Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Sundays Are for Sharing

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Sundays Are for Sharing

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OP Manchester restaurant The Refuge has launched an all-new Sunday dinner - and it's designed to share.

The roast platter for two comes with beef, suckling pig, and half a chicken, as well as roast potatoes, carrot and swede, Vimto red cabbage, buttered green beans and leaves, Yorkshire puddings, and cauliflower cheese on the side.

There's also piles of gravy - and don't be afraid to ask for more if you like your meal soaked in the stuff.

The feast will be served from midday every Sunday and comes in at Pounds 39 for two people, or Pounds 17 for an individual roast with your choice of beef, pork, or chicken A vegetarian version of the sharer platter is also due to launch soon, or can already be bought as an individual roast for Pounds 15. Individual versions of the roast dinners do not include cauliflower cheese, which is available on the menu for an additional Pounds 4.50.

Refuge boss Luke Cowdrey says the idea is a development of the sharing versions he and his business partner, Justin Crawford, have been serving up at Volta, Didsbury, and Chorlton's Electrik Bar for years.

Luke adds: "We have always been about sharer food, the smaller plates, but we've also always loved the family style Sunday roasts, the food that's about rolling your sleeves up and getting stuck in."

"I like the idea you get all the meats as well as the amazing sides you can't be bothered to do, like the Vimto cabbage and cauliflower cheese.

"There's this wonderful opulence and grandeur here, so we're stepped up the provenance of the ingredients from an early Audi to a Bentley. That way, you experience something you wouldn't necessarily get at home."

There are also Bloody Marys on the menu, and a range of classic Sunday desserts, including an indulgent sticky toffee pudding or apple crumble.

The next step, says Luke, is to enhance the Sunday vibe with live music and weekend newspapers in the 167-cover restaurant.

"This concept comes from Electrik with Kim Merritt as the chef there. They proved so popular, this version of a great British tradition, that we wanted to make it the full experience here. People can walk along the canal, do a few bars, then come down here to eat, read the papers, and stay all day.

"We want people to treat it like a day out."

THE BEST OF THE REST OF THE SUNDAY SHARING PLATTERS Albert's Shed, Castlefield THIS Castlefield institution next door to Duke's 92 is well known for its roasts to share. There are two options available, each for two people. Up first: the whole roast chicken with home-made stuffing, mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, maple glazed root vegetables, creamed leeks, french beans, and gravy, or there's a more extravagant second option of 16oz chateaubriand steak with homemade Yorkshire puddings, mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, maple glazed root vegetables, creamed leeks, french beans, and gravy. …

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