When the temperature drops and it’s officially brass monkeys outside, it’s time to head indoors for a proper hearty, warming meal cooked especially for you. From famous corned beef hash to meaty stews and chilli, here are 15 comforting winter dishes to try in Manchester. Don’t try eating them all in one day, though. That’s impressive. But greedy.
Corned Beef Hash
Famously served with sautéed potatoes and creamed onions, topped with a soft-poached egg & crispy dry cured bacon at Sam’s Chop House (£14.95).
No arguments. A chip BUTTY is served as two slices of bread. A chip barm is proper chippy chips sandwiched in a barm cake – a barm cake is a soft, round, flattish bread roll from northwest England – served with plenty salt and vinegar and occasionally some gravy to mop up. Get yours at Wright’s Fish & Chip Shop on Cross Street (£ or one any of these Manchester chip shops.
Triple Mac & Cheese Balls
Served with red pepper ketchup at Dive NQ (£5).
Bubble & Squeak, Bacon & Fried Eggs
Served with caramelised mash with onion & cabbage at The Refinery at Spinningfields (£7.95)
A deliciously hot curry with a hint of sweetness. Tender chicken is cooked with aromatic spices, fiery red chillies and apricots, then topped with potato straws at Zouk Tea Bar & Grill (£8.95).
Ventricina Salami Pizza
Tomato base topped with mozzarella, chilli, spicy sausage and rocket at The Laundrette Manchester (£11).
Homemade Lamb Stew
Served with polenta chips and artisan bread at The Laundrette Chorlton (£15).
Rotisserie Classic Corn-Fed Chicken
Marinated in garlic and parsley butter at Randall & Aubin (£10).
Three Rivers Battered Haddock
Served with beef dripping chips, tartar and Manchester caviar at 1761 Manchester (£12).
Beef with Chilli & Thai Basil Stir Fry
Made with tender beef slices stir-fried with fresh chilli and ‘holy basil’ or ‘kra pao’ at Thaikhun.
Massaman Lamb Curry
Pieces of tender lamb stewed with massaman curry, coconut milk, carrots, potatoes and baby onions, topped with cashew nuts. Massaman is made with turmeric, star anise, cardamom, cinnamon and chillies and is one of the favourite dishes of the Thai Royal Family, dating back to the 16th century. Served at Chaophraya (£14)
Homemade ravioli lobster in a lobster bisque and chilli served at Don Giovanni (£9.95)
Yorkshire Pudding Wrap
WH Frost roast sirloin, fried onions, horseradish cream, rocket, beef jus in a Yorkshire pudding wrap at The Lowry Hotel (£9.95).
Chorizo Sirloin Steak
Tender yet succulent with its strip of juicy crackling served at Gaucho (from £25).
Truffle & Hard Cheese Gnocchi
Slow-roasted tomatoes, asparagus, pesto, toasted cashews served at The Living Room (£11).
Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Marinated in spiced buttermilk and fried til golden and crispy. Served on freshly baked waffles with treacle-cured bacon, salted chilli butter and a shot of maple syrup at All Star Lanes (£12).
Spiced Carrot & Coriander Soup
Shredded carrots, potato and edamame with a delicate mix of spices including ginger, lemon grass and chilli, simmered in coconut cream with for a rich finish served at Pret A Manger.