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Monday 27 May 2024

[@]Eating Out? Our Manchester Recommendations

After spending a couple of hours trying to count how many food serving places there are, simply in Manchester's centre square mile, we got bored (we gave up at over 250).

The fact is there are a huge number of restaurants, cafes, take-aways, pubs, bars and streetfood hawkers vying for your breakfast, lunch and dinner money.

Presented with such a wealth of choice the Unlock Manchester team have created a list of some of our favourites ranging from delis to restaurants with some pricing guidance. Basically if you can't find anything you like in here you should be cooking...

Food & Drink OffersWe also like deals and offers when looking for somewhere to eat, after a long day. If you are going to a show you will find lots of pre-theatre packages with food and drink for to enjoy.

Check out our listings from eateries across Manchester of some the current special offers.

  • Hidden Manchester Bars and Good Beers

    Discover Manchesters Best Beers and Bars

    We take a look at some great off the beaten track bars and recommend some of the region's best beers

  • Manchester Food and Drink Festival

    Manchester Food and Drink Festival

    September sees the Manchester Food and Drink Festival across much of the City Centre and surrounding districts of Greater Manchester, with a huge programme of events taking place, both in and outdoors.

  • Dining Alfresco

    Eating Alfresco

    It may seem an odd idea to eat out in a city renowned for 'rain', but don't believe all you hear. There is plenty of good alfresco dinning to be had, with or without an umbrella.

  • Afternoon Tea

    Afternoon Tea and Cakes

    Our selection of the best afternoon and high teas in Manchester. Placate your demands for a sugar rush with these cakes, scones, jams and hot tea, yummy!

  • Bakeries, Cafes and Delicatessens

    Bakeries, Cafes and Delicatessens

    Manchester's diverse population has created a demand for specialist cultural food. Here are some of our favourite bakeries and cafes from across Greater Manchester.

  • English Cuisine Restaurants

    English Cuisine Restaurants

    It's not all Fish and Chips... There are some many excellent dishes served and you are not stuck for choice. Check out our list of some of Manchester's finest English Fare eateries.

  • European Cuisine Restaurants

    European Cuisine Restaurants

    Manchester has a wide array of European style restaurants. There are great Greeks, tasty Italians and yummy Japanese dishes all for your delight.

  • Pub Food

    Great Pub Food

    The classic Pub Food resurgence is delivering excellent food at affordable prices. Here are some of our favourite pubs for good eating.

  • World Cuisine Restaurants

    World Cuisine Restaurants

    Manchester's diverse population has driven the requirements for quality ethnic food and cooking. Try some of these restaurants for truly ethnic flavours.


Manchester a City of ‘Quarters’

Bury - Part of Historic Manchester


Only 30 minutes by Tram from the City Centre, Bury and its attractions make a good day trip



Nestled between the Irwell and Medloack rivers Castlefield is where the Romans established 'Mamucium'. Experience the old and modern and explore its attractions

China Town - City Centre

China Town

China Town, a stone's throw from Piccadilly Gardens, offers restaurants, specialist supermarkets and entertainment all in one space



Connecting most parts of the city, this mile-long road is worth a stroll along and offers some great shops and places to eat

Read About All Manchester‘s Quarters