Name of Restaurant
The Bird at Birtle Pub and Restaurant on the border of Rochdale and Bury in a semi rural setting. It is owned by TV chef Andrew Nutter, who is the Executive Chef and Proprieter.
Reason for Visit
It was a lunch date in August 2018 with one of my oldest girlfriends. Our reservation was for 12.45. We are both retired now after long nursing careers, but still don’t find the time to meet up as often as we like. We are both foodies and like to introduce each other to new places to eat. This was my choice and my second visit. Last visit to The Bird at Birtle was with my husband and we both really liked the venue and food.
First Impression of The Bird at Birtle
It was once an old country pub and the original name The Bird in Hand can be seen still. It is a stone building that looks like it has been around forever but now has been stonewashed and given a modern face lift with etched glass doors and windows. The overall look is very inviting. We parked at the back and here there is a real modern twist. Roof to floor windows with graphite frames, that look over open fields. Throughout the restaurant and pub there are strong connections to Lancashire, popular Lancashire quotes are hung in frames around the place. Plus a large, colourful mural is in Pride of Place above the stairs.
Time To Get Served/Attention
I had telephoned a couple of days before to make a booking for 12.45 lunchtime. The restaurant serves from 12MD to 14.30 and then the kitchen closes and reopens again at 18.30. We were met and greeted immediately and led to our table, which was right next to the window.
The menu is fabulous, with so many delicious choices, a wide mix of choices plus there was also a specials menu to accompany it. We both decided to have a main and a dessert, but took a while to choose and changed our minds a couple of times. Finally we both chose the Twice baked cheese souffle, mediterranean vegetables and pesto salad. This was absolutely delicious, all elements of it were cooked to perfection.
For dessert I chose Treacle Sponge and Custard, this was the favourite dessert my late mother used to make on a Sunday. She is a hard act to follow and I have yet to find one close to hers. This one from The Bird at Birtle though is IT! Light, fluffy sponge with a rich layer of dark treacle on top with the perfect portion size serving of custard. My friend chose the Sticky Toffee pudding, again she thought this was cooked to perfection. Both have a side garnish of piped cream and a fresh strawberry. As my friend was driving she drank water, while I enjoyed 2 nice glasses of Medium Dry house wine, which was very palatable. One little touch that I really liked was when bringing our water and wine the waitress also brought another glass filled with ice and a pair of serving tongs. A simple but thoughtful touch, the number of times I’ve been out with friends when one of the party requests ice for either wine or other drinks. Top marks The Bird at Birtle Let me add here – I personally think ice in wine is a No – No!
Efficient and friendly, no complaints or concerns on this front
This is a lovely venue in a fabulous location with good views. The food is excellent, especially the desserts! The clientele is a little upmarket. Overall I think this is a fabulous restaurant for both special occasions, family get together’s or informal lunches.
Would I Visit Again
In the words of Simon Cowell – quite simply – it’s a YES from me! The Bird at Birtle is a top class restaurant.
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