Yorkshire born and bred, it’s no surprise that we Greedy Sisters just love a Sunday Roast. Despite being a veggie, a Sunday dinner with all the trimmings (minus the meat!) is definitely in my top five favourite meals of all time. But when you’ve had an especially indulgent weekend, a slightly lighter, fresher alternative is called for. And that’s exactly what awaited me on a recent trip to The Rose Garden, Didsbury, one sunny Sunday afternoon.
The crisp, minimalist décor of The Rose Garden provides a calm haven from the bustling Burton Road in West Didsbury. I sat back and with a refreshing apple juice and soda while browsing the tempting summer menu, and could have happily eaten the majority of the dishes on there.
To start, I chose a feta salad with watermelon and pine nuts, with tasty nuggets of kalamata olives balancing out the tang of the fruit and feta. I couldn’t resist sampling a bite of the mackerel two ways; a delicate, gently cooked fillet alongside a cute mackerel ‘scotch egg’; a runny quail’s egg encased in mackerel and coated in crispy breadcrumbs.
For my main course I chose a not-so-healthy-but-utterly-delicious pear and blue cheese tarte tatin. I was expecting a modest slither of tart, but I was happy to be proved wrong when greeted by a hearty, whole tarte tatin topped with crunchy leaves and chicory, and had no problem polishing off the entire plate.
At £17.95 for two courses, with an exciting menu, delicious produce and elegant presentation, The Rose Garden was good value. Oh and I’ve heard they do a very nice Sunday roast too so I’ll have to return – purely for research purposes, of course.