We are so lucky in Manchester with the quality of street food available. Every cuisine you can think of has been adapted to handy sized portions that can be eaten on the go. One of my favourites, Bangers & Bacon, have taken their dream one step further and opened their own restaurant in Spinningfields. Like a proud mother I visited for brunch to see how their street food translates to larger plates at Beastro.
Large windows make the space light and bright whilst the pretty wooden flower boxes add greenery to what is, ordinarily quite a grey area of the city.
The walls are a beautiful slate green shades with copper accents throughout, even in the toilets. Simple white tables and chairs set off the scheme perfectly to give a clean finish and a relaxed dining space that is perfect for a catch up with friends. You can even bring your 4 legged friends because Beastro is dog friendly!
The drinks menu is small but perfectly formed with a selection of wines, beers and spirits as well as a couple of cocktails, one of which is the English Gimlet which is a bargain at £6.50. Vodka, lime, mint and basil topped with lemonade is refreshing and fruity, perfect for summer.
We ate from the brunch menu but also got to try some of the Pots & Plates section of the main menu which is designed as small plates to share or as a starter. The bread served with bacon butter is genius and the chunks of bacon add a saltiness and slight smoke for something a little different. We got three of the pots – chicken rillette, bacon jam and tomato jam. I have tried their bacon jam before and it is beautiful, chunky like pate with a fatty saltiness that only bacon can provide. The tomato jam is lightly spiced but in a sweet way meaning the juicy and ripe tomato flavours are still the star of the show. It is perfect layered on top of the bacon jam actually. The chicken rillette is my new favourite. Rich chicken with thyme and sage is rich and creamy, so satisfying that I could happily sit with a stack of bread and these three pots for most of the afternoon whilst reading a good book.
We also devoured a Manchester Egg made with cured pork hence the pinker shade. The chunks of black pudding melt in the mouth, to the point that they add so much to the dish rather than overpower it like you would normally expect black pudding to do.
Onto brunch itself and my friend chose the Full Beast which is everything a Full English should be complete with eggs how you like them. The hash browns were massive and the tomatoes on the vine are a lovely summery twist to the classic. I would like to say I tried it but it was gone before I could blink which should tell you that it is good!
I chose the Steak and Eggs and it was the best choice I have made all weekend. Beautifully pink and juicy steak is sat atop potato hash with 2 crispy fried eggs perched on top drizzled with chimichurri and kale chips. Now considering I had nothing to eat prior to this meal and was starving, I couldn’t finish this for the life of me. It was so filling and I was actually upset that I had to leave some for lack of stomach space. There is a generous amount of steak and those little cubed potatoes are so moreish. This actually proves to be somewhat of a dilemma as when I go back, I really want to try something different but this was too good to miss.
Beastro is a hidden gem at the back of Spinningfields opposite Dockyard and is not to be missed. It is definitely a new favourite for me and if you are going, I’ll come with you to tackle that Steak and Eggs one more time.
This meal was paid for.