Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

We’re reaching the end of autumn and the regional food and drink scene is busier than ever. We’ll take a look at some of the latest wintertime menus, featuring plenty of mouthwatering Manchester options, plus a few notable selections from elsewhere in the North.

Alongside some exciting new restaurant openings, we’ve got some great pop-up events, tours and wine shops to look out for. Also, stay tuned for the best holly-bedecked specials, plus our soon-to-be-updated January guide highlighting the best deals and offers in Manchester, so that’ll save you a few quid.

Until then, wrap up warm and send an email to yourself titled: “Urgent! Eat here!” It’s time for this month’s food and drink guide to Manchester and the North.

Our top picks

The Little Sri Lankan

The Little Sri Lankan, Various locations, including Stockport, Levenshulme & more, Manchester, M19 - Visit now

The Little Sri Lankan is a two-person team who specialise in, you guessed it, pop-up events geared around Sri Lankan cuisine – a style of cooking sorely under-represented in Manchester and the North.

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Sexy Fish Manchester

Sexy Fish Manchester, 1 The Avenue, Deansgate, Manchester , M3 3AP - Visit now

Sexy Fish is a great addition to this side of Manchester. It’ll come in for some flack from the old-school purists, no doubt, but we can safely ignore those dinosaurs – this is an ideal venue for a forward-thinking, dynamic city.

Sexy Fish Manchester

Reserve Wines Didsbury

Reserve Wines Didsbury, 176 Burton Rd, West Didsbury, Manchester , M20 1LH - Visit now

Manchester’s own Reserve Wines is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a series of must-visit vino events, from one of Manchester’s most-loved indie wine businesses, founded by respected wine merchant and TV expert Kate Goodman.

Reserve Wines Didsbury

Unagi Altrincham

Unagi Altrincham, 1A Central Way, Altrincham , WA14 1SB - Visit now

The standard of food is second to none at Unagi, and you’d have to have tastebuds made of stone to not be impressed by each of the superb cocktails.

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Evelyn’s Cafe Bar

Evelyn’s Cafe Bar, G18 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1NB - Visit now

Evelyn’s has always been one of the city’s most reliable restaurants, with a suitably ‘Manchester’ atmosphere (ie. laid-back but progressive and self-assured), and food to match. But this latest menu takes diners to all-new heights – it’s a triumph of ideas and execution, particularly when it comes to meat-free options.

Charlie Spargo


Capri, 10 Queens Rd, Richmond , North Yorkshire, DL10 4AE - Visit now

The beauty of Capri is that not only is everyone welcome, there’s something for everyone. From the fussiest eater, to those looking for a dish with a little out-there razzle-dazzle, a meal at Capri is a joyous, belly-filling pleasure.


Manchester Wine Tours

Manchester Wine Tours, Various locations in Manchester city centre, Manchester , M1 - Visit now

Tired of wine boffins delivering talks drier than a dusty old Muscadet? Manchester Wine Tours is very much not that. Host Kelly Bishop is a self-described “wine nerd” whose tour keeps things fun, creative and educational while getting you nicely sozzled in the process.

Manchester Wine Tours

More food and drink events

vegan super club
Supper Club at the Vegetarian Society Cookery School

For those eager to expand their Vegan culinary repertoire the Vegetarian Society Cookery School’s new Vegan Supper Club is a must. With easy to follow instructions from expert tutors you can create sumptuous vegan meals which are then enjoyed as a group.

from £50
Guided Food Tour of Leeds

Scratch beneath the surface of Leeds’ foodie culture with an afternoon of exploring flavour and history in this walking food tour.

from £60.00
Christmas at Bolesworth

Come to Cheshire’s winter wonderland. A magical festive lights trail, Santa’s Grotto and more… This is a jam packed adventure for all the family.

from £20.00
Winter Island

Freight Island has transformed into Winter Island for the Christmas season, focusing on all things fun and festive.

free entry
Christmas Makers Market at Friargate
Christmas Makers Market at Friargate

Head down to the Christmas Makers Market, where local artisans and craftsmen will gather to showcase their talents, offering a wide range of unique and handcrafted gifts.

free entry
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Jimmy's Liverpool
City Centre
Bar or Pub
Jimmy’s Liverpool

Sister venue to Jimmy’s in Manchester, Jimmy’s Liverpool is a bar, restaurant and live venue, hosting late night music, gigs and DJ sets.

A table with a view of Liverpool at the fine dining restaurant Panoramic 34
Panoramic 34

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The Reader Bar & Restaurant

The Reader Bar & Restaurant offers diners a bistro-style menu, inspired by continental European flavours and created using locally sourced seasonal produce. 

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Yard Bar at District
Baltic Triangle
Event venue
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