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Best roast dinners in the UK revealed: Tom Kerridge’s Bull & Bear in Manchester tops list

Tom Kerridge’s Bull and Bear restaurant inside Manchester Stock Exchange serves the best roast in the UK, according to a panel of reviewers that tried more than 100 Sunday dinners across the UK. 

Rate Good Roasts, a viral Instagram account that reviews roast dinners nationwide put the restaurant at the top of the list for its end of 2021 rankings. 

The city centre restaurant offers a £39 two course roast – with options including beef, pork, turkey, mushroom tart and cod with vegetables – for £39, while three courses cost £46.50. 

The upmarket restaurant is inside the luxurious Stock Exchange Hotel which is co-owned by Gary Neville.

Tom Kerridge’s Bull and Bear restaurant inside Manchester Stock Exchange serves the best roast in the UK, according to a panel of reviewers that tried more than 100 Sunday dinners across the UK. Pictured is the Bull and Bear roast 

Michelin-starred 12:51, which is owned by Great British Menu winner James Cochran came second

Michelin-starred 12:51, which is owned by Great British Menu winner James Cochran came second

The Wheatsheaf in Brigsteer, Cumbria came third in the list - one of many offerings in the North West

The Wheatsheaf in Brigsteer, Cumbria came third in the list – one of many offerings in the North West

Writing on Instagram today, the restaurant shared a delicious looking picture of the roast with the caption: ‘Ok we are feeling pretty proud today.

‘We have been hailed by @rategoodroasts as the best place for a Sunday roast in the UK. Yes team’.

12:51, which is owned by Great British Menu winner James Cochran came second on the list.

The list was compiled by Rate Good Roasts who reviewed more than 100 roasts and this is their 4th annual top 10 list.

The top 13 roast dinners in the UK

 1. The Bull & Bear, Manchester

2. 12:51, London

3. The Wheatsheaf, Brigsteer 

4. Mustard & Co, Liverpool

5. The Black Labrador, Underbarrow 

=. The White Horse, Fenton

= The Cricketers, Cobham 

 8. The Bank, Delph

 9. Always Sunday Townhouse, Bath 

= The Edinburgh Castle

 11. The Thomas Cubitt, Belgravia

 12. Shear’s Yard, Leeds

13. Chopping Block, York 

The Harwood Arms in Fulham, the only Michelin star pub in London, and a previous winner didn’t make the list this year.

In third place was  The Wheatsheaf, Brigsteer, Cumbria, while fellow Cumbrian restaurant The Black Labrador, in Underbarrow came fifth, after Mustard & Co in Liverpool. 

Each roast is rated on 10 criteria, with a percentage score then given.

Tom Kerridge’s Bull & Bear scored an impressive 95 per cent.

The upmarket eatery got top scores for service, drinks, sides and settings – as well as the quality of meat and potatoes.   

It failed to get top marks for value, where it instead scored eight out of ten.

For their main course, guests can chose, Dry Aged Hereford Sirloin of Beef with H&F Carrot, Buttered Kale and Roast Potatoes; Roasted Norfolk Brown Turkey with Sage and Chestnut Stuffing, Pigs in Blankets and Seasonal Vegetables; Salted Aged Pork Belly, Caramelised Apple Purée and Celeriac; Confit Autumn Mushroom Tart with Braised Turnip, Orange, Horseradish & Winter Truffle or Pan Roasted Cod with Braised Fennel, Apple Jam and Shellfish Sauce.

There’s also starters on offer of Chestnut & Mushroom Soup with Granny Smith Apple, Salt Pollock Scotch Egg with Red Pepper Sauce and Grilled Chorizo, Tunworth Cheese Cream, William Pears, Candied Walnuts and Celery, Duck Liver Parfait with Fig & Cherry Chutney and Toasted Brioche and Roasted Celeriac Risotto with Aged Parmesan.

Desserts include  Chocolate Orange Choux Bun with Hazelnut, Baileys Ice Cream and Salted Caramel Sauce, Cinnamon Waffle with Mulled Wine Poached Pear and Christmas Pudding Ice Cream,  Vanilla Buttermilk Panna Cotta, Ginger Wine Jelly and Mandarin Sorbet, ‘Lemon Meringue Pie’ with Blackcurrant Sorbet and Truffled Baron Bigod, Quince Tart and Truffle Honey (£6 supplement).

Mustard & Co in Liverpool came fourth for it's Sunday offering of a £17.95 roast beef

Mustard & Co in Liverpool came fourth for it’s Sunday offering of a £17.95 roast beef

The Black Labrador, in Underbarrow came fifth for it's delicious-looking Sunday dinner

The Black Labrador, in Underbarrow came fifth for it’s delicious-looking Sunday dinner

The White Horse in  Fenton came in the top  5 for it's leg of lamb and roast pork loin

The White Horse in  Fenton came in the top  5 for it’s leg of lamb and roast pork loin

The news will be welcome for Tom Kerridge, who last year was criticised for selling steak for £87 at his two Michelin-star pub.

The MasterChef star, 48, charges £87 for a sirloin steak with vegetables costing £7.50 extra at The Hand and Flowers in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. 

Despite the restaurant’s expensive menu serving the likes of £69 lamb and £60 venison loin its marketed as ‘casual’ and ‘accessible’.   

Last month he was again criticised for selling a tiny Christmas turkey which he claimed can feed eight people.

The free-range Copas turkey breast roast will set you back a whopping £140, or £17.50 a head.

But there only seems to be 12 slices up for grabs on the piece of meat, making for just one-and-a-half slices for each dinner guest.

Fans joked that it would only go around that number of guests if they were vegan or miniature people from The Borrowers.

What’s on the Bull & Bear roast menu? 

 2 Courses £39 | 3 Courses £46.50

TABLE SNACKS

 28 Hour Pollen Sourdough with Raw Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil and West Country Farmhouse Butter £4.50

 Kabanos Beer Sticks £6

Cheddar Cheese Scones with Marmite Butter £7

Nocellera Olives £4

STARTERS

Chestnut & Mushroom Soup with Granny Smith Apple

Salt Pollock Scotch Egg with Red Pepper Sauce and Grilled Chorizo

Tunworth Cheese Cream, William Pears, Candied Walnuts and Celery

Duck Liver Parfait with Fig & Cherry Chutney and Toasted Brioche

Roasted Celeriac Risotto with Aged Parmesan

 

MAINS

Dry Aged Hereford Sirloin of Beef with H&F Carrot, Buttered Kale and Roast Potatoes

Roasted Norfolk Brown Turkey with Sage and Chestnut Stuffing, Pigs in Blankets and Seasonal Vegetables

Salted Aged Pork Belly, Caramelised Apple Purée and Celeriac

Confit Autumn Mushroom Tart with Braised Turnip, Orange, Horseradish & Winter Truffle

Pan Roasted Cod with Braised Fennel, Apple Jam and Shellfish Sauce

SIDES

Crushed Black Pepper Swede

Buttered Sprout Tops

DESSERTS

Chocolate Orange Choux Bun with Hazelnut, Baileys Ice Cream and Salted Caramel Sauce

Cinnamon Waffle with Mulled Wine Poached Pear and Christmas Pudding Ice Cream

Vanilla Buttermilk Panna Cotta, Ginger Wine Jelly and Mandarin Sorbet

‘Lemon Meringue Pie’ with Blackcurrant Sorbet

Truffled Baron Bigod, Quince Tart and Truffle Honey (£6 supplement)



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