the ox, manchester
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.
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.
another pick me up meal that wont break the bank!