If I had to choose one thing that I love the most about living in Manchester, it would hands-down be the amount of new restaurants, bars and general food-options available. Especially living and working on the edge of the Northern Quarter, it seems like there’s a new spot opening every week for me and my ever-curious tastebuds to go and try out. This week, it was the opening of new fried-chicken joint, Yard & Coop. Opening on Edge Street, one of my favourite corners (or should that be edges?) of the city, Yard & Coop’s neighbours are already pretty up-there in the food stakes, with some of my favourite foodie hangs just next door – the likes of Home Sweet Home, Almost Famous and Luck Lust Liquor & Burn to name a few. So I guess you could say they had a lot to live up to from the moment I walked in the door!
I’m going to be honest, chicken isn’t normally first on my list of menu choices. Don’t get me wrong, I love the stuff, but if you asked me where I wanted to go for dinner, an exclusively-fried-chicken diner wouldn’t naturally spring to mind, in fact it was mostly because I can’t resist trying a new restaurant that I decided to go for it. Yard & Coop might have just changed that now though. Knowing that chicken this delicious is available just around the corner is going to make it mighty hard not to keep going back for more! There are small plates, chicken portions and mains available on the menu, and although the burgers sounded pretty tempting, my boyfriend (and massive chicken-lover) and I decided to order a selection of bits to share to get more of an idea of what was on offer. We ordered the house-style fried chicken thighs, BBQ wings, tempura onion petals, slaw and last but definitely not least the “not chicken nuggets” – breaded fried halloumi bites. Yep.
Everything was absolutely delicious, with the halloumi & chicken thighs (which I was happy turned out to be boneless) unsurprisingly coming out top. The portion sizes were generous – we were happily stuffed – and the restaurant itself had a great vibe; chilled, colourful and quirky but with open spaces and plenty of light in a similar vein to a lot of the new warehouse-space-meets-bar openings that are popping up in Manchester at the moment. All in all, I loved it and would definitely visit again to try out more of the menu that we didn’t get to sample this time around!
Let me know if you have tried Yard & Coop and what you thought of it! For more info, check out their website here.