The Wags might hate it, but Manchester’s food scene is thriving


Yes of course I think Manchester has great restaurants, but I swear it doesn’t just me. We’re not trying (or wanting) to be London or New York, but I regularly bring national and international critics, restaurateurs and chefs to my city, and they all agree that places like The Sparrows, Mana, Erst, Flawd and many more are on par with their peers in our capital and beyond.

We’re also good at more casual dining, from delicious Indian street food at Bundobust, to pizzas at Rudy’s and Middle Eastern plates at Maray. Sugo, The Firehouse and The Jane Eyre all offer great accessible food with an informal walk-in atmosphere. Venerable Chinatown is reborn, with joy to be savored at Yuzu for Japanese and Pho Cue for Vietnamese, as well as revitalized classics like Happy Seasons for Cantonese roast meats and Red Chilli for fiery Sichuan.

As for the current fashion for vibey multi-trader food halls? Freight Island and Mackie Mayor are still thriving, with the huge Diecast yet to come. The smartly curated exhibition is coming soon and will house a new Basque concept from Baratxuri, a home for Great British Menu’s Brazilian-born Caroline Martins, and a more casual offering from Osma, a Michelin pedigree.


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