Whitworth Street’s original epicurean eatery and gin saloon, The Whim Wham Cafe, has launched its summer menu. The bar and restaurant, which celebrated its first birthday last month, now features a range of new small and big plates, plus summer salads. Highlights from Manchester Wire’s recent visit included the Homemade Shire Egg (£6, pictured) – featuring a soft quail’s egg wrapped in Lancashire black pudding and tender Cheshire rabbit, served with mustard butter – and honey and star anise glazed pork ribs (£5), accompanied by tangy coleslaw. Slow-roast shoulder of lamb (£12.50) and a particularly tasty beetroot bourguignon (£10.50), completed with braised herb lentils, stand out on the big plates list. The extensive menu also features pies from Manchester’s artisan maker Great North Pie Co. and a selection of ice creams from Ginger’s Comfort Emporium. The Whim Wham Cafe offers an impressive gin cocktail list and late-night platters too. This coming Saturday (29 June, 12pm – 5pm, FREE), it hosts a Vintage Emporium, with its next ‘Gindependance Day’ night scheduled for Friday 5 July (9pm – 2am).

The Whim Wham Cafe, Arch 64, Whitworth Street West, M1 5WQ, Tel: 0161 236 0930, opening hours 5pm – 12am Tue – Thu, 12pm – 2am Fri/Sat, 2pm – 9pm Sun, www.thewhimwhamcafe.com, @TheWhimWhamCafe

Chris Horkan
Published on:
Thu 27 Jun 2013