Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

The summer solstice has been and gone, which means from now on the days get shorter, and the nights are starting to draw in. And what a summer it’s been, eh? One for the history books if the history books had a section titled: Least Fun Summers.

We jest, there are a few months left and the North is seeing some sweltering temperatures. Make the most of the sunshine by checking out one of the excellent roof terraces in Manchester (full guide below) or a seat outside (or inside, near a window) at some of the wonderful restaurants and bars we recommend for July. Plus there’s a bunch of must-attend events and mini-festivals in the pipeline.

Grab an ice pop and put your feet up, here’s this month’s food and drink guide to Manchester and the North.

Our top picks

MUSU Restaurant & Bar

MUSU Restaurant & Bar, 64 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BN - Visit now

An evening at Musu is more than a mere meal – it’s up there with the top culinary experiences Manchester has to offer.

Caravan Restaurant & Roastery

Caravan Restaurant & Roastery, St Johns, off Quay St, Manchester , M3 3BG - Visit now

Antipodean speciality coffee culture paired with a snazzed-up take on all-day dining. Opening in late-summer, Caravan’s home is Manchester’s St John’s district, alongside high-profile neighbours such as Fenix and Aviva Studios.

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Roof Terraces in Manchester

Manchester has multiple high-in-the-sky roof terraces to kick back and enjoy a drink or two. Here are our favourites.

Roof Terraces in Manchester
Image courtesy of Great John Street Hotel.

Flat Iron Leeds

Flat Iron Leeds, 9A Lands Ln, Leeds , LS1 6AW - Visit now

Flat Iron Leeds is fast becoming an essential part of the West Yorkshire food and drink scene. Thanks to the friendly staff and stylish venue, it has a vibrancy and energy far removed from some of the North’s stuffier steakhouses.

Flat Iron Leeds
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Stock Party

Stock Party at Robinsons Brewery, Stockport, 20 July 2024, free entry - Find Out More

Stock Party is a free-for-all, family-friendly event held in the heart of the city on the 20th of July. Expect beer, food and a stellar soundtrack.

Stock Party
Stock Party

Festa Italiana at Cathedral Gardens

Festa Italiana at Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, 23–25 August 2024, free entry - Find Out More

An epic three-day celebration of Italian food, drink and culture, returning this August for yet another sun-kissed, fun-packed weekend.

Festa Italia

Bundobust Brewery

Bundobust Brewery, St James's Bldg, Bundobust Brewery, 61-69 Oxford St, Manchester, M1 6EQ - Visit now

You’ll find the Bundobust team serving up their stellar street food and locally brewed beer at this year’s Manchester Craft Beer Festival, held on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July, at Depot Mayfield. Bundobust Brewery will also be showing all England’s Euros games, and to kick things off they’ve launched a new limited-edition menu of football-inspired specials.

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Mettricks Butchers Glossop

Mettricks Butchers Glossop, 20 - 22 High St W, Glossop , SK13 8BH - Visit now

Artisan meat experts Mettricks Butchers have been chopping up a storm across Glossop for many years, and now the rest of the country is waking up to their top-quality produce.

Mettricks Butchers Glossop
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Six By Nico Deansgate

Six By Nico Deansgate, 2 John Dalton St, Manchester, M3 2BY - Visit now

Six by Nico Deansgate’s latest menu is Mexico, celebrating the best of the country’s culinary scene. It is available at both the Six by Nico Spring Gardens and Deansgate restaurants.

Six By Nico Deansgate

More food and drink events

Stock Party
FestivalsStockport
Stock Party

A fun-packed, free entry block party in the heart of Stockport this summer. Expect beer, food and a stellar soundtrack.

free entry
Manchester Wine Festival
Food and DrinkManchester
Manchester Wine Festival

New event designed to bring Manchester’s wine lovers together with a wide selection of wine bars, producers, tastings and more.

from £27.50
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Fringe Theatre in Manchester and the North

Check out our top picks of shows previewing in the North West before heading to Edinburgh Fringe Festival later in the summer.

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Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

HOME Manchester
Manchester
Theatre
HOME Manchester

Offering a packed schedule of events and things to do, HOME Manchester is one of the city’s leading hubs for arts and culture.

Liverpool
Restaurant
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. 

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

Panoramic 34 boasts ceiling to floor windows with a breathtaking 360 degree aspect, but there’s plenty more to get giddy about than just the views.

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.

Manchester
Bar or Pub
Peste

Peste is a bohemian bar and bookshop with vintage reads and records.

Salford
Restaurant
Black Friar

Salford’s Black Friar has one of the most impressive Sunday roast options in the North.

Culture Guides

Rebecca Watson author photo
Literature Events in Manchester and the North

In between working out, then working through, your holiday reading pile this summer, find inspiration for your next bookish acquisitions from our selection of live events and exhibitions.