Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

It’s March, and spring is on the horizon, once the weather makes it up its mind. That shouldn’t worry us too much, as the plan is to spend our time in nicely-heated/air conditioned restaurants and bars across the North. And we’ve got a bumper crop of options this month, ranging from supper clubs (you read it here first), new menu launches, tea shops in both Manchester and Liverpool, and much much more.

As ever, the choices range from healthy to gluttonous, meat-heavy to vegan, but the one thing they have in common? They’re all must-visit destinations for your month ahead. Go forth and eat (and drink).

Here are our picks

  • 1. LEAF on Portland Street

    Courtesy of LEAF on Portland Street

    LEAF on Portland Street, 113–115 Portland St, Manchester, M1 6DW - Visit now

    Leaf has a reputation as one of the city’s standout cafes, and it’s certainly far and away the best daytime venue for food and drink on Portland Street. It has an elegant, almost artistic feel, but has an exciting vibrancy thanks to the local creative types and tea-buffs who’ve made it their home from home.

  • 2. Enxaneta at Tast Cuina Catalana

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    Enxaneta at Tast Cuina Catalana, 20-22 King St, Manchester, M2 6AG - Visit now

    Despite all the eye-bulgingly innovative cooking techniques, the food at Enxaneta feels completely organic and natural. It’s not showy for the sake of it – although the dishes are certainly easy on the eye – it’s more of a carefully-crafted tribute to the world’s finest cuisine, matched with delicate Japanese-style concepts.

  • 3. Gino D’Acampo My Pizza & Prosecco Bar

    Ian Jones

    Gino D’Acampo My Pizza & Prosecco Bar, 100 Corporation Street Floor 2, Arndale, Manchester, M4 3AJ - Visit now

    Here we have a special evening at Gino D’Acampo’s Pizza & Prosecco Bar. A four course meal, paired with Italian wine, and featuring a guest appearance from Gino himself. The space is lovely, all bright with huge windows, and upbeat giddy staff who are almost excited about their big boss’s upcoming appearance as the guests.

  • 4. Trof Northern Quarter

    Trof

    Trof Northern Quarter, 8 Thomas St, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1EU - Visit now

    All the dishes served from the Trof kitchen are made on site with fresh ingredients sourced as locally as possible. Their sausages are hand made by Frost’s Butchers to their own recipe and eggs are laid locally in Cheshire. You can enjoy their brunch menu until 4pm, when it changes over to their dinner menu.

  • 5. Tariff & Dale

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    Tariff & Dale, 2 Tariff Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 2FN - Visit now

    Tariff & Dale a hidden gem, if you ignore the fact that the name itself provides the exact location. The thing is, it doesn’t too much wrong and it does a lot right, so this isn’t a place you should be stumbling across – Tariff & Dale is a place you should be building your evening around.

  • 6. Meze & More

    Ian Jones

    Meze & More, Sycamore Street, Sale, M33 2HD - Visit now

    As people get tired of visiting the same old restaurants, and desire to save money (tonight is bring your own booze, which cuts out a hefty chunk of the average restaurant bill), it’s easy to see supper clubs becoming ever-more popular across the city. And Meze & More is as good as it gets. Home cooking that easily reaches restaurant quality, in relaxed surroundings with people who share not only an interest in food, but the wish to try something new.

  • 7. Store Street Exchange

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    Store Street Exchange, 1 Auburn St, Manchester, M1 3DG - Visit now

    Store Street Exchange offers a nice midpoint between the city’s high-end restaurants and the typical hotel-based eatery. The dishes are reliably great, with a few truly excellent choices dotted throughout. Our tip? The black pudding sausage roll is a must, and if you’re in the mood for meat, meat and more meat, follow it up with the pork belly.

  • 8. El Camino

    Martin Kevill

    El Camino, 40 Flixton Road, Manchester, M41 5AA - Visit now

    It’s all happening in Urmston this month. Mexican pop-up, El Camino, is taking over a little spot temporarily vacated by burger joint, Get Chucked, to throw a month-long party for Mexican food and drink. The El Camino gang’s calling it a Taco-ver and it feels like an exciting little boost to the Trafford-based satellite town.

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