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 2021.
One restaurant in Manchester has a Michelin Star
One Michelin Star is awarded to restaurants offering high quality cooking using top quality ingredients. Dishes have distinct flavours and are carefully prepared to a consistently high standard.
Mana 80 - 155 GBP • Creative British, Modern Cuisine
This slick, modern restaurant is run by a talented team who choregraph your dining experience impressively from beginning to end. 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, in exciting, original dishes which are full of flavour.
Dishes could include: Raw oyster with English wasabi, fermented brassica and dill Birch-smoked trout with lavender and inoculated grains Baked apples with brown butter and oregano
One restaurant in Manchester has a Bib Gourmand
Named after Bibendum – the Michelin Man – the Bib Gourmand award highlights restaurants offering good food at competitive prices.
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. The appealing tapas dishes are well-priced, cooked to order and packed with flavour.
Dishes could include: Catalan bread with olive oil, garlic and tomato Chargrilled beef fillet skewers with mojo rojo Crema Catalana
El Gato Negro
... And plenty of others have a Michelin Plate
The Michelin Plate signifies restaurants serving fresh ingredients which have been carefully prepared.
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. Choose the four, six or nine course menu; the eponymous chef is known for his winning stints on the Great British Menu, and his modern British cooking packs a punch.
This neighbourhood wine bar in Ancoats provides something a little bit different for the city. It is run by a group of friends, who wanted to create a restaurant they would choose to go to themselves and offers a laid-back ambience and unfussy, modern food to go alongside its unfiltered and orange wines.
Also in Ancoats is this spacious, industrial-style spot, brought to the city by the team behind El Gato Negro. It’s a fun and colourful sort of a place, perfect for a catch-up with friends. Menus offer vibrant Spanish and Portuguese sharing plates; fish dishes are a highlight – as are the delicious Portuguese custard tarts.
This exciting, design-led restaurant on the 19th floor of No.1 Spinningfields comes complete with a cocktail bar and a glass-fronted roof terrace for partying, people-watching and panoramic city views. Cooking moves with the seasons and the modern British menus offer everything from refined dishes to homely classics.
Located in the impressive trading room of the former Manchester Stock Exchange (within the Stock Exchange Hotel), this restaurant comes with marble topped tables, leather booths and a wonderful domed ceiling. The menu is a fine example of how to keep everyone happy, with an appealing list of British brasserie classics.
Tast offers three experiences under one roof: the ground floor features a bar, the first floor is home to the restaurant with its Barcelona-style kitchen and the third floor hosts Enxaneta, with its set tasting menu. Expect unfussy, satisfying Catalan dishes – and don't miss the croqueta!
Located on the edge of the bustling Northern Quarter is this appealing, family-run French bistro which offers some great value menus. Classic French dishes are cooked with pride and skill and the results are extremely tasty. There’s also plenty of choice on the French-leaning wine list.
Fresh, full-flavoured authentic Spanish dishes are the name of the game at this relaxing tapas bar, where you can watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen. The menu provides plenty of interest and changes throughout the year depending on the availability of ingredients; 4 or 5 dishes per person should suffice.
We spent some time with Nathan Davies of SY23 in Aberystwyth, a recipient of One MICHELIN Star in the MICHELIN Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2022, as well as winner of this year's MICHELIN 'Opening of the Year' award
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