|Sam's Chop House Manchester - members' reviews|
"The food at Sam's Chop House is simply to die for. Actual homemade chips which are thick, golden and crunchy accompany most main dishes and my partner's medium rare Sirloin Steak was cooked to perfection. As a vegetarian myself I found there was little that really appealed, but the Vegetarian Black Pudding starter was out of this world, whilst the Rice Pudding that followed was truly the best I've ever had. The presentation too is immaculate and makes a nice change from the usual fare that is often slopped on plates with little care. Both the food and drink is slightly more expensive than I'm used to paying but it really is worth it. My only complaint with Sam's is the service staff; though they are smartly dressed and knowledgable with regard to the menu, I visited during a football match and the waiters seemed more intent on checking the scores than our comfort. It's definitely not what you'd expect when paying almost £30 each. The decor and overall atmosphere more than makes up for this however. The punters seemed a cheerful bunch and the chariacatures that line the walls are wonderful. Overall, Sam's Chop House would be my favourite restaurant in Manchester if it wasn't for the service staff" - Tanya, Salford - NEW MEMBER (19/2/11 visited on a saturday afternoon)
| "After visiting Tom's Chop House, we went to Sam's, which has the exact same menu but, to be honest, a lot cosier restaurant to dine in. I highly recommend the Corned Beef Hash, it has to be one of the tastiest dishes I have ever had! The staff are not overly friendly but it's still a nice place to visit and I recommend you try it if you fancy traditional English food at it's very best!." - Michelle, Rochdale ~ TRUSTED REVIEWER ~ (24/12/08 - visited on a sunday lunch)|
| "Last night, we found ourselves in town, seeing off a Spanish friend who is moving home shortly. When dinner options came up, something English seemed appropriate, since it wont be easily accessible in Spain. Strangely enough, after deciding on English food, we realised that this wasnt easily accessible in England, nevermind Spain. Anyway, after some thinking, we popped into Tom's Chop House for a drink, on the way to Sam's for dinner.|
So that we could try a few things, we opted for Ox Tongue and also Fish Cake starters to share, and mains of Steak & Kidney Pudding, Devilled Kidneys and Corned Beef Hash.
My personal choice of the pudding, was to be honest, one of the best I've ever had. Real hand made suet pastry, with a rich filling of meat. Whilst the filling was a touch dry, it came with a mini boat of gravy to give you the choice of how saucy you wanted the dish. The chips were brilliantly done too. I can eat a fair bit, but this was a massive pudding, and I was well filled. The other mains were also very nice, with the hash deserving special mention. I've not had many variants, but this was definately the best Ive had, and a far cry from the saucy, semi soup like hash which you could dip some bread in, which I was raised on as a kid. Desserts of Eton Mess, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Cherry & Almond Tart were also fine. The tart was a little overcooked, but other than this, all very nice.
I found £90 for 8 courses, bread and a bottle of nice Spanish wine, to be good value. £30 per head to eat out in town is totally acceptable.
I'd whole heartedly suggest Sams for anybody who wants a traditionally English feeling meal, in a world where our own regional cuisines have pretty much died a death unless you got to a countryside pub. Even the toilets had pull chains! It's warming, filling, slightly stodgy, very tasty, and brings back childhood memories left right and centre. Give it a go instead of a now traditionally 'English', Indian or Chinese next weekend, especially now the very traditional weather is making a come back." - Chris Handley, Salford ~ TRUSTED REVIEWER ~ (9/8/08 visited on a friday evening)