Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

Time to wave goodbye to the season of festive gluttony and usher in a brave new era of healthier eating, clean living and pocket-friendly deals and offers. That’s right it’s January, arguably the grimmest month of the year but fear not, all the best food and drink emporiums in the North are going above and beyond to deliver some exciting treats to start off 2023.

Restaurant-wise, we have coverage of some superb places to dine through January – packed with healthy options if you want them, or the opposite if you’re a renegade, bucking the trend and living purely for pleasure. Whatever floats your boat. We’ve also included some of our detailed restaurant and bar guides, showcasing offers for the month, including Spinningfields, and even a vegan food in Manchester guide if you’d like to spend the month living green.

Until then stay out of the rain, preferably in a nice warm restaurant, pub or bar plucked from the list below. Here’s this month’s food and drink guide to Manchester and the North.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Valentine’s Day in Spinningfields

    Whether you’re after something fancy or laid-back for Valentine’s Day, this great central district has a bunch of romantic options for all budgets. And because it falls on a Tuesday, why not take Wednesday off work so you can stay out afterwards for a rare midweek night out? Spinningfields is a hub of fun and activity at the best of times, and this is the ideal night to make the most of it.

  • 2. Canto

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    Canto, Fairbairn Unit A, Fairbairn Building, Henry Street, Manchester, M4 5DH - Visit now

    Canto has a new winter menu, packed with hearty and often healthy Portuguese and Mediterranean inspired small plates.

  • 3. Cibus Pizza

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    Cibus Pizza, 847 - 849 Stockport Rd, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 3PW - Visit now

    Cibus is about a lot more than pizza. The menu at this Italian restaurant offers up a host of dishes, from the top of the boot-shaped peninsula to the bottom. It has long been proclaimed as Levenshulme’s best restaurant and we fully agree.

  • 4. Platzki

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    Platzki, Deansgate Mews, Great Northern, 255 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EN - Visit now

    It’s the weekend event you never knew you needed, Platzki’s Potato Pancake Festival is returning to the independent Polish eatery to add some excitement to a mostly lowkey January.

  • 5. Vegan Food in Spinningfields

    When it comes to vegan food, Manchester more than holds its own. Head to the city’s central area of Spinningfields and you’ll find a diverse mix of restaurants and dining spots that cater to those with a penchant for healthy, environmentally friendly, meat-free meals.

  • 6. January Offers in Spinningfields

    January Offers in Spinningfields

    Christmas might be done and dusted but that doesn’t mean we’re going to hibernate until spring – there are plenty of exciting things to do in and around Manchester, especially in Spinningfields thanks to the many, many excellent deals on offer.

  • 7. Vegan Food in Manchester

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    Vegetarians are well served around Manchester, but it’s time to focus on the restaurants with the tastiest vegan meals. So whether you’re a proud vegan or merely curious, let us guide you towards some of the best food choices for vegans in Manchester.

  • 8. Manchester Restaurant Deals

    New year, new you, new set of jaw-droppingly good deals from Manchester restaurants. Whether you’re looking to start 2023 on a health kick or ignore the ever-increasingly grim news cycle by eating your way to happiness, we have the lot here.

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Activity Until 17 February 2023, from £50

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.

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More brilliant gigs appear on the horizon as we inch further into 2023.

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Queer Contact Festival, stunning physical theatre and intimate in-the-round performance top our eclectic list of drama, comedy and dance this month.

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The Spongebob Musical at the Manchester Opera House


New year, new start, and what better way to welcome in 2023 than by planning and experiencing all sorts of exciting family events in Manchester and the North?

Gwendoline Riley. Photo by Adrian Lourie


From local writing to international talent, we have heaps of online launches and in real life readings not to mention some extra special festival events coming our way in live literature land.

Tours and Activities

New years are for new experiences, and we have a whole lot of ideas to inspire you as 2023 gets underway.