Autumn comfort food from Alty's nomination for 'Best Newcomer'
IS there any dish more autumnal than this warm salad from Blanchflower Bakery and Kitchen’s new lunch menu? Featuring thyme and maple-roasted squash, with apple coleslaw, and maple pumpkin seeds, it's the salad equivalent of a pumpkin spice latte – designed to make us want to wrap up in big jumpers and kick our way through red and yellow leaves in a witches hat. (Or is that just us?)
Just what the body needs at this time of year when the cold weather sets in
Blanchflower is very in-tune with what's best from the fields, woods, and farms each month and plans its menus accordingly. This is a place that does things properly – baking, smoking, curing and pickling from scratch. And serving the right ingredients at the right time of year.
It's one of the reasons they were nominated for Best Newcomer in the Manchester Food and Drink Awards.
On their lunch menu you will find sandwiches such as 'The Autumn': ham-cooked in cider, with apple chutney and leaves on their home-baked sourdough (£6.45) and 'The Longford': hummus, roasted aubergine, spiced tomato chutney, and leaves on focaccia (£5.95).
Those with a bigger appetite can go for plates such as the comforting braised salt beef in broth with horseradish dumplings, baby carrots and kale and sourdough (£9.95), or the ever-popular quiche of the day, home-made of course, with salad, apple slaw, sourdough and chips (£7.90).
It's all hearty, nutritious, and healthy(ish) – just what the body needs at this time of year when the cold weather sets in.
Go and try the new lunch menu at Blanchflower this week. Food like this makes us almost glad to say goodbye to the summer.