The Top 50 Places To Get Gravy In The North Of England
It's no laughing matter
Gravy: it runs in the veins of Northerners.
Manchester was thrilled when we thought we might be getting a Gravy Bar earlier this year.
And gutted when it ended up being a cruel wind-up.
There are few meals that can't be improved by the addition of the chocolatey-brown garnish, so we've picked out 50 amazing places to head for this meaty heaven up North.
They're not in any particular order - we think they're all frigging winners.
1. The Refuge
Roast dinners are probably the most likely place you'll find a gravy, and this city centre venue does it oh-so well. Sundays bring beef rump, suckling pig (£17) and half roast chicken - and the whole lot is bloody smothered in the good stuff. More here.
Oxford Street, Manchester M60 7HA
Head South out of the city to gravy mecca. Take their roast beef Sunday lunch and the beaut brown in its own little jug. That is PEAK gravy. And we salute it. More here.
559 Wilbraham Rd, Manchester M21 0AE
All of the meat you could ever hope to chow down on in this superior chain - and for £2.50 of your cash you can get bone marrow gravy. Just let that sink in. More here.
184-186 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WB
4. The Ship Inn
Low Road, Aldborough, Boroughbridge YO51 9ER
5. The Fox And Rabbit Inn
We all love a Sunday Roast (don't we?!) Belated post from adventures last Sunday to The Fox & Rabbit, Lockton - in the North York Moors and not far from Dalby Forest. Between three of us we ordered a roast pork dinner, roast beef and an off-piste choice for me, haddock and chips which deserves an article and a red carpet parade all to itself. The roast pork dinner (as pictured) came stacked on the plate with juicy slices of generous pork complete with crunchy crackling, apple sauce, stuffing and roast potatoes, not to mention a portion of delicious vegetables (red cabbage included - my favourite.) Every time we dine here we are not disappointed. All fare is home cooked, freshly made and appreciated 100% with fellow diners. A big win with full flavoursome meals and varied choices. If you're from York or nearby and fancy a drive, give this place a visit, you won't regret it... and don't forget to book a table as it's so popular!! Check out www.foxandrabbit.co.uk for menus and more info! . . . #york #uk #dining #food #restaurant #pub #foxandrabbit #delicious #foodie #yorkshire #pickering #yorkshirefood #ukfoodie #lasslovesfood #sundayroast #sundaydinner #foodporn #roastpork #gravy #amazing #delightful #sunday #eats #foodofinsta #instafood
Witness evidence: Steak and ale pie - ingredients sourced locally - comes with its own gravy jug and homemade chips. We also love this roast. More here.
Lockton, North Yorkshire YO18 7NQ
6. The Hermit Inn
A quaint country pub that boasts the usual homemade fare, but also offers gluten free gravy for those who need it. Smart. More here.
Moor Road, Burley Woodhead, Ilkley LS29 7AS
7. Royal Oak
This real ale spot is putting its money where its mouth is, with rich, heavy Old Peculier gravy for the win. More here.
18 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LG
8. Cafe Football
The Old Trafford viewing spot has a minced beef and Bovril pie that has been named the best beef pie in Britain at the British Pie Awards and the gravy just makes it. Take your credit card, mind, as it'll cost you about £15 if you want a pie, chips and gravy. More here.
99 Sir Matt Busby Way, Stretford, Manchester M16 0SZ
9. The Red House
'Liquor' is gravy to these guys, and it perfectly compliments the award-winning Amble Butcher of Northumberland pies. Parsley, meat or red wine based... Mmmm... More here.
32 Sandhill, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3JF
10. Sticky Fingers
Great name for this Rock Bar, which offers 10 different pies - with gravy for a fiver - and EXTRA GRAVY for 75p. Lush. More here.
152-154 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough TS1 3RB
This Bristolian company has made pies into an art form - and they're piled high with peas and mash and slathered in thick, rich gravy. Available in branches here and from stockists all over the place.
