Food and Drink

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

A strong showing for Leeds in this month’s top 5 food & drink, with the mighty Ham & Friends earning the top spot for their quietly brilliant and modernist take on small plates. If a quick bite to eat in Manchester is your bag then Nibble in the Northern Quarter is well worth a visit, and our sturdy support of Moor Hall has been vindicated with their recent award of a Michelin star.

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. Ham and Friends

    Ian Jones

    Ham and Friends, Grand Arcade, Leeds, LS1 6PG - Visit now

    A trip to Ham & Friends means plate after plate of pleasure, and the staff are well aware of this, treating the menu like we’re sharing a fantastic secret. The restaurant name is no misnomer. Recent years has seen Leeds take a rapid rise up the UK foodchain, and it’s in no small part to the team behind Ham & Friends and its sister restaurant. If you care about the UK’s best dining it isn’t simply worth a visit, it’s vital.

  • 2. Nibble


    Nibble, 36 Oldham St, Manchester, M1 1JN - Visit now

    Delightful food and a wonderful ambience at the Northern Quarter’s most charming new cafe. Go for the oxtail soup and coffee, stay for the wonderful staff.

  • 3. Manchester House

    Ian Jones

    Manchester House, 18-22 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BZ - Visit now

    Manchester House has quite a reputation, all of it deserved. While fine dining can sometimes be stuffy, here the atmosphere here matches the food – light and fun, backed up by solid-gold expertise. Aiden Byrne’s style of fine dining is a unique, often dreamlike experience – shamelessly extravagant and completely unforgettable.

  • 4. Miyagi Bold Street

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    Miyagi Bold Street, 77 Bold St, Liverpool, L1 4EZ - Visit now

    It’s not hard to see why Liverpool’s Miyagi is so popular. It’s a friendly, bustling place, easy on the eye, that serves up both classic dishes and more eyebrow-raising options – which often prove to be the best. And whatever you do, don’t leave without trying the sticky beef taco. In a perfect world, this messy, sloppy snack is bigger than the Big Mac.

  • 5. Moor Hall

    Lennox Paul David

    Moor Hall, Prescot Rd, Ormskirk, L39 6RT - Visit now

    On paper L’Enclume may hold the title of the North’s finest restaurant, but not only does newcomer Moor Hall better it in the food-stakes, it also boasts a richer, more fascinating history. It was recently awarded a Michelin star – the first of many, mark my words.

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