Features 2 minutes 24 January 2024

Where To Eat In Manchester

Discover the best restaurants in Manchester with the help of the Michelin Inspectors

Great Britain & Ireland 2024 Manchester Michelin Star Editor's Pick Bib Gourmand

Manchester is known for a great many things – its enduring global impact on both football and music among them – and today its lively cultural landscape is also home to some wonderful restaurants. What are you in the mood for? A buzzy bistro? Good value, delicious dumplings? Tapas on a gorgeous roof terrace? They’re all covered in our rundown of where to eat in one of Britain’s most exciting cities.

mana - One Michelin Star

Set in the Ancoats area of the city, this slick restaurant is run by a talented team who choreograph your dining experience impressively from beginning to end. There’s a relaxed atmosphere and spacious feel to the open-plan room, where the on-view kitchen provides a platform for the chefs’ performance. 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.

mana
mana

El Gato Negro - Bib Gourmand

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, generously portioned and packed with flavour. Choose around three dishes per person – the young team know the menu well and are more than happy to offer suggestions.

El Gato Negro
El Gato Negro

The Spärrows - Bib Gourmand

Under the railway arches near Victoria station, in the city's Green Quarter, sits this restaurant that specialises in pasta and dumplings. German spätzle play a key role in the menu – and the restaurant’s name – but expect to find the likes of gnocchi, pappardelle and pelmeni on there too. It’s all made in-house and offers great value for money, with the Polish pierogi a particular highlight.

The Spärrows
The Spärrows

Higher Ground – Bib Gourmand

In the heart of the city, not far from Piccadilly Gardens, three friends are making serious waves in the Manchester food scene. With chatty service, a lively buzz and ingredient-led cooking bursting with bold flavours, they’re providing a brilliant all-round package for the city. Dishes are designed for sharing and often utilise ingredients from their Cinderwood Market Garden. There’s a brilliant wine list too, showcasing small producers and low-intervention choices, of which you can find more at their wine bar, Flawd, in Ancoats.

Higher Ground
Higher Ground

Adam Reid at The French

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, provide generous flavours and showcase the personality and enthusiasm of the chefs.

Adam Reid at The French
Adam Reid at The French

63 Degrees

Sitting on the edge of the bustling Northern Quarter is this appealing, family-run French bistro which offers some great value menus. French dishes like snails with a vouvray reduction 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.

63 Degrees
63 Degrees

Erst

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 offers something a little bit different for the city, providing 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.

Erst
Erst

Another Hand

This welcoming bistro is located in Deansgate Mews, an elevated 'street' that’s part of the redeveloped Great Northern building in the city centre. Plenty of work goes into the vegetarian-led small plates, which are attractively presented and provide appropriately punchy flavours for such a buzzing setting. The nearby Holy Grain bakers provides them with some exceptional sourdough bread.

Another Hand
Another Hand
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