If someone asks me what I want to eat, it’s usually cheese, bread and deli meats. Well, it was a match made in heaven when I visited Blue Pig Manchester, as that’s what they do best. Plus, they create some of the coolest vegan cocktails I have ever tried in my life.
You will find the Blue Pig just around the corner from Shudehill and the Arndale, and located on a neat little corner with outdoor seating – perfect those rare and sunny days in Manchester where all you want to do is sit outside with a cocktail, eating cheese and pretending your somewhere abroad.
Inside the decor is a mixture of pub, bar and rustic shop – which works perfectly with the food and drink they serve.
The best bit about the Blue Pig menu is that you can pick and choose what you have. You can choose any 3 for £7 or 5 for £10 on the deli products. They also have happy hours on their cocktails, Monday to Friday, 4 pm – 7 pm, where you can get two cocktails for £10 (even more of an excuse for an after work drink and nibble!).
To start, I have the Lemon Curd Collins cocktails (£7.50), which is shaken up with Ketel One Citron vodka, Limoncello, lemon curd, vanilla syrup, orange bitters and a soda top. It’s citrusy and refreshing – the perfect naughty lemonade to cool you down!
I’m a big lover of strong, smelly cheese, so being able to pick the ones to try was great! I went for a Creamy Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire cheese, which was creamy and crumbly.
The Lancashire cheese went perfectly with the air-dried Dorset beef, which was tender and chewy. I recently found a love of Biltong, and this one has to be one of the best I have ever tasted. The beef also had a sweet hint to it, as it was marinated and soaked in juniper and port.
You cannot get any stronger than an 18 month matured cheddar cheese, and the Quickes extra mature cheddar was a show stealer. The tang goes well with the chutney and crackers.
My favourite cheese out of them all was the Perl Wen, a Welsh brie that was so soft and creamy that it literally melts in your mouth. I think it’s one of the nicest brie I have ever tried, and I know I’ll be a regular back at the Blue Pig just for this cheese alone!
Finally, the last meat that I tried was the Cumbrian Air Dried prosciutto ham which was sweet and salty at the same time.
The last cocktail I tried was the Gin Swill, a vegan cocktail made with Tanqueray gin, triple sec, coconut syrup, lime and pineapple juice, drizzled over with Chambord for that sunset effect. Sweet, fruity and fresh. A perfect summer evening drink!
The staff were so welcoming and very knowledgeable of the dishes and drinks that they serve. If you are stuck for ideas, they’d be able to help you out with the decision of what to try.