53 Church St, Manchester M4 1PD
12. The Cluny
Pies, music, pies - the former flax spinning mill has it all in its Kitchen. They offer 'rich gravy' with their bangers and mash and even the Chuck U Farley Po' Boy with slow-cooked steak, in a baguette with salad and Swiss cheese. Mmmmm. More here.
The Cluny, 36 Lime Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ
Sundays @ Brewski Beef roast with Giant Yorkshire pudding,seasonal veg,roast potatoes & Brewski Gravy. Lamb Back chop Poutine, with green beans,game chips in garlic & thyme cream sauce & gravy Veg Roast - Kale,Pumpkin & Feta Wellington with giant Yorkshire pudding, all the trimmings & fennel & red pepper gravy.
This Chorlton venue might not have been your first thought for the brown stuff, but their signature Poutine is totes gravy nirvana. They pimp it with chorizo jam, garlic and mushrooms and even buttermilk chicken. And they also do a mean roast... More here.
537-539 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton
14. Market Tavern
A charming old style pub on the picturesque market square, pies and pints are in plentiful supply here - as are 'lashings of gravy' on their famed Sunday roasts. More here.
27 Market Place, Durham, Dh1 3NJ
A spin on the gravy phenom, this favourite joint stocks buttermilk fried chicken to DIE for with lettuce, mayo tomato - and a FAT pot of chicken gravy. More here.
School Ln, Didsbury M20 6RD/Turner St, Northern Quarter, M4 1DW/401 Bury New Rd, Prestwich, M25 1AA
16. The Gravy Train
ICYMI - We've got two bits of exciting news for you: 1) Probably the biggest we've had yet and the reason we've been so MIA as of late - we're only gunna be bringing poutine to @glastofest this year!! That's right. We'll be at Hides near the Pyramid Stage. Tell everyone you know. The GTP is coming to Glasto and it's going to be mad. 2) And equally as exciting but considerably less stressful, we'll be making our first appearance this Sunday at Kings Heath Dining Club @digbethdiningclub 😏 So buckle up Birmingham, we'll be back in town. 📷 @streetcitycravings
This street food trader is found in Sheffield and at GRUB Manchester - but even ventures down to London to sell its poutine, boasting killer beef or mushroom gravy. More here.
Sheffield and beyond
The North being the North, even arthouse cinema and event spaces can bring out the good gravy when required. Red wine or veggie gravies adorn their Sunday roasts. More here.
2, Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN
18. The Rose ‘N’ Bowl
Co-organisers of the World Gravy Wrestling Championships, you can bet this is the best in the business. The homemade rag pudding and steak and mushroom pie both com with a rich gravy to die for. More here.
Newchurch Road, Stacksteads, Rossendale OL13 0UG
19. Pie & Ale
Competition Time!! To celebrate reaching 1000 followers on instagram, we are giving away a meal for two! All you have to do is like this picture and tag the friend who you would bring with you!! Winner will be chosen at random #instafamous #HypeHype #competition #pies #halfwayto10k #food #foodporn #vegan #vegans #glutenfree #manchester #mcr #nq #northernquarter #pieforyourthoughts
Where there's pie, there's gravy, and this Bakerie spoin-off boasts 'Yippee Pie Ale Gravy', 'minty gravy' and much much more. More here.
Unit 1 & 2, the Hive, Lever Street, Manchester M1 1FN
20. The Crooked Billet
Famed for its giant Yorkshire puddings - if your pud is not 4” tall it is not a real pud, according to them - they offer a meaty onion gravy alongside a veggie version. More here.
Wakefield Road, Saxton, North Yorkshire, LS24 9QN
21. Yorkshire Fisheries
Guys, it's a fish and chip shop, but that's just how we roll. They've got steak puds or pies with chips and gravy - and an extra portion of the brown stuff's just 65p. Pile on. More here.
