Sunday roasts are amazing – that’s something we can all agree on. Anyone who tries to tell you they don’t like a roast dinner is a liar, plain and simple. Nobody is too cool for a roast, so just stop it. There’s no better way to end a weekend and you all know it.
Question: when you’re making a Sunday roast, what are the essential components? What’s any half decent roast dinner incomplete without? Forget about your seasonal specialties like braised red cabbage and sprouts (shout-out Christmas dinner) and your questionable cauliflower cheese – those are optional extras. Even Yorkshire puddings and stuffing, while both amazing, don’t fall under the ‘essential’ banner.
The answer: Meat. Roast potatoes. Veg. Gravy. It’s that simple.
Now, while there are different options for your meat and veg, the roast potatoes and gravy are non-negotiable. Roast potatoes are the foundation, and the gravy is the glue that holds it all together. These are facts.
Clearly recognising gravy’s pivotal role in the glorious roast dinner, Bock Biere Cafe in Manchester are now offering a Sunday roast fondue. Yep, that’s right. A Sunday roast fondue. And, dear reader, I’m hear to tell you that it’s just as amazing as it sounds.
Picture the scene. Out comes your fondue. but instead of your usual cheese, you’re presented with a bubbling pan of gravy. But this isn’t just any old gravy, this is Bock Biere Cafe’s biere bourguignon lava gravy, made with Belgian beer, and it’s incredible. And I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s incredible. Fill up a pint glass and drink it. Fill up the tub and have the tastiest bath ever. That’s the sort of level we’re on right now.
To go with your gravy, you get an impressively large chunk of 8 hour cooked beef brisket, which is so tender I found myself struggling to keep it on my fork mid-dunk. Then you get a bowl of fluffy roast potatoes, a bowl of mixed veg (carrots, broccoli and mushrooms) and a couple of Belgian waffles. Except these waffles are cooked with Yorkshire pudding batter, because of course they are.
Bock Biere Cafe, which describes itself as a European café, opened at the end of last year on Tib Lane, in what used to be Filthy Cow. And it’s a welcome change, if you ask me. Filthy Cow was fine, but with so many other burger options around, it struggled to stand out from the crowd. Bock, on the other hand, have found their niche and are sticking to it. They’re all about ‘serving the best of a lowlands inspired menu‘, along with a superb collection of Belgian beers, with 10 keg lines and dozens of different bottles on offer.
The interior of Bock feels distinctly European, with dark woods and leather, marble table tops, exposed brickwork (surprise, surprise), and a mish-mash of random prints, signs and mirrors lining the walls. It’s cosy, warm and welcoming – words which could also be used to describe the gravy, to be fair.
The fondue is available every Sunday, and only costs £20, which is a bargain when you’re splitting it between two of you. The rest of the menu looks delicious, full of sharing boards, fancy sandwiches and waffles, but let’s be honest, you’re going to get the Sunday roast fondue. Just give in. Don’t fight it. Lose yourself to the warm, bubbly goodness.
You can thank me later.