The restaurant that sells Greater Manchester’s “cheapest Sunday Roast” and it’s huge?

While we’re all trying to tighten our belts now, the good old Sunday Roast is a treat that many of us still look forward to from a weekend. And we think we’ve found one of the cheapest full Sunday roasts in the region – at £5.50 for a huge portion with meat and all the trimmings.

At Dorvy’s Diner in Cadishead, the cheap home-cooked meals here have been devoured by residents for 18 years. And the cafe’s Sunday roasts are so popular, priced at £4.50 for small or £5.50 for large, they sell out by 1pm.

And it’s not hard to see why. There can’t be many cafes or restaurants selling such a great Sunday Roast – with FOUR of your five a day on it and TWO Yorkshire puddings for good measure.

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The giant version of the roast will set you back £5.50, and if it’s a struggle getting the whole piece down, the helpful staff here will get you a takeaway sheet to take home. Indeed, their takeaway versions of the roast are another reason they are so popular – with staff delivering them to local residents.



The mixed roast of beef and chicken?

But they also do a “small” version for £4.50 with just the one Yorkshire pud. There’s the option of roast chicken or roast beef, but you’ll need to be quick as dinner starts to finish at 1pm on Sundays, so most people get in early or pre-book.

When we arrived at 12:30pm they were out of a full serving of beef so we did a double of half beef/half chicken on one plate, with a full roast chicken on the other. Both portions were slathered in a rich gravy and I was stunned to see how many vegetables were piled up – there were cabbages, carrots, cauliflower AND peas – as well as both boiled potatoes and four roasts.



Inside Dorvy’s Diner, where punters love the cheap and cheerful home made food

Open all week, Dorvy’s is known for its hot, cooked breakfast and daily changing specials such as chilli, chicken tikka masala with rice and chips, ploughman’s lunch and mixed grill – all priced around £5 to £5.25 per day. You can get a chip shop for £4.10 or a large brunch for £5.60, while breakfast bars start at £3 for a bacon bar.

Karen Mellor, 66, has spent the past 18 years running Dorvy’s Diner in the Liverpool Road location, which has a retro restaurant. She said the Sunday roasts have always proved popular, especially with older residents in the area, many of whom deliver to them.

But Karen, like so many entrepreneurs today, is struggling to keep prices so low with the massive surge in both energy and food prices. Until the beginning of this year, the Sunday Roast cost just £5, but she had to raise the price to £5.50, but she says most customers are understanding.



Dorvy’s Diner on Liverpool Road

Karen said: “Everything has doubled in price – eggs have gone from £15 a box to £30 just as an example so yeah I had to add a bit on the prices. I don’t blow my own trumpet but people don’t come to me because they want neon lights and to pay £3 for a coffee they can go to the Trafford Center for that.

“They can come here for a cooked breakfast for £4.10 and a latte for £1.70.”

Customers love it here indeed – we saw young and old queuing outside the door to collect orders on the Sunday we visited. And the MEN were first warned about the great value meals by people who commented on our article on supermarket roasts last year saying we’d be “better off going to Dorvy’s”.



The chicken roast dinner at Dorvy’s Diner packed with veggies and two Yorkies

Karen says they regularly take pre-orders for many of their hot homemade dishes — including the Sunday roasts that generally sell out every week. Despite struggling with costs, Karen loves what she does and has no plans to retire.

She laughs: “I might get bored when I retire, so you just keep going, don’t you? I cook the whole main meal and enjoy it. The rising costs? It is what it is. You just do your best to carry on.”

Dorvy’s Diner, Liverpool Road, Irlam, Cadishead, is open from 6am to 2pm on weekdays and until 1pm on Sundays.

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