Saturday, April 4

Manchester Posh Restaurant Guide

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Just 12 minutes on the train from Ashton Under Lyne and your at Victoria Station and already surrounded by some of the st restaurants the country has to offer. Manchester City centre has so many quality restaurants, its extremely difficult to put an article like this together and this is by no means an exhaustive list. The variety and quality of eateries only 6 miles from Tameside is something we should be very proud of. Very few places in the world will you find such diversity in tastes and cultures, with prices to suit every budget. Maybe we will make this a monthly feature but for now, here’s our pick of the best restaurants Manchester has to offer right now….


Australasia is a contemporary Australian restaurant that takes being trendy very seriously: the wine menu is presented to diners on an iPad; there are resident and guest DJs; and the decor is white, bright and very slick. There are two ways to eat the food – go traditional and have a starter, a main and a dessert, or choose from a selection of smaller dishes, including sushi, tempura and oysters.

Address: 1 The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3AP
Contact: 0161 831 0288;
Prices: you can spend anything from £13.50 to £60 for a main, and from £23 for house wine to £375 for a bottle of champagne
Opening times: restaurant open Mon-Sun midday-midnight
Reservations: highly recommended – the restaurant can be booked up weeks in advance
Payment type: cards accepted

The Lime Tree

The Lime Tree, in the south Manchester suburb of Didsbury, is a long-standing favourite that continues to impress diners – many of whom have been coming for a decade or more. Much of the food on the modern British menu comes from the restaurant’s farm just outside the city, and wines are nearly all from small producers. The restaurant manages to be smart enough for a special-occasion meal without being too formal, and the early-evening menu is excellent value at £15 for two courses and £18 for three.

Address: 8 Lapwing Lane, West Didsbury, Manchester M20 2WS
Contact: 0161 445 1217;
Prices: Around £40 a head for dinner with wine
Opening times: Mon 5.30pm-10pm; Tue-Sat midday-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10pm
Reservations: highly recommended
Payment type: cards accepted


San Carlo Cicchetti

This Italian restaurant on the ground floor of Manchester’s oldest department store – until 2005 it was Kendals; now it is House of Fraser – serves small cicchetti dishes in stylish marble-clad surroundings. The restaurant and long marble bar are always full, and there is a buzz about the place as the Italian waiting staff rush around offering advice on wine and the day’s specials. The small plates of food are full of flavour – don’t miss the melanzane parmigiana.

Address: House of Fraser ground floor, King Street West, Manchester M3 2QG
Contact: 0161 839 2233;
Prices: you can spend £15 upwards per head on food, depending how hungry you are
Opening times: Mon-Fri 8am-11pm; Saturdays 9am-11pm; Sundays 9am-10pm
Reservations: recommended but only taken for evening bookings
Payment type: cards accepted


El Rincon

Hidden down a backstreet off Deansgate, this tapas restaurant serves up a slice of Spain. Don’t expect slick decor – the white tablecloths are paper, there are mismatched pictures on the wall and the wooden bar is lined with barrels – but do expect a laid-back meal and a convivial atmosphere. Traditional small dishes such as patatas bravas and tortilla share the menu with paella, Spanish broths, salads, meat and fish, and the drinkable house wine is reasonably priced.

Address: Longworth Street (off St John Street), Manchester M3 4BQ
Contact: 0161 839 8819
Prices: You can eat well for £30 a head
Opening times: Mon-Sun midday-10.30pm
Reservations: recommended, but bookings only taken for groups of three and more
Payment type: cards accepted


This vegetarian restaurant co-owned by the television chef Simon Rimmer has been attracting both meat eaters and vegetarians since it opened in 1990. There are none of the usual safe stodgy veggie options that some modern restaurants still see as acceptable. Instead the menu has dishes on it such as roasted cauliflower tikka dhal with mango and pineapple chutney (£12.50), jerk spiced sweet potato dumplings on a mixed bean chilli (£12.50), and spinach, pistachio and feta filo pie with tomato and cinnamon sauce and cherry tomatoes (£13.50). The curries are usually excellent too.

Address: 41-43 Lapwing Lane, West Didsbury, Manchester M20 2NT
Contact: 0161 434 4259;
Prices: around £30 a head for dinner with wine.
Opening times: Mondays 5.30pm-9.30pm; Tue-Wed 12pm-2pm, 5.30pm-9.30pm; Thurs-Fri 12pm-2pm, 5.30pm-10pm; Saturdays 12pm-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10pm; Sundays 12.30pm-9.30pm
Reservations: recommended
Payment type: cards accepted


The standards at the average restaurant on Manchester’s Curry Mile may have dropped recently, but some of the neon-lit curry houses still stand out. Mughli is one of these and the combination of an interesting menu, friendly waiting staff and a smart interior makes it the perfect place to sample one of the city’s renowned fiery dishes. The sizzlers and biryanis are excellent and, unusually for a restaurant on Wilmslow Road, the wine menu isn’t bad either.

Address: 30 Wilmslow Road, Rusholme, Manchester M14 5TQ
Contact: 0161 248 0900;
Prices: around £20 a head for dinner with beer
Opening times: Mon-Thurs 5pm-11.45; Fridays 5pm-12.15am; Saturdays 4pm-12.15am, Sundays 2pm-10.15pm
Reservations: recommended
Payment type: cards accepted


This relaxed pizza restaurant is a great option for families, but the stylish interior and buzzy atmosphere attracts a younger crowd too. The imaginatively topped pizzas – from the trusty Margherita (£6.50) to the Inglese (a Full English on a pizza; £7.95) – are reasonably priced and just the right size. Adults will love the Croma martini while children are impressed by the cromaccinos (hot frothy milk with chocolate sprinkled on top).

Address: 3 Clarence Street, Albert Square, Manchester M2 4DE
Contact: 0161 237 9799;
Prices: lunch/dinner average pizza prices start at £6.50, and there are good-value lunch and early evening menus, so it is possible to enjoy an inexpensive meal
Opening times: Mon-Sun midday-11pm. Last food orders on Fri and Sat are typically at 10.45pm
Reservations: not accepted unless there are more than six diners (except on Saturday evenings)
Payment type: cards accepted

Teacup Kitchen

If tea is your drink of choice, you will love Teacup, where they take making the perfect cup very seriously – each pot is served with an egg timer to ensure your tea is brewed for the optimum amount of time. Breakfast items (available all day) are served as well as soups, sandwiches, pies and a selection of cakes. This quirky café and restaurant in the Northern Quarter isn’t suitable for a special-occasion meal but is perfect for a casual bite. Look out for its sister restaurant, Proper Tea at Manchester Cathedral (Manchester Cathedral Visitors’ Centre, 10 Cateaton Street, Manchester M3 1SQ), too.

Address: 55 Thomas Street, Manchester M4 1NA
Contact: 0161 832 3233;
Prices: allow around £20 for a big lunch with tea and cake
Opening times: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm; Saturdays 9am-7pm; Sundays 9am-6pm
Reservations: recommended
Payment type: cards accepted


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