Beef & Pudding’s take on a traditional Sunday Roast

Beef and Pudding sign
Traditional, British Sunday roast is one of my all time favourites. I absolutely love Yorkshire puddings drenched in gravy and succulent, tender beef a little pink. My idea of heaven!

When I first moved to Manchester three years ago I had a horrible fear I would never get to experience a Sunday roast quite like home. Over the years I have gone to many places and although some of have been excellent, they’re never quite as good as home. I highly recommend Beef & Pudding’s traditional British Sunday roast. Two courses for 14.95, which is very reasonable. The restaurant were having trouble with this card machine so it was cash only, with this in mind we ordered our main and dessert together and then went to get cash. Rory and I both ordered the roast topside of beef with all the trimmings (and extra Yorkshires… because you can never have enough Yorkshires!)
Beef and Pudding outside
The restaurant itself is quite modern and a little quirky. There is a great painting of a cow on the back wall, a wire meshed cabinet holding all the wine with motorbike helmets hanging above. Very strange, but didn’t look out of place with the wooded panelled walls and mood lighting. Very clean establishment with great lighting and friendly staff. This is the first restaurant I have been to in a very long time, which has music in the toilets. I love this! I believe there should be music in all toilets, the awkward silence when you can hear someone in the cubicle next to you is never pleasant and always leaves you feeling uncomfortable. This eliminates the awkwardness very quickly.
Cow artwork - beef and pudding
Artwork - beef and pudding
Artwork - beef and pudding
Moving on to the roast to out roast all roasts…. I like the word roast…roast.

What a roast! The beef was tender, succulent and beautifully cooked. It melted in your mouth and had such flavour, whether this was the hangover belly talking or not, it was incredible. The extra Yorkshire puddings were a great move, light, fluffy and delicious filled with gravy, they just hit the spot! The vegetables were tender, a good range of cabbage, broccoli and carrots, allowing me to feel less guilty about the horrendous amount of calories being consumed. A new addition to a Sunday roast, vimto braised red cabbage, which complimented the roast magnificently and tasted delicious. I would happily have that on any roast dinner again! I may even have to have a go at making it myself. The roast potatoes were cooked through but personally I like mine a little crispier. In terms of a great Sunday roast, this smashed it out of the park.
Sunday roast - Beef and Pudding
Sunday roast - Beef and Pudding
The puddings sadly were a little disappointing. I ordered the cheese board, which consisted of 4 crackers, a large portion of jelly and a little bit of blue cheese and some cheddar. To me it really let the whole meal down, don’t get me wrong it was lovely and the cheese and jam on the crackers was delicious but it really was something you would whip up in 2 minutes at home. Rory ordered the chocolate brownie, which clearly had been microwaved, leaving a bitter taste. It was nice enough, but a very small amount and definitely not worth shouting about. The puddings were hence disappointing, which is surprising given the restaurant name; Beef & Pudding.
Cheese board - Beef and Pudding
Brownie - Beef and Pudding
On the whole I would highly recommend the Sunday roast but I would be a bit more reserved on ordering anything else. Extra Yorkshire puddings are a must! The service, although very friendly was quote slow and the desserts which should really only take 2 minutes to prepare, took a good 20 minutes to come to our table after finishing our mains, even though we ordered them at the start. For me this really let the restaurant down, the roast dinner itself was incredible and I would definitely eat it again, but next time I would probably skip the dessert.

I hope you enjoyed reading my review this week, if you have had an experience at Beef & Pudding or know of any restaurants who do incredible Sunday roasts, let me know and ill check them out. I would love for you to subscribe via email to my blog, you will receive an email notification whenever I post, you can do this on the right sidebar. Follow me on instagram for more great pictures of delicious food I eat throughout the week. Thanks for reading 🙂

Wonderful weekend away in Coniston, Lake District

This week I am doing something a little different with my blog post, instead of a standard Manchester food review, I will be reviewing Sara’s Indian in Coniston, as well as a little bit about my weekend away with friends.

This week has gone by in a blur. Back to the shire (Lincolnshire/Nottinghamshire) to see the family and then up and up to the Lake District for a weekend away with some friends. I love the Lake District; I have very fond memories camping with my dad, cottages with my two beautiful dogs and my mum from a very young age and even just last month in Staveley.

