The first rule of Sunday Lunch Club is that you do talk about Sunday Lunch Club. Well, it's not technically an official club but every month or so myself, Rebecca and Laura meet up and try out a different roast in Manchester. Our plan is to find the best one in the city but it's also an excuse to sped hours chatting and eating, one of our favourite hobbies.
Last weekend we put The Old Wellington to the test after they invited us in to give it a whirl. I'd been to The Old Wellington plenty of times before, but had never actually been inside thanks to their suntrap of a beer garden that they share with Oyster Bar, so I was really intrigued to see what the food would be like. We also welcomed a new member to Sunday Lunch Club as Kate joined us for the first time!
We couldn't have picked a better day to pop in, the weather was beautifully sunny and the sky was bright blue. Before we ventured in to sample the food, we explored the area a little. The Old Wellington is right next to Manchester Cathedral and one of the most beautiful blossom trees, it would have been rude not to have taken a snap! I wore my usual weekend uniform of COS culottes and a breton tee with M&S block heels, Larsson & Jennings watch (similar here) and my trusty APC half moon bag, nothing too exciting there but I thought I'd show you anyway! Thanks to Kate for the photo too.
The interior of the pub was so much prettier thank I was expecting, we headed upstairs to the dining room which was small but perfectly formed full of traditional, dark wood furniture, beams and beautiful windows, with bright pink flowers dotted around for a splash of colour. The sunlight was streaming in through the beautiful windows and we picked a sunny spot where we could look out across the city.
We immediately ordered gins all round, with tonic for everyone else and elderflower lemonade for me, and started our day off with a cheers!
Even though it was the hottest day of the year so far, we had to indulge in the Sunday Roast as it sounded so good! Rebecca, Kate and I all went for the Ham Hock Roast with all the trimmings whereas Laura went for the slightly more weather appropriate Fish and Chips.
When the food came out we were all slightly taken aback by the portion size as they were huge (my preferred portion size tbh) but we made it our mission to tackle them nonetheless. The food was really good, a proper traditional pub lunch in a beautiful traditional setting. We will definitely be heading back in the winter to experience the roast again when it's chilly outside and we're in need of some serious warming up.
Even though we were stuffed beyond belief, we somehow managed to find room for dessert. The dessert menu was full of classics and all sounded pretty delicious, we went for lemon tarts and a crumble, all of which were delicious. We were so full by this point we rolled ourselves out of the door and pottered around the shops in a vain attempt to burn off some calories.
If you're looking for somewhere to go today or tomorrow for a bit of lunch or a few drinks in Manchester city centre, why not try out The Old Wellington? We really enjoyed our visit and can't wait to try it again! You can find out more info here.
*Our meal was complimentary in return for an honest review, as always all opinions are my own.