Restaurants

Top Choice Modern British in Manchester

Manchester House

This much-praised restaurant atop a nondescript '60s-era tower serves molecular cuisine, but with a Manchester twist. Chef Aiden Byrne offers a simplified version of Blumenthal and Adriá, but without sacrificing any…
Top Choice Cafe in Manchester

Rosylee Tearooms

A touch of Edwardian and Georgian elegance in the heart of the Northern Quarter, this gorgeous tearooms has expanded its menu to offer a range of British classics like beer-battered haddock and chips and steak suet …
Modern Australian in Manchester

Australasia

One of Manchester's most successful building conversions has been that of the basement archive of the Manchester Evening News into this suprisingly bright and beautiful restaurant, which serves contemporary Australi…
Modern British in Manchester

The French

The revamped restaurant of the Midland Hotel (where Rolls met Royce to make motoring history) is now home to Simon Rogan's exquisite Modern British cuisine, which uses exclusively local produce grown on his farm in …
International in Manchester

The Kitchens

Gathered under the one roof are a number of 'street food' producers including Bangers and Bacon (@bangersandbacon), Chaat Cart (Indian street food; @chaatcart), the Hip Hop Chip Shop (@thehiphopchippy), Dim Sum Su (…
International in Manchester

Oast House

This BBQ restaurant is a reconstructed oast house (a medieval kiln used to dry out hops). The kitchen is an outdoor covered grill, so staff have to shuttle the barbecued delights (nothing fancy: burgers, kebabs, ste…
Chinese in Manchester

Tattu

One of the most beautiful restaurants in town is this newish and supremely elegant Chinese spot in Spinningfields. From the nautical-themed downstairs bar (dark-wood booths, hanging anchors) to the upstairs deck, wh…
Italian in Manchester

San Carlo Cicchetti

Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli has designed the superlative menu at this ornate Italian restaurant on the ground floor of House of Fraser. Instead of big plates of carb overload, though, you get smaller dishes known as c…
Italian in Manchester

Fumo

This glass-fronted restaurant specialises in Venetian-style tapas known as cicchetti – you can take your pick from a broad-ranging menu that includes a variety of carpaccios, pasta, meats and even minipizzas. It's p…
Modern British in Manchester

Mr Cooper's House & Garden

Before there was the Midland, local coach maker Thomas Cooper had a fine house and beautiful gardens; Simon Rogan pays tribute to the location's past but serves up the brasserie version of the Cumbrian fare that has…