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
Guess what? The Manchester Christmas Markets are BACK – just as they will be until the end of time. They’re an established Manchester tradition now: mulled wine, check; German sausage, check; silly jumper, check. They’re dotted all over the city and you owe it to yourself to make at least one trip to them this Yuletide season. Christmas isn’t Christmas without them.
Welcome Christmas in style thanks to the return of Manchester’s favourite ski-themed experience, Bar Hütte. It’s coming back to Spinningfields this winter to deliver an après-ski atmosphere like nowhere else in the city.
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.
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.
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!
Give the gift of Scranchester this Christmas and take the food lover in your life on a culinary tour of Manchester. Use the discount code CREATIVESCRAN (valid until December 20) and get 10% off gift vouchers which are valid for 12 months from date of purchase. Just tick the ‘purchase as gift voucher’ box when booking. Still not convinced? Read why we love Scranchester Tours.
Just Grand! Vintage Tearoom, Grand Arcade, 8-9 Grand Arcade, New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6PG - Visit now
Leeds’ favourite coffee shop, Just Grand are pushing the boat out this Yuletide season, opening on Sundays throughout December for winter warming brews, festive-themed baked goods and, of course, Christmassy Afternoon Teas. Well worth a special visit. You can even buy some sweet treats that Santa will actually enjoy (he’s sick of supermarket cookies, so he told us).
Knave’s Kitchen, 31 Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 7BT - Visit now
Knave’s Kitchen is probably the best vegan restaurant in Leeds, and that’s all thanks to how they’re breaking the outdated stereotypes of vegan food being all kale and lentils. You can expect glorious vegan junk food, and this December they’re putting on a Christmas menu that features dishes like ‘Christmas Wurst and Parsnip Bacon Bun’ as well as ‘Boozy Shallots, Root Hash and Lambs Lettuce Truffle Crunch’, ‘Peruvian Jack Fruit Ceviche, Corn Croquettes, Sweet Pepper Aji’ and ‘Yorkshire Seitan and Wild Mushroom Wellington, Rosemary Roasties, Mulled Cabbage, Buttered Greens and PROPER Gravy’. Now this is how it’s done.
Tattu, Gartside Street, 3 Hardman Square, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3EB - Visit now
Nowhere does Christmas quite like Tattu, and their expert chefs have been busy crafting a series of spectacular festive dishes. This festive menu is available now and it’s as jaw-dropping and delicious as we’ve come to expect. Treat yourself this winter.
Harvey Nichols Manchester, 21 Cathedral Approach, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 1AD - Visit now
One of Creative Tourist’s favourite Manchester eateries, the Harvey Nichols Second Floor Bar and Brasserie always puts on a good spread come Christmastime. This year, choices include Milford Farm turkey roulade served with pork and apricot stuffing, creamed Brussels sprouts and pigs in blankets, plus a classic handmade Christmas pudding for dessert. Wipe your mouth, you’re drooling.