A hearty Sunday lunch is one of the very best British traditions, and in Manchester it includes everything from rare breed meat to social sharing platters.
While nothing quite compares to a home-cooked roast – especially your mum’s – these are the places to head to when you want a top Sunday lunch in the city. And no washing up, either.
A truly Mancunian eatery, this independent restaurant on Booth Street is passionate about fresh, seasonal and locally sourced British food. On Sundays you can expect roast lamb, beef or chicken, with a veggie roast option, all served with Yorkshire pudding, roast and mashed potato, carrots, parsnips and extra gravy. They’ll also throw in a free bottle of house wine for every two roasts ordered. £14.50pp.
Artisan Kitchen & Bar
Roasts at Artisan are served as a whole joint on a big wooden board for two guests to share. Choices include a whole roast chicken, roast topside of beef with horseradish and English mustard, honey glazed ham with English mustard, apple sauce and crackling – all served with proper roasties, buttered cabbage, roast cauliflower, carrots & parsnips, swede and sweet potato mash, stuffing, and Yorkshire pudding. Plus loads of gravy. £9.95pp.
Albert’s Shed, Didsbury, Worsley
These guys serve up roast dinners with all the trimmings. Think roast rump of beef or loin of pork with crackling, mashed and roast potatoes, maple glazed root vegetables, cauliflower cheese, french beans and gravy. If you’re willing to share, you could push the boat out with a whole roast chicken or 16oz chateaubriand. For something less traditional, opt for chargrilled chicken in a coconut, chilli and lime sauce with pak choi, edamame beans and red peppers, or Lancashire cheese and onion pie with chunky chips. From £12.95pp.
Explore the tandoor at Asha’s for Indian style grilled meats and vegetables – a Sunday lunch with a difference. Try corn-fed chicken marinated overnight in yoghurt, ginger, garlic and spices, organic Scottish salmon tikka, or spicy British lamb chop and shank marinated in ginger, garlic, yoghurt, cumin and garam masala. There are also classic and creative curries, and a wealth of vegetarian dishes including a kebab plater of tandoori broccoli, paneer shashlik, and pan-fried potato cutlets stuffed with mashed green peas. Dishes from £11.95.
Bay Horse Tavern
This modern take on a Victorian pub in the NQ serves a special Sunday menu, with turkey, chicken, suckling pig or rib eye of beef from the rotisserie served with all the trimmings. Hearty starters include black pudding and cider sauce, or ham hock terrine with pease pudding and piccalilli, and there are Bloody Marys or Irish coffees to nurse any hangovers. There’s a vegetarian option on the menu, and a children’s dinner (£7.50) which includes a soft drink. Roasts are £15, or £28 for two to share.
Banyan Corn Exchange
You can get a half roast chicken or roast beef at Banyan in the Corn Exchange, with roast Maris Piper potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and gravy with a choice of sides including cauliflower cheese, crushed swede and carrot, seasonal greens or spiced red cabbage. Leave room for sticky toffee pudding or rhubarb crumble tart with cream or custard. From £12.50pp.
The Chop Houses
The Victorian Chop Houses specialise in classic British cooking with a modern twist, and at all three venues – Albert Square Chop House, Sam’s Chop House and Mr Thomas’s Chop House – you’ll find a traditionally tempting Sunday Roast menu of 28-day aged roast rump of beef or Shropshire chicken with seasonal vegetables, roasties and proper gravy. At Mr Thomas’s you can also try the roast Suffolk pork with sage and onion stuffing and crispy crackling. Hearty alternatives include beer-battered fish with chips and mushy peas, Lancashire cheese and onion pie, or homemade corned beef hash – 10 days in the making to their own secret recipe, finished with soft poached egg and crispy bacon. Finish off with an indulgent sticky toffee pudding, Cheshire ice cream or a Great British cheeseboard. From £13.95 for a roast at Tom’s, or two courses for £19.95 at Sam’s and Albert Square.
Roasts are an elegant affair at Evelyn’s – think mustard-rubbed beef sirloin with Yorkshire pudding, leg of lamb with rosemary, garlic and anchovies, or free-range chicken with garlic and chilli, all served with gravy. For non-meat eaters, there’s fennel-baked salmon fillet with hollandaise, or a root vegetable and goats cheese tart with spinach and tomato sauce – or try the vegan crispy tofu with cauliflower, courgette, lentils and spinach. From £13.50pp.
Gaucho offer a set menu on Sundays, along with a Russian spring punch cocktail consisting of Cîroc vodka, crème de cassis and sweetened lemon juice, topped with Verve Clicquot. Start with spiced chickpea cakes or crayfish causita, followed by roast sirloin or free range chicken served with roasted potatoes and a Yorkshire pudding cooked in beef dripping. The roasts are accompanied by carrots tossed in churrasco marinade and broccoli, and served with a red wine gravy. Two courses from £24.50pp.
The Sunday roast is elevated to new heights at Hawksmoor, where beef is the star of the show and the Yorkshire puddings are as big as hats. Slow-roast rump comes with duck fat roast potatoes and rich bone marrow gravy, and if you’re in the mood for sharing, the slow-roast prime rib serves two or three people. Be sure to leave room for the superb puddings, including sticky toffee pudding and Yorkshire rhubarb tart. From £20pp.
Gary Usher’s laidback bistro Hispi in Didsbury offers a great value set Sunday lunch including roast beef, pork belly or chicken breast with seasonal accompaniments. There are also inspiring fish and vegetarian mains on offer, such as a roasted cauliflower dish with butterbean mash, green chilli and salted lemon dressing. For a supplement, two people can share a chargrilled rump cap with roast potatoes, carrot and swede, greens and Yorkshires. Follow with apple crumble and tonka bean ice cream. Two courses from £20pp.
James Martin Manchester
Every Sunday from 12pm-5pm, James Martin restaurant offers a great British roast served with all the trimmings. Starters might include wood pigeon with beetroot, Jerusalem artichoke and cherry or braised, smoked and pickled carrot with buret cheese and hen-of-the-woods, followed by roast rump of beef or slow-cooked lamb with dripping potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and roasting juices. If you’re still hungry, there’s white chocolate and whiskey croissant pudding with single malt ice cream and honeycomb. Main course £15, or two courses £20.
If you’re craving chicken, head to First Street for The Laundrette’s roast chicken breast which is served with white wine cream, cocotte potato, kale, baby carrots and a ginger and lemon crumb (£14.50). Alternatively there’s homemade lamb stew along with a range of steaks and burgers, and a deliciously decadent truffle mac and cheese available as a main or side dish.
Sunday Lunch at Chez Mal, served from 12.30pm – 4pm, starts with a chef’s table buffet where you can help yourself to salads, charcuterie and seafood cocktails, followed by Hereford picanha rump of beef with thyme and rosemary Yorkshire pudding or Normandy chicken, either a half or a whole to share, all served with roast potatoes, vegetables and buttered greens. Desserts include Seville orange marmalade steamed sponge with homemade Cointreau custard. £19.95pp.
Randall & Aubin
Randall & Aubin’s succulent rotisserie corn fed free range chicken is marinated in garlic and parsley butter for soft flesh and crisp skin, or there is Suffolk leg of lamb or tender roast beef from Aubrey Allen butchers, served every Sunday until 5pm. Accompaniments include mash as well as roast potatoes and all the trimmings. Follow with sticky date pudding with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce, or treacle tart with Devonshire clotted cream. From £14.50pp.
The Refinery in Spinningfields certainly know how to do a roast properly. Head down to the chic drinking and dining destination early on a Saturday and you’ll be able to spy their French head chef busily marinating his joints 24 hours in advance to create that premium flavour. The half roast chicken even comes with pigs in blankets – not just for Christmas. The perfect place to transition seamlessly from brunch to Sunday lunch, over a cocktail or two. From £14.95.
Individual roasts at The Refuge by Volta include grass-fed Dexter rump of beef, Barry Pugh’s suckling pig, half a chicken or a vegetarian roast, served with roast potatoes, gravy, Yorkshire pudding and a selection of vegetables. Or push the boat out with a sharing roast, encompassing a mountain of all three eats along with with roast potatoes, Chantenay carrots and parsnip, Vimto-braised red cabbage, buttered greens, Yorkshire pudding, cauliflower cheese and pan gravy. From £15pp for individual roasts, or £39 for the sharing roast.
The River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel
The River Restaurant at the swanky Lowry Hotel is famed for its Sunday roast, which is always accompanied by live music. Think roast beef served perfectly pink, with huge Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Add a glass of fizz for a Sunday treat. Three courses for £22.50pp.
Zouk Tea Bar & Grill
Not a roast per se, but if you fancy mixing it up, why not go for something different with an Indian tiffin lunch instead? The layered tiffin box has been a traditional method of serving freshly home-cooked food in Mumbai since the 1890s, and Zouk offers different tiffin options daily. For the Sunday tiffin lunch (£7.95) choose from chicken imlee, chicken and spinach or lamb karahi, or vegetarian options paneer tikka palak and paneer and tarka dall. If you’d prefer a roast, they do chicken slowly roast over hot flames and served with spicy gravy (£15.95), or for big groups try the leg of lamb (£55 and two hours notice required), or even a whole stuffed lamb made in traditional Baluchi style and stuffed with seasoned rice (24 hours notice required).