Five places you won’t want to miss out on visiting…

There’s so much to see and do in Manchester. The variety of shops to visit, the number of shows to see and those two little-known and rarely talked about football teams means that you’ll need to stay energised during a trip to this wonderful city if you want to experience as much of it as possible. Thankfully, there are many quality eateries, encompassing all kind of cuisines, where you can stop off and enjoy a tip-top meal. Here’s a few that you really won’t want to miss out on.

Michael Caines Restaurant

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Since 2008, Michael Caines has led his eponymous restaurant, situated within ABode Manchester hotel, to become a jewel in the city’s crown. What’s brilliant about this fine dining establishment is that it sidesteps the oft-encountered wallet-melting cost – the amazing graze lunch menu begins at a mere £15 for three courses, for example, and that makes sampling the likes of pumpkin velouté, Jerusalem artichoke and truffle risotto and hazelnut cake with parsnip panna cotta that much more enjoyable. Of course, if you wanted to splash out, carefully constructed tasting menus are available too.

Cosy Club

Cosy Club was one of the first restaurants to move in following the most recent redevelopment of the historic Corn Exchange. The rustic-chic stylings of this happening bar and restaurant is a fine fit, too, as it suits both the Edwardian legacy the building possesses but serves the kind of modern food everyone can enjoy. Whether it’s a plate of fine fish and chips (Cornish pollock is used as opposed to cod) or the Eastern flavours of the Thai beef noodle salad, there’s lots to enjoy.

Scottish Steakhouse

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Everything about the Scottish Steakhouse is focused on beef. The interior decor features cow-print chairs and rugs, a clever use of blacks and whites throughout, and art pieces that highlight various cuts of steak. It’s an immersive atmosphere to be in while poring over a menu that features all of what you would expect – hello to the sirloin, rump, rib-eye and fillet – as well as some signature chopsteaks that change daily.

Zouk Tea Bar & Grill

Having recently launched a new menu that encompasses close to everything that you might desire from an Indian restaurant, Zouk has cemented itself as the ultimate destination for those seeking a meal that will spice up the day. From an enviable selection of curries to more diverse options to suit the adventurous diner (sheep brains are not often found on Western menus in fairness), the chefs at Zouk remain true to original Asian recipes and flavours.


Chaophraya is a joint venture between Kim Kaewkraikhot and Martin Stead – two people who share the same passion of serving authentic Thai cuisine to hungry English folk. There would be few better people to lead this charge than Kim, who was renowned in her local neighbourhood in Bangkok for her cooking skills. Together, the two have created a restaurant that is authentic both in terms of the experience and the food, as there’s traditional sunken seating on the ground floor, and the extensive menu offers large dishes that are always served to share, banquet-style.

Dominic Stroud

Dominic Stroud

Dom is an ex-Fed Up & Drunker who has now been released into the wild.

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