10 best restaurants and pop-ups at Manchester Food and Drink Festival

10 best restaurants and pop-ups at Manchester Food and Drink Festival

Lane 10 Tib

Oldham Street’s self-explanatory Cocktail Beer Ramen + Bun is a lively Northern Quarter haunt where gangs of friends enjoy chicken and slurp karaage tonkotsu until late. The team itself is co-instigating 10 Tib Lane, but this is a much more grown-up affair: a candlelit nightclub that, with its aged walls and natural wine list, has the feel of a neo Parisian bistro. His menu of dishes to share is an idiosyncratic global journey. Expertly cooked hake topped, tandoori style, with spiced yogurt, served with a cucumber and mint salad, goes well with a Korean-inspired soy pork chop or a Southern European dish of chicory, sherry, almonds and chanterelles.
Dishes £ 6- £ 20, Lane 10 Tib10tiblane.com


At this natural marina wine bar in New Islington, chefs Joseph Otway and Chris Ditch are working with some unusual restrictions. In the kitchen they only have a toaster, an electric pressure cooker and a sandwich press to heat things up. Despite this, their ingenious and daily changing menu is among the best in the city. The duo’s dishes may seem a little worthy or simplistic: a whipped split pea sauce; yellow beans, goat curd, new season garlic and crumbs; potato salad with tropea onions and summer herbs, but exceptional ingredients (many from partner farm Cinderwood Market Garden) help them create flavors of true clarity and resonance. Flawd emerged from the Higher Ground pop-up restaurant (@highergroundmcr), which will open in a permanent location in the spring of 2023.
Dishes around £ 4.50- £ 9, 9 Keepers Quaydefectsowine.co

Another hand

In this trendy hole of Deansgate Mews (natural wines on the shelves, minimal house fused on the stereo), chefs Julian Pizer and Max Yorke are creating something special. Expect new ingredients lined up in unexpected combinations: for example, mushrooms grown on an urban farm in Altrincham, with a young pine cone and sherry, hazelnut and horseradish vinaigrette. A minced trout tartare with pickled apple and smoked turnip, sitting in a shallow pool of dashi broth, is both visually appealing in its painstaking tweezers work and clever in its layering of uplifting flavors. That dashi, enhanced by the addition of burnt apple and turnip, is a caramelized depth charge of sweet and meaty complexity. Note: Another Hand’s daytime menu is a more casual and brunch affair.
Evening dishes around £ 8- £ 19, Unit F, Deansgate Mewsotherhandmcr.com

Asmara Bella

Asmara Bella Bar and Restaurant, Manchester, with people eating and drinking outside

Asmara Bella Bar and Restaurant, Manchester, with people eating and drinking outside

Samrawit Tekle’s small Eritrean and Ethiopian restaurant serves many meat dishes, such as spicy lamb (wake up) or dutto, a combination of spicy fried tripe, ground beef and green chillies. But this cozy, chill Northern Quarter spot will be of particular interest to vegans and vegetarians, given the liveliness of Eritrean and Ethiopian meatless cuisine (this, in part, a legacy of Orthodox Christian rules on fasting in both countries). Asmara Bella cuisine draws an incredible depth of flavor from dishes such as Hamli (spinach, garlic and chillies cooked in a sumptuous bite of olive oil), split peas and turmeric or spiced timtimo lentils. These are all served up huge inieraa fermented and spongy focaccia with a compelling light acidity and lemon.
Power supply £ 10.50- £ 14, Via del porto 37asmarabella.co.uk

New Century

A slice of Grade II-rated 1960s modernism, this former convention center and ballroom (part of an office complex built for the cooperative group) was recently reopened as a music venue and dining room. Highlights include British Street Food Awards winner BaoBros23 and its knockout braised pork shoulder. At the Butty Shop, Adam Reid, chef of the Midland Hotel’s fine-dining restaurant, the Frenchman, is transforming traditional sandwiches into a gourmet makeover. He tries hot smoked salmon on the next-level muffin, with Butty Shop’s oven bottom and Reid’s Northern English interpretation of nachos: fries topped with onions and Lancashire cheese sauce. Fans of the food hall format may also want to check out the Society and its sprawling Vocation Brewery bar or the East Asian-focused Hello Oriental.
Feeding around £ 8- £ 15, Mayes Streetnewcenturymcr.com

