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What to try from their just-launched spring menu

IT'S best known for its craft beers which is unsurprising considering they've got about sixty of them. But there's more to No. 1 Watson Street than liquid entertainment. This place has honed its food offering recently with the launch of a new menu for spring. And we like the direction they've taken.

The new menu features American-Italian style dishes well suited to the laid-back feel of this unassuming bar. No.1 Watson Street is a very easy place to like but not easy to define. It doesn't try to be cool or quirky and it doesn't hit you other the head with a 'concept' as soon as you walk through the door. The décor is simple but warm. A little bit Scandi, a little bit East Village. All you really need to know is that it's a very pleasant place to go for lunch or evening eats with good service and good cooking.

The new menu retains their winning range of stone-baked pizzas, which includes classics as well as more imaginative creations. Then there's prime-quality burgers, ribs, wings, southern fried dishes, and sharing platters. There's a lot of tempting options here but we narrowed it down to our top three.

20170411 No1 Watson Street New Menu Spring Burger

The No.1 Burger (£8)

Look at this and tell us you don't want to take a massive messy bite out of it. The 8oz pattie of lean beef was juicy and thick, the home-made sauce was creamy and piquant, the cheese was tangy and oozy. We devoured it all in about four bites.

20170411 No1 Watson Street New Menu Spring Pizza

Salami and Broccoli Pizza (£11)

An odd pairing that works like a dream. Thinly sliced, spiced salami is scattered amongst purple stemmed broccoli and buffalo mozzarella. The dough is made fresh in the kitchen, giving it a springy, soft freshness.

20170411 No1 Watson Street New Menu Spring Ribs

Ribs with slaw and fries (£10)

These flavoursome baby back ribs are slow-cooked for eight hours to produce that falling-off-the-bone succulence. They're drizzled in a home-made smoky BBQ sauce and served with a side of peri peri skinny fries and finely-chopped slaw. So good you might have to order the full rack at £16.

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No.1 Watson Street, Great Northern Square, Manchester, M3 4EE.