Reviewed – a home from home dining pub in the Northern Quarter
My husband and I (sounding like The Queen again) went to their bonfire party last weekend and had a really lovely evening. While it was warm and cosy – the place was buzzing.
The selection of ales was really good (equals a happy husband), and the red wine was great (equals a happy me).
However, one of my favourite things had to be the piano and the pianist, who played requests and ‘ragtimed’ a great Scott Joplin for me (my mum’s favourite). He really was ‘The Entertainer’. I’ve not had such a chilled and relaxed evening for a long time!
But enough about me. Let’s here how our foodie blogger Elaine got on.
For those who have not been to The Angel before it’s located on the appropriately named Angel Street near to Manchester’s Northern Quarter and a short walk from Victoria Station.
I’d never been to The Angel before so I didn’t really know what to expect.
The outside reminded me of the old style pubs that my parents used to take me along to and once inside that feeling continued.
A very warm welcome in the cosy bar downstairs, roaring fire, and one of the largest selections of ales I have ever seen in a ‘local’ (CAMRA’s North Manchester Real Ale Pub of the Year Award in 2010).
The bar area serves stylishly plated pub classics to enjoy with friends by the fire, if you are lucky you may find a talented regular playing the piano.
We were greeted by the owners Carole and Kevin and shown upstairs to the restaurant, another lovely room with a fireplace at either end for that homely comfortable feel. The restaurant seats around 32 covers and so enjoys a nice atmosphere.
We were introduced to the head chef Ken who explained he had prepared tasters of the dishes on the menu. The menu itself is small but perfectly formed, there is something to suit most tastes and I have to say there was nothing we didn’t find absolutely delicious.
The kitchen team currently consists of Ken and his Sous chef Amelia (who is the 2012 Northwest Young Chef of the Year). My chat with Ken revealed a background to be proud of; he began training as a chef whilst still at school, and after college has spent time at Ego, alongside Gordon Ramsay at the Connaught Hotel in Mayfair, and The London Carriageworks in his hometown of Liverpool.
Ken has a real enthusiasm for creating tasty and intricate dishes using ingredients you might call ‘everyday’. His training has taught him that it is better to invest your time and love and make a dish the best it can be, and this shows in the dishes on his new menu.
Seasonality is the key for The Angel and they will soon be introducing seasonal market specials to compliment the a la carte menu.
Here are some of Ken’s dishes (click here for the full menu):
Soup of the day with home made bread (£4.50)
Ham hock terrine with Angel Piccalilli (£6.00)
Crispy chicken wings with sauté potato and tarragon sauce (£6.50)
Pan seared chicken breast with root vegetable Gateau and thyme velouté (£15.50)
Butternut squash risotto with vegetable crisp (£12.00)
Chocolate torte with raspberry coulis and pistachio ice cream (£4.50)
We sampled the dishes in taster size form, but we could really see the effort and the quality.
My three favourite dishes
My choice of dishes from the night would have to be:
Mushroom Soup with truffle oil
Pan fried wild seabass with chorizo and mussel broth and fondant potato
Homemade sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce, and vanilla ice cream
A bit of Cheffy Magic!
Starter: Mushroom Soup with truffle oil.
A rich creamy and smooth soup with earthy mushroom flavours and just a hint of truffle oil so not overpowering, the parmesan crisp adds a nice saltiness when dipped in to the soup.
Main: Pan fried wild seabass with chorizo and mussel broth and fondant potato.
Well cooked soft fish with crispy skin, the broth compliments beautifully, full of flavour with sweet mussels and a kick from the pieces of chorizo.
Dessert: Homemade sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce, and vanilla ice cream.
A favourite of mine anyway but this one has all the comforting caramel flavours whilst being a light enough texture to ensure you can finish it all and enjoy it to the end.
The menu is well thought out and well executed and each dish stands out in its own right. I could write for hours about each one.
I think the passion of the owners and the kitchen really shows. I could sense real pride in how they talked about their business and I would highly recommend a visit.
I know we will be back to work through some more of the beers on offer downstairs too. There is talk they may do a special New Years Eve menu and if they do, we will be there.
The Angel: 6 Angel Street, Manchester M4 4BQ.
Tel: 0161 833 4786
Web site: theangelmanchester.com
Photographs: The Angel, Elaine Bowers
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