Pasta sauce

At this lively corner restaurant in Ancoats, high-quality fresh pasta imported from Puglia receives the respect it deserves. Sugo’s refined rustic southern Italian dishes boast the kind of deep flavors that come only from hours and hours of patient preparation. Do not miss the orecchiette with pork shoulder sauce, n’duja and shank of beef that melts. If you are visiting the south of Manchester, there are other Sugo branches on the outskirts of Sale and Altrincham.
Power supply from £ 12.90, Street of flowers 46sugopastakitchen.co.uk


Despite their civic and football rivalries, Liverpool and Manchester have a brotherly relationship when it comes to music and, increasingly, food. There is a regular exchange of talent along the M62. For example, Bold Street Coffee recently brought its breakfast sandwiches to Manchester and taco ace Albert Dock Madre will open a restaurant in Manchester in November. Currently somewhat hidden by Town Hall renovations around Albert Square, Maray – whose trendy, Levantine food is the pride of Merseyside – has also landed in Manchester, opening an attractive restaurant and terrace near the Gem church. Hidden. Expect good falafel, fattoush salad, lamb kofta and Maray’s famous “disco cauliflower”, roasted and topped with chermoula, harissa, tahini, yogurt, pomegranates and almonds.
Dishes £ 4- £ 12Brazennose Street, maray.co.uk

Lily’s gastronomy

The Sachdev family has been creating some of Greater Manchester’s best vegan and vegetarian Indian food since the 1970s. Their flagship restaurant, Lily’s in Ashton-under-Lyne, is famous for its chaat and Gujarati farsan snacks. Opened this year, Lily’s Downtown Deli sells groceries and hot items to eat or take away (limited seating). A daily selection of three curries or dhals is served with roti or rice, along with snacks, such as a chilli toastie, vada pav, or bhel puri. From crunchy and lightly spiced vegetable samosas (80p each) to a soul-moving tarka dal, the kitchen displays all the skillful control of vibrant flavors you’d expect.
Meals around £ 4.50- £ 6, Unit 2C, Henry Streetlilysdeli.co.uk

The Jane Eyre

This elegantly designed “neighborhood bar” operates at the highest level in its cocktails, craft beer and food. You have to, to attract a crowd to Ancoats. Simple snacks (croquettes, Padron peppers) open up a menu of quietly ambitious small dishes: crab salad with fennel and chilli; charred hispi cabbage with pistachio and crumb sauce; yuzu kosho seasoned cod. With its crunchy, chewy crest of crackling and spicy apple compote, Jane Eyre’s pork chop – perched on an insanely good bed of mustard puree – is a truly unbeatable way to spend £ 12.
Dishes £ 6- £ 17, Street of the hood 14thejaneeyre.co.uk


A residential development near the Gay Village, Kampus is growing – thanks to the independent businesses occupying units around its urban gardens – into a notable hub of food and alcohol. Bakery Cafe Pollen is one of Manchester’s best brunch-lunch spots with A1 coffee and breakfasts of spreadable sobrasada sausage, wilted vegetables and star-fried sourdough eggs (dishes £ 4- £ 11, pollenbakery.com). Similarly, Common bar spin-off Nell’s Pizza (£ 2.25 slice, nellspizza.co.uk) offers creative NY-style slices as big as your head, full pizzas in 14 and 22 inch sizes, good craft beer and ice cream cookie sandwiches. There is also more to come. In October, the outstanding Great North Pie Co will open serving Lancashire cheese and onion and 14-hour braised beef and beer, pies with pints of Manchester Union lager.
Meals around £ 10, Via AytounKampus-mcr.co.uk

The 25th Manchester Food and Drink Festival (foodanddrinkfestival.com) runs from 22 September to 2 October. For other restaurants, check out Guardian Travel’s previous Manchester guides

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