Is Manchester in London’s culinary shadow? Hardly. These days, the northern powerhouse holds its own when it comes to destination-worthy dining. The following five eateries showcase all the diversity and dynamism of Manchester’s current crop of restaurants. From the casual and trendy to the Michelin-calibre, all are well worth your time. Be sure to book in advance, and get ready for a uniquely Mancunian gastronomic adventure.
Adam Reid at The French
Manchester’s fine dining doesn’t get much finer than this. Following a recent renovation and rebranding, The French’s house restaurant has reopened under the auspices of Chef Patron Adam Reid, who previously worked there under Chef Simon Rogan. The new nine-course tasting menu features wide-ranging and adventurous plates — think salt-aged duck with beetroot, mushroom, and pickled cherry juices — while the beautiful, grade II-listed dining room has been refreshed with new decorative accents.
Though Hawksmoor was born in London, it takes on an especially sleek and stylish incarnation up in Manchester. The award-winning steakhouse is perfectly poised: grown-up without being stuffy and cool without being hipster-pandering, it’s far and away one of the city’s most accomplished eateries. Order your rib eye with lobster on the side, and don’t forget to explore Hawksmoor’s cocktail menu, too. One to try? The Full-Fat Old Fashioned, which makes use of wonderfully decadent butter-infused bourbon.