Best places to eat in Manchester
While Manchester is perhaps best known for soccer and its legendary musical history, the city is also home to some of the best cuisine in the United Kingdom. Whether you're searching for fine dining or something more low-key, your taste buds and stomach will thank you for the feast. Here's a look at some of the best places to eat in Manchester.
If you have a taste for seafood, you won't find any better choice among Manchester restaurants than Randall & Aubin. Blending traditional pub food with gourmet flare, Randall & Aubin offers choices such as a deep-fried lobster po' boy, a bouillabaisse with fresh British coastal fish and spaghetti marinara with prawns, mussels, clams and squid. However, no trip to Randall & Aubin is complete without their famed raw rock oysters on the half shell.
If you're not in the mood for seafood, a trip to Randall & Aubin is still warranted. Choose from a juicy half rotisserie chicken with butter sauce, a Black Angus burger with all the fixings or a roast Suffolk lamb steak paired with mash potatoes and a mint, caper, and parsley sauce. Grab a pint to make it a true British meal.
Mamucium: 6 Todd St, Manchester M3 1WU, UK
Located inside the original Victorian building of the Hotel Indigo Manchester at Victoria Station, Mamucium serves award-winning, locally sourced dishes from their open kitchen. You can get adventurous with their five- or eight-course tasting menus, or try some classic menu items such as Dover sole or a salt-aged fillet of Cheshire beef. But don't worry about such hefty, meaty fare — Mamucium also has a dedicated vegan menu with wholesome risotto and chickpea curry.
Brunch is always enjoyable, but bottomless brunch is divine. On Sundays, you can choose a Bloody Mary, Bellini, clementine mimosa or prosecco to whet your whistle. Beyond the bottomless drink selection, you can order brunch classics like eggs benedict with parma ham, smoked salmon and cream cheese or crushed avocado on fresh sourdough.
The French at the Midland: 16 Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS, UK
Now known as Adam Reid at the French, The French at the Midland is British cuisine at its finest. Tucked away in the corner of the lobby at The Midland Hotel, The French has a posh, luxurious French feel that's highlighted by the brick walls, tasteful disco-ball-style chandeliers and an open floor plan. Headed by award-winning chef Adam Reid, this restaurant offers British favorites spread four courses.
The current menu includes several mouth-watering choices: tater'ash with beef butter; almond poached cod; Rhug Estate chicken stew with barley, sweet corn, and turnips and a treacle tart topped with ice cream, mint and orange. Each dish pairs with a hand-selected glass of high-quality wine. Reservations are required.
If dinner and drinks sound like a superb way to end your day, head over to 20 Stories. This rotating dinner and cocktail joint is at the top of the building provides stunning, 360-degree views of Manchester that provide a romantic setting.
Offering fresh takes on modern and traditional British cuisine, 20 Stories serves entrees and sharable plates that provide a flavor sensation unlike any other. Mains include braised shoulder of lamb, sea bass, slow-cooked pork belly, Shetland cod, halibut with buttered kale and lemon sole served with pickled clams and potatoes.
If you're waiting to be seated or want to take your visit to the next level, make sure to grab a cocktail. With the views and creative drink menu, 20 Stories is arguably the best bar in the city. Try the 20 Stories signature cocktail made with Tanqueray gin, Lillet Blanc and homemade honey and herbs cordial shaken with lemon and topped with a red wine float.
The Refuge: Oxford St, Manchester M60 7HA, UK
Located within the elegant, upscale Principal Manchester Hotel, The Refuge uses British ingredients and global influences to craft an eclectic dining experience in the heart of North Manchester. Bright, roomy and modern, the dining area allows you to unwind — whether you're waiting to check into your room or you're searching for some late-night sustenance.
Small bites and shared plates highlight the menu items, which include freshly made options such as tamarind-glazed chicken wings, crispy whitebait with fennel and the Indian-inspired chickpea daal. Paired with a premium cocktail or finished off with a selection from the restaurant's menu of puddings, everything that touches your lips is an experience.
63 Degrees: 104 High St, Manchester M4 1HQ, UK
Nestled amid the bars and coffee shops of the Northern Quarter, 63 Degrees serves up some of the best French cuisine in Manchester. Using secret recipes of the Moreau family, this restaurant takes French classics to British diners with flavors not found outside of Paris.
Try the duckling filet with truffle paste, beetroot risotto, wild turbot with oyster cream sauce, or a foie gras burger for something you may never have had before. As with any French dining experience, finish off your meal with chocolate fondant, creme brulee or a crepe.
Located in the heart of the chic, vibrant Ancoats neighborhood of Manchester, Mana is the brainchild of acclaimed chef Simon Martin. The vibrant space that holds Mana is airy, modern and full of windows to let the sunshine flood the room. An open kitchen is adjacent to the dining area, allowing you to see your delectable entree as it's being prepared.
Every meal here is an adventure and a lesson in how to properly use fresh produce, meat and seafood directly from the supplier to your plate. The menu constantly changes depending on what's in season, so you'll never have the same meal twice. Examples of some menu items include barbecued greens with dehydrated scallops and beeswax, set sheep's yogurt, apple and sorrel kombucha, langoustine brains on brown butter toast with wild thyme and yakitori style eel with roasted yeast and blueberry.
The creativity of the menu is the restaurant's greatest. It's not for the faint of heart, but with one bite, you'll be hooked.
From an upscale take on traditional British cuisine to seafood and everything in between, the dining scene in Manchester offers tastes to suit every type of palate.