the ox, manchester

by thinhungrygirl

when you’re in the need for some good pub grub, head here.

inside, everything feels like your traditional boozer – dark wood, bench seating and a range of proper ales on the taps. the food, however, is not your standard fair.

the menu offers you a range of choices – pies, fish & chips, burgers, sardines, a cheese board, belly pork – so far it all sounds quite normal, right? where the ox really shines is the presentation. clean lines, clean plates and clean tastes.

2013-07-29 20.25.04goats cheese starter

2013-07-29 20.26.23courgette fritters

2013-07-29 20.44.57piri-piri chicken

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belly pork

2013-07-29 20.45.55fish & chips

my choices were the goats cheese and piri-piri chicken; opting for the cheapo menu, it was two courses for £12.50 – a great price for the quality of food you’re getting.

the goats cheese was close to perfect. creamy, with a great balance between breadcrumbs and cheese, the red pepper really helped to add depth to the plate. the piri-piri chicken was thigh instead of breast, so super tender and moist, and the flavour of the chorizo really came though. i’m not a huge fan of new potato, so that’s the only bit of the dish i would’ve changed, perhaps serving with rice instead to form more of a stew. but that’s just personal!

if you’re feeling naughty, or have just had a few glasses of wine (guilty!), the desserts here are worth a try. i opted for the lemon tart with raspberry sorbet. the sorbet was more ice-cream than sorbet, with a deep raspberry flavour reminding me hugely of fruitella sweets, and the lemon tart was nice and tangy, with good thick pastry.

2013-07-29 21.22.32ice-cream or sorbet?

another pick me up meal that wont break the bank!