In Top5EatingIdeas

Thom Hetherington, CEO of Northern Restaurant and Bar, the North's largest hospitality trade exhibition, compiles his top 5 high end restaurants in Manchester.


Image from Hawksmoor 

1. The French 

A restaurant in a state of flux, with Simon Rogan’s stewardship at an end, I would equally argue that the grand old dame of Mancunian dining could not be in safer hands. Locally born Head Chef Adam Reid, flushed from his successful primetime run to the Great British Menu final, has delivered a brilliant interpretation of Rogan’s signature naturalistic and foraged cusine over the last few years. Now, free to find his own voice and style, the city’s foodies wait with bated palates for him to spread his culinary wings. More info

2. Manchester House

An undisputed star of the city’s dining firmament, Aiden Byrne’s restaurant has exhibited a continual refinement of culinary technique and an increasingly elegant style of plating, achieved through a combination of his own obsessive eye for detail and a remarkable continuity in terms of the brigade in his kitchen. The layers of complexity on the plate are counterbalanced by a very contemporary interpretation of a fine dining experience, with a laid back front of house, a sense of theatre, and the buzz of music and chatter. More info.

3. Hawksmoor 

The steak is superb, as are the chips, but don’t think Hawksmoor’s offer ends there. A clever pastry chef means desserts are spot on, the fish and seafood, bought direct from the quayside, is spankingly fresh, the bar is one of the best hideaways in town, the thoughtful on-trend winelist repays careful attention, the décor has a burnished grown-up elegance which shames blingier upstarts, and the service effortlessly balances warmth and individuality with consistent professionalism. Effortless, yet still eager to please. More info.

4. El Gato Negro  

Flushed from a recent run of award successes, including a place in Restaurant Magazine’s Top 100, the city centre’s only Michelin Bib Gourmand, Lancashire Life’s Restaurant of the Year, and Manchester Food and Drink Festival’s Newcomer of the Year, there is no stopping Simon Shaw’s King Street Restaurant. The food is as good as ever, but it is the setting, the location and that delightful al fresco rooftop bar that make this a place to return to. Luckily an expanded dining space means it is now easier to snag a table. More info

5. Umezushi 

Can a humble Japanese restaurant in a hidden railway arch be considered premium/fine dining? Absolutely, just tick off the list: Serious cooking? Yes, Chef-Patron Terry Huang won the Manchester Food & Drink Festival Chef of the Year award. Quality not quantity? Yep, it focuses on serving no more than 16 diners at a time. Proper wine list? Understated, but one of the best in town, with old world big hitters alongside Japanese wines. No wonder Jay Rayner and Michael O’Hare both consider themselves fans. More info.

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The French Restaurant
French
The French Restaurant

This 3 AA Rosette restaurant combines elegant fine dining with contemporary dishes from an extensive a la carte menu.

Manchester House Restaurant and Lounge
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Manchester House Restaurant and Lounge

Inside Manchester House lies a very special experience for both food lovers and lovers of a life with a view.

Hawksmoor Manchester
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Hawksmoor Manchester

Steaks and sustainable seafood from around the British coast.

El Gato Negro Tapas
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El Gato Negro Tapas

An award-winning Spanish tapas restaurant in Manchester.

Umezushi
Japanese
Umezushi

Set in the heart of Manchester city centre, Umezushi is an intimate sushi bar offering an unparalleled dining experience through fresh, inspired creations.

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