16 Topping Street, Blackpool FY1 3AQ
22. The Pie Shop
Is there a better meal then Pie Mash Peas & Gravy when it dark and damp put that soggy sandwich away we all know what's better pic.twitter.com/hQUfu4AMcX— The Pie & Bottle Shop (@The_pieshop) September 5, 2017
They have pies. They have mash. And they have three gravy options - beef, onion or liquor. We'll have one of each, thanks. More here.
63-65 West Percy Street, North Shields NE29 0DJ
23. Great North Pie Co
The Bovril or roast onion gravy here smothers everything - including with baked beans. Well, we never. More here.
Market House, 26 Market St, Altrincham WA14 1PF/NEW in Ambleside/Farmers markets here
24. Leo's Fish Bar
This Northern Quarter icon is great at all your fried faves - but whatever else it is that you order, you just have to have the gravy. More here.
12 Oldham Street, Manchester, United Kingdom
25. York Roast Company
When we saw the Sunday roast burrito INCLUDING Yorkshire pudding wrapper onlin, of course our heads were turned. But it's the bloomin' gravy dip that really makes the whole lot sing. More here.
Two sites in York, one each in Chester, Salisbury and Shrewsbury - details here
26. Tom's Chophouse
Gravy here is on sausages, roasts, pies, corned beef hash - anywhere you want. and that's how we like it - it's 150 years old for a reason. More here.
52 Cross Street, Manchester M2 7AR
27. Blue Caribou Canteen
If you truly love gravy, you'll welcome it in all of its beautiful forms. The poutine from this crew shows that the meat juice has a habit of just making everything else better - including life. More here.
Street food traders who pop up at events all over - details here
28. The Bear's Paw
Don';t get distracted by the pie in this shot - although nomnomnom - but check out the JUG of gravy. That's how this joint rolls. More here.
School Ln, Warmingham, Sandbach CW11 3QN
29. Rain Bar
Gloucester old spot sausage with mashed potato and gravy topped with an apple fritter. A perfect winter warmer. pic.twitter.com/tXtj5otF5J— Rain Bar (@RainBar_Mcr) November 27, 2013
We've picked out an old favourite, above, but nowadays pies get more of a look-in here, and that's no bad thing - especially with chips, peas and bloody loads of gravy. More here.
80 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester M1 5JG
30. Pheasant Inn
Is anyone else getting bored of looking at pictures of gravy? No, us neither. This scenic spot has gravy served with pies or, if you're prepared to part with £2.25, gravy with everything... More here.
Higher Burwardsley, Tattenhall, Cheshire, CH3 9PF
31. The Koffee Pot
Back to Manchester's Northern Quarter for yet another poutine, and it's smothered in their extra special thick beef gravy. More here.
84-86 Oldham St, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 1LE
32. JS Restaurant
Manchester's top kosher eatery's got a beef menu to die for, offering onion gravy with its Cumberland sausage and mash, pan-fried ox liver and sautéed onions or slow-cooked shortcrust beef pie. Love it. More here.
7 Kings Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25 0LE
33. TNQ Restaurant
It's modern and swanky in this NQ spot, but man, they know their audience. Sundays bring beef, lamb or pork with all the trimmings and plenty of gravy. More here.
108 High Street, Manchester M4 1HQ
34. The Laughing Elephant
This new spot hasn't missed a trick with its roasts lavished in creamy rich gravy. We could demolish this and go back for seconds. More here.
290 Hale Rd, Hale Barns, Cheshire WA15 8SP
35. The Ship At Styal
A dream of a pub, this 17th century spot is a must visit. Their 'thyme pan gravy' sounds absolutely gorgeous - but while they offer extra Yorkshires for 75p a pop, they might want to offer extra gravy, too. More here.
Altrincham Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK94JE
36. Dale Street Eatery
Hello comfort, our old friend. This tasty little number is just one of the spot's gravy-drowned choices. We like. More here.
90-98 Dale Street, Liverpool L2 5TF
37. Lucy's On A Plate
Hiking round all those lakes practically demands a rich beauty like this plate, with that handsome sauce swilling across everything. This quirky spot is a lot of fun, too. More here.
