I was there for the Best of British sharing plate, I'd actually seen the £9.95 double portion online, but I got the £5.95 single version. This included Beef and Ale Pie, bacon butty, Manchester egg, chunk of cheddar, wholegrain mustard, hovis loaf and shot of ale. It's pretty impressive when it turns up like your own little buffet and I love an old school buffet.
Everything is home-made by the chef which you wouldn't really expect including the bread and even the little shot of beer will soon be brewed by him too! This really pleased me no end this lunch. All this for £6! It reminded me of the cheese and bread platters Dukes 92 and the Mark Addy used to do in the 90's (Dukes 92 apparently still do them). These were massively popular at the time, and it makes me wonder why more people don't do stuff like this any more to get the punters in at lunch time. It was such a pleasant surprise not to see the standard burgers pulled pork etc. If you're opening somewhere in Manchester soon I beg of you; no more burgers! We are totally saturated and you're very unlikely to do it better than Almost Famous and Solita etc anyway. With a pint of Warsteiner, my lunch came to £9.95, 5p under budget. Job done.