Welcome to the spring edition of Creative Tourist’s expert guide to food and drink. Spring in the North? For us hardy folk, that generally means the occasional bit of sun combined with blustery winds and the odd shower so let’s ignore the outside for a while and focus on what we can do inside.
And for you and I, dear reader, that means eating and drinking until we’re as happy as a pig in muck. This month we have another expansive range of excellent restaurants and bars that span the North of England, catering for whatever your heart desires – whether that’s a top-quality Sunday lunch in South Manchester, fine dining in Stockport, hearty pies in the city centre, or glorious Indian lamb dishes.
So join us as we dive headfirst into the best independent places across the North. Expect everything from short-term pop-up eateries to well-established high-end destination venues. They have one thing in common: they’ll leave you looking forward to a return trip. And for that, they certainly deserve your hard-earned pennies. Scroll down for this month’s food and drink guide to Manchester and the North.
Here are our picks
97 Chorlton, 97 Beech Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester , M21 9EQ - Visit now
The team behind Tariff & Dale and Lead Station has opened Beech Road’s newest contender, to Chorlton’s delight. 97 is an upscale bar serving top-quality cocktails conceived by general manager and local Chorlton lass Ellie Craddick.
Inventery, 59-61 Station Rd, Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, SK8 7AA - Visit now
If Inventery was in Ancoats, you could guarantee it’d be abuzz with London-based broadsheet food critics declaring it one of Manchester’s best venues.If you’re a fan of the cleverly-crafted modern European dishes available at restaurants like 10 Tib Lane and Another Hand, this is one for you.
FOLK Didsbury, 169 - 171 Burton Road, Manchester, M20 2LN - Visit now
Folk Didsbury had a solid reputation way back in the 00s. They’ve simply built on that, with great food options, a superb-looking venue and some of the happiest, friendliest staff for miles around. When it comes to Sunday roasts in South Manchester, Folk has it nailed.
10 Tib Lane, 10 Tib Lane, Manchester , M2 4JB - Visit now
We first reviewed 10 Tib Lane last November, loving the understated yet fiercely high-quality European-style dishes on offer. Now, four months later, Jay Rayner has finally caught up, giving it a glowing review. Read on to see what all the fuss is about.
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