Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

It’s the November edition of the Food and Drink Guide to Manchester and the North and things have changed yet again in the past few weeks, this time for the worse. We’re now in lockdown until early December, plus the 10 pm curfew is set to last months longer if we’re to believe what the powers-that-be tell us. However, there are ways to support our local food and drink outlets, mostly through cook-at-home meals and food and alcohol delivery services.

On a happier note, vaccines are being announced by the day, with all the signs of a return to some kind of normality by spring, and fully back to normal by next winter, aside from all the businesses that didn’t make it. If, fingers crossed, the infection rates drop meaning restaurants and bars can open again in December, we’ll have to play it safe otherwise we risk being plunged back into lockdown again, for the third time. Currently, we’re looking at a UK landscape that resembles 1984’s BBC film Threads, but with fewer laughs but there are ways to support the restaurants and bars we do have.

Below, we’ve collected together some of the best places we’ve experienced over recent weeks, focusing mostly on delivery options. We’ll also include our lockdown guides that look at alcohol and food delivery services, so you can have a few treat nights before 2020 finally jogs on. In the list below, you’ll find everything from high-end restaurants to smart cocktail bars, from all over the North, who are experts in how best to handle this pandemic at home while enjoying top class food and drink.

Here’s our guide to the very best of what Manchester and the North have to offer when it comes to food and drink.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Six By Nico Manchester

    Six By Nico
    Six By Nico

    Six By Nico Manchester, 60 Spring Gardens, Manchester, M2 2BQ - Visit now

    The quality of Six By Nico’s cook-at-home meal is incredible, and while it might not be quite as dainty and fancy as a typical Six By Nico experience, it’s just as delicious. This is one of the finest and best-priced kit meals out there, without doubt.

  • 2. Hawksmoor

    Hawksmoor cocktails

    Hawksmoor, 184-186 Deansgate, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3WB - Visit now

    As you’d expect from the nation’s greatest steakhouse, Hawksmoor knows a thing or two about timing. Just as Lockdown 2 kicks in, they launch Cocktails at Home, the self-explanatory boozy addition to their Hawksmoor at Home range.

  • 3. Northcote


    Northcote, Northcote Rd, Langho, Blackburn, BB6 8BE - Visit now

    Northcote’s Autumn Gourmet Box is a luxurious response to the pandemic. It’s as simple to cook as it gets but the food isn’t – it’s meticulously created and as stunning to the eye as it is to the palate. For the price of a reasonable meal out in Manchester, you and a friend or partner can enjoy some of the best food in the North.

  • 4. Alcohol Delivery in Manchester

    Alcohol Delivery in Manchester

    In this guide to Alcohol Delivery in Manchester, we pick out some of Manchester’s most adored drinks vendors, whether they’re intimate out-of-town wine bars, or behemoths (or indeed, Beermoths) on the independent craft ale scene.

  • 5. Best Takeaway Meals in Manchester

    Best Takeaway Meals in Manchester

    Explore the takeaway and food delivery service offerings of some of the city’s finest chefs and food vendors. Go for your favourite meals or branch out and try a dish you haven’t had before, and if you can afford to, leave a decent tip.

  • 6. Food Delivery and Kit Meals in the North

    Six By Nico

    Top restaurants are selling takeaway versions of their popular dishes, not to mention semi-prepped kit meals, and the generosity (plus a desire to show off, let’s be honest) of chefs in providing previously secret recipes means we can eat well in the comfort of our own homes, for the time being. Food delivery services and kit meals are a perfect way to bridge the gap before normality returns.

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