Review on Sam's Chop House
The moniker 'Chop House' conjures up rosy images of Dickensian England, and this cleverly designed restaurant fits the image like a glove. Inside, it has been elegantly but traditionally refurbished, with handsome burnished tiles and timbers creating just the right backdrop for bowls of steaming brown onion soup and trencherman helpings of Lancashire mutton hot pot with pickled red cabbage and beetroot– all served by courteous waist-coated staff.
There's also more than a whiff of nostalgia about seasonal specialities such as potted shrimps, fish pie and genuine steak-and-kidney pud complete with a jug of gravy. In addition to this cavalcade of 'old wave' veterans, the kitchen tries its hand at re-construction and re-invention – witness king scallops wrapped in dry-cured Cheshire ham with a 'freshly distilled' tomato essence, or Goosnargh duck breast with orange, honey and tea sauce.
Complete your trip down memory lane with baked Eccles cake or bread-and-butter pudding with custard. The wine list is exceedingly tasty and the place even dispenses its own 'in-house' ale. Sam 's elder brother, Mr Thomas's Chop House in Cross Street, is also run by the same company.
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Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm Mon-Fri (12.00 - 10.30pm Sat) (12.00 - 8.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 5.30 - 9.30pm Mon-Fri (10.30pm Sat & 8.00pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card