Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

The longest day has been and gone, so I’m pretty sure that means summer is over and it’s all downhill from here. Or maybe not. July and August are often some of the warmest months over here in the UK, so there’s plenty of time to find great places to eat and down while enjoying the sun, whether that’s a rooftop bar or a snazzy new restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows.

The past month has given us plenty of new launches across the North, with bars in Liverpool and some fantastic high-end venues in Manchester. This month we have Korean BBQ in Stockport, Italian food in the brand new (and set to be huge in the coming months and years) Deansgate Square, news about the sure-to-be-excellent upcoming Craft Beer Festival, wine tasting and showy bars in Liverpool and a lot more.

As ever, eat, drink and happily enjoy some of the best food and drink in the whole of the UK.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Salvi’s Deansgate Square

    Salvi's Deansgate Square
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    Salvi’s Deansgate Square, Owen St., Manchester , M15 4TQ - Visit now

    Salvi’s is quite simply the best Italian experience in Manchester and this new branch at Deansgate Square doesn’t disappoint.

  • 2. Baekdu Korean BBQ Restaurant

    Baekdu Korean BBQ Restaurant
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    Baekdu Korean BBQ Restaurant, 28-30 Lord St, Stockport , SK1 3NA - Visit now

    Ask around and you’ll see Baekdu is regarded as one of the finest Korean restaurants in the North. And it’s true. It’s unshowy and quietly brilliant in all the best ways.

  • 3. Manchester Craft Beer Festival

    Manchester Craft Beer Festival

    Manchester Craft Beer Festival at Mayfield Depot, Manchester, 22–23 July 2022, from £49 - Book now

    Manchester Craft Beer Festival returns to Manchester in all its glory this summer. On 22 and 23 July, you can celebrate craft brewing at Freight Island in the Depot Mayfield, by sampling a selection of beer from over fifty breweries.

  • 4. Maray x Track

    Track Brewing Co Taproom
    Track Brewing Co Taproom

    Maray x Track, Unit 18 Piccadilly Trading Estate, Manchester, M1 2NP - Visit now

    Award-winning Middle-Eastern-inspired Liverpool restaurant group, Maray, are about to venture into Manchester with a new restaurant this summer. Ahead of this, they’ve partnered with Mancunian local heroes Track Brewery to create a delicious new light, fresh beer titled Maray Pale.

  • 5. Treehouse Manchester

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    Treehouse Manchester, Blackfriars Street, Manchester, M3 2EQ - Visit now

    A Treehouse hotel is coming to Manchester, featuring a rooftop bar that offers stunning views of the city. The developers’ goal is to make guests feel like they are in their own ‘secret forest’ and if our visit to Treehouse London is anything to go by, the people of Manchester are in safe hands.

  • 6. Three Little Words

    Three Little Words
    Three Little Words

    Three Little Words, 12-13 Watson St, Manchester, M3 4LP - Visit now

    The roasts here are prepared by some of the city’s most talented chefs and come in a variety of options: slow-cooked pork belly, roasted topside of beef, chicken supreme with crispy golden skin or the weekly vegetarian special.

  • 7. Mamasan Liverpool

    Mamasan Liverpool
    Mamasan

    Mamasan Liverpool, 24 College Ln, Liverpool, L1 3DS - Visit now

    The latest venue joining the rooftop bar hedonists is Mamasan, itself a relative newcomer to Liverpool having opened its doors in May 2021. This year, they’re making the most of their roof terrace with The Roof Garden experience, taking place every week, from Thursday to Sunday.

  • 8. Vice Liverpool

    Vice Liverpool
    Vice

    Vice Liverpool, 23 Fleet St, Liverpool , L1 4AN - Visit now

    Vice is knowingly over the top, enveloping the 80’s Miami aesthetic in a big bear hug. Yes, there are selfie spots aplenty but there’s also a cracking cocktail list containing all your faves, old and new.

  • 9. Taste Liverpool Drink Bordeaux

    Taste Liverpool Drink Bordeaux
    Taste Liverpool Drink Bordeaux

    Taste Liverpool Drink Bordeaux, Liverpool Town Hall, Liverpool, L2 3SW - Visit now

    We welcome a new food and drink festival to the city – Taste Liverpool, and with it Drink Bordeaux, playing UK host for the Bordeaux Wine Festival in 2022.

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