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
Foccacia & Rye Bread with Broccoli Houmous
Little Gem & Pickled Vegetable Salad
Carrots with Pine Nuts
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 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.