We are lucky to be spoilt for choice when it comes to fresh, delicious and independent food choices in the centre of Manchester. Nowhere is this presence felt more than in the Northern Quarter. Join John Ryan, a charismatic and engaging tour guide, on this taster walk as you eat your way through the back streets learning about the local history and culture as you go. Across a leisurely lunch you will try five different taster plates. Expect a wide range of cultures, cuisines and establishments, each with a strong connection to Manchester and their surrounding area, whether that be learning about the origin of infamous curry house This and That’s name or meeting one of the longest standing stall holders at Picadilly market.
It is definitely recommended to arrive hungry as you certainly won’t leave the tour with an empty stomach. John makes the effort to get to know the tastes of the people on his tours and tailors each walk to their particular foodie interests. What you can be certain of is the quality of the food you’ll be walking to. John is thoroughly knowledgeable when it comes to Northern Quarter independent eateries. As well as showing you some hidden gems nestled in side streets and back alleys, he is very familiar with the menus and knows exactly what to recommend. As someone who has been guiding food tours for five years, touring in the city centre for ten years and part of Manchester Guided Tours, John will inform you about the artistic and cultural heritage of the area so that as you eat you’ll feel a sense of connection with the plate. It isn’t your typical meal out.
As well as running weekly tours John offers bespoke and private food tours tailored to individuals needs. However, the Northern Quarter taster tour is an excellent way to learn a bit more about the area while enjoying that most human of activities, sharing good food and good conversation.
Tours start at 11:30 every Saturday from outside the tourist information centre in Picadilly Gardens.
Dates and Times
Because of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, we are unable to bring you our usual recommendations for things to do in Manchester and the North. Our thoughts at this time are with our readers and with the organisations and businesses who make the North of England a great place to live and visit. We hope you stay well and look forward to sharing more unmissable events and places with you later in the year.
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