Coolest Places to Eat in Manchester
While Birmingham might be the UK’s official second city, we can’t help but feel you need to head a little further up the M6 to find London’s northern cultural cousin. Of course, we’re talking about Manchester. And one of the best things about the city is its plethora of cuisines choices. So we’re going to take you on a culinary journey with the coolest places to eat in Manchester!
Food: Modern British
Location: 18-22 Bridge Street, M3 3BZ.
Since opening back in 2013, Aiden Byrne’s Manchester House has shown no signs of letting up and is now generally considered to be one of Manchester’s finest diners. Fusing classic high-end gastronomy with a more informal dining, Byrne has managed to create something special without the intimidation some fine dining restaurants often find unavoidable. Steeped in traditionalism, this is classic flavours done in unique and unexpected ways.
Mr Cooper’s House & Garden
Food: Casual Fine Dining
Location: The Midland Hotel, Peter Street, M60 2DS.
If you’re after a dining experience which offers serious value-for-money, we wholeheartedly recommend heading to Mr Cooper’s House & Garden. The house and gardens date all the back to 1819 and as such the venue pack a load of quirky features such as an inside garden and birdhouses, as well as a 30ft tree in the middle of the dining hall. The food is self-described as ‘gutsy yet elegant’, with dishes on offer including Halibut baked in cabbage leaf as well as Cumbrian rib steak.
Location: 100-102 High Street, M4 1HP
Don’t believe the name, Almost Famous is famous. At least among Mancunians it is! If you thought the London burger boom was something, it was nothing compared to Manchester’s, and Almost Famous was at the forefront with two restaurants in the city and it’s remained at the hamburger pinnacle ever since. Our tip; the Triple Nom. Cheese, pulled pork, coleslaw, Redneck BBQ, Famous sauce. Meat heaven.
Mr Thomas’s Chop House
Food: Gastro Pub
Location: 52 Cross Street, M2 7AR.
For something else cheapish but still very cheerful, look no further than Mr Thomas’s Chop House. Located in an iconic Grade-II listed building which first opened as a pub back in 1870, this haunt packs plenty of original features with cast iron frames and terracotta blocks displaying Art Nouveau motifs, and is without doubt one of the jewels in Manchester’s crown. This is gastro pub grub but it’s also damn good. Classic British food with a modern twist, using fresh local ingredients. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon.
Location: 1, The Avenue, M3 3AP.
For something a little more elegant, Australasia demonstrates Manchester’s diversity when it comes to global cuisine. Tucked beneath the large Armani store in Spinningfields on Deansgate, Australasia serves modern Australian cuisine by combining Pacific Rim flavours underpinned by European cooking tradition, a blend of Indonesian, Southeast Asian influences and Australia’s strong ties with Japan also help determine the taste and style. The restaurant is showy – you only need to see their prism-shaped entrance – but the food is still spectacular nonetheless.
Location: 41-43 Lapwing Lane, M20 2NT.
While we’re wary of vegetarian-only restaurants, when they’re done well they can be delicious. And Manchester hosts one of the best around in Simon Rimmer’s Greens. “It’s not your lifestyle, but your tastebuds we care about” is Greens’ moto. And as such they serve up fresh, inventive vegetarian dishes for veggies and non-veggies alike. It would also be rude not to have a vegetarian eatery in Manchester given one of their most famous sons did crow about meat being murder…
Dogs n’ Dough
Food: Hotdogs & Pizza
Location: 17 Bow Lane, M2 4FW.
If you’re looking for something a little more fast foodie, look no further than Dogs n’ Dough. If you hadn’t guessed already, DnD serves up hot dogs and freshly made pizza alongside an array of frosty beers, cocktails and crisp music in an underground setting. And while the pizza at Dogs ’n’ Dough is incredibly good after a couple of jars, not many people know about the hidden basement bar which is located beneath it. 17 Below is all about the 80s and as such is filled to the brim with retro gaming. Yes, we’re talking Pac-Man and Tetris arcades.