I was reading a London food blogger called Burgers & Bruce (great name again especially if you love both burgers & Bruce Springsteen.) She had only gone and reviewed Parlour, our local. We've been to Parlour loads of times as it's only two minutes from Bacon towers, but how come I've never had a burger before or even noticed it on the menu?
I popped in on Thursday lunchtime, they've really got shabby chic down to a tee, and I was able to take Sam the collie as well, he was very happy with that. I ordered a pint of Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted, a quite weak but decent session beer that was perfect for lunch time at only 3.8%. I really like the old school dimpled pint glasses, they have cute little half pint ones as well which are hard to get.
I knew I was going to have the Handmade Beef Burger with Cheese, Caper & Gherkin Mayo, Proper Chips & Beer Batter Onion Rings (£10.75 + bacon £1.00 extra.)
When it finally came, it did not disappoint, with the bun from local bakers J B Richardson (you can see my review here,) which is just across the road, and the meat from Frosts, the two main elements were sourced very locally. The burger was lovely and juicy, it sounds daft to say this, but it really tasted of meat. Done just the way I like it as well. I also liked the gherkin and the mayo and it was definitely worth paying the extra pound for the bacon.
I was now eating Bacon on (the)beech (road!)
The bill came to £15.15 with a pint, and they bought me and the dog some water.
It was a lovely lunch.
I returned to Parlour a few days later for their Observer Award Winning Sunday Lunch with Mrs Bacon and my Mum & Dad. It opens at midday and we got the last table at about five past 12 - unbelievable! It's very popular, although you can reserve a table if your party is over 6 people.
We started off with the Ham Hock & Apricot Terrine with Piccalilli (£5.25) which was pretty good, but the Mackerel Paté with Granary Toast (£4.95) was even better (I'd have preferred bit more paté though.)
|Ham Hock & Apricot Terrine with Piccalilli.|
|Mackerel Paté with Granary Toast.|
|Sunday Dinner does not get much better than this. (said in a Greg Wallace voice.)|
|Nice crispy roasties, but please can I have some more?|
|The empty gravy jug.|
The roast was big, the meat was good, the roast potatoes were lovely and crisp (I'd have liked another to be honest but I'm a greedy guts.) The mash was nice and creamy as well. Nicola Duncan the previous chef has gone to Damson in Media City, (see my review here, ) but the famous roast lives on, as it has done from the beginning. We didn't have room for a pudding. Our lunch came to £76.65 with a few drinks, which we all agreed was good value.
We left at about 1.30 and Beech road was buzzing, every table was full inside and outside despite it being February. Another fine reason to be grateful we live in Chorlton, Parlour is real a winner with us.
Price: Good value for the quality.
Service: Friendly, charming, occasionally a little slow.
Atmosphere: Buzzing Chorlton.
Food: Great. "Traditional local with a modern edge."
Star dish: The award winning Sunday Dinner. (With a special mention for the fab burger!)