Bank holiday wining and dining

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! I love bank holidays. Especially sunny ones! For me, it was the perfect chance to get out and about and catch up with friends.WP_20130506_016

Following the Great City Games and the Chilli Festival we headed for drinks in Lust Liquor and Burn. This is the sister restaurant / bar to Almost Famous and specialises in Mexican food. As we’d already eaten our chilli for lunch, all we were looking for was a cheeky beverage. Despite not being a lager fan at all, I tried their signature drink, ‘The Largarita’ made with tequila, lime and lager. It was surprisingly yummy and very refreshing on a hot summer’s afternoon. I love all of the quirky signs they have in the bar area!WP_20130525_088

After enjoying the sunshine all afternoon, it was time to go to Alberts in Didsbury for dinner with a group of friends. I ended up getting absolutely stuffed! Alberts collage

For starter, I went for the Rabbit Gnocchi, a super filling dish of pan-fried rabbit in a pancetta, cream, white wine and mushroom sauce with fresh buttered gnocchi. It was so delicious. Next up, for my main course, I went for the Slow Roasted Duck. I’m a massive duck fan, and this came with two duck legs in a strawberry, balsamic and cracked black pepper sauce. For my sides I chose the Dauphinoise Potatoes and Roasted Vegetable Ratatouille. The potatoes were the best I’ve ever tried, covered with cream, Gruyere and garlic, and the vegetables had a lovely flavour! It did feel as if the waitress was constantly hounding us for drinks (which were rather over-priced for Manchester), but the food itself was gorgeous.

The next day, I headed into town to The Oast House, which was absolutely heaving with runners who had just finished the Manchester 10k. The Oast House is a little old hophouse that has been turned into a bar and plonked right in the middle of the city, surrounded by lots of canopies and seated areas. It’s always rammed whenever there is sunny weather. Oast house collageWe were there for Becky’s leaving do, as sadly, she is moving back to London today. The sun was out, the drinks were flowing and we had a lovely time. Oast does some great bar food, including deli platters, tasty burgers, meat skewers and chips. Although I’d already had lunch, I couldn’t resist tucking into their Properly Seasoned Chips. The seasoning on them reminded me of Christmas stuffing, which was rather an unusual connotation to have on a May bank holiday afternoon! I will definitely be back there many more times this summer.

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