Food and Drink in Manchester

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Outside of London, you’d be hard-pressed to find a city containing a better range of food and drink choices than Manchester. From the repurposed cotton mills of the Northern Quarter to fine dining restaurants in the city’s new cultural district, we’ve got the lot – and all within walking distance of each other. These are just some of the highlights of the food and drink in Manchester. An ever-growing food scene, boasting everything from hearty British cuisine, to fiery Indian food to delicately prepared sushi.

  • 1. The Rivals Bar & Restaurant

    The Rivals Bar & Restaurant, Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann's Square, Manchester, M2 7DH - Visit now

    High-quality food and wine in the in-house restaurant for the Royal Exchange Theatre on St Anne’s Square

  • 2. Pier Eight at The Lowry

    Pier Eight at The Lowry, Pier 8, The Lowry, Salford Quays, Salford Quays, Greater Manchester, M50 3AZ - Visit now

    Pier 8, The Lowry’s in-house fine dining restaurant, is all about fresh produce and bold British flavours

  • 3. 20 Stories

    Ian Jones

    20 Stories, No. 1 Spinningfields, 1 Hardman Square, Manchester, M3 3EB - Visit now

    High-end restaurant and cocktail bar, with stunning views of the Manchester skyline.

  • 4. Bundobust Manchester

    Ian Jones

    Bundobust Manchester, 61 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2AG - Visit now

    Fantastic and endlessly original Indian street food, all vegetarian (and often vegan).

  • 5. Mackie Mayor

    Mackie Mayor

    Mackie Mayor, 1 Eagle Street, Manchester, M4 5BU

    A Grade II listed market building in the Northern Quarter, reopened after a huge refurbishment.

  • 6. Umezushi

    Umezushi, Unit 4, Mirabel Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 1PJ - Visit now

    This small but perfectly-formed sushi restaurant could well be one of Manchester’s best restaurants. Whatever you do, try the freshwater eel.

  • 7. The French

    The French - One of Manchester's finest restaurants - Creative Tourist
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    The French, The Midland Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 2DS - Visit now

    The French is one of Manchester’s most highly regarded restaurants. Head chef Adam Reid has a real grasp on what makes Manchester tick. A less fussy, more relaxed, and, at times, gloriously silly restaurant.

  • 8. Tattu

    Ian Jones

    Tattu, Gartside Street, 3 Hardman Square, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3EB - Visit now

    Tattu is a high end Chinese restaurant in Spinningfields, Manchester.

  • 9. The Refuge

    Slow-cooked Ox Cheek, Massaman Sauce

    The Refuge, Oxford Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M60 7HA - Visit now

    The Refuge is a restaurant and bar based at The Principal Manchester (formerly The Palace Hotel).

  • 10. El Gato Negro Tapas

    A view of the restaurant
    Image courtesy of Marketing Manchester

    El Gato Negro Tapas, 52 King Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 4LY - Visit now

    El Gato Negro Tapas upped sticks from the Pennine village of Ripponden in December 2014, bringing its awards and accolades to Manchester city centre.

Visitor guides

Italian Food in Manchester

It’s hard to think of a more varied and reliably delicious food than Italian cuisine. Check out our expert guide to Manchester’s very best Italian restaurants.

Tasting Menus in The North

Looking for the finest luxury multi-course restaurants in Manchester? Look no further. We’ve picked out the very best tasting menus in the city – just make sure you have deep pockets.

Cannoli in Manchester

Looking for the finest Sicilian cannoli in Manchester? Here are our current top picks in and around the rainy city. Saluti!

Pizza restaurants in Manchester

The pizza scene in Manchester boasts some of the UK’s best – here are our top picks.

Indian restaurants in Manchester

Indian restaurants in Manchester

The curry mile is undeniably great but look a little further afield and you’ll find everything from little backstreet haunts, to celebrity-packed multi-million-pound mega-restaurants as well.

Late-night Midweek Drinks In Manchester

Manchester’s very best midweek late-night bars

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