Rory decided he wished to camp in the lakes for a weekend away, after speaking to some friends we all decided that with the temperamental weather we should get a cottage instead. After a long search through the web, we came down to a final three with a chance for everyone to vote. By a long way the Old Police House in Coniston won, so the deposit was paid and the countdown began.

A rocky drive down, with delayed trains, traffic and windy roads, we made it to Rydal to meet up with some friends as we couldn’t get into the house till 4pm. From here due to the late arrival we went straight for a walk around Grasmere; beautiful views and great scenery on a nice simple walk. Once we got back to the pub we travelled to the cottage to meet Claire and Mike.
Coniston is beautiful, I was really unsure of what we would find here, and what the house would be like. It exceeded all expectations, 4 pubs, an Indian, 2 shops and a spar open till 11pm. In addition to lovely walks straight from the house, a lake in walking distance, which you can kayak, and canoe at as well as swim if you are brave (swimming in a lake in a bikini in September, who would have thought it?!).

On Friday evening we decided to venture out into Coniston and head to the Indian, which has such great reviews online. In hindsight we should have probably booked, we went in with 10 people and spoke to a lovely man at the bar. Although they were quite busy he explained how they don’t serve alcohol but we can bring our own, it’s cash only and showed us the nearest cash machine, and that if we give him about ten minutes they will sort out a table for us. Great we thought, this will save us a bit of money as we all have booze at the house or can buy some from the garage and get cash. We all set off and met back at the restaurant later on.
We came back to find a long table on the bottom floor laid out for ten, the waiter was very accommodating of us and made us all feel very welcome. The restaurant was quite dark, romantically lit and felt very warm and welcoming. After ordering more than enough food to feed everyone in the restaurant we sat back and enjoyed drinking our drinks and chatting away. Poppadoms to nibble on served with pickle trays came over. These were delicious! I forgot how much I love mango chutney with poppadoms, as well as the spicy pickle, delicious and a great start.
Pickle tray
Starters arrived shortly after, I chose a vegetable samosa, which was beautiful, if anything I would have liked something to dip the samosa in but I used some mango chutney from the pickle tray and it was scrumptious! Claire has the chicken chaat, the bread was light and fluffy, often the bread can be quite stodgy so this was a nice change. Rory had a lamb tikka, which he raved over. Everyone else gave great reviews on their starters.
Vegetable Samosa
Vegetable Samosa
On to the mains, my main was incredible. I ordered the butter chicken, a classic Amy order, but I am so glad I did. It was delicious, creamy and the chicken was succulent and so delicious. The large naan bread and pilau rice all complimented each other perfectly and if my stomach could allow it, I would have eaten it again and again. Rory however ordered a tomato based curry and found it very disappointing. He described the sauce as the sauce you find on a pizza and sadly the meat was quite dry. He ate his naan dipped into my butter chicken and my leftovers; this filled him up nicely.
Creamy butter chicken and pilau rice
Plain naan bread
Claire ordered tandoori fish sizzle and saag aloo. The saag aloo looked delicious, this is creamy spinach and potato known for being a healthy, nutritious Indian side dish. Others at the table enjoyed their meal but didn’t see it as anything spectacular. The main meals were nice, and were enjoyed but they were not something incredible just very standard Indian food.
Tandoori fish sizzle and saag aloo
One of the tell tale signs of a good Indian is what they give you at the end, a bog standard offers mint imperials, a good Indian gives you after eights, and a great Indian such as this one gives you personalised “thank you” after eights, these were delicious and was a nice end to the meal. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at this restaurant, although others found the food average, I really enjoyed all courses and would definitely come back again.

All in all Coniston has been a great trip, wonderful location with easy access to a lake, pubs as well as other areas such as Windermere, Ambleside and Kendal. Great holiday, would highly recommend!

If you have an experience of Coniston or of Sara’s Indian comment below and let me know what you thought. I have added some other pictures from my weekend away, some beautiful views check them out below.

Rooftop terrace, beautiful sunshine, afternoon tea and fizz, bliss!

