Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

Mana, 42 Blossom St, Manchester, M4 6BF – Visit Now

Mana is the proud owner of Manchester’s first Michelin star since 1977, they do a mean line in high-end tasting menus. This hugely-respected fine-dining restaurant is based in Ancoats, with chef and co-owner Simon Martin (who cut his teeth at Noma, food fans) at the helm.

There were plenty of other contenders for a star this year, including CT-faves Where The Light Gets In, Enxaneta at Tast, The French and Restaurant MCR. In our opinion, almost all of those are up there with Mana, but the power of the UK’s ‘trendiest’ district’ (according to every national newspaper, at least) Ancoats likely tipped the balance.

The very best seasonal produce the UK has to offer

The evening tasting menu doesn’t come cheap, at £105, and the wine pairing is an extra £75, but move quickly – this is set to increase to £140 from the start of next year.

But let’s not be picky, you can expect a phenomenal meal, taking in the very best seasonal produce the UK has to offer. The current autumn menu offers everything from Scottish langoustine to dehydrated scallops, taking in an intoxicating array of meat, vegetable and seafood along the way.

Is it Manchester’s best restaurant? It’s certainly up there, but Manchester is a big city and Mana is likely to be booked up for many months, if not years, to come so it’s worth exploring some of the other fine dining options that have somehow flown under the radar of the Michelin inspectors.

  • 42 Blossom St
  • Manchester
  • M4 6BF
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