There are plenty of new restaurants and bar openings to get excited about in Manchester this autumn.
Whether you’re looking for healthy desserts or late-night cocktails, here’s our pick of the latest crop of new openings.
The Refuge (a creative lobby in the iconic Palace Hotel) opens later this month as a public bar and dining room from the award-winning Volta team. You can expect a 139-seat restaurant space with open kitchen, booths and high benches, a winter atrium serving afternoon tea, and a cosy den, as well as a 40 foot long granite bar boasting 18 craft ale taps. We’ve had a sneak preview of the menu, and – trust us – this is one to get excited about. Think salt cod croquettes, stuffed stone bass, and slow-cooked leg of lamb with harissa.
Oxford Street, M60 7HA – refugemcr.co.uk
Run by the owner of Northern Quarter bars Common and Port Street Beer House and the co-founder of Cloudwater brewery, The Pilcrow is a new craft beer pub built almost entirely by volunteers, from the bar pumps to the bar tiles. We can’t wait to visit this new genuine community pub when it opens later this month in Sadler’s Yard, within Manchester’s emerging £800 million NOMA district.
Sadler’s Yard, Hanover Street, M60 0AB – thepilcrowpub.com
Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn
Okay so it’s not exactly new, but this road trip-inspired bar has undergone a recent re-styling and we love its new look. You can expect brand spanking new playful cocktails – from a cosmic watermelon margarita to a twisted Singapore sling – alongside a huge range of totally different drafts and way more bottled beers. Soak up the cocktails with Californian style Mexican food – chicken tacos and heaps of bacon double cheeseburger nachos to share.
100-102 High Street, M4 1HP – lucklustliquorburn.com
From the team behind street food vendors Viet Shack comes Simone’s, Manchester’s first healthy bakery. Styled like a kitchen you’ll wish was yours, Simone’s offers sandwiches on sourdough from Lovingly Artisan with a range of healthy yet delicious fillings. We love the Nutty Bird with chicken, peanut sauce, crunchy cucumber, spring onion and fresh chilli. The cakes here are virtuous too, mainly gluten- and dairy-free and without refined sugars – try the peanut butter or green tea brownies.
Manchester Arndale Food Market, 49 High St, M4 3AH – @SimonesMCR
With 40 covers and a full menu in the evening, we’re hugely excited about BEASTro, a meaty new dining concept from The Kitchens street food winners, Bangers & Bacon. They’ll be offering grab-and-go breakfast, brunch and lunch options as well as the opportunity to dine in from their ever-evolving menu when they open towards the end of the month.
The Kitchens, Spinningfields, M3 3AG – beastromcr.co.uk
Milk of Burgundy
B.Eat Street have found a permanent new home in the Great Northern, with plenty of tasty street food options. Check out Milk of Burgundy while you’re there, a cosy little wine bar with a great selection by the glass – and good coffee, too. Try their gin of the day or an Aperol Spritz on the terrace when the sun is out. Once the weather turns chillier, opt for a large glass of warming red inside. They’re open until 2am during the week, and 3am at weekends.
Deansgate Mews, Great Northern Warehouse, 235 Deansgate, M3 4EN – @milkmcr
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— HISPI (@HispiBistro) August 6, 2016
The part-crowdfunded Hispi Bistro – from critically-acclaimed Sticky Walnut (Hoole) and Burnt Truffle (Heswall) proprietor and chef Gary Usher – is already hugely anticipated after raising £50,000 from would-be customers to fund this third site. Hispi is opening on the former Jem & I site on School Lane on Friday 7 October, and we just can’t wait.
1c School Lane, Didsbury, M20 6RD – @hispibistro
Manchester Three Rivers gin distillery
Manchester Three Rivers Gin is Manchester city centre’s first ever dedicated gin distillery in modern times, and a new cultural visitor attraction in a railway arch in the resurgent Green Quarter. You can check out their beautiful custom built 450 litre copper pot Arnold Holstein Still ‘Angel’ up close and make your very own bottle of gin to take home on their tour, as well as enjoying four complimentary drinks – and finish with a trip to the bar for some gin cocktails.
21 Red Bank Parade, Manchester, M4 4HF – manchesterthreerivers.com
Recently opened on Cross Street, Chop’d offer salads, soups, wraps and stews made from natural, seasonal, local produce. You can build your own salad using vegetable and deli items, or try ready-made options such as Cornish crab and heritage tomato. For something a bit different, go for the pho or ramen soups with a selection of smoothies.
68 Cross Street, M2 4JQ – chopd.co.uk
Stage & Radio
A brand new late-night bar and restaurant in the Northern Quarter, Stage & Radio features an upstairs bar with an outdoor smoking area, plus a 140 capacity basement with a custom built sound-system and a 6am license. With eight cask lines and craft beers as well as cocktails, they’ll also be hand picking and showcasing local talent every week, so you can expect an exciting new music line-up over the coming weeks.
43 Port Street, M1 2EQ – stageandradiomcr.co.uk
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