A Chilled Dinner at Yard and Coop | Manchester

November 27, 2017

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!

Yard and Coop Manchester - Two Large Gin and Tonics


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!

Yard and Coop - Monkey Balls in a Plastic Bowl with Dips

Yard and Coop Manchester - Amaize Balls in a Bowl


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!

Yard and Coop - Chicken Wrap with Fries on Large Plate

Yard and Coop - CAB - Chicken Avocado and Bacon with Sweet Potato Fries

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.

Yard and Coop Manchester


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,


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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.


  • Reply Laura November 27, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    I went to Yard and Coop when I visited Manchester a year and a half ago and I loved it! And I can definitely vouch that it’s great for veggies too – I can’t remember exactly what I had, but I know it included halloumi and tasted fantaaaastic. And the cocktails were so good too! I really want to go back now… xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • Reply MissPond December 10, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      The halloumi is incredible at Yard and Coop isn’t it?! I need to go back again soon, it’s always so good 🙂

  • Reply Gemma Fat Frocks (@Gemma_DS) November 27, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Gin & fried food is my ideal combination. Is this a new store? Would make a great addition to Cardiff in the food quarter of the big shopping centre/bar area as it is all a bit burger and Italian focussed at the moment. It’s all about Tim Hortons in Cardiff at the moment which I’m they to try as I was busy on the opening night 🙁

    • Reply MissPond December 10, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      No it’s been around quite a while now… Think it opened when I started my masters so like 7 years ago…. Eeek. Worcester is very burger/italian orientated too. We need more chicken places!

  • Reply Rhian Westbury November 27, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    I am a huge chicken fan and the monkey balls sound amazing. I’m actually in Manchester next Saturday so I’ll keep my eyes open for Yard and Coop x

    • Reply MissPond December 10, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      Oooh I hope you made it! If not you should next time 🙂

  • Reply Alice Cruickshank November 27, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    My god, the C-A-B looks life changing! Such huge portions!

    • Reply MissPond December 10, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      Massive portions! The C-A-B was pretty incredible 🙂

  • Reply Ruth Fishwick November 27, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    I’m yet to try Yard and Coop and I have no idea why because it looks amazing! Defo need to take a trip over there, especially for the Wrappers Delight, which sounds amazing!

    Ruth //

    • Reply MissPond December 10, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      You really need to check it out! The food is incredible 🙂

  • Reply Cate November 27, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Those fries look bang tidy – and love it when proper gin glasses are used!

    • Reply MissPond December 10, 2017 at 9:45 pm

      The fries were mega. The Bees Knees spicy honey dip is just the one. You know I’m always a fan of gin in proper glasses 😉

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