Sam's Chop House
For those in search of an authentic dining experience, Sam’s Chop House is the place to head in Manchester. The building dates back to 1872 when the restaurant was first established and the decor reflects this sense of timelessness. This grand old haunt really is a living and breathing piece of Manchester’s history.
The menu is equally traditional, with plenty of hearty, comforting dishes and a clear Lancashire influence. The fisherman’s pie, prepared with cod, salmon, smoked haddock, prawns, vermouth cream sauce and Cheddar mash comes heartily recommended, as does the famous steak and kidney pudding. For the ardent carnivores in your dining party, the Barnsley chop and the immaculate rose veal chop, served with Chop House chips, roast tomato and mushroom are stellar options.
Among the starters, the Altrincham blue cheese salad is an utter delight, as is the devilled Cornish mackerel. For those with a sweet-tooth, the Eton Mess is about the best I have ever tasted and Mr Lowery’s rice pudding simply has to be tried – the restaurant has a strong connection with L.S. Lowery and there is a statue of the local artist in the bar.
The service is top notch – my compliments go to the head sommelier, who was efficient, knowledgeable and above all a true gentleman. If you visit one restaurant in the north of England then make it this one.