Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

Summer is officially over, and after a few weeks of wildly varied weather (three cheers for climate change!) it’s time to settle down to autumn. That means a host of indoor options, including a few must-go events involving wine and even one looking ahead to the winter months.

Liverpool makes a strong showing, with a wonderful new vegan restaurant proving a highlight of the month, but there’s pizza and coffee in Manchester, an alliteration-tastic deep dive into the delicious dishes on offer at Dishoom, a new all-encompassing venue in Manchester and a whole lot more.

So take a deep breath, check your bank balance and join us on a trip through the best places to eat across the North this month. The list covers everything from independent restaurants to high-end city centre options. Unbuckle your belt and prepare to start developing that winter warmer layer of lovely, thick, warming flesh.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Green Fork

    Green Fork
    Green Fork

    Green Fork, 52 Rose Lane, Liverpool, L18 5ED - Visit now

    In the suburbs of Liverpool, more specifically 52 Rose Lane Bistro, Mossley Hill, you’ll find Green Fork, a vegan inspired residency from Sean Paul (no, not that Sean Paul), a chef who hails from Texas and during his career has cooked for celebrities such as Kate Moss, Liv Tyler, and Liverpool’s most famous son, Paul McCartney.

  • 2. Crazy Pedro’s NQ

    Pedro's

    Crazy Pedro’s NQ, Short St, Manchester, M1 1JG - Visit now

    Crazy Pedro’s is renowned for its extensive collection of tequila, as well as some of the best slices of pizza in town. Best options? The classic Pepperoni can’t be beat, but the adventurous diner should opt for ‘Send Noodz’, a collaboration with the guys at Tokyo Ramen, which brings the flavours of traditional Japanese ramen to pizza. Sounds bonkers? Relax, it works. Expect Tan Tan spicy sauce on Pedro’s tomato base, topped with chicken coated in chicken salt (a Tokyo Ramen top-secret recipe), deep-fried ramen noodles, a sprinkle of spring onions, sweetcorn mayo and finished off with Red Dragon sauce. Grab a slice or be bold, go for the whole 16-inch pizza.

  • 3. PLY

    Image of signage outside PLY in Manchester's Northern Quarter
    Ben Williams

    PLY, 26 Lever Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 1DW - Visit now

    Ply does big, swollen, fluffy, Neapolitan-style pizzas finished with some pretty radical toppings, such as pear and blue cheese and sausage and broccoli. They’re great.

  • 4. Dishoom Manchester

    Dishoom Manchester

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

    It is safe to say that Dishoom was one of the most highly-anticipated migrations to Manchester of this past year. After success in London and gargantuan queues every night of the week, it was clear that our city was hungry for a taste of the old Irani cafés of Bombay.

  • 5. Over Under Deansgate

    Over Under

    Over Under Deansgate, 111 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2BQ - Visit now

    The geniuses behind this metamorphosing brunch-come-bar joint are every bit as lovely as the dishes, cuppa char and cocktails they serve. It’s worthy of a try for both early birds and night owls alike.

  • 6. Rocket & Ruby

    Rocket & Ruby
    Rocket & Ruby

    Rocket & Ruby, 55 Castle St, Liverpool, L2 9TN - Visit now

    Rocket and Ruby began in Liverpool‘s Baltic Market, where they honed their craft before moving into the former Cheese & Co. venue on the corner of Lord Street and Castle Street.

  • 7. Bar Hütte

    Spinningfields

    Bar Hütte | Spinningfields at Spinningfields, Manchester, 7 November–31 December 2019, free entry - Find Out More

    It’s time to start thinking about winter, 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.

  • 8. Cultureplex

    Cultureplex
    Cultureplex

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

    Cultureplex is a new super-venue based at Ducie Street Warehouse. You can choose from three different dining areas: Bistrotheque, The Lounge and Klatch, all with different menus. But there’s more to it than just food, this is a place worth exploring in its own right.

  • 9. Reserve Wines – Autumn Wine Fair

    Reserve Wines - Autumn Wine Fair at Mackie Mayor, Manchester, 27 October 2019, 11:30 am–5:00 pm, from £20 - Book now

    Manchester’s finest independent wine merchants, Reserve Wines, are hosting their autumn wine fair at the wonderful Mackie Mayor. Held on the mezzanine level of the grade II listed Mackie Mayor, the former Smithfield Market, this promises to be a fantastic day for wine buffs and beginners alike.

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