The best Sunday roast in the country has been revealed – and it’s in Manchester

Two Manchester restaurants made the top 10 in this best roasts of the year guide

We all love a good Sunday roast – but for some, it’s a serious quest to find the best.

Having travelled the country in pursuit of seriously good Sunday roasts, Instagram account Rate Good Roasts has just revealed its Sunday Roast Top 10 List for 2021.

“After another challenging and uncertain year for the hospitality industry, we are proud to share the amazing work of chefs and restaurant across the country,” they said.

And a Manchester restaurant has made the top of the list.

Housed in the grand domed room which was previously the trading floor of the Stock Exchange, The Bull & Bear has been one of the most talked-about restaurant openings of recent years.

Based in the luxury Stock Exchange Hotel, it’s the first Manchester outpost for Michelin starred chef Tom Kerridge, whose The Hand & Flowers venue in Marlow won a Michelin star within the first 10 months of opening and became the first pub in the country to achieve two star status.

The Manchester restaurant was also a new addition to the 2021 Michelin Guide UK, with its menu offering “an appealing mix of British brasserie classics.”

Now, The Bull & Bear has been awarded top spot for its Sunday roast, which offers two courses for £39 or three courses for £46.50.

It was awarded a score of 95% by Rate Good Roasts, and we couldn’t agree more, having described it ourselves as a contender for the best Sunday lunch in town.

“Rotisserie top rump of Dovecote beef sees three proudly pink slices, juicy and packed with flavour, served a pot of punchy horseradish cream,” we wrote in our review.

“It comes with the crispest, fluffiest roast potatoes, clearly cooked by someone who gets that roasties are one of the most important parts of a Sunday lunch. They’re absolutely flawless.

“A golden Yorkshire pudding is normal sized rather than the fashion for showy, oversized specimens that are now ubiquitous, and it’s all the better for it.”

Alternatives to beef or pork include the likes of confit Autumn mushroom tart with braised turnip, orange, horseradish and winter truffle, or pan roasted cod with braised fennel, apple jam and shellfish sauce.

The Bull & Bear wasn’t the only restaurant to make the top 10.

Over in Ancoats, The Edinburgh Castle made joint seventh position on the best of the year list, with a rating of 87%.

Priced around £13 – £19 for a main course, options include the likes of Cheshire grass-fed beef rump, Packington free range pork loin or Helmshore lamb shoulder with dripping potatoes and all the trimmings.

There’s also SK14 salt-baked celeriac with truffle as a meat-free option.


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The rest of the list across the country included 12:51 in Islington, London; The Wheatsheaf Inn in Brigsteer, Kendal; Mustard & Co, in Crosby; Black Labrador, Underbarrow; White Horse, Church Fenton; The Cricketers in Cobham; The Bank, Delph; Always Sunday Townhouse, Bath; Thomas Cubbit in Belgravia, London; Shears Yard, Leeds; and Chopping Block, in York.


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