It feels like ages ago now, but the other weekend I returned to Manchester for a weekend away. My first evening away gave me time to catch up with Ms M. We headed to Yard and Coop in the Northern Quarter for a chilled out dinner.
I’ve visited Yard and Coop several times, so I know exactly what it’s all about. For those that don’t, it really is the home of Buttermilk Chicken in Manchester. Meaning the menu is perfect for any chicken lover. But don’t worry, they do cater for veggies too – the Not Chicken Nuggets (have raved about before) are well worth trying, even if you’re a meat eater!
It had been a long day for Ms M, so we decided for big gins. Served the proper way, in copa glasses and with a wonderful garnish. These hit the FriYAY spot. I know I’m a gin fiend, but there is an extensive drinks menu for those wondering. From beer, to cocktails and mocktails, they have it for you. They also have cherry aid, which I alway order as well. Makes me feel like a kid!
We ordered some sides to go with our main event. To be honest, we probably should’ve shared one side between us. The portions are no mean feat at Yard and Coop. Ms M opted for the Monkey Balls, not monkey, don’t worry! These were buttermilk chicken breast, served with BBQ and Spicy Honey Bee dips. They were also pretty delicious too. I opted for the Amaize Balls, sweetcorn balls with chilli and coriander. Sadly they weren’t as spicy as I was expecting them to be. They were nice, but not for me. Next time it’s the Not Chicken Nuggets again!
The Main Event
See what I mean by epic portions?! You will not go hungry! I went for the Wrapper’s Delight, a fried chicken wrap with salad and sauce. It was an epic eat, but bloomin’ delicious. I probably would’ve wanted some cheese in there, if I’m being picky. But all the same, it was tasty! I kept my fries as plain old normal fries, these were crisp and well cooked. Not a soggy chip in sight! Ms M opted for the C-A-B, this is an open sandwich of avocado, chicken and bacon. It was HUGE! She really enjoyed, although there wasn’t enough avo for her liking, but overall she did a good job at devouring it. I’m not a fan, but she had sweet potato fries and she said these were also cooked perfectly.
Overall we really enjoyed our meal at Yard and Coop. Now I must admit, it was a busy Friday evening and we got forgotten about a little bit at the end when we wanted another drink after our mains. But we were finishing just as a table of about 20 guys turned up for a stag do! So it was understandable – and a bit chaotic! But we were asked during our meal if everything was OK and our server was friendly when we spoke. As ever the food was great and the restaurant was packed out. I think that says it all about Yard and Coop. It really has become a Manchester staple and I would highly recommend you pay it a visit.
Have you been to Yard and Coop before? What would you order? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. We received our meal on the house in turn for an honest review. As ever, all words, photos and opinions are my own.
P.P.S. Yard and Coop is located at 37 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HW.