As you’d expect, this month’s edition of the Food and Drink Guide to Manchester and the North is slightly different from usual. Rather than a list of our favourite restaurant visits and newsworthy events, we’ve been forced by lockdown to find new ways of satisfying our tastebuds when it comes to eating and drinking in Manchester. Thankfully, quarantine doesn’t mean we have to give up on luxury food and delicious drinks – far from it, one of the few pleasures during these boring, boring times is consuming a wildly inappropriate number of calories, guilt-free (ignore those red-faced runners panting and sweating and failing to physically-distance their way around the city streets, they know not of joy and pleasure).
With this in mind, we’ve collected together a number of guides that tell you the very best takeaway and delivery options in Manchester. For both food and drink, independent venues doing something special and high-end restaurants offering a way to eat their wares on your couch in your tracksuit bottoms, rather than togged up to the nines.
They’re all worth checking out, and this could be one of the few times in your life where you can confidently state you’ve cooked a Michelin star meal in your kitchen.
Things should return to normal soon, or a degree of normal that means going out for the evening isn’t fraught with the risk of police intervention (slippery, Machiavellian government advisors excluded, naturally), so until then let’s keep supporting our local hospitality industry in whatever ways we can, while enjoying their produce in a slightly different manner to pre-pandemic times. Cheers!
Here are our picks
Find out the very best food delivery options in Manchester, from the city’s most revered restaurants. Many are offering kit meals, where the food has been prepped in advance and simply needs to be finished off in your kitchen. Live out your Nigella and Gordon dreams in your own home.
Need a drink? Don’t we all. But don’t settle for multipack cans of cheap slosh from the supermarket, you can order an incredible selection of high-end wine and locally-brewed beers from the city’s most enterprising booze merchants.
It’s ok to not want to do even a little bit of cooking, don’t feel guilty about it. The best answer to quarantine woes is to order in a great meal, or even pop out to pick one up – physically-distanced of course. And it doesn’t have to be cheap and nasty, some of Manchester’s best restaurants have switched to delivery. Whether this is a permanent move, we don’t know, but take advantage while you can.
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