Welcome to the midsummer edition of the guide to Food And Drink in Manchester and The North. Yes, the nights are getting shorter but we’ve got plenty of sunny weeks left before dreaded autumn comes along. In the meantime, why not work your way through this month’s edition of our quad-weekly food guide. The weather might be all over the shop, but the restaurants below are all wonderfully high-quality and well worth a visit, or two, or five, over the next few weeks.
This month, we have fantastic cocktails in Liverpool, new market halls, incredible steaks in Manchester, perfectly-formed tasting menus at one of Manchester’s best fine-dining restaurants, a Crown Court-themed menu in Knutsford, plus new menus and revamps from a host of other worthy inclusions.
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 traditional Italian cuisine to unforgettable Chinese food, with more than a couple of flamboyant British restaurants along the way. Unbuckle your belt and prepare to add a couple of well-earned inches.
Here are our picks
Gaucho Manchester, 2a St Mary’s Street, Manchester, M3 2LB - Visit now
The steak scene in Manchester has hit fever pitch in recent years, with countless newcomers trying to make their mark. But Gaucho takes a more elegant approach – nothing too pompous or macho, just top-quality produce prepared beautifully, with countless subtle touches that most competitors couldn’t even imagine.
Rosso Restaurant & Bar, 43 Spring Gardens, Manchester, M2 2BG - Visit now
Rosso has always been one of Manchester’s most elegant restaurants, moreso after the stylish upgrade back in early 2017. Owned, famously, by Rio Ferdinand, it caters for the more discerning diner, with food to match.
Barristers Restaurant & Bar, The Courthouse, Toft Road, Knutsford, WA16 0PB - Visit now
Barristers treads a fine line between fascinating fine dining and traditional hearty fare – much like the venue itself, which proves a lot more interesting than most places in this neck of the woods, even a little macabre, while still serving as a beautifully classical place to stay when visiting this neck of the woods.
20 Stories, No. 1 Spinningfields, 1 Hardman Square, Manchester, M3 3EB - Visit now
Brian Hughson was appointed the new Head Chef at 20 Stories back in February and we were given a sneak preview of the kind of forward-thinking dishes he has planned for the future of this beautiful restaurant. Spoiler alert, they’re all stunning.
Discover this Victorian neo-Gothic gem just outside the city centre in Gorton. Taste the Monastery is a guided tour followed by lunch in the Victorian Pantry.
GRUB’s Food Fair returns to Mayfield Depot, with a bigger site and a huge array of top-class local food traders.
Throughout the year discover Tudor attitudes to health and food, with a different activity to try each month from making butter in a churn to creating a Tudor pinch pot to keep your remedies in. Explore the way in which the Tudors looked after their health and wellbeing, and get your body Tudor ready! This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
Festa Italiana Manchester is the country’s biggest festival designed to celebrate Italian food, drink and culture. Transforming Manchester city centre’s Cathedral Gardens into Little Italy once again from the 26th to 28th July.
For those eager to expand their Vegan culinary repertoire the Vegetarian Society Cookery School’s new Vegan Supper Club is a must. With easy to follow instructions from expert tutors you can create sumptuous vegan meals which are then enjoyed as a group.
Celebrate the brilliance of 20th century design, fashion, vehicles and entertainment at this award-winning festival set around Morecambe’s famous art deco Midland Hotel.
The biggest food and drink festival in the North is back, and this time it’s a brand new location: the picturesque Cathedral Gardens.
A new course from the Vegetarian Society Cookery School. Learn the essential skills for any chocolatier with Chocolate Craft for Vegans.