I have been waiting for an excuse to be in Manchester to visit Beef & Pudding however since its opening early April I haven’t found myself in Manchester at for an appropriate occasion. With life reluctant in giving me opportunities to visit, I decided to make the trip for the soul purpose of dinning at this New Moon Pub.
Upon arrival my first observation was the look and feel, with a slightly stripped back look with plenty of wood and metal you got an idea of the type of restaurant you were in right away. This theme of design has become more and more popular in the dinning scene however Beef & Pudding have tweaked it to make it their own.
Straight away from being welcomed and seated it was evident that the staff were friendly, welcoming and competent. Our host shared with us the specials menu and regretted to inform us that they were out of the most popular dish “The Pudding“. Slightly disappointed that I would not be able to try their signature dish however the menu was divers and plentiful with remarkable sounding British and unique dishes. The wine list gave a great selection of wines and understandably many were sold by the bottle only. Unfortunately we were only able to buy by the glass due to driving however we very much enjoyed the “2012 Granfort Merlot“.
We decided to start the evening off with the “Artisan bread selection with oil & balsamic“. The breads were soft and pleasant and they used extra virgin rapeseed oil and a some sort of balsamic glaze for dipping rather then the typical olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The rapeseed oil tasted fresh and worked well with the sweet tanginess of the balsamic.
For mains I was infatuated by the special that resembled “The Big Boner” found on the Dirty Food Thursday Menu however, this fore rib of beef was served with skinny fries and a blue cheese sauce. We also ordered the “Lamb Breast, Pumpkin & Honey Salad” from the main menu consisting of crispy lamb breast, roasted pumpkin, Bax’s Knutsford honey & toasted cumin raita.
The fore rib of beef served with the blue cheese sauce was cooked to perfection, the meat was succulent and bursting with flavour. Not a single bit of this under appreciated cut of meat was tough or chewy, the meat was tender and the fat melted in your mouth. Over all a beautifully cooked fore rib of beef. The blue cheese sauce that accompanied the beef had the perfect balance of taste, it didn’t over power the flavour of the meat but was strong enough to fully enjoy.
The crispy lamb salad held all the depth of flavours, with the sweetness from the honey and the slight ethnicity from the cumin this salad was a great way to have a taste of the once great empire. The salad was flavoursome, fresh and satisfying without the feeling of guilt afterwards, just what a salad should be!
For desert we ordered “A Real Sticky Toffee Pudding” and the “Jam-Jar Lemon Cheesecake” with an Eton Mess top. The pudding was moist, the toffee sauce was sweet and delicious and the vanilla ice-cream was creamy and the combination amounted to a tremendous flavour. The cheesecake was a nice idea but I felt that it confused the tastebuds to much, I wasn’t sure whether I was eating a lemon cheesecake or a red berry cheesecake. The dish was very pleasant however I feel that some of the dimensions were lost through to having two very powerful flavours competing.
From first impressions of the menu some may consider it being slightly on the pricy side, now I have had the chance to experience the quality of the food and the size of the dishes I have no doubt that The Beef & Pudding is great value. The food was amazing and full of flavour, you get the feeling the meals were cooked and prepared with pride and compassion. The front of house staff also display a degree of passion in what they do and where they work. Our waiters were friendly and helpful and the overall service was flawless. Beef & Pudding gets my overall approval & is perfect for anyone looking for an informal and relaxing atmosphere with great food at good value.
Food: 5 Service: 5 Atmosphere: 5 Value: 4
Review issued by Jonathan – Good Food Nation