Contact Bar and Kitchen

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor
Contact Bar and Kitchen
Ian Jones

Tucked away on Oxford Road behind the Academy, Contact Theatre has long been one of the city’s leading theatre spaces and now they have a food and drink space to match with Contact Bar and Kitchen. Best of all, it’s headed up by the brains behind CT-faves, GRUB, who have been doing a sterling street food job over in the Green Quarter for a good few years now.

The food comes from locally-acclaimed pop-up legends Tikka Chance On Me

We popped by the launch event to try out a few samples of what to expect. The dining area is a well-lit, spacious room, with a full bar at the far end and plenty of seats. The staff are as cheerful and friendly as it gets, delightfully upbeat and clearly passionate about where they work.

Contact Bar and Kitchen

The full menu has been curated by Michael Anderson, from the locally-acclaimed pop-up legends Tikka Chance On Me. Now, we’re not usually a fan of puns but we’ll make an honourable exception here due to the quality of the food on offer.

Contact Bar and Kitchen

There’s a wide range of snacks and hearty meals on offer, with plenty of vegan options but you’ll find a few meaty snacks if that’s the way you swing. First up, a couple of bright, flavour-packed snacks in the form of thick toasted bread – one with fresh tart tomatoes, chopped onion and rocket; the other topped with a deeply satisfying green pesto. If you’re looking for some light, healthy bites to eat before catching a play, or as the start to a night out, here’s where to head.

Contact Bar and Kitchen

For something more substantial, the wraps are well worth a chomp. There’s chicken or falafel, packed tight in a soft tortilla alongside a bunch of fresh, crunchy vegetables, such as cucumber, onion, tomato and lettuce.

Contact Bar and Kitchen

But don’t sleep on the homemade soup. There’s a marvellous pea soup, which is probably the highlight of the evening, topped with a swirl of cream and full of lightly-crushed peas. Then there’s a rich garlicky chestnut soup, with slices of onions on top – grab a slice of sourdough bread to go with it and you’ll have energy for days.

Contact Bar and Kitchen

The chips – cute little circles of deep-fried potato – come with a vivid pink sauce, all thanks to the beetroot which magically retains only the nice side of beetroot and none of the earthiness. The burgers are a delight too – ranging from lamb to falafel. Both are superbly filling with none of the heavy oil or grease that invariably comes with a lesser standard of burger.

Contact Bar and Kitchen is a great addition to the city, not only as a place to grab something to eat before a play, but as a worthy destination in its own right. If you’re heading along Oxford Road for a gig, show or just a long, leisurely walk, it’s well worth popping in to enjoy one of their healthy options.

Oxford RdManchesterM15 6JA View map
Telephone: 01612740600 Visit Now

Opening Hours

  • Tuesday12:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Wednesday12:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Thursday12:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Friday12:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Saturday12:00pm - 8:00pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

Culture Guides


There's no rest for the art lover - this month brings outdoor sculpture, musings on water, political drawings and Liverpool Biennial 2023!


We look towards a summer filled with quality festivals, from cultural behemoths to grassroots gems.

Winnie the Pooh at Manchester Opera House

The sun has finally got his hat on! Enjoy our top picks of family-friendly events and activities, both indoors and outdoors.

Classical Music

Summer's classical music calendar is filling up nicely! Read our top picks of concerts happening in Manchester and the North.

Gerry Potter (credit Lee Baxter)

Books are big this summer, with festival readings, poetry slams, creative writing activities and famous faces all putting in an appearance.

Food and Drink

All signs point toward June being a scorcher of a month, so let’s take a look at all things summery food and drink.

Tours and Activities

From literary activities to brilliant independent shops, keep your minds and homes filled with the good stuff this month.

Theatre in Manchester

Check out our updated guide for lively theatre festivals, rip-roaring rooftop circus and dreamy outdoor shows.