Another payday weekend, another new eatery to try out! (This is why I’m always broke…)
This weekend it was time to check out a brand new opening that has popped up right next to my office called Tariff & Dale. I’ve long been a lover of Manchester’s northern quarter, and between work, play and the fact that I live 10 mins down the road, I pretty much spend all my time in this neck of the woods. Further towards town, the once alternative hangouts are getting crowded with the overspill from Manchester’s more commercial clubbing scene, so I’ve started to spend more time in the places that are popping up further away from the centre of town, and Tariff and Dale is the latest in that list!
Since it’s next door to the office, I was there on the opening night and after a look at the industrial-style decor, a free glass of bubbly and some taster nibbles of their varied bar snacks menu, I was already sold! The boyf and I decided we needed to check out the downstairs restaurant too, so that’s where we headed this weekend.
One of the things I love about this place is the varied crowd it attracts. As well as NQ regulars, there’s a slightly family feel and there were some older people sitting down for dinner too – quite a rarity in Manchester to find somewhere that appeals to all ages! The menu is classic with a twist, with re-imagined English pub classics like “Steak and an ale pie”; a filled pie crust, with steak on the side and a glass of beer sat in the pie dish. We decided that sharing was the way forward and ordered a platter of Cumbrian air dried ham, burrata cheese (our obsession is still going strong since discovering it at PLY) and nocellara olives which came with homemade sourdough bread and pickles. On the side we added some of T&D’s signature pork nuggets (sounds weird, tastes delicious) and some triple cooked chips. At first I was worried there couldn’t be enough food to fill us up, but the tastiness of each mouthful more than made up for the size! Turns out I had eyes bigger than my belly anyway because we sure were full after all that yumminess! I’m already planning my next visit to try out some of the mains and the sourdough pizza….bring on the next payday!
Check out the Tariff & Dale website here, and maybe I’ll see you there soon!