 Sun, sun, sun. Oh how I love the sun! Living in Manchester, I fast had to get used to the idea of limited sun availability and fast approaching clouds. It did dawn on me when I moved to Manchester that I did not own a raincoat, but this changed pretty quickly. I have found however, that September weather in Manchester is often some of the best, almost like we get a second summer, maybe to counteract the vast amounts of rain all year round.
Rory bought a Wowcher a few weeks back for a prosecco afternoon tea at The Ainscow in Salford. A perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon, especially with weather as beautiful as this! A short walk down to the hotel, up the lift and out on to the rooftop terrace. Greeted by a lovely woman who took our name, found us a great table in the sun and looked after us.
The Wowcher deal bought was £19 for a glass of prosecco each and afternoon tea, with the option to upgrade to a full bottle for an extra £10. Immediately after sitting down we upgraded to the full bottle (it would be rude not to, right?). Crisp, cold, fresh prosecco sat on the rooftop bar, in full sun, on a lazy Sunday afternoon. This really is the life! Shortly after our arrival, beautiful teacups and saucers were brought out to our table. We were offered hot drinks but chose to enjoy the prosecco and have tea with the food instead.
After some relaxing bubbles the food arrived; a three-tier selection of sandwiches, meringue, brandy snaps, chocolate tart, clotted cream and scones. What a selection! It really was a magnificent display of food for an afternoon tea. A wide variety of sandwiches were offered, my favourite being the tuna mayonnaise, followed closely by the cheese and chutney, Rory however enjoyed the ham and mustard and beef and horseradish sauce. There were plenty of sandwiches to choose from, on both white and wholemeal bread. These went down perfectly with the prosecco.
Now on to the second tier, a great selection of different desserts I have not had in a long time, I started off with the brandy snap filled with clotted cream and raspberries. Wow what a combo! I haven’t had brandy snaps since Christmas and never filled them with clotted cream before, usually squirty cream. It went down perfectly, this was definitely my favourite of this tier! As well as the brandy snaps, there was also a lovely double sided meringue filled with beautifully creamy clotted cream and raspberries, a puff pastry cone with a chocolate lip filled with whipped cream and lastly a rich dark chocolate tart. Double of everything so we both got one each, this really was incredible.
Then we came to the final tier, how we managed to get through both the first and second is worrying, but not that surprising. This tier was scones, homemade from what I could tell, and deliciously sweet. Rory and I had the terribly British conversation of whether you cream then jam or jam then cream, lets be honest we all know you jam before you cream, the way its done in Devon, right!? The scone crumbled in your mouth, it was a perfect balance between sweet and savoury, it went perfectly with a great cup of tea. There really is something about tea in a cup and saucer, even Rory enjoyed it and he doesn’t even drink tea! A perfect end to a lovely afternoon.

Maybe it’s all the prosecco currently in my system but it really was wonderful, the food was amazing, prosecco was beautiful and the sun was the icing on the cake. I would highly recommend the Ainscow, not only on a Wowcher but for the full price as well. I will definitely be going again, hopefully with the sun as well.

Thanks for reading my review post, hope you enjoyed it. If you had an experience at the Ainscow I would love to hear about it, or if you have any recommendations of where I should review next in Manchester leave me a comment below. Feel free to check out my instagram where I upload pictures of all the wonderful places I visit.

Fine dining, prosecco and celebrations

Wednesday evenings are now dedicated to the Great British Bake Off, as many fellow Brits would agree. But a new job offer calls for celebration; Rory and I decided to watch it on catch up the following evening and instead, go for a lovely Italian in Castlefield. A Prosecco bar and a fine Italian, is there a more wonderful way to end a Wednesday evening?

I am currently on placement year, which was extended to the end of August. Then the North American team hired me to work in the Manchester office supporting the website through September, before my return to University.  This calls for celebration, after a little research I found Per Tutti, opposite Don Marco; next to the Hilton. This little gem is an amazing find.

We booked a table in advance because we have a taste card, which means we can get two for one on all courses. Arriving at Per Tutti we were greeted with friendly faces and a great atmosphere. We were offered a variety of tables; we chose one in the corner on a sofa bench with cushions. The atmosphere was great and I loved the cosiness of the place.  Having read online they have a prosecco bar, it would have been rude not to get a bottle, we ordered this while we went through the menu.

