Turning off the hustle and bustle of Cross Street takes you up the slight hill of Chapel Walks, where Sam’s Chop House is hiding on a corner. Enter the low door and make your way down the steps to a very cosy and warm wooden cave. Normally quite busy but always accommodating, this pub has a lot of my favourite things of Manchester.
The pub has been around for around 140 years and along with its sister pub, just located round the corner on Cross Street; you could always call in at both.
The attentive bar staff welcome you in, wearing their black tie uniform. But don’t worry. It is definitely not in any way snooty. At the oval bar you can stand next to a bronze statue of the artist L.S. Lowry. My favourite thing to drink is a glass of their award winning wines. I like to have a large glass of Merlot which for a reasonable price (around £5) comes in a glass that you may think looks the size of a fish bowl.
The restaurant has a beautiful Art Nouveau feel to it and a great selection of dishes but mainly for the meat eater. As much as possible, the food is locally sourced. I really couldn’t pick something on the menu that is my favourite, so you must try everything at least once.