Summer is officially over and that means it’s time to start working on your ‘winter coat’, aka putting on a few pounds in preparation for those cold dark nights.
And, yet again we have a bumper crop of places to recommend this month, including newcomer to the thriving Ancoats food scene, Canto, courtesy of the team behind the widely-lauded El Gato Negro Tapas restaurant; highbrow but delicious lunch offerings at the Manchester Art Gallery restaurant; Polish food on Deansgate Mews in the Great Northern Warehouse; truly authentic Sicilian food at T’Arricrii in Hatch; quality steak at Alston Bar And Beef for all you meat-lovers; top-class vegan and vegetarian options at Manchester’s cultural hub, HOME; low-down and dirty bar food and drinks at Bunny Jackson’s Juke Joint on First Street; and many more.
At our reckoning, that gives you two places a week to explore – more than enough to check out the best that the North has to offer while the autumn nights draw in.
Be sure to check back next month for yet more of our top-recommended places to eat and drink in the North of England.
Here are our picks
Canto, Fairbairn Unit A, Fairbairn Building, Henry Street, Manchester, M4 5DH - Visit now
Simon Shaw, founder and Creative Director of the acclaimed tapas restaurant El Gato Negro, has teamed up with Porto-born Head Chef Carlos Gomes to create a space and menu that feel authentically Portuguese.
T’Arricrii, Hatch, Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 7ED - Visit now
T’Arricrii is ran by Sicilian brothers Romeo and Riccardo Rizzo, who specialise in food from Sicily. This means the two key items on the menu are arancini and cannoli – both staples of the Sicilian diet. You’ll likely have tried both before, but not like this.
First Floor Restaurant at HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M15 4FN - Visit now
There are a number of meat and seafood dishes on the menu, but even hardened carnivores and pescatarians should dive into the veggie and vegan dishes. Much like The Cornerhouse in its day, this is what the HOME restaurant truly excels at.
Alston Bar & Beef, Cathedral Street, Manchester, M4 3TR - Visit now
This Corn Exchange steak and gin joint is doing a lot of things very well and has bags of potential. After only about a year in its spot, we can expect to see it make its name known locally, keep improving and make its mark.
James Martin Manchester, 2 Watson St, Manchester, M3 4LP - Visit now
James Martin’s Manchester restaurant delivers a solid top-quality experience. It hovers around that hinterland between high-end and middle-brow dining, serving up impressively detailed dishes, while never being overly fusty or wallet-drainingly expensive.
This Halloween, Sheffield’s Kenwood Hall Hotel is inviting people to experience two spooktacular film events, with screenings of The Witches and The Shining on Wednesday 31st October in the wooded grounds of the hotel.
Cinemagoers are encouraged to don their best fancy dress and immerse themselves in the ultimate autumn outdoor film experience. Ahead of each event, there will be a live band performing quirky, acoustic covers as well as food by some of the North’s best street food traders.
Leeds International Festival, the UK’s leading metropolitan festival of new ideas and innovation, is back for its second year, this time featuring more than 50 events and 40 speakers over 15 days.
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.
More spoken word nights are emerging to join our favourite regulars, there are lots of launches and one-offs and workshops and conferences and even walking tours, and tickets are selling like hot cakes for Manchester Literature Festival, the Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival and Chester Literature Festival.