Taking a trip into Salford in Manchester earlier in the week, I took the lovely Jenny from The Brick Castle on a review trip to the Henry Boddington pub as a mid week treat.
Part of the Sizzling Pub & Grill chain, The Henry Boddington is a substantially sized pub offering slightly more than you bargained for. Not only can you enjoy watching the sports whilst enjoying a drink, but there is a rather large dining area where you can feast on ridiculously good pub grub.
Having never visited a Sizzling Pub before, Jen and I did not know what to expect and it really did take a lot longer than expected to peruse the extensive menu. All vegetarian dishes were clearly marked with the green V that even I now find myself checking for and with plenty of options to choose from, both of us were in our element!
We started with the Share Your Veg platter (£8.79) from the It’s Too Good To Share starter section. This included Corn nachos, BBQ beans, Chargrilled garlic bread, jalapeño bottle caps, beer battered mushrooms & onion bites with house dressed slaw, sour cream & American style relish dips.
In all fairness, we could have shared the starter and still been sufficiently full, there really was so much food and it was very good value for money! Each food item was neatly presented in old school retro dishes and the Beer Battered Mushrooms and Onions were sublime.
Being a meat eater, I plumped for the BBQ Pulled Beef Brisket and Sour Cream Tostada (£3.79). Encased in two crispy flour tortillas with plenty of tomato and onion salsa, this starter was full of flavour and the tortillas were amazingly crispy and each bite was very satisfying and filling.
The Old Faithful beef burger (£7.29) with streaky bacon and American cheese sauce, complete with house fries, lots of red onions and tomato and a pot of house dressed slaw. It was an absolute plateful of a meal and each bite was succulent. The meal was well cooked and very well presented. The Burger Shack section of the menu is awesome, with lots of deliciously tasty sounding burgers. With options of double stacking burgers… a special offer includes a burger and soft drink starting from £5.79 depending on the burger you choose.
Jen, being the vegetarian, plumped for Cauliflower and Red Pepper Masala (£6.79) with poppadoms, rice, mango chutney and mint raita. You can add naan bread, onion bhaji, vegetable samosa and more chutney for £1.50. Jen was in her absolute element, for her, it was something different from the usual vegetarian options we tend to find and we both happily chomped away out our main meals.
By this stage, I was flagging. I was seriously full on delicious carbohydrates. The meal was very substantial and very good value for money, but Jen, like an Army Major, encouraged me to peruse the Dessert Menu… kudos to her, because no meal is truly ever finished without a dessert! We had help with recommendations… that is what I really appreciated. The staff were happy to be on hand to help offer advice and were lovely throughout our time at the Henry Boddington.
We finally decided on the Chocolate Brownie with Belgian chocolate sauce, vanilla ice-cream and an Oreo Cookie Crunch topping (£3.69) and Chocolate Meringue Pie with whipped cream and Cadbury chocolate sprinkles (£3.89). For the entire time we were eating, I do not think we uttered a sound, except to make it obvious we were in chocolate heaven. The dessert menu offers a great selection of treats, including sundae’s – perfect for ice cream lovers!
The atmosphere in the Henry Boddington is great, with space between the tables, diners were not imposing on other tables even at the height of lunchtime. For that, it’s a great place to take children, especially with so much space outside. The staff certainly made the pub what it is… alongside the surprisingly yummy food – a special thanks to Mark and Ainsleigh for making our visit so enjoyable.
Food is served until 10pm, which is awesome, you don’t feel like there is a rush to eat before a certain time… perfect for a snack later on in the evening!
Will we be returning? Most definitely and next time we shall be taking our families with us. The food was delicious and plentiful and seriously good value for money. The Henry Boddington is well placed, very close to Manchester City Centre and for anyone travelling to visit the pub, it is a couple of minutes from the motorway. To make life easier, you can check the menu on the site and also have a look at the special offers before your visit!