • 9. Peru Perdu

    Peru Perdu

    Peru Perdu, The Cotton Factory, 74 Princess St, Manchester, M1 6JD, Manchester, M1 6JD - Visit now

    On Sunday, the wonderful Peru Perdu offers a range of roast dinners, such as pollo tigre de leche (Tiger milk roast chicken, half or whole) churrasco picanha (36-hour marinated rump cap) or vegan chimichurri cauliflower. All are finished with roasties, Yorkshire puddings, honey-glazed carrots, parsnip, broccoli and gravy. Excitingly, it’s also dog friendly, so when dining with their owners, pampered pooches can expect a complimentary choice of beef or chicken roast dinner, served with vegetables and bone gravy.

  • 10. Australasia

    Australasia, The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3AP - Visit now

    If you’re tired of the standard Sunday roast – and come on, there are only so many ways of combining roast chicken and mash – then Australasia provides the perfect alternative. It has a well-deserved reputation as one of the city’s better high-end restaurants, and they’ve just stepped up with one of the most moreish and memorable ways to punctuate your week’s eating.

  • 11. HOME Manchester

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    HOME Manchester, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M15 4FN - Visit now

    This acclaimed multimedia venue also has a great range of dishes on offer at its in-house restaurant, including a variety of top-class Sunday roast dinners.

  • 12. The Deaf Institute

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    The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 7HE - Visit now

    One of the more celebrated food offerings at the Deaf Institute is their Sunday lunch. This isn’t the bog standard English breakfast or Sunday roast, this is the Vegan Hangover, which unsurprisingly features an all-vegan menu. Meat-lovers needn’t be apprehensive, this is some of the most inspiring food in Manchester, vegan or not.

  • 13. Elnecot

    Elnecot
    Elnecot

    Elnecot, 41 Blossom Street, Cutting Room Square, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6AJ - Visit now

    This popular Ancoats venue has a fantastic line in Sunday roasts, making it well worth a trip across town.