Lucy's Of Ambleside, Church Street, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0BU
38. Greendays Cafe
Just because it's veggie friendly doesn't mean it's not gravy - this indie vegan an veg spot is here to show that. More here.
13a Little Parkfield Road, Liverpool L17 8UW
39. The Canal Turn
Waterside eateries are some of the best, and when they serve plates of gravy-drenched wonder like this... let's just say *heart eyes emoji*. They even have a poutine 'Northern-style' - with chilli or pulled ham, chips, gravy and Lancashire cheese. More here.
Lancaster Rd, Carnforth LA5 9EA
40. Slim’s Porkchop Express
Hold the phone - duck gravy now? Hells, yeah. This US BBQ meets Dim Sum fusion shizzle offers the amazing Coach bombay fries - topped with confit duck, duck gravy, monterey jack and a fried duck egg. More here.
85 Seel St, Liverpool L1 4BB
41. Food In The Fells
This is an outside caterer, but they're worth tracking down because of this shot alone. Mason jars of the stuff. This is what heaven feels like, right? More here.
42. Spit Roast
Eat in or take out, everything you can dine on in this stylish spot is a treat - but we're making a beeline for the roasts which lucky Liverpudlians can even get on Deliveroo. Swines. More here.
505 Smithdown Road, L155AE
43. The Forth Hotel
When all you can think about is sausage. pic.twitter.com/yh9vpvE8Si— TheForth (@TheForthHotel) February 18, 2017
Newcastle, you know how to breed some fine folk and some very delicious dinners. Case in point - Sundays here, with pork with crackling, beef or chicken with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire pudding - and the requisite gravy. More here.
Pink Lane, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Tyne And Wear, NE1 5DW
44. Ropewalks Lounge
Even the trendy see-and-be-seen spots know their gravy. Also, how amazing does this pie look? We're off to walk the rope... More here.
40 Hanover Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 4LN
45. Caribou Poutine
If we're all about the poutine here, we need to mention the UK's first dedicated poutinerie - still bringing the gravy joy in the face of all comers, carnivore or vegan. More here.
Unit 6, 5-11 Slater Street, Liverpool L1 4BW
46. Dicksons Butcher
Bear with us for going off-piste with a butcher shop, because this is not so much about the gravy as the fact that the North East is powered by the dish - but this has a special place in our gravy-soaked hearts, so you have to pop in for one - a saveloy dip. It's a smoked sausage in a roll drenched in gravy before being topped with stuffing, pease pudding and mustard. More here.
Use the store locator to find your closest one (in South Shields, natch)
47. The French Oven
Do love a good pasty ? Pop by and have a taste of these pastry parcels of joy pic.twitter.com/pLDCF8PEL6— THE FRENCH OVEN (@frenchoven) August 17, 2017
This bakery and caterer is award-winning and we can see why: the secrets in the gravy. Try the peppered steak pasty with steak in a rich beef gravy, the cottage pie with mince drenched in rich onion gravy or the gravy-sodden steak and kidney pie. Don't knock it 'til you've tried it. More here.
Unit 27 Grainger Arcade, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 5JQ
48. Lincoln Cathedral Cloister Refectory
Believe it, baby. Lincolnshire sausages tucked up all cosy in a buttie and sodden with gravy which probably looks a bit like this, above. It's always the quiet ones... More here.
Lincoln Cathedral, Minster Yard, Lincoln LN2 1PX
49. The Montgomery
It's £3 for a stockpot gravy in this modern-classic pub. What, you want something to put it on? Fine, try the steaks - ribeye or sirloin - or a big, hefty roast and tell us you're not in nirvana. More here.
47 Stanley Lane, Eastham Village, Wirral CH62 0AG
50. The Woodstock Arms
A mixed party will find their dining solace here, as the carrot and parsnip nut roast comes with veggie gravy while the roast chicken comes with chicken gravy. The red meats have a 'jus' - but we reckon it's a fancy gravy? More here.
139 Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury M20 2DY