I know EVERYONE thinks this, but my mum really does make the best roast dinners. Bar the time the oven broke & she served up half cooked roasties to my new boyfriend, she has truly mastered Sunday lunch.
Now I’ve moved to Birmingham I rarely make it home to Cheshire for Sunday lunch. This means that roast dinners are now a huge treat, so when 1000 Trades invited me to try their new Sunday Jazz/Roast I was super excited. Especially as I’d spent the entire weekend moving into a new flat (which one week on still has no hot water, internet or washing machine…wahhhh).
The weather in Brum has turned pretty chilly over the last couple of weeks so walking in and spotting the open fire was a welcome relief. The atmosphere was cosy and friendly – perfect Sunday vibes.
The simple menu offers two meat options (Shropshire organic roast topside of beef and Welsh organic herb-crusted leg of lamb) and a vegetarian wellington.
They all come served with roast potatoes, Tempranillo-braised red cabbage, seasonal veg, a Yorkshire pudding, gravy and parsnip crisps (mine also came with yummy stuffing, but this wasn’t mentioned on the menu). As you can see from the picture, the presentation is lovely and the portions are generous. I couldn’t wait to tuck in!
The generous slice of herb crusted lamb was beautifully tender and full of flavour. The slight sharpness and crunchiness from the red cabbage gave a nice contrast to the rich flavours, and the other veg were all fresh, tasty and perfectly cooked. The parsnip crisps added texture and made it feel a bit more special – because really, who can be arsed making parsnip crisps at home?! If I was going to make any changes, I would make the potatoes a bit crispier (my mum still wins on these) and as a Northerner I prefer my gravy a bit thicker. Although no one will ever beat my mum’s roast, I reckon this is the best roast dinner I’ve had out and I’d definitely recommend it.
Price wise, the meat options are £13 and the veggie option is £10. It’s not super cheap but for the quality and quantity you get I think it’s fair.
Roasts are served from 12, with live jazz starting from 5pm. Unfortunately I had to leave to assemble an IKEA wardrobe so missed the jazz, but I can imagine this being the perfect backdrop to a roast and a glass or two of wine.
Whether you’re battling a hangover, hanging out with friends and family or taking a break from moving, a roast at 1000 Trades is a perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. My mum’s Sunday lunch will always rule, but this is a great second!
Disclaimer: 1000 Trades asked me to come & try their new roasts so my meal was complementary. All writing and opinions are mine as always.
You can get your jazz/roast fix every Sunday from 12 at 1000 Trades, 16 Frederick Street, B1 3HE. WEBSITE