Tweet Eats: Pointing Dog in Cheadle Hulme
Good food in Manchester is not in short supply, I'm pretty sure I'd be quite happy eating out in Manchester every day and not get bored. I might get quite fat though...
Me and The Man ventured about 20 minutes outside of Manchester to Cheadle Hulme in search of pastures new and to try out Pointing Dog, a restaurant where the menu had me at Chocolate Cake in a Jar.
The restaurant looks like an old converted barn and is full of snuggly corners, open fires and, for some reason, antlers. We felt right at home and the log burning stove next to us was a very welcome addition seeing us the temperature was in single figures outside.
Before we'd even started out meal, they gave us some Pdog homemade crisps to go with our drinks while we perused the menu. These were actually one of the best things about the meal and I had to fight The Man for the last one, they were so good!
We shared an antipasto platter which was a huge plate covered in toasted focaccia, hand torn cow's milk mozzarella, prosciutto and other savoury treats. It all tasted lovely but it wasn't the delicious platter we'd had in mind when we had ordered it, I kind of wish I'd been more exciting and tried one of the other starters like the shredded duck hash up or the chilli squid taco, but I guess there's always next time!
We went a couple of weeks ago now and I still crave what I had for my main meal, it was the perfect Autumnal dish, all warming, rich and so very tasty. I had the Venison Bourguignon with celeriac mash, I have nothing else to say about it other than you need it in your life. The Man had steak, cooked exactly as he asked and from the mouthful that I stole is everything that you'd expect from a tender fillet steak.
Let me tell you about dessert, as one of my favourite things in the World, dessert is kind of a big deal. I had already fallen in lust with the thought of the Chocolate Cake in a Jar from seeing the image below on the website and it exceeded expectations. The jar was full of a mess of praline, chocolate fudge brownie, chocolate frosting and hazelnuts with fudge sauce and white chocolate ice cream on the side, YUM. It's probably worth the trip out of Manchester for this alone.
The Man opted for cheese (standard) and selected the three strongest cheeses from the board the waitress brought over to us. With biscuits, relish and grapes on the side, it looked delicious.
All of the staff were so lovely and attentive all night, offering suggestions for which cheese, telling us a little more about the wine and generally being great hosts. All in all, we had a lovely evening and left full of yummy food, definitely worth the trip.
To find out more about Pointing Dog and to lust over the menu, visit their site here. There is one in Cheadle Hulme and in Bakewell so it's not just for you Manchester lot!