Monday, 13 November 2017

Elnecot Blossom Street Manchester 12th November 2017

Elnecot is a newly opened bar and kitchen in the trendy Ancoats area of Manchester and has a really interesting story, as to how it gained its name.

The first recording of Ancoats was in 1212, as a small settlement of a few dwellings, known as Elnecot, a name derived from the Old English 'Ana Cots' or 'Lonely Cottages'.

Elnecot have some excellent vegan options on their menu and are now offering brunch on Saturday and Sundays.   I have visited twice the latest being last night and I love the urban cool, modern but not minimalist inteior, with big sofas, trestle tables and a huge bar, leading onto a long open plan kitchen.

There is a concise wine list which includes British wines, many organic and biodynamic and so far I tried the Davenport Horsmonden organic wine made in Sussex, a clean and delicate wine, with a slight sparkle and reminiscent of a Portuguese Vinho Verde.   I have also tried the excellent Alfredo Maestro Almate Temperanillo, a full bodied but smooth wine and powerful too at 14%.

I am enjoying working my way through Elnecot's vegan options, I was dying to try the pearl barley arancini last night, but sadly they had sold out.

Aubergine & Mint Balls

Lemon & Thyme Roast Potatoes

Sexy Greens

 Foccacia & Rye Bread with Broccoli Houmous

Little Gem & Pickled Vegetable Salad 

Carrots with Pine Nuts 

 Disco Cauliflower 

The food is well cooked and seasoned, packed with flavour and even a simple dish like the carrots with pine nuts delicious, but could be so bland in the hands of a another chef.   I did a double take when I saw what I thought was Parmesan on the little gem salad, but it was actually Violife vegan parmesan cheese, which is fabulous.  

I had a chat with chef/co-owner Michael Clay, whose enthusiasm for his vegan options is obvious, his philosophy is vegans should not be palmed off with inferior boring dishes, so hence the delicious dishes I have sampled so far.

I am impressed with the whole concept of Elnecot, loved the venue, the food, the wine and the front of house staff.

What a great area Ancoats is becoming, with Ancoats Coffee, Ancoats General Store, Seven Brothers bar, Rudy's Pizza and now Elnecote to name but a few, I can see me heading up there in the future, I have got to try their brunch menu.