Welcome to the mid-June edition of the Food and Drink Guide to Manchester and the North, and we’re glad to announce that things are beginning to feel ‘normal’. Despite the disappointing four week delay to restrictions ending fully, we can now safely eat and drink indoors, but we’re also (at time of writing) in the middle of an extended sunny period, meaning outdoor food and drinks are ever-more appealing.
This means new venues like Society Manchester are a must for sun-lovers looking for somewhere scenic to eat and drink, although book quick as the outside tables tend to get snapped up quickly. But there has been a rush of other brand new openings, all of which have impressed in different ways.
Time to show support and remind ourselves just how great the food and drink scene is in the North of England
District, on Oldham Street in the Northern Quarter, is one of the most accomplished and impressive restaurants we’ve had the pleasure to visit in a long, long time. Offering a magnificent Thai-style tasting menu, if you’re looking for your next new favourite place to wow your friends and family, look no further. Then there’s The Blues Kitchen on Quay Street, bringing superb live music and great American-style dining across two floors of one of the city’s most stunning venues.
One of the biggest launches is Simon Shaw’s new Middle Eastern restaurant, Habas, another beautiful space with next-level food options, particularly for vegetarian and vegan diners. At the other end of the A580, we have Ma Boyle’s and Mamasan in Liverpool, both well worth making a special trip for; plus plenty of new menus at old favourites like Shoryu Ramen and Tampopo.
Of course, hospitality is still struggling in ways we can’t imagine, so it’s time to show support and get out and put those 2020 savings to good use and remind ourselves just how great the food and drink scene is in the North of England. The guide below is a small taste of what Manchester and the North have to offer when it comes to food and drink, expect much, much more in the coming weeks and months.
Here are our picks
District Manchester, 60 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE - Visit now
Quite simply, this is one of, if not the best restaurant to open in Manchester in years. There are just a handful of legendary meals in and around Manchester, and now, seemingly out of nowhere, there’s another one to add to the list: District.
The Blues Kitchen Manchester, 13 Quay St, Manchester, M3 3HN - Visit now
The Blues Kitchen doesn’t put a step wrong. It’s rare to find a new venue that runs so smoothly, excelling in so many ways, from staff to food to the awesome live music experience. If this is any indication, the upcoming line-up of gigs and clubnights will take it to even greater heights.
Ma Boyle’s Alehouse and Eatery, Tower Bldg, 7 Tower Gardens, Liverpool, L3 1LG - Visit now
Ma Boyle’s Alehouse and Eatery is an institution in Liverpool. Nestled down a side street in the business district (and a literal stone’s throw from the Liver Buildings) it’s long been a firm favourite for after-work drinks or a cheeky pub lunch on payday.
Bloom Cafe, 45 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2AY - Visit now
Looking for an extra herbal kick with your morning pick-me-up? Then Deansgate’s newest resident, Bloom Cafe, has just the thing. The introduction of CBD-infused drinks could very well end up revolutionising Manchester’s food and drink scene.
Habas Bar & Restaurant, 43A Brown St, Manchester, M2 2JJ - Visit now
It’s fair to say Habas Bar & Restaurant is one of the most eagerly-anticipated restaurants to come to Manchester in 2021. The theme is Middle Eastern cuisine, with the aim to put owner-chef Simon Shaw’s stamp on this endlessly inventive type of food, just as he did with tapas in the smash-hit King Street restaurant, El Gato Negro.
Society Manchester, 100 Barbirolli Square, Manchester, M2 3BD - Visit now
Where Society Manchester shines is that elusive trick that so many venues in industrial Manchester can’t quite capture: the atmosphere. It’s a truly great space to relax and unwind, scenic, attractive, laid out in a way that encourages good times and you never once feel like you’re herded in to spend money and spend money alone. For a brand new venue in Manchester, it has hit the ground running.
Mamasan Liverpool, 24 College Ln, Liverpool, L1 3DS - Visit now
Southeast Asian restaurant Masaman have moved into delivery kit meals. Each box contains 4 courses and a cocktail (to be shared by 2 people) and everything is provided to replicate the food experience from the restaurant, with step by step instructions on how to prepare the food. It’s like visiting Mamasan but still being able to keep your slippers on.
Six By Nico Manchester, 60 Spring Gardens, Manchester, M2 2BQ - Visit now
Ladies and gentlemen, the Circus has come to town as Six By Nico unveil their latest themed tasting menu set menu. A welcome return to the scene, their post-COVID debut brings playful takes on classic carnival foods from your childhood to your plate.
Shoryu Ramen Manchester, 1 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 1RG - Visit now
At Shoryu Ramen, you can expect friendly and knowledgeable staff who fully understand the menu and its roots, exciting ingredients and above all else, genuinely flavourful dishes that pack a punch the way proper ramen should.
Tampopo Corn Exchange, Corn Exchange, Exchange Square, Manchester, M4 3TR - Visit now
Tampopo is offering everyone with a palate for East Asia an opportunity to experience their cuisine thanks to a renovated menu boasting authentic dishes from chefs native to multiple regions, from Thailand to Singapore.
Eat your way through the dairy based delights of Manchester, with the Manchester Cheese Crawl walking tour.
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.