Sam’s Chop House
“Fucking hell” is the only appropriate way to describe quite how hungover I was after the delights of Umezushi followed by more drinks of more varieties than I care to remember. After a truly nightmarish drive to town when I thought I was going to turn into a pillar of salt, we called in at Sam’s Chop House for a restorative feed.
Sam’s is an institution in these parts. The interior is littered with historic detail and there’s an imposing statue of LS Lowry at the bar.
The menu focusses on pub classics. Their famous steak n kidney pudding seemed a popular choice, as did the tempting looking fish n chips.
But our collective – our party featured Frances, Katy, Darren, Luke and I – interest was caught by the corned beef hash. Four of us ordered that while Luke took the extraordinary decision to order the bacon chop for which he was rightly scorned.
While we waited, an order of beer battered pickles kept our hunger at bay. These were very good with crisply bubbly batter.
Although patience was not our strong suit, hence our scorning of Luke for introducing unnecessary deviation in our order, main courses were with us promptly. It looked like just what was needed. And to be fair the bacon chop looked an excellent choice.
The hash proved extremely pleasing. Topped with a slow poached egg and crisp bacon, the beef was outstandingly flavour-packed. It was as good a dish of its type as I’ve been served in many a day. It elevated my health level from “critical” to “moderately ghastly” which is far more than I could reasonably have hoped for.
So overall, even in my severely debilitated state I thought Sam’s was nothing short of splendid. I must return when in finer form to sample more from their list as it struck me as a place likely to please on many fronts. Go there next time you’re in Manchester and need saving.
Blythe scores Sam’s
4.5/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4.5/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 17/20
Today’s questers were: Frances, Katy, Darren, Luke, Blythe
We ate: corner beef hash (4), delaying bacon chop
We drank: sparkly water, cola, coffees
We wore: hangover recovery pants
Total bill: £112.53
Address: Back Pool Fold, Manchester M2 1HN