The outside of The Rose Garden in Didsbury Manchester. On a hot summer bank holiday, what could be better than a meal in a rose garden? My wife and I were looking forward re-visiting The Rose Garden – an old favourite of mine – as we hadn’t been for over a year. We decided to head to the vibrant Burton Road in Didsbury- the home of a number of busy eateries.

On arrival, we were quickly seated and the waitress took our drinks order: Diet Coke in an old-school 330ml glass bottle – just as it should be served. The restaurant has a cosy, bright interior with comfortable seating.

To start, my wife ordered the mush-room for frogs’ legs: frogs’ legs in a seasoned crispy coating, accompanied by an array of wild mushrooms. The frogs’ legs had very little meat, but they were tasty. I ordered the smoked salmon Scotch egg which was excellent. The egg was cooked to perfection and was surrounded by a smoked salmon mousse. A real winner.


For the main course, my wife ordered the Minted Haloumi & Pea Fricassee, which she enjoyed. Served as a smaller portion, it would have made a great appetiser. I ordered the Rose Garden summer holiday special, ‘Mexico’ corn on the cod. The cod was excellent, thick and well cooked with a spicy jalapeno and paprika coating, although it was served on a bean and baby sweet corn hash, which was a little under-seasoned. The broccoli with almonds, served as a side dish, was slightly overcooked but tasted good. The side order of chips were a little disappointing as I expected them to be thick and crispy but they were greasy and limp.


We decided to order one dessert to share and opted for the Sticky Apple Pudding which was very good: a small apple sponge floating on a toffee apple sauce with clotted cream ice cream.


Unfortunately, the Rose Garden wasn’t as good as it had been on previous visits, but the set menu was good value for money, the portions were a generous, and I feel that the Rose Garden is still one of the best restaurants in Didsbury.
 


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