Where to Find the Best Sunday Roast in Manchester

Delicious Roast Chicken | © Gabriel Garcia Marengo / Unsplash
Delicious Roast Chicken | © Gabriel Garcia Marengo / Unsplash
Photo of Emma Lavelle
18 November 2017

There’s no better way to spend a Sunday than settling down in a cosy pub or restaurant and enjoying a delicious yet filling roast dinner. This English traditional meal of roasted meat and potatoes, seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire puddings and gravy is beloved of locals and visitors alike. Most restaurants will offer a Sunday roast on their menu, but if you’re looking for the very best roast dinners in Manchester, here are our top tips.

Bock Biere

Cafe, Pub, Restaurant, Pub Grub, British, $$$
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A new addition to Manchester’s culinary scene, this Belgian restaurant offers one of the most unusual Sunday roasts in the city that has become so popular that they’ve had to also start serving it on a Monday! Choose from a meat or vegetable option and you’ll receive a plate full of all the traditional ingredients for a roast dinner – the difference is that your gravy is served in a huge vat, perfect for dipping into as you would a fondue!

The Refuge

Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, British, $$$
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The Refuge Manchester
The Refuge Manchester | Courtesy of The Refuge

Grab a friend with a smaller appetite than yourself and head to The Refuge on a Sunday afternoon to dig into their now iconic roast dinner platter. A huge plate will be delivered to your table, piled high with roast pork, beef and chicken, crispy roast potatoes, gigantic Yorkshire puddings and plenty of veggies, including their famous Vimto-braised red cabbage. We dare you to finish it all.


Restaurant, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Pub Grub, British, $$$
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Bakerie’s Sunday roasts are also a little different to your usual fare, taking the concept of their classic boards and offering roast dinner options. Choose three options from a variety of meats and delicious vegetables, and you’ll also receive a pile of fluffy roast potatoes, homemade Yorkshire puds and a huge pot of gravy. Next door at Pie & Ale, there’s also a roast dinner pie on offer!


Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, British, $$$
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One of the tastiest traditional Sunday lunches in Manchester can be found tucked under the railway arches at Gorilla. Book in advance as the delicious food tempts in plenty of punters and there’s normally a wait for a table – although you can always indulge in Bloody Mary’s at the bar while you wait! Choose from beef, chicken, pork or a vegetarian option, with plenty of veggies, roasties and gravy to complete the meal.

The Parlour

Pub, Gastropub, Pub Grub, British, $$$
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It’s more than worth the tram ride out to Chorlton to tuck into The Parlour’s iconic Sunday roasts. A previous winner of the Observer Food Monthly’s Best Sunday Lunch accolade, the food definitely lives up to the hype. A traditional roast with all the trimmings, there’s a variety of options to choose from, all served up in large portions with lashings of tasty gravy.

Albert Schloss

Diner, Restaurant, Bar, German, $$$
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If you like your Sunday roast served with a little light entertainment, book a table at Albert Schloss for their Sunday Service. Not only will you be treated to one of the most delicious roast dinners in the city (a variety of meats to choose from, all the trimmings) but there’s also a gospel choir on hand to serenade you as you dine. Fancy staying out a little later? DJs hit the decks after 4pm and you’ll be sipping cocktails in the photo booth before you know it!


Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, British, $$$
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This Chorlton eatery’s Sunday roast was the original roast dinner sharing platter in Manchester, offering a board filled with goodies for either two or four to divide between themselves. Choose from half or a whole chicken, or piles of beef and pork, along with all the usual trimmings including seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire puddings and plenty of potatoes.


Bar, Gastropub, Contemporary, Pub Grub, British, $$$
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If Electrik have run out of their roasts (as so often happens, due to demand), simply walk two minutes down the road and try your luck at Oddest. Their slightly out of the ordinary options are all delicious, tempting you to return each week until you’ve tried them all. Choose from stout braised beef brisket, cider braised pork belly, classic chicken and stuffing, or a regularly changing vegetarian option, washed down with lashings of gravy and a couple of cocktails.

Trof NQ

Restaurant, British, $$$
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Trof has been a Northern Quarter favourite for over 10 years, offering a variety of Sunday roasts that keep diners coming back for more. The menu always includes roast beef, chicken and pork, with meat and vegetarian specials added to the menu each week. Their crispy red onion and rosemary roast potatoes stand out as one of the best sides in the city, complemented by piles of seasonal veg, crispy Yorkshire puddings and delicious gravy.

The Angel

Pub, Gastropub, Pub Grub, British, $$$
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Tucked away just off Great Ancoats Street, The Angel is a hidden gem. One of the best pubs in the city, their roast dinners draw in just as many punters as their impressive beer selection. Grab a seat by the open fire or head upstairs to the cosy dining room to sample their traditional Sunday roasts, piled high with all the usual trimmings and served with pots of tasty gravy.

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