A new-school urban pub if ever there was one, Beef & Pudding feels like one-part loft, one-part boozer and, thanks to a surfeit of white tiles, one-part public toilet. Despite all the rattling wire and shiny surfaces, it’s a relatively cosy city centre escape, and home to a proudly Mancunian menu. Crispy tripe and pickles, Lancashire cheese bonbons and, for exotica, prawns on sticks all occupy the starter section, while mains might be a ridiculously high ‘beef’ham’ tower burger, named after the Deansgate edifice and stacked with sweet chilli beef brisket, suet pudding and mushy peas, onion rings, chips and gravy. Some dishes might have been better left at the brainstorming stage, but no-one could accuse the kitchen of lacking conviction. Owners Paul Newman and David Mooney shared a background in restaurants before opening their pubs (this is the fifth of seven, all different), reflected in B&P’s extensive wine list.