Albert’s are somewhat of a stalwart of Manchester’s dining scene.
Well established in the city with three popular restaurants – one in Castlefield, one in Didsbury, and one in Worsley – the family restaurant group has built up a loyal following since first opening in 2004 and prides itself on offering quality local food in a modern and relaxed setting.
This Christmas the family-orientated business has it all going on and has put plenty of thought and time into ensuring they’ve got something on offer for everyone throughout the festive season.
So whether you’re vegan to the hilt or a turkey traditionalist, everyone in your party should be more than happy if you’re looking to take the family out for a celebratory meal.
Seasonal a la carte highlights for meat eaters include game-heavy dishes such as Albert’s buttered rabbit gnocchi (slow braised in a rich pancetta, white wine and mushroom cream sauce), roast guinea fowl in a dry sherry sauce, or roast venison stuffed with pungent bishop stilton cheese before being wrapped in pancetta and dressed in a port and blackberry jus.
Fancy something fishy yet refreshing? Well, in that case, we’d recommend their octopus marinated in lemon, served with saffron, confit garlic potato salad, crispy capers and lashings of lemon oil.
Albert’s has also put together a special three-course vegan Christmas menu dedicated to all things meat and dairy free, meaning vegans have plenty to choose from, too.
Vegan starter options take a Mediterranean twist – think chargrilled artichoke or wild mushroom bruschetta, both served on gluten-free toast – whilst mains take a more traditional turn with a vegan-friendly black pudding served with savoy cabbage and herby new potatoes.
Ending on a high, dessert consists of a very special vegan Christmas pudding, complete with the obligatory brandy torching. Alternatively, you can opt for a stacked vegan ice cream sundae smothered in a raspberry compote.
If there’s a big group of you (nine or more) then you’ll probably want to look at the Christmas party menu. Available for parties of up to 25, here Albert’s chefs show off their ability to plate up festive food with finesse.
There are plenty of indulgent dishes to choose from. Our top picks include the delicate confit duck (served with mulled baby pears, dauphinoise potatoes, buttered savoy cabbage and a redcurrant jus), or the braised Cheshire beef short rib in a rosemary jus – which comes stuffed with pancetta and macadamia nuts.
No matter how fussy your party is, you’re sure to find something for everyone at Albert’s. With plenty of treats on the menu, plus fine wines, craft beers and festive cocktails to accompany, Albert’s offers a treasure trove of dining delights this Christmas.