Hidden on a side-street off St Annes Square in Manchester, Annies is easy to miss. I must’ve walked past it a hundred times and never thought about what lived behind the partly covered doors at its entrance. A rumour that they served one of the best Sunday Lunches in Manchester lured me in, and I was glad that it did.
The unassuming entrance belies the wonderful quirkiness that is Annies. The 50’s style lobby and the spacious, warmly lit basement dining room reminded me of an eccentric New York eatery. Sat in their comfortable waiting area, I began to look through their Sunday Lunch menu.
To start I ordered The Chicken Liver Terrine; my friend ordered the Wild Mushroom, Garlic & Shallots on toasted bread. The terrine, a large portion of meat with a buttery texture, was accompanied by a well dressed salad, toasted bread and tomato chutney. Delicious. My friend wasn’t keen on sharing his mushroom starter, but seemed more than happy with his choice.
For the main event, we both ordered the Roast topside of beef: tender, slow-cooked, lean beef accompanied by a gigantic Yorkshire pudding, a well cooked assortment of vegetables and a generous helping of gravy. A great Sunday lunch.
The first two courses left no room for any further indulgence, so I decided to leave without trying the dessert. Annies is a characterful establishment serving a good Sunday Lunch, so I will definitely return – if only to try their their Sticky Toffee Pudding.