The best of Manchester dining
Here's a selection of some of the finest restaurants in Manchester. Each one has been assessed by AA Inspectors for their food, service and hospitality.
Adam Reid at the French
This historic restaurant serves up modern British cooking with a North West accent, created by a chef going back to his roots. Enjoy small-plate dining in view of the open kitchen – the ingredients are simple, but the overall flavours achieved are anything but.
Mana provides sustainable foods from natural resources that come from within the British Isles. Expect an informal dining experience with a menu inspired by land and water, as the kitchen puts its own twist on traditional dishes.
Where the Light Gets In
Offering a balanced, seasonal menu that uses fresh, homegrown ingredients from their nearby farm, this restaurant is designed in a loft style with an open kitchen and views across rooftops towards Robinsons Brewery. It's not your average dining experience though. Diners are offered small plates and snacks that have been inspired by the food harvested that day.
Brasseries ABode stands for relaxed, sophisticated dining offering nostalgic comfort foods and classic dishes. Sunday lunch comes with generous sides and a complimentary snack with every cocktail purchased. It's only a short stroll from Manchester Piccadilly and offers coffee, lunch and dinner options all year round.
The Honey resturant at Hotel Gotham offers a modern and intimate dining experience with a menu offering seasonal and regional produce. The restaurant has stunning skyline views that overlook Manchester, and there's modern artwork displayed throughout.
WOOD is a high-end dining experience where the chef uses traditional flavours with a focus on simplicity and quality. Before dining you can enjoy some time in the inviting lounge before taking your seat in a spacious dining room. The wine list has something to complement each dish.
On the outskirts of Manchester city centre, HISPI is full of character, with cabinets crafted from old Indian window frames, an open-plan setting, and exposed brickwork. The owners say their offering is 'humble bistro food', but we think it's a bit more than that.
The Lowry Hotel
The River resturant at the Lowry Hotel has a dynamic menu that aims to give diners a modern take on classic British cuisine. The hotel's bar and restaurant are decorated in soft hues, with fine furnishings and beautiful riverside views to enjoy while dining. Look out for the classic three-course Sunday lunch and afternoon tea with a choice of over 80 tea blends.
Expect a combination of classic dishes with modern techniques and seasonal flavours as well as a beautiful countryside backdrop to enjoy while dining. The food at Mottram Hall focuses on nostalgic classics and tasty bites, and has a vibrant atmosphere to provide an escape from busy city life.