Food and Drink

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

The North of England has a global standing when it comes to food and drink. And there’s plenty to choose from. Look around and you’ll find a new place to eat and drink on every corner, from high-end cuisine to smash-and-dash dining, street food and pop-up bars. You could eat and drink somewhere new every day for a year, and still be left wanting.

Of course, some venues are better than others. Despite the Michelin star squad’s suspicious aversion to the Manchester’s food scene, the city contains some of the best chefs and mixologists in the country, and equally, Sheffield, Liverpool, Leeds and Cumbria all have their own must-go destinations.

Whether you’re a born and bred local or visiting the North for the day, here are five of the best places to spend your money, fill your belly and wet your whistle. (This list is constantly refreshed and updated, so keep checking back for updates.)

Here are our picks

  • 1. Leeds Indie Food Festival 2017

    Leeds Indie Food Festival 2017
    Jessie Leong

    Leeds Indie Food Festival 2017, 11–28 May 2017, from £0.00 - Book now

    The Leeds Indie Food festival is back for a third mouthwatering edition, celebrating the best of the city’s thriving independent food and drink scene.

  • 2. Manchester House

    Ian Jones

    18-22 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BZ - Visit now

    This modern high-end restaurant is the pet project of Kirkby-born chef Aiden Byrne, the youngest chef to win a Michelin star, when he was just 22. Sorry Merseyside, your loss is our gain.

  • 3. Teppanyaki Chinatown


    58-60 George St, Manchester, M1 4HF - Visit now

    Even on a rainy Wednesday evening, the atmosphere at Teppanyaki is electric, every seat full of delighted diners. It’s far and away one of the most upbeat places in Manchester, with everyone full of the high spirits that only comes from being part of something special. And the food? Awe-inspiring.

  • 4. Cottonopolis

    Image courtesy of Cottonopolis

    16 Newton Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 2AE - Visit now

    Owned and designed by architect Nick Muir, Cottonopolis is a handsomely designed bar and restaurant with a loose Japanese theme. The menu is divided into four different elements based on the cooking method for each item: ice, fire, steam and oil. It’s a gimmick but an inventive one, catering for a variety of palates whether they be healthy eaters, grazers or plain old gluttons.

  • 5. The Botanist Didsbury

    Ian Jones

    11 School Lane, Didsbury, M20 6RD - Visit now

    The Botanist is tailor-made for Didsbury diners. Full of curios, trinkets and distressed wood fixtures, not to mention an endlessly exciting drinks menu heavily based around herbal blends. The food on offer is even better, including classics like scotch eggs and sea bass alongside more unusual – but eye-opening – options such as salt and pepper pork and jerk salmon hanging kebabs.

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Destination Guides

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