The Spinningfields area has evolved dramatically over the past decade, becoming a must-visit destination for great food and drink in the city.
From fine dining to fun cocktails, and tapas to tank beer, here are ten of our favourite places to eat and drink in Spinningfields.
Chef Aiden Byrne’s Bridge Street restaurant is a real treat, with 10 or 14 course tasting menus showcasing a wealth of talent. The set lunch menu here is great value and the a la carte option includes mains such as braised flank of beef, Txogitxu tartare and choucroute. Don’t miss the homemade macarons and madeleines to finish.
If you don’t fancy fine dining, head to the bar on the 12th floor and enjoy a gin and tonic on the terrace as you watch the sun go down – the views across the city are superb.
18-22 Bridge Street, M3 3BZ – manchesterhouse.uk.com
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Glamorous restaurant and bar Australasia opened in 2011 with a menu devised by former Young Australian Chef of the Year, Paul Greening. This place offers modern Australian cooking with Pacific Rim flavours. You can expect dishes such as pot-roasted lobster with kaffir lime, chilli and Thai basil, as well as black cod roasted in hoba leaf. The bar – specialising in superb cocktails as well as a wide range of sushi – is open until 3am at weekends.
1 The Avenue, M3 3AP – australasia.uk.com
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Opening next month, it looks like the brand new BEASTro will be offering an ever-evolving and refined menu of just three starters, three main courses and three desserts to twelve diners. This restaurant will undoubtedly bring a unique and alternative dining experience to to already diverse Spinningfields scene.
The Kitchens, M3 3AG – beastromcr.co.uk
With high ceilings, sumptuous red and gold decor and an open kitchen on the mezzanine floor, Ibérica adds a taste of Spain to Spinningfields. The menu (from Executive Chef Nacho Manzano) includes a tempting selection of main dishes alongside tapas – from Galician style octopus to Iberian pork. Just in for drinks? Try something from the bar menu of pintxos and charcuterie, alongside a range of speciality gin and tonics.
14-15 The Avenue, M3 3HF – ibericarestaurants.com
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Offering a vintage escape from your typical high street pub, The Oasthouse is a rustic retreat. With hanging kebabs to eat and a fine selection of craft ales to drink, you’ll want to settle down for the afternoon in the bustling outdoor terrace – plus, there are plenty of cosy corners inside for when the weather turns cooler. This is the first site outside of London to serve Budweiser Budvar Tankové Pivo tank beer, so definitely one to check out for beer buffs.
The Avenue Courtyard, M3 3AY – theoasthouse.uk.com
With cinnamon & lemon honey glaze… Fazenda’s pork belly #Fazenda #Manchester #Lunch #PorkBelly #Pork #Honey #Cinnamon #Lemon #Meat #AlmostFriday #Spinningfields. (Food menu: https://fazenda.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/FAZFoodMenuWEB.pdf)
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Enjoy the taste of Brazil at Fazenda, where gaúcho chefs roast succulent cuts of meat in the same way it has been done for centuries. Flip your card from red to green to signal to the Passadores (Meat Chefs) that you would like some freshly-grilled meat carved straight onto your plate. With up to fifteen different prime cuts of meat – from picanha to pork belly – you can eat as much as you like, washed down with a glass (or two) from the restaurant’s excellent wine selection.
The Avenue, M3 3AP – fazenda.co.uk
Bringing wholesome, healthy and affordable Lebanese food to Spinningfields, Comptoir Libanais offers all-day dining, from breakfast through to dinner and cocktails. Share a selection of hot and cold mezze, or check out the grills, salads and wraps, and wash it all down with a fragrant cocktail or Lebanese wine. We also love the fresh rose mint tea served in a silver teapot
18-19 The Avenue, M3 3HF – comptoirlibanais.com
Scene Indian Street Kitchen
With a glamorous bar evoking 1950s Bollywood and a large open-kitchen dining area, Scene adds a little something spicy to the area. Try the tender marinated lamb chops grilled over charcoal here, or Desi Dhaba dishes served family-style in an authentic hot metal balti brought straight from the stove to the table.
On top of that, the Kitchen’s new quarter-of-a-million-pound heated riverside terrace makes a great spot to relax with a cocktail amongst the elegant soft furnishings, swinging cuddle sofas and pretty lanterns lighting up the River Irwell.
4a Leftbank, Irwell Square, M3 3AN – scenedining.com
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Tattu offers an elegant selection of dim sum – from Wagyu dumplings to lobster and prawn toasts – with a selection of small plates and main dishes, including saffron miso black cod. Creative cocktails in the beautiful bar are inspired by the designs of different body artists, with their own unique styles and unusual flavour combinations – think vodka, strawberry, lavender and bubble-gum served in a smoking skull.
3, Hardman Square, Gartside St, M3 3EB – tattu.co.uk
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Open from breakfast and coffee through to dinner and drinks, The Alchemist is most famous for its inventive cocktails which you can enjoy on their year-round outdoor terrace. Try a sharing selection of tapetisers, a gourmet fish finger sandwich or buttermilk chicken burger for lunch, or get stuck into post-work cocktails – an effervescent Bubble Bath with Tanqueray gin and Aperol, perhaps, or a nostalgic Screwball that tastes exactly like the ice cream.
3 Hardman St, M3 3HF – thealchemist.uk.com
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