What a menu! I had a brief look before arriving (wouldn’t be me if I didn’t), so many options I would have loved to try. But, I can’t be too greedy so we did have to make a decision. For starters, we decided to get a cheesy garlic pizza bread because you can pretty much never go wrong with this! Rory wanted to order focaccia. I have never eaten focaccia, so we thought this would be a new experience, warm focaccia served with tomato tapenade, houmous, oil and balsamic vinegar. The focaccia was so soft and light, it was a definite winner; I love bread dipped in balsamic vinegar so we asked for extra on the side, and the houmous was delicious. I didn’t however care for the tomato tapenade; it wasn’t quite my cup of tea.

Garlic Pizza Bread
Cheesy Garlic Pizza Bread – £6
Warm Focaccia, Tomato Tapenade, Houmous, Oil & Balsamic
Warm Focaccia, Tomato Tapenade, Houmous, Oil & Balsamic – £5

On to the mains, I found a meal that I really wanted but was put off by the “sweetcorn cream”, when I asked the waitress; she made it sound great and really delicious so I ordered this anyway. The chicken was cooked perfectly, it was succulent and rich, top quality cooking; served with crushed new potatoes, broccoli, chilli, green beans and sweetcorn cream, all cooked still tender and plenty of flavour. The sweetcorn cream wasn’t as nice on it’s own, but paired with the chicken and crushed new potatoes it was divine. A really splendid dish; I could have eaten again and again (if my stomach would have allowed it).

Breast of Chicken, Crushed New Potatoes, Broccoli, Chilli, Green Beans & Sweetcorn Cream (gf)
Breast of Chicken, Crushed New Potatoes, Broccoli, Chilli, Green Beans & Sweetcorn Cream (gf) – £15.50

Rory ordered the grilled pork chop, served with celeriac and apple, roast carrots, sage and onion. He also ordered chips on the side and was very glad he did, in truth the plate was quite small and for a large man who likes his food, it could have done with a bit more veg, or some carbs on the plate. He did however repeatedly tell me how great the pork chop was, succulent and tender, exactly what you want in a pork chop. The pork chop came away from the bone perfectly, showing just how great the meat quality was.

Grilled Pork Chop, Celeriac & Apple, Roast Carrots, Sage & Onion (gf)
Grilled Pork Chop, Celeriac & Apple, Roast Carrots, Sage & Onion (gf) – £15.50

By this point I have eaten my fair share of food and I am pretty much full to the brim, Rory however really wanted a dessert (as his chop wasn’t the most filling). As it is two for one, we decided I might as well order one as well. I ordered the chocolate pudding served with vanilla ice cream and Rory ordered the sticky toffee pudding. I’m not sure if it was because I was very full, but I wasn’t feeling the chocolate pudding. The sticky toffee pudding however was divine, I had a spoonful and it was delicious, one of the best sticky toffee puddings I have eaten. Rory ended up eating most of both the puddings (of course this was his plan all along).

Chocolate Pudding, Vanilla Ice Cream
Chocolate Pudding, Vanilla Ice Cream – £6
Sticky Toffee Pudding & Clotted Cream
Sticky Toffee Pudding & Clotted Cream – £5.50

The waitress noticed I was taking lots of photos of my meal (while Rory, patiently *cough* *cough* waited to eat). Noticing I was a blogger, the chef wanted to bring over a complimentary dessert, which was going on the new two courses for £10 menu tomorrow. Passion fruit crème brulee; wow! It really was delicious; the hard sugary top was in perfect contrast to the smooth, creamy, yet sharp, sweet tang of the passion fruit. As I told the waitress, if this had been on the menu I would have definitely ordered it, it was a perfect way to end the meal (Rory didn’t get quite as much as he hoped on this dessert).

Passionfruit Creme Brulee
Passionfruit Creme Brûlée

Friendly staff, great food and Prosecco, it was a wonderful evening and I would highly recommend. More on the expensive side, but totally worth it, especially if you get a discount or go for the two courses for £10 before 7pm.

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