Food and Drink

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

We’re taking in all corners of the North this month, with entries from Sheffield, Todmorden and Manchester, as well as couple of Liverpool classics – two restaurants that couldn’t be more different, but fantastic in their own way and proudly scouse.

White Rabbit, on the border of Lancashire and Yorkshire, takes the top spot, with its unique take on fairytale fine dining, but those looking for a quick bite will find great company and wholesome hearty food at Manchester’s World Peace Cafe and at the other end of the East Lancs road, Liverpool’s Food From Nowhere.

So, 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 drink til you can drink no more. Check back next month for the latest and greatest places to eat and drink in the North.

Here are our picks

  • 1. The White Rabbit

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    The White Rabbit, 1 White Hart Fold, Todmorden, OL14 7BD - Visit now

    A twenty-minute train ride out of Manchester brings you to the finest Lewis Carroll-inspired restaurant this side of the Mad Hatter’s tea-party. Tasting menus are the order of the day, delivering a more intimate and downright fun version of heavyweight names such as Forest Side, Moor Hall and Manchester House.

  • 2. Food From Nowhere

    Ian Jones

    Food From Nowhere, 96 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4HY - Visit now

    Food From Nowhere is one of Liverpool’s best-kept secrets. Based in the basement room of the hugely-influential left-wing bookshop, News From Nowhere, it’s run by volunteers and rather than prices, the menu lists suggested donations – so if you can afford more, do so, and help keep this wonderful place running for another decade. The politics are progressive and plain to see, but there’s no political browbeating, just lovely friendly people and superb-quality, sustainable food.

  • 3. The Art School Restaurant

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    The Art School Restaurant, 1 Sugnall Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L7 7DX - Visit now

    The Art School has been a highlight of Liverpool’s dining scene since 2014, and has recently expanded to include a downstairs cheese and wine room (where rumour has it, John Lennon once studied back when it was an actual art school). The experience doesn’t come cheap but event dining of this quality rarely does.

  • 4. World Peace Cafe

    World Peace Cafe

    World Peace Cafe, 76 High Lane, Manchester, M21 9XF - Visit now

    One of Manchester’s warmest and most welcoming eateries, the World Peace Café is ready and waiting for anyone who wants to take a load off, ditch the hustle and bustle of the city outside and enjoy hearty home-cooked food in a relaxed space.

  • 5. Rafters

    Ian Jones

    Rafters, 220 Oakbrook Rd, Sheffield, S11 7ED - Visit now

    Sheffield’s food scene might still be growing but Rafters is absolutely the finished article. Gloriously inventive food, with a wine list to die for. Awards have come in thick and fast for this out-of-town restaurant, and for good reason.

Culture Guides


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Destination Guides

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