The roast dinner might be a food staple at this time of year, but on the first Sunday of each February, we get to celebrate a must-have when it comes to this meal in honour of Yorkshire Pudding Day.
This year, it falls on 2nd February, so we’ve rounded up a few places where this plump portion of battery goodness is given special recognition.
After amassing a loyal fan base, Porky Pig now has a bricks and mortar base on Cooper Street, where you’ll find The Famous Yorkshire Pudding Wrap. Priced £5.50, it involves meat, green beans, carrots, stuffing and gravy, in a Yorkshire pud, which is grilled and served as a wrap. There’s also a veggie option with grilled halloumi cheese for £5, as well as a full English Yorkshire pudding breakfast special, and even a Yorkshire Pudding pizza, too.
King Street’s Kala boasts they’re bringing ‘humble bistro food to Manchester city centre’ and that includes a beautiful roast on Sunday with succulent beef, seasonal greens, carrot and swede, celeriac pureé, roasties and topped off with a Yorkshire pudding. You can enjoy this as part of a two-course Sunday lunch for £20, or three-courses for £25.
A Yorkshire Pudding requires cosy surroundings for maximum enjoyment and the Chop Houses (Sam’s on Back Pool Fold, Albert’s on Albert Square and Sarah’s on Cross Street) provide just the place to escape the elements. Choose from beef, chicken, pork belly and lamb, which arrives with an array of beef dripping potatoes, spring greens, braised red cabbage, honey roast roots and gravy, and accompanied by a gigantic Yorkshire pudding as the cherry on top. Priced from £15 to £17 on Sundays.
Over at Hawksmoor on Deansgate, you don’t need to wait until the mains to tuck into a Yorkshire pud. Among the various starters you’ll find potted beef and bacon with Yorkshires and onion gravy, £9.50. If you’re more of a traditionalist, there’s a Slow-roast rump with vegetables, roast potatoes, lashings of bone marrow and onion gravy and Yorkshire puddings for £20 – or pimp it up to slow-roast prime rib for two to three people, £80.
A comfortable dining space with a jaw-dropping view across the city, Sunday lunch at 20 Stories always feels special. Served until 5pm and priced at £29.50 for three courses, the main event sees roast topside of beef or pork belly served with all the trimmings – including the most perfect Yorkshire puddings.
This cosy pub in Castlefield serves up Sunday roast dinners, including the mixed roast beef and roast pork dinner with stuffing, apple sauce, roast potatoes, vegetables and gravy, £17.95 and the rare roasted beef at £15.95 with all the trimmings. Both arrive with a massive mouth-watering Yorkshire pudding to tuck into, obvs.
Didsbury’s neighbourhood bistro Hispi offers a special Sunday lunch menu, which includes roast beef with carrot and swede mash, savoy cabbage, roast potatoes and a magnificent Yorkshire pudding (two courses for £25 and three courses for £29), or for an extra £15 per person tuck into dry aged sirloin.
The restaurant in Hotel Indigo kicked the year off with a Double AA Rosette Award. Overseen by chef Andrew Green, the modern British menu includes the Mamucium Traditional Sunday Lunch of roast rump of locally reared beet, roasties, seasonal veg, beef jus and topped off with a Yorkshire pud. And it’s a bit of steal at two courses for £14.95 and £10 for unlimited white and red wine or prosecco.
James Martin Manchester
The TV chef serves up the best of British cuisine at his restaurant on Watson Street. This includes a celebration of the great British Sunday roast, which involves slow-cooked rump of beef with dripping potatoes, roasting juices, hispi cabbage and Yorkshire pudding for £15, served until 5pm.
The Sunday Service at Peter Street’s Albert’s Schloss is becoming the stuff of Manchester legend, as are the decadent portions served up at this Bavarian inspired venue. The Cook Haus Roasts include Cheshire Pork Belly, Topside of Lancashire Beef and Mushroom and Butternut Strudel, and all served with roast potatoes, root veg mash, broccoli, savoy cabbage, ‘proper’ gravy and a Yorkshire pud, priced from £14 to £17.50.
Head to the Refuge on Oxford Street for the famous roast platter for two, £39, an understated affair of roast beef, suckling pig and chicken, potatoes, carrots, parsnip, red cabbage, buttered greens, cauliflower cheese, pan gravy and the all-important Yorkshire pudding. If you’re not up for sharing, there are individual choices, priced £17, as well as a Vegan roast, £15, and they’re served all day on Sunday.