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Introducing my favourite restaurant of all time, Yard & Coop. In the short time that Yard & Coop has been open (summer 2015) I’ve been about 13 times, no kidding. Every time I invite someone up to Manchester or am asked for restaurant recommendations the first thing I ask is “Do you like chicken?”, which is pretty funny considering I don’t eat it. First and foremost Yard & Coop is centred around its buttermilk fried chicken, but that doesn’t mean I’m put out. Let me introduce you to buttermilk halloumi nuggets!
The restaurant itself is situated on Edge Street, neighbouring popular Northern Quarter spots such as Home Sweet Home, Ziferblat and Common. It’s round the corner from Shudehill bus station but easily accessible from the rest of the city centre. The design is done very well in playing with its name. Several booths are turned into “coops” with chicken wire and fairy lights, there’s a huge mural of a fox on the wall and your after dinner treat are a few mini eggs served in an egg box. They have definitely nailed every element to give you a very different and appealing dining experience.
The menu fits onto an A4 piece of coloured paper, yet somehow the options go on forever and it gets hard to choose! Start off easy by choosing your chicken and sauce meal or go straight into the deep end and order the Massive Cock Burger or Coop Kebab. Vegetarians or halloumi lovers will be happy to know that you can substitute most chicken dishes with the vegetarian alternative. That’s one of the best things about Yard & Coop is how it doesn’t offer a dull substitute for vegetarians but tries to include you in on what food your friends are raving about.
Whatever you choose, definitely try one of their sides. I’ve never not ordered their Battered Salty Jalapenos and even after several menu changes they’ve managed to stay put (for good reason I’m sure). Not everything is deep fried, you can get salads, slaws and beans which are all equally as good however this is definitely the place to indulge on cheat day. You can get a free side or cocktail with your main meal by signing up to their newsletter – gin lovers definitely go for the Jimi Hendrix!
A full meal can set you back just under £10 which is definitely a bargain for how stuffed you are when you leave and for the level of service you’re given throughout. I’ve never not been greeted with a smile here, something to add to the many things that keep drawing me back. Definitely go have a nosy and grab a bite or stay in the comfort of your own home and order it from Deliveroo.