From Michelin Star to neighbourhood wine bar, tasting menus to tapas, Manchester has a restaurant to suit all tastes and pockets. Here’s our selection from the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2022.
Set in the regenerated Ancoats area of the city, this slick, modern restaurant is run by an enthusiastic and talented team who choregraph your dining experience impressively from beginning to end. The atmosphere is relaxed, and the open-plan room features high ceilings and glass walls, which help create a feeling of spaciousness. The open kitchen provides a platform for the chefs’ performance, and the surprise set menu features the best British produce, including foraged ingredients and plenty of seafood. These are brought together in sophisticated, well-judged combinations to create exciting, original dishes, whose flavours remain long in the memory.
If you are after authentic Spanish food in Manchester then this buzzy restaurant in the heart of the city is the place to go – sit at the first-floor counter, where you can see the chefs at work. Prime Spanish ingredients feature in the appealing tapas dishes, which are well-priced, cooked to order, generously portioned, and packed with flavour. Choose at least three dishes per person – the young team know the menu well and are more than happy to offer suggestions.
Set on the ground floor of the iconic, grade II listed Midland Hotel, this intimate restaurant features a moody colour scheme, striking chandeliers and central booths. The eponymous chef offers a multi-course tasting menu which is a playful homage to the North of England; dishes are well-presented, with generous flavours, and come with a choice of drinks pairings, called ‘tipsy’ and ‘not so tipsy’.
Its name is a mash up of Oslo and Manchester – the birthplaces of its two owners – and the influences of both can be seen in this smart, modern restaurant, which serves open Scandinavian sandwiches alongside salads and soups in the day, followed by small sharing plates in the evenings. Dishes come with plenty of flavour and texture: four plates per person make for a satisfying dinner.
This neighbourhood wine bar in Ancoats is run by a group of friends who wanted to create a restaurant they would choose to go to themselves. It provides something a little bit different for the city, offering a lively, laid-back ambience and a short menu of satisfying, modern Mediterranean small plates to go alongside its keenly priced natural wines, many of which you can buy to take home.
Also in Ancoats – and sister to El Gato Nero and Habas – is this spacious, industrial-style spot which is perfect for a catch-up with friends. It’s a fun and colourful sort of a place, so grab a seat at the counter or slip into one of the booths and order a tableful of the vibrant Mediterranean sharing plates. Fish dishes are a highlight – as are the delicious Portuguese custard tarts.
Tapas is served throughout the week in Tast’s ground floor bar and terrace, which extends out onto pedestrianised King Street, while the first-floor restaurant opens Thursday to Sunday for tapas, Catalan specialities and grills. Dishes are unfussy and satisfying – and there’s a great selection of Spanish wines, as well as plenty of beers, cocktails and sangria.
This fun, spacious sister to Canto and El Gato Negro occupies the old, vaulted wine cellars of the magnificent former Manchester Club building and its eye-catching décor has a rustic, slightly retro style. Small sharing plates take their influences mainly from the Middle East but there are also hints of the Mediterranean, so expect everything from mezze to kebabs, with piping hot pitta bread and a moreish Turkish delight cheesecake.
Located in the impressive trading room of the former Manchester Stock Exchange (within the Stock Exchange Hotel), this restaurant comes with marble-topped tables, superb flower displays, leather booths and a wonderful domed ceiling. Tom Kerridge’s menu – an appealing list of tasty British brasserie classics – is a fine example of how to keep everyone happy.
Sitting on the edge of the bustling Northern Quarter is this appealing, family-run French bistro which offers some great value menus. Classic French dishes like snails with garlic and herb dressing or beef fillet with Béarnaise sauce are cooked with pride and skill, and the results are extremely tasty. There’s also plenty of choice on the French-leaning wine list.
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