It’s March, the weather is appalling and a worrying health crisis is sweeping the world. Despite all this, and the rush to ‘self-isolate’, we can – and should – still go out and enjoy ourselves, providing we stay safe, and here are ten great reasons why in this month’s food and drink guide.
Restaurants across Manchester and the North are making it clear that they’re taking all the necessary precautions, so it’s important not to panic and put your life on hold. We have word that Italian and Chinese restaurants, in particular, are suffering, so if you’re wondering where to dine, support your local food scene and put those top of your list.
As for this month’s recommended eats, we’ve covered a wide range of venues, new and old. A trip to the Lake District uncovered some of the most spectacular food and drink around, while we revisit some old favourites, and we’ve even got news of a special charity event featuring our very own food and drink editor cooking for Manchester’s great and good.
So join us as we dive headfirst into the best and most unique places to eat and drink across the North. Expect everything from cute tearooms to probably the best (and most affordable) tasting menu in Manchester. They’ll all leave you delighted and hungering for a return trip. Don’t let doom-mongering tabloids scare you off, keep dining and keep supporting your local food scene.
Here are our picks
Baha, 18 Ash St, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3EB - Visit now
Baha provides a stylish and unique hang-out for the people of Bowness-On-Windermere, offering up smart, original ideas from a passionate and talented chef. If you’re thinking of heading to the Lakes once this pre-springtime storm frenzy clears up, put this superb restaurant high on your list.
Six By Nico Manchester, 60 Spring Gardens, Manchester, M2 2BQ - Visit now
Measure for measure, Six By Nico is shaping up to be Manchester’s best restaurant. The courses are always a delight, complex but easy to understand, and with a smart, modern ever-changing theme that brings together diners from all ages, palates and income.
The Cranleigh Boutique, Kendal Rd, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3EW - Visit now
If you’re looking to impress a date, or try something different, look no further than the award-winning Cranleigh Boutique. It’s a truly unique hotel, in the heart of the most exciting part of the Lake District.
Bryson’s Of Keswick Craft Bakery & Traditional Tea Rooms, Royal Square, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3ED - Visit now
Bryson’s feels like the kind of place where you could pop in every day, offering up that old-school friendliness and high-quality fare that’s often difficult to find. It’s straight out of an Enid Blyton book, and wonderful for it.
Fresh local produce is always on the menu of the Local Leeds food tour. Visit six pubs and restaurants serving up some of Yorkshire’s finest cuisine.
Eat your way through some of the best street food Leeds has to offer, with insights into the people and stories behind each bite. Try something new with the Leeds Street Food tour.
One of Manchester’s up and coming breweries welcome you into their space to learn about the beer making process and, of course, sample the end products.
We are lucky to be spoilt for choice when it comes to fresh, delicious and independent food choices in the centre of Manchester. Nowhere is this presence felt more than in the Northern Quarter. Join John Ryan on this taster walk as you eat your way through the back streets learning about the local history and culture as you go.
Get online and learn how to propagate at home. Recycle commonly found household waste, and to give your seeds the best start in life.
Manchester’s most fashionable summer event, the King Street Festival, returns with a celebration of the past, present and future of Manchester’s iconic, historic street.
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.
Because of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, we are unable to bring you our usual recommendations for things to do in Manchester and the North. Our thoughts at this time are with our readers and with the organisations and businesses who make the North of England a great place to live and visit. We hope you stay well and look forward to sharing more unmissable events and places with you later in the year.
Here’s our guide to supporting organisations in Manchester and the North.
Please note – many of the venues on our site will be closed and events either postponed or cancelled. Please check the venue website for details.