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
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.
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.