I think we will find out with the opening of The Beagle in the old Ostara location.
Over the summer, we were having a chat with one of the owners of parent restaurant Aumbry in Prestwich (Manchester's best restaurant in my opinion) about our poor showing of decent places to eat in Chorlton, and she said that they were looking at locations. When it finally happened I have to admit I was slightly disappointed it was not higher end food, but still, it looked promising.
This time I couldn't resist a beer from Thornbridge surely one of the best breweries in the country. This one was called Brother Rabbit, it was absolutely superb.
I took my Mum and Dad who were over for some Christmas shopping as well as my Mrs Bacon, so it would be a good litmus test, would they enjoy it as much as we hopefully would? I was looking forward to the bread and dripping, we had so enjoyed it at Aumbry and it was just as good, like Sunday dinner in golden liquid form. The bread was decent too.
|Pearl Barley Kedgeree.|
|Salt Beef Stovey.|
For mains, they did not have the Pork Ribs & Belly until later that evening, I was gutted, but went for The 30 Day Aged Rump Cap Steak. Well I don't know about anybody else, but I am very happy to pay £18.50 for meat when it is this good. It's the best steak I've had in Manchester, well seasoned and rare with perfect chips.
|The 30 Day Aged Rump Cap Steak.|
|30 day aged rump cap steak.|
|Hay smoked Wester Ross salmon.|
The only misfire for dessert was the Sussex Pond Pudding, a little too heavy and too tart. For me the overly citrus flavour didn't sit well with the dense suet pastry. Mrs Bacon declared the treacle tart the best she's ever tasted, and she's some expert believe me. Dad couldn't spare any of his Apple Pie & Custard, so we know he enjoyed it. I'd probably go for the Mango Fool next time, but with the Earl Grey Ice Cream, which I could have eaten on it's own, with a very large spoon. (I think this ice cream recipe may well have come directly from Heston Blumenthal, as Mrs Aumbry worked at The Fat Duck, if this is true, we are honoured in Chorlton!)
|Sussex pond pudding.|
|That beagle is everywhere.|
|Classic duralex glass.|
Some more photos of the interior. I really liked the small touches, the classic French Duralex water glasses I remember from my childhood, the blackboard with the beer list on it, and the extra hand pumps on the wall behind the bar.
Mum and Dad probably wouldn't normally pay quite as much as this. The bill came to £134.80 for 4 including 2 and a half pints and a few soft drinks. But they thought it was worth it for the quality you get.
I'm sure The Beagle will do well in Chorlton.
It's way ahead of the competition if this meal was anything to go by, and the people round here deserve it.
Price: In the week, they currently have an offer of 2 beers, 2 courses and a side for £20 which is great value.
Service: Very friendly.
Food: Best in Chorlton.
Star dish: Pearl Barley Kedgeree
456-458 Barlow Moor Road
Chorlton, M21 0BQ