If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you probably know I am a massive fan of Beef and Pudding. Since I first visited on the opening night a few months back, I have gone back quite a few times. So much so that even the manager there knows me by name. It’s my restaurant of choice when I have people coming up from outside of Manchester and want them to experience some proper North West grub.
So when I had an invite from the guys at Beef and Pudding to go try out their brunch menu alongside their newly launched Bloody Mary Buffet, I just couldn’t say no! The last time I reviewed Beef and Pudding for my blog, I gave them a 3.9/5 – one of the highest rated restaurants on Champagne and Chutney (full review here). Although I have been here a lot, and I do mean a LOT, I still hadn’t had a chance to try out their brunch menu so I was quite looking forward to this brunch!
The one noticeable change from last time was the Bloody Mary Buffet stand next to the bar, which is where you go up and make your own Bloody Mary. We didn’t waste any time and got down to business trying to make a our own personalised Bloody Marys. I had no idea making a Bloody Mary was so complicated but don’t worry if you don’t know where to start and are a Bloody Mary newbie like I am, their friendly bar staff is at hand to help you run through the various intricacies of making the perfect hangover cure.
This Bloody Mary bar is literally options galore – right from the fresh tomatoes juiced right in front of you to bacon salt to add depth and flavour, so many options to choose from! FYI, you NEED to try the bacon salt – it’s absolutely fab!
The best cure for a hangover is more alcohol after all isn’t it? Hair of the Dog and all that.
I went for a bit of rum alongside some freshly juiced tomato juice and some bacon salt. I loved it. A Bloody Mary is such a personal drink and everybody likes it different so it’s quite nice to see Beef and Pudding give you the option to personalise your drink to your liking.
Bloody Mary in hand, we ordered our brunches. I went for the Gunpowder Smoked Salmon served with whipped mascarpone and dill on a toasted herb brioche along with a watercress salad. Light, fresh and the salmon was absolutely beautiful. Perfect if you don’t want anything too heavy.
The standout dish for me was the Brunch Pud, a black pudding and pulled ham hock pudding topped with a fried duck egg and some smoked bacon. Top marks for presentation and it tasted delish!
The duck egg was perfectly done and the pudding was moist and full of flavour. I am a big fan of black pudding so this dish was my idea of heaven. Highly recommend.
We also ordered some pudding to finish off our brunch and I got some tea while we waited. I love the tea and milk pots here. Aren’t they cute?
Pudding was the classic Peaches and Cream – poached peach with Madeira cake and mascarpone topped with ginger syrup. It was really simple and perfectly executed. It was a perfect finish to a great brunch. If you want something a little bit more Mancunian, try the cheese glazed Eccles cake which I had last time. It’s bloody brilliant – you will not regret it.
I finished off my tea and paid for the pudding before heading into town ready to face the day. Again service was spot on – our waiter was so friendly and chatty, you can’t help not leave with a smile on your face.
If you are out painting the town red the night before and need some good ol’ North West grub and a Bloody Mary to help you face Sunday, look no further. Beef and Pudding might just be the answer to that painful hangover. That 3.9/5 I gave Beef and Pudding the last time I was here, now goes up to a well deserved 4.