It’s been a long, long, hot, hot summer, but that doesn’t mean eating and drinking comes to a stop. In fact, we’ve ramped things up this month, taking advantage of newly-opened outdoor spaces, revisiting old renamed favourites and checking out some of the most exciting new restaurants to open during these lovely globally-warmed weeks.
Grab a pen and start making a list of where to go for date night, treat night or just sheer pig-out night. Whether it’s Malaysian cuisine that takes your fancy, or the meatiest steak imaginable, or perhaps the new restaurant part-owned by a certain Premier League-winning Catalonian (half the city might choose to skip this one), we’ve got the lot.
But most of all, the North of England looks great in the sun, make the most of it.
Here are our picks
Penang, 92-94 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LJ - Visit now
Formerly-known as Ning, Penang is still serving up the wonderful Malaysian food it always has. And for that we’re incredibly grateful (if you’ve never tried the Roti Canai sold here, you’re in for one almighty treat). But it isn’t stuck in its ways – each day you’ll find evocative-sounding specials, and tweaks on classic dishes that reward repeat visits.
Tast Cuina Catalana, 20-22 King Street, Manchester, M2 6AG - Visit now
With dishes created in Barcelona, and made in Manchester, Tast seems to be set to be the culmination of Manchester and Barcelona’s twin rises from industrial cities to cities very much of the world and the 21st century. They’ve got a beach, we’ve got their food.
Kitchen In An Arch, Unit 3, Mirabel Street, Manchester, M3 1PJ - Visit now
Kitchen In An Arch is the latest venture from the city’s finest Japanese restaurant, Umezushi – some might say the city’s finest restaurant, full stop. This is based – you guessed it – in a railway arch opposite Umezushi, and exists as a deli and a place to put on special events. Our first visit, saw Chris Patrick dip his toe into the world of bacteria, decomposition and fermented cabbage. It’s a lot more appealing than it sounds.
Wood Manchester, Jack Rosenthal Street, Manchester, M15 4RA - Visit now
The wonderful Wood have opened a new outdoor terrace area, with a menu to match. More casual than the full experience, the menu is pared back to a small selection of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, alongside some interesting-sounding ‘light bites’. The terrace itself is a smart little area that neatly catches the sun – ideal for these scorching summer months.
Anthologist St Peter’s Square, One St Peter's Square, Manchester, M2 3DE - Visit now
Cocktail bar and restaurant Anthologist is the latest venue in the Drake & Morgan brand. Aiming to add a bit of casual glamour with their wooden, part-Scandi interior, and some fashionable greenery dotted around, the bar also hosts an outdoor terrace perfect for the current sunshine.
The Pilcrow Pub is taking charge of Manchester’s warmer months, with a whole host of events
Housed in an 18th century stable block, Dunham’s ice cream parlour should be on every summer hit list.
Pack your picnic blankets for artisan food and drink, literary inspired midnight feasts and Custard Catwalks.
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.
A remarkable journey to unpick the secret behind one of the world’s most popular and enduring art genres, a fresh look at the idea of First World War remembrance, and a city-wide takeover in honour of the Royal Academy’s 250th birthday; check out our latest pick of exhibition highlights and must-go events.