In just a few days, the third stage of the government’s plan to lift restrictions will be actioned and honestly, we couldn’t be happier that things are returning to normal, and we can resume our social lives after a LONG 14 months. The best bit is that all of this is happening just in time for some glorious weather too (fingers crossed, this is Manchester after all!). Along with indoor hospitality reopening, most outdoor restrictions will be lifted, so sporting events and larger scale outdoor performances all have the green light, amazing right?
To celebrate, we thought we’d make some suggestions for great Manchester eateries to hit up in the coming weeks. World foods, vegan dishes and good old pub grub all feature, this list is not to be missed.
Serving a menu crammed with vegetarian Indian street food, alongside an impressive selection of craft beers, this is the perfect central location (based on Piccadilly) to catch up with friends without worrying about the weather ruining your plans. If none of these dishes sound familiar, maybe opt for one of the combo options which house a great selection dependent on the number of people eating. Book online or take your chances as a walk-in, but we’re guessing everywhere is going to get pretty busy!
The best of American style dining and drinks, this gem in the Northern Quarter is a must. There are a few different tastes, dependent on your vibe, but we recommend ordering yourself a drool-worthy burger, truffle poutine fries and bourbon from the Rib Joint and Tap Room on the ground floor.
Another jewel in the NQ food scene is the quirky Mexican restaurant El Capo. With amazing music spun by live DJ’s, completely unique cocktails laced with tequila, and food highlights including spicy wings, burritos & nachos, there’s something for everyone here. Bottomless Sundays are the stuff of legend, so we are praying they return!
Have you got a super indecisive friendship group? We thought so. In which case, Mackie Mayor is ideal, as there are a few outlets to choose from, all under one roof. An impressive roof it is too, as the food market is based in a Grade-II listed building built-in 1858. Fab food, great atmosphere, and tonnes of choice, what more could you want?
It’s worth noting these guys aren’t reopening until Tuesday 18th May and they don’t offer pre-booking so head down and be prepared to wait for a table, it’s worth it!
Feeling fancy after staying at home for what has felt like the longest time? We feel you, so maybe push the boat out for Manchester’s first Michelin starred restaurant, Mana. It can be a fight to get a table in this swanky open kitchen, but we’ve checked and there are still spots open for the next few weeks, but top tip – you are more likely to bag a table of 4 than for 2.
Described as comfort food and elevated by well-known chef Tom Kerridge, is The Bull & Bear, based in the domed trading room in the renovated Stock Exchange hotel. Serving up plenty of British classics, there’s no need to stress that you won’t recognise dishes on the menu. Why wait for dinner to go out? This gorgeous restaurant has extensive breakfast and lunch menus as well.
Reopening on 20th May, Three Little Words is a restaurant, bar and distillery nestled under the railway arches on Watson Street. Founded by the team behind Manchester Gin, need we say more? Actually, we do, we urge you to book the Sunday Funday, where you can do a gin tour and tasting followed by a roast with all the trimmings, we can’t wait!
Fresh Japanese tapas served in the heart of Chinatown, this place really does transport you to downtown Tokyo with their minimalist, classic decor. Classics such as gyoza, tempura and sashimi are all done to perfection on both lunch and dinner menus. We understand why these guys feature in so many of the national good food guides, they’re seriously impressive.
Hopefully that should give you plenty of food for thought over the next week! We’d love to hear if you try any of our suggestions, so feel free to share via our social channels.