Food review - Pie & Ale, Manchester

PUBLISHED: 00:00 11 November 2014

Pie and Ale, in Manchester's Northern Quarter

Pie and Ale, in Manchester's Northern Quarter

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Venue

Modern eaterie with an old-fashioned offering - pie and ale - tucked away in glassy building down a Northern Quarter back street. It’s part of the Bakerie bread and wine bar stable. There is a long bar, tables on two levels and outdoor seating too.

Menu

Essentially pie and mash, but with some exotic choices such as kangaroo, confit duck with plum or soy salmon in a filo pastry shell, plus bar snacks such as buffalo wings, oven-baked cajun wedges and crisp potato skins.

There’s always a vegan option and my meat and dairy-avoiding companion went for that - soy and sesame marinated tofu in filo pastry with spinach, rocket, sun-baked tomato, beetroot, olives and toasted sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Delicious, but not very pie-like in appearance.

I went for the Steak and Yippie Pie Ale pie - a proper belly-filling pie with beef, mushrooms and a rich gravy. To wash it all down, there’s a huge choice of beers from all over the world, but why stray from the venue’s own Yippie Pie Ale, when it’s a great brew for only £2.50 per pint?

Dessert choice is a little sparse, and on our visit, two of the three options had already sold out. A resourceful waitress sought out a cheesecake which wasn’t on the menu, however.

Decor and ambience

Lots of glass, brick, wood and hard surfaces, so gets a little noisy in the bar area of the restaurant when busy. If that bothers you, seek out the booth seating, upstairs and down, which is very cosy and quieter.

Service

Brisk and efficient.

Cost

Steak and Yippie Pie Ale pie with mash and gravy is £9.95. Even with a couple of pints each of the house brew, two could eat for as little as £30.

Pie & Ale

Unit 2 The Hive

Lever Street

Manchester M1 1FN

0161 228 1610

www.bakerie.co.uk/pie-ale

Louise Allen-Taylor

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