Nothing says Sunday more than a Sunday roast. But there hundreds on offer in Manchester, ranging from top quality meat and veg, to ones that – not to put too fine a point on it – are better suited to the dustbin. Have no fear, we’ve spent months picking out the great from the slop, and put on plenty of pounds in the process.
So whether you’re looking for the classic Sunday dinner, with a choice of roast beef or chicken, or want something with a little more pizzazz, look no further. If you’re lucky, you might even stumble across ones with that lesser-spotted gem: roast potatoes cooked in goose fat. If you know, you know.
So stick a marker on your calendar for this Sunday and prepare for that most British of meals. 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
El Gato Negro Tapas, 52 King Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 4LY - Visit now
El Gato adds some Spanish elements to the classic Sunday roast – nothing too wild, it won’t upset the traditionalists – but just enough to realise you’re eating something a cut above the average roast dinner. There are a few excellent small plate options, only available on this Sunday menu, but the two mains (a choice between beef or chicken) are both very special indeed.
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.
Tariff & Dale, 2 Tariff Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 2FN - Visit now
The chicken Sunday roast is a stand-out option at this Northern Quarter bar and restaurant. It’s beautifully-presented and fuses contemporary flavours with classic themes. You get a chicken breast, some soft vegetables and a massive Yorkshire pudding – but the mash and cauliflower cheese on the side deserve a mention in their own right.