The Jane Eyre opened in Ancoats back in 2018 and it has received a host of rave reviews ever since, including a mention from famed critic Marina O’Loughlin back in 2019, so when I heard that there were plans to open a second bar within walking distance of my home, I was excited to see how it turned out.
The Jane Eyre Chorlton is located in a lovely spot which used to be home to one of our old favorites for Sunday Lunch, although its fair to say that they have made a number of changes in what used to be home to The Parlour on Beech Road, including moving the bar, which seems to make much better use of the space.
On entering, you are met with decor and furniture that reminds me of a stay I had many years ago at The Standard on Sunset, which transports you to a dining room of the 70’s, with orange table tops and shelving units.
As The Parlour was somewhere we liked to visit for Sunday Lunch, we also made our first visit to The Jane Eyre on a Sunday, to try out the same.
On arrival, staff were welcoming and promptly showed us to our table, which I did worry was a little small for eating a Sunday lunch if we were to order a few extra sides, plus wine, which obviously we would.
The space around the tables is also limited, and the tables set for two, can be somewhat ‘cosy’ with neighbouring couples.
The wine and cocktail menu is ample, with a number of wines to choose from by the glass, including a Gavi, much to Indias delight. They are also able to make other classic cocktails not listed on the menu, so for me that included an espresso martini.
The Sunday Lunch menu comes as singular choices, or by choosing 2 courses for £24 a full three course lunch for £27. The mains consisting of a choice of Chicken, Beef or Pork Belly. (Full Menu Here)
Whilst I would usually opt for a starter and main, I wasn’t sure what to expect size wise and so went straight in for the main, which for me was chicken.
All the main choices are served with duck fat roast potatoes, herb roasted carrots, a root veg mash, pork stuffing, cavolo nero, a yorkshire pudding and of course gravy.
There are also a few extras ou can ‘top up’ with, including Cauliflower Cheese (£5), Creamed Leaks (£4), Pigs in Blankets (£4.50) and Honey Roasted Sprouts with Walnuts (£4). India very quickly added the cauliflower cheese and pig in blankets onto our order.
It was good to see a good sized piece of chicken and I was even happier with the way it was cooked, with it still being juicy.
India had gone for the Beef and this was also cooked perfectly medium.
Potatoes were crispy and flavoursome, although I would have liked a few more, maybe an option for extra on the side would go down well here, as who doesn’t like a few extra roasties.
The Yorkshire was also perfect, and I really enjoyed the root veg mash.
One thing that was disappointing was the amount of stuffing which was about the size of a 50 pence piece.
Space was also at a premium, with two plates and a couple of sides, I was always worried about accidentally knocking over the wine while eating.
Still with a bit of space in my tummy left over, I decided to try one of their puddings, with the Ginger Sponge jumping out. Other options included a Chocolate Biscuit Cake, a Cheese Plate or a Tonia Bean Tiamisu.
Just like the main, the pudding pleased and was the great ending to the meal.
The two course meal for 2, with a couple of extras and dessert, a glass of wine each, plus an Espresso Martini for me cost just £97.35, including service charge, which isn’t something we would do every Sunday, but is somewhere that we would return to every now and again.
The Jane Eyre Chorlton can be found at 60 Beech Road, M21 9EG with reservations available through the link here