It’s the March edition of the Food and Drink Guide to Manchester and the North and things are slowly starting to feel more promising. Spring is here, the weather is mostly warming up and in just a few weeks we’ll be allowed to eat and drink outside at venues with outside space. But until then we have a few new experiences to try out, mostly based around deliveries and kit meals but we do have some exciting hotel news for all those planning on a UK-based staycation holiday after that fateful day, 21st June.
We’ve been delving into cook-at-home meal boxes from Japanese restaurants in Manchester, Malaysian delivery food from Leeds, Mexican tacos from as far afield as London (thanks to a new national delivery service), among others. It might not be a bumper edition of the Food and Drink in Manchester and the North guide but it’s all about quality, not quantity, and the standard of this month’s offerings are up there with the very best.
We all know cooking at home, or receiving delivery, isn’t quite the same as a restaurant experience but they’re still immensely enjoyable and a great way to enhance your culinary knowledge in advance of the great reopening. Never knew how bao buns were made before? Sharpen up your skills thanks to the Shoryu Ramen bao bun kit. This is your chance to play-act at being a seasoned chef, juggling ingredients that you can’t pick up at your local supermarket and basically being a nicer, less-sweary version of Gordon Ramsay.
Below, here are some of the best places we’ve come across over recent weeks, focusing mostly on delivery options. We’ll also include our lockdown guides that look at alcohol and food delivery services, so you can have a few treat nights before 2021 finally kicks into gear.
Here’s our guide to the very best of what Manchester and the North have to offer when it comes to food and drink.
Here are our picks
Dapur Malaysia, Unit 1, 5 Stainbeck Ln, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PJ - Visit now
If you’re tired of the same old takeaway and want to sample something with a little more depth and culture, Dapur Malaysia is the ideal choice. For the typical diner, this will open your tastebuds to a new world of South-East Asian cuisine, each more moreish than the last.
Corazón, 29 Poland St, London, W1F 8QR - Visit now
Corazón is a Mexican restaurant that has teamed up with Restaurant Kits, a delivery service working with independent restaurants across the UK to provide high-quality meals to cook at home. As unpleasant as lockdown is, one silver lining is that we can now enjoy meals at home from some of the finest restaurants in the UK. And Corazón is very much one of these.
Shoryu Ramen Manchester, 1 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 1RG - Visit now
If you’re chomping at the bit waiting for your favourite restaurants to reopen, and wouldn’t mind learning a few new skills at the same time, Shoryu Ramen’s brand new cook-at-home bao bun kit is the perfect way to get through this glacial third and hopefully final lockdown.
Titanic Hotel, Stanley Dock, Regent Rd, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 0AN - Visit now
The Titanic is the very definition of a special occasion destination, and one you owe it to yourself to try at least once, whether you’re a local or visiting Liverpool for the first time. Hotels don’t get any more luxurious than this.
Qbic Manchester, 2 John Dalton St, Manchester, M3 2NW - Visit now
Qbic Manchester is a huge new hotel coming to Manchester this spring. Based on John Dalton Street in the heart of Manchester, this is a major undertaking for the Deansgate area and shows that Manchester is all set to bounce back as soon as the current crisis recedes and allows us to do more of the things we love.
Top restaurants are selling takeaway versions of their popular dishes, not to mention semi-prepped kit meals, and the generosity (plus a desire to show off, let’s be honest) of chefs in providing previously secret recipes means we can eat well in the comfort of our own homes, for the time being. Food delivery services and kit meals are a perfect way to bridge the gap before normality returns.
In this guide to Alcohol Delivery in Manchester, we pick out some of Manchester’s most adored drinks vendors, whether they’re intimate out-of-town wine bars, or behemoths (or indeed, Beermoths) on the independent craft ale scene.
Explore the takeaway and food delivery service offerings of some of the city’s finest chefs and food vendors. Go for your favourite meals or branch out and try a dish you haven’t had before, and if you can afford to, leave a decent tip.
Learn about your favourite tipple directly from the makers and enjoy the perfect serve at home with The Spirit of Manchester Distillery’s gin tasting experience.
Kantina Weekender runs on May Bank Holiday, from 28 May to 31 May. Celebrating the joy of food and drink, the in-house vendors at Escape to Freight Island will be paired with some of the UK’s most prestigious chefs, cocktail makers, brewers and local restaurant heroes.
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.