The best restaurants in Manchester City Centre: Part One

This year has seen us spend more time at home than we ever planned to, and hospitality has been one of the hardest hit industries, that being said, Manchester City Centre still has one of the best food scenes in the UK. 

While you may now be well acquainted with your oven, or at least your Deliveroo driver, there’s never been a better time to start planning where to head out to eat in Manchester.

With so many great places on offer, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, luckily, we’ve taken the time to pick out six of the best dining experiences Manchester has  available, with something to satisfy anyone’s taste!

The Counter House

Located in Cutting Room Square, in the heart of Ancoats and just a stone’s throw from New Cross, The Counter House offers a mixture of comforting classics  and healthier options. Open for brunch daily, the neighbourhood eatery is loved by locals and visitors alike – and did we mention they also offer one of the best roasts in the city?

Check out their menu and booking options here

Update – The Counter House is temporarily closed due to the national lockdown, we can’t wait to get back here when we’re next able to!


The restaurant to finally bring a Michelin Star to Manchester. Mana, based in Ancoats, promises to bring the best of British produce and focuses on natural resources to take patrons on a culinary journey throughout the evening. If you’re looking for fine dining, this is it.

Make a booking enquiry here 

Update –  Mana is temporarily closed due the national lockdown in England, but gift vouchers are available for when they reopen.

Pho Cue Kitchen

If you’re looking for something slightly off the beaten track, why not wander into Manchester’s ChinaTown one weekend? A triumph of the Coronavirus Pandemic, brilliantly named Pho Cue opened over the summer and infuses traditional Vietnamese food with some wildcard options including Vietnamese-style tacos. This place is worth the walk from New Cross.

Update – Pho Cue Kitchen are currently offering takeaway alongside their dine in options.

Mackie Mayor

Centrally located on the border of New Cross and the Northern Quarter, Mackie Mayor is a communal dining hall set in a restored former meat market. A grade ii listed building, the eatery offers cuisine from several independent traders, offering Thai, Italian and Mexican amongst others – not to mention craft beers and an extensive wine list. With great food in a casual dining environment right on your doorstep, what more could you need?

Update – Mackie Mayor is currently closed due to national lockdown measures in place in England, we can’t wait to see them back open in December.


Manchester City Centre is renowned by now for its pizza offering, and while the Naples style base found at Rudy’s is delicious, Ciaooo on Swan Street provides a slightly different approach. The family-run eatery handmakes sourdough pizzas oozing with fresh toppings and a range of appetisers and desserts. We’d recommend the N’duja garlic bread and a large Birra Moretti!

Update – During the winter lockdown, Ciaooo are offering their full menu on Deliveroo and have collection options available.

Book your table here 

Escape To Freight Island

Another triumph of an otherwise pretty bad year for the restaurant industry, Escape to Freight Island popped up almost out of nowhere over the summer to take over the old Mayfield Depot space near Piccadilly Station. An outdoor eating and drinking space from the creators of Camden Town Brewery, the team have just launched their new winter ticket hall with plenty of food traders and entertainment on offer.

Escape To Freight Island is currently closed due to the national lockdown measures in England, we can’t wait to visit them as soon as we’re able to.

Check out Escape To Freight Island for the latest updates here.

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