Manchester has a wealth of restaurants, catering for whatever kind of cuisine you could possibly desire. But to misquote Morrissey, some menus are more summery than others. We’ve collected all the best summer menus in the city, whether they’re providing a whole new range of dishes, especially for the hotter months – though recent weeks have felt more like a tropical storm than a classic British summer – or were custom-built to be at their best when the weather’s warm.
We have everything you need here. From high-end tasting menus, to fantastic tapas options, to classic English cuisine, and even taking in Italian food (courtesy of one of the UK’s best former Premier League footballers) and, er, sausage and mash. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll no doubt find it here. And it’s not all for those with deep pockets either, there are plenty of affordable options, particularly if you’re looking for a light lunchtime bite to eat.
These are just some of the highlights of the constantly-growing summer food scene in Manchester. Try them all. Trust us, you won’t regret it.
Here are our picks
The Ivy Spinningfields, The Pavilion, Byrom Street, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3HG - Visit now
The Ivy have launched a new menu, just in time for summer featuring a number of seasonal ingredients. Expect summer dishes such as heritage tomato salad with avocado, watermelon, pistachio, olives, basil and Pedro Ximenez dressing, and a raw market salad with thinly-shaved market vegetables, avocado hummus, toasted sesame, maple wholegrain and mustard dressing.
Grill On New York Street, New York St, Manchester, M1 4BD - Visit now
It’s not all about steak. The new menu at Grill On New York street includes seasonal starters such as home-smoked burrata, with black olive tartare, parsley oil; and Philly cheesesteak spring roll served with whipped cream cheese, rocket and Cholula oil. Main courses include pea & mint tortellini, with asparagus, radish; roasted cod, miso broth, mussels, baby spinach and Goan chicken skewers served with jewelled couscous, tortillas, mint yoghurt, pico de gallo and Cholula.
Salvi’s Mozzarella Bar, 22b, The Corn Exchange, Corporation St, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 3TR - Visit now
Salvis is one of Manchester’s most highly-regarded Italian restaurants, and for good reason. The perfect-in-summer menu features all the classics of the Mediterranean coastline, from pizza to pasta to risotto, with a few surprises along the way.
20 Stories, No. 1 Spinningfields, 1 Hardman Square, Manchester, M3 3EB - Visit now
With the introduction of new head chef Brian Hughson, 20 Stories have come up with a menu much lighter and brighter than previous offerings. This is food that more than matches up to those famous views over the Manchester skyline.