Jack Spratt, Manchester
It’s a year since Manchester’s Jack Spratt announced its transformation from cafe to full restaurant – and the team have proved their formula for wholesome home-made food in a chilled-out atmosphere works well beyond the lunch time rush.
Located on John Dalton Street, just up from Manchester Town Hall, Jack Spratt has a laid-back atmosphere with a touch of New Orleans. Light and airy by day, the restaurant becomes cosier and more intimate in the evening with the help of soft lighting. A renowned blues playlist completes the feel.
The emphasis is on fresh food, and the menus change to reflect what’s in season.
Lunch was Jack Spratt’s original raison d’etre, and their enthusiasm for giving people a good meal in the middle of the day still shines through. If you’re in a rush, no problem – food is on the table within 15 minutes. Burgers (£6) are a succulent blend of top quality beef with unique Jack Spratt herb and spice seasoning, topped with bacon and cheese and served in a home-made glazed brioche. There’s also a vegetarian version, with sweet potato and feta (£5).
Mouth-watering sandwiches include Philly cheese steak – thin slices of pink rump steak with caramelised onions, fried mushrooms and melted cheese on a soft home-made baguette (£6) – and a posh variation of fish finger butties: beer battered fish goujons on toasted ciabatta with tartare sauce and rocket (£5.50). Hot dishes include Persian lamb taguine (£6) and a French omelette with cheese, mushroom, caramelised onions, and oregano (£5).
The early evening menu is a great after work or pre-theatre option. Two courses cost just £8. Starters might include sweet potato wedges with French onion dip and sweet chilli sauce, or bread with oils and hummus. For the main course, the minute steak with spring onion salsa, red onion and rocket salad is a popular choice, whilst the Penne Aara bursts with the flavours of sage, feta, and semi-dried tomatoes.
From 7pm onwards, the full à la carte menu kicks in. A varied selection of starters includes the Jack Spratt surf and turf platter for 2/3 (£18). This features chicken goujons, thin slices of flat iron steak, garlic and herb king prawns, home-made fish fingers and a selection of dipping sauces. There’s also a vegetarian platter (£15). For the main course, you might try Blackened Steak; a 10oz sirloin steak cooked in South American spices and Original Sailor Jerry Rum and chilli sauce, with sautéed potatoes and a spring onion salsa salad (£18), or Maker’s Mark glazed BBQ rack of bay ribs with purple potato, green bean and basil salad, corn on the cob and onion rinks (£16). Vegetarian options include dishes such as baby butternut squash stuffed with Cajun vegetables, served with Jamaican ‘dirty rice’ (£13.50).
If you’ve still got room, you can enjoy comfort-food dessert classics such as the sticky toffee pudding (£5). There are also lighter dishes such as the trio of panna cotta – gin and rhubarb, strawberry and cassis, and raspberry (£5).
Lunch or dinner, Jack Spratt’s is a great place to eat, chill out, and relax.
John Dalton Street, Manchester, M2 6WH
Online booking available here
Offer: 2 courses – £7.95pp