We had wanted to try a smokehouse in Manchester for a while now and Manchester Smokehouse and Cellar was the one we ended up in. It was Reds on the corner that attracted us over and whilst we were reading the menu we spotted the Smokehouse sign just down the road.
It was just before 5pm when we arrived and the place was pretty much empty. We were shown to a lovely large table with a sofa style seat on one side. We sat side by side and enjoyed the view out into the restaurant watching the comings and goings of the place.
You probably know my views on ordering tap water by now and they happily obliged with a nice big bottle, the cider was a bit on the flat side though! We decided on the Big Smoke, which is billed as all the best bits for 2 to share or a greedy one! In reality it’s more than enough for 3 to share!
There were Americans at the next table who were really enjoying there food and were raving that it was as good as America so we really had some high hopes for our food.
Or platter arrived and apparently there was sliced brisket, burnt ends, baby back ribs, chicken, pulled pork and sausages, it was all a little on the brown side! Served alongside was chips, beans, sweetcorn and garlic bread, however there was no sign of the promised coleslaw or pickled veggies. There were four different sauces already on the table and we found all of these to be delicious, especially the bbq.
We found all the meat had the same kind of taste and it was pretty difficult to distinguish one from the other, the sides were the best part of the meal and we had a lot of leftovers.
By the time we were ready to leave it had really started to fill up and they were turning away people who hadn’t booked. I’m not sure if we were just a little early in the day and didn’t have big enough appetites or it was coming off the back of a month without eating meat but unfortunately the smokehouse failed to blow us away and we wont be making a return visit anytime soon.