Three Little Words

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor
Three Little Words
Three Little Words

Three Little Words, 12-13 Watson St, Manchester, M3 4LP – Visit Now

Father’s Day: Mouth-watering Sunday roasts, free rum for dads and exquisite cocktails. This Father’s Day, the first 100 dads who attend Feed The Soul Sunday at Three Little Words will receive bottles of rum and branded glasses. Alongside the giveaway of 100 50 ml bottles of rum, you can get £6.50 doubles plus mixer across the One-Eyed Rebel range.

Sunday roasts don’t get much better than this

The roasts are prepared by some of the city’s most talented chefs and come in a variety of options: slow-cooked pork belly, roasted topside of beef, chicken supreme with crispy golden skin or the weekly vegetarian special. All of the spectacular roasts include fluffy roast potatoes, unlimited gravy, fresh locally-sourced seasonal vegetables and all the trimmings for just £15 pp.

If that hasn’t filled your dad’s belly to the brim, try out the soon-to-be world-famous sticky toffee pudding with rum caramel. Alternatively, if you’re not feeling a Sunday roast the small plates include dishes such as beer-battered haddock, shoestring fries, curry sauce and peas.

But it’s not all about stuffing your face. You and your old man can also relax, grab a cocktail and enjoy our live acoustic music while he goes on and on about how music was better in his day. Word to the wise: it wasn’t and even if it was, give it a rest, pops. This week, the soundtrack will be provided by the peerless Seamus OG from 230 until 630 pm. For a full review of the Sunday excellence on offer, simply scroll down and get a napkin to wipe up that drool.

Three Little Words is one of our go-to bar-restaurants for a number of reasons. It’s a great-looking space, tucked away on Watson Street just behind the Great Northern, central enough to easily find but away from the rowdiness of Deansgate and Peter Street. Oh, and it also has its own in-house gin distillery which has rave reviews from all.

But aside from the evening and night-time visits, we’ve been hearing great things about their Sunday lunches so we popped along to try them out.

Three Little Words

First impressions are good. It’s a relaxed space, and even on a Sunday after the night before, everyone is in good spirits. And more importantly, considering the ongoing troubles in the hospitality industry, so are the staff, who come across as some of the friendliest and most charming in all of Manchester. There’s a live musician playing background at just the right volume and everything just feels right for that perfect Sunday afternoon atmosphere.

A pot of gravy so good it should be bottled and sold at auction

The menu comes with a choice of three roasts, for a mere £15: roast beef with mustard and rosemary, porchetta garlic and mushroom and the weekly vegetarian special. It’s a bold move not to have the obvious chicken choice on there, and I’m all for it. Even the most amateur chef (aka, yours truly) can cook a passable roast chicken, beef and pork are a whole other level.

I opt for the porchetta and I’m very glad I did. These are thick slices of rolled-up pork, stuffed with garlic and mushroom. It arrives with a huge Yorkshire pudding (again, cooked even better than your dear old mum used to when you were a kid), some excellent steamed vegetables, just enough roast potatoes and a pot of gravy so good it should be bottled and sold at auction. I also get a side of cauliflower cheese and even that’s a dream.

Three Little Words

But back to the star of the show. Pork can be tricky to cook, often being too dry and chewy but that’s far from the case here – it cuts beautifully and tastes even better.

As you can tell by the name, porchetta has Italian origins, and that’s evident with each bite – it’s so good it’s almost intoxicating. This is in large part to the garlic and mushroom flavours which are balanced right down to the atom, never too strong, never leave you wanting for a little more. There’s some serious talent at work in the Three Little Words kitchen.

And that’s why these Sunday roast sessions are almost always a sell-out affair, week after week. Those in the know, know, and they come back for more. I certainly will.

  • 12-13 Watson St
  • Manchester
  • M3 4LP
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Opening Hours

  • Mon: Closed
  • Tue: Closed
  • Wed: 5:00pm – 1:00am
  • Thu: 5:00pm – 1:00am
  • Fri: 5:00pm – 2:30am
  • Sat: 12:00pm – 2:30am
  • Sun: 12:00pm – 1:00am
  • Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit