What started off as a tearoom in 2013 has now evolved into a much more rounded restaurant and bar. Located on Stevenson Square in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, Rosylee has made this transition subtly – something which can’t be said of their huge outside terrace area, which has grown and grown over the past two years. It’s got to be one of the largest in Manchester. Serving both drinkers and diners, it now also boasts the only BLOOM Gin terrace outside of London. It was therefore unfortunate that on our visit the skies decided to open, so we headed inside for our lunch!
The interior design reflects the exterior scheme of white, black and gold. Fairly simple yet quite elegant amongst many of the surrounding quirkier establishments. I was pleased to see a menu with the Sunday roasts on this time, as on my last visit there wasn’t one. On that occasion, although we were told there was a roast of the day, I always think guests like to know where they stand. Just a small section on the menu or specials board with price will suffice in order to avoid any confusion or embarrassment when you get the bill. But yes, all good this time! I love the branding as well – ‘Bloody Good Sundays’. Let’s see shall we?!
There are one (£10.95), two (£14.95), or three (£18.95) course options. In terms of value, this is already a good start. To start, as also included on the menu, we chose a couple of their £5 drinks all day. A simple bucks fizz – can’t go wrong and didn’t – and a very well executed negroni, one of my all-time favourite cocktails when made well.
The food is split into four choices per course. For starters we ordered Gin & Tonic Salmon. It would have been rude not to, what with their new gin terrace and all. A very generous portion of decent salmon although it lacked seasoning and unfortunately we could hardly detect the gin and tonic. With a name like this, it really needed to have a bit more oomph! Red Pepper & Goat’s Cheese Bruschetta was my favourite dish of the day, the creamiest tastiest lightly baked goats cheese on great bread, with juicy freshness coming from the red peppers. Lovely.
For main courses, I went for the roast beef – well it’s why I’m here – and Georgie went for the veggie option of Thyme Scented Grilled Polenta. I love the way they serve their roasts with the accompanying vegetables on a board to share, and the fact that all roasts come with a Yorkshire pudding. At last!! The beef was good, but too well done for my liking seeing as I had been asked if I wanted it pink or well done. Pink was my choice, but pink it wasn’t. Fantastic roasties, Yorkshire pudding and gravy.
The vegetables were not as successful, some bland and overcooked broccoli, some ok cabbage, and some tasty but lukewarm mashed swede and carrot. And unfortunately, the veggie option of polenta was a bit too mushy with little flavour. This dish could certainly do with a bit more attention if vegetarians are going to enjoy their roasts here as much as the carnivores!
We had Sticky Toffee Pudding and Chocolate Posset for dessert. The posset looked amazing in its lovely cup although the pudding actually tasted the better out of the two. We also tried some very good wines recommended by our server. Stonewalker Chenin Blanc (£4.75 175ml) went particularly well with the goats cheese starter, and Vistamar Brisa Cabernet Sauvignon (£4.25 175ml) a good all-rounder with the mains.
Rosylee Sunday Roast was pretty good all round although a couple of errors here and there lost it some points. The venue is relaxed. The staff are friendly. And it’s definitely great value.