For many people, Manchester is known for three main things – music, football and the industrial revolution. Although still thriving in music and sport and with remnants of the industrial revolution still visible throughout the city, Manchester has so much more to offer – not least, an extremely high calibre of restaurants.
I’ve been lucky enough to sample some of the best restaurants in Manchester, and in this post I’ll reveal three of my favourite eateries this wonderful city has to offer. From fine dining to greasy spoon, Manchester has all the bases covered.
This place is far from fine dining, but it certainly offers a unique dining experience. If you’re a fan of burgers (and I mean real burgers), then a visit to Almost Famous is a must. This was originally a pop-up restaurant that came and went in the space of a month, but due to its initial success, it looks like they’re back for good.
Word of mouth is one of the best marketing tools for restaurants, and these guys have certainly got the trendy people of Manchester talking. It’s located in an office block in the centre of the uber-cool Northern Quarter area and the décor isn’t up to much, but this all adds to the charm of the place. They don’t hold back on portion size (think Man Vs. Food) and the flavours are definitely worth the visit.
Good tapas is pretty hard to come by in any city. Much of the UK is riddled with big chain tapas restaurants (which can be ok, granted), but really good, authentic tapas isn’t always readily available. To find the real deal, you normally have to rely on word of mouth to direct you to a restaurant that delivers. El Rincon is one of those restaurants.
Hidden in a basement, on a city centre backstreet, this restaurant is very easy to miss. Prepare to get lost on your way, but the journey will be well worth it! It is recommended that you book a table, as it does tend to be packed to the rafters throughout the week, which is always a good sign that the food and service lives up to its reputation.
Expect traditional tapas dishes, such as fresh shellfish, cured meats and plenty of garlic. There is a substantial wine list and a variety of beers to wash down your food. If laid back dining with top-notch cuisine is your thing, El Rincon is well worth a visit.
Celebrity Michelin starred chef, Michael Caines, opened the Manchester instalment of his chain of fine dining restaurants at Abode hotel in the city centre, back in May 2008. Although the city doesn’t actually have a Michelin starred restaurant, this certainly comes close.
Here you’ll receive the full fine dining experience, but you won’t necessarily have to pay through the nose for the privilege. The taster menus are a true culinary delight, taking you on a sensory journey, which many restaurants simply can’t match. You can enhance your meal by having a wine specially selected to compliment each course.
Again, it is highly recommended that you book in advance, and the mid-week early dining menu is superb value for money. Also, it is well worth searching online, as you’ll often find some great deals.
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The Manchester Restaurant address book
Almost Famous Burgers & Booze, 100 High Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester @AlmostFamousMCR
El Rincon de Rafa, 244 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4BQ Facebook Page
Michael Caines at Abode, Abode Hotel,107 Piccadilly,Manchester, M1 2DB @MichaelCaines
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