Christmas Food and Drink

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

The holidays are coming, the holidays are coming so it’s time to find out about the very best Christmas Food and Drink options in the North of England. And we have the lot. That means it’s time to eat, drink, be merry and do all kinds of things you might well regret in the morning.

Find out about the very best Christmas Food and Drink options in the North of England

But you don’t have to regret what you eat and drink this Christmas, courtesy of our guide to the best festive food and drink across the North, taking in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and more. We’ve plucked out some of the very best destinations out there, offering festive-themed food and drink, with an eye on Christmas parties as well as spontaneous days out at places that showcase the best Christmassy side of these major UK cities.

Time to eat, drink, be merry and do all kinds of things you might well regret in the morning

That means special pop-up bars, established favourites offering a special winter-themed menu of things to eat and drink (mulled wine and stuffing make a strong showing), the ever-present world-famous Christmas Markets – now in more locations than ever before, and everything else to make your festive season go with a bang. Yes, even more exhilarating and memorable than your wildly hilarious Christmas jumper, you wacky so and so.

Everything festive in the North to make your festive season go with a bang

And it’s not all calorific heavy meals either, we’ve included some of our favourite vegan eateries, plus the best independent venues in the UK. See it as a kind of pared-down advent calendar – make sure you tick them all off, otherwise Santa will be sad Santa and you won’t get anything good this year. Don’t blame us, we don’t make the rules.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Mamucium

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    Mamucium, 6 Todd St, Manchester, M3 1WU - Visit now

    If you’re looking for a filling festive-themed dinner at a decent price, Mamucium do a fine job. The food hovers around the semi-high-end range, and most dishes look very pretty indeed, backed up with hearty seasonal flavours.

  • 2. El Gato Negro Tapas

    El Gato Negro Tapas
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    El Gato Negro Tapas, 52 King Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 4LY - Visit now

    Let El Gato Negro bring festive cheer and plenty of tapas to the table this Christmas. It’s always a good time to go to El  Gato, but their £50 per head Christmas menu makes for an especially tempting break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas.

  • 3. Randall & Aubin Manchester

    Randall And Aubin Manchester
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    Randall & Aubin Manchester, 64 Bridge St, Manchester, M3 3BN - Visit now

    If you’re looking for a quality Christmas dinner with a little bit of a modern twist, head over to the always-good Randall & Aubin. They have options for two and three-course meals, or event just a roast turkey dinner starting at £18. All that’s missing is the Queen’s speech.

  • 4. Gaucho Manchester

    Gaucho Manchester
    Gaucho Manchester

    Gaucho Manchester, 2a St Mary’s Street, Manchester, M3 2LB - Visit now

    For something slightly alternative, Gaucho has put together ‘a haven away from the usual take on the festive season’ with a festive menu opting for a minimal approach without all the fanfare. Even their simple decorations are designed not to offend. We’re big fans!

  • 5. The Bay Horse Tavern

    The Bay Horse Tavern

    The Bay Horse Tavern, 35-37 Thomas St, Manchester, M4 1NA - Visit now

    The Bay Horse Tavern has quietly become one of the finest old school pubs in Manchester, ditching the spit and sawdust feel, and going for a modern, but warm and welcoming atmosphere. If you’re looking to try one of the best Christmas dinners in the city, you won’t be disappointed here.

  • 6. Mojo


    Mojo, 59 Bridge St, Manchester, M3 3BQ - Visit now

    Thinking ahead to New Year’s Eve? Wildly popular late-night bar Mojo has everything you could possibly want to carry on the festivities into 2020.

  • 7. Ducie Street Warehouse

    Ducie Street Warehouse
    Ducie Street Warehouse

    Ducie Street Warehouse, Ground Floor, Warehouse, Ducie St,, Manchester, M1 2TP - Visit now

    Head by the city’s latest, greatest multiplex to be wowed by the enormous Christmas tree, created by Manchester artist Kieran Leach.

  • 8. Pho Manchester

    Pho Manchester, Unit 15, The Corn Exchange, 37 Hanging Ditch, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 3TR - Visit now

    Pho Manchester has a brand new Christmas menu, including a carefully-crafted vegan menu that stands up very well indeed. Not just for lovers of Vietnamese food.

  • 9. Knave’s Kitchen

    Knave's Kitchen

    Knave’s Kitchen, 31 Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 7BT - Visit now

    Knave’s Kitchen is probably the best vegan restaurant in Leeds, and this December they have a fantastic plant-based junk food menu that both tastes great AND helps the environment.

  • 10. Dishoom Manchester

    Dishoom Manchester

    Dishoom Manchester, 32 Bridge St, Manchester , M3 3BT - Visit now

    One of Creative Tourist’s favourite Manchester eateries, Dishoom always puts on a good spread come Christmastime. Expect all your usual favourites, with some special festive-only treats. Wipe your mouth, you’re drooling.

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