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Restaurants in Manchester

Manchester has a rich and thriving food scene. South Asian cuisine is a big draw, especially along the curry mile in Rusholme. But beyond budget staples, you’ll find a city centre booming with excellent modern British options, some which have received Michelin recognition. Manchester isn’t the culinary backwater many used to insist.

The restaurants below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over £30)
Moderate (£20 to £30)
Cheap (up to £20)

These prices are for a three-course meal for one, including half a bottle of house wine or equivalent, tax and service. A service charge of 12.5% will be added to your bill in most restaurants. If service is not included, 10% tipping is customary.

Expensive

Albert's Shed

Cuisine:

Housed in a former tool shed belonging to the owner's uncle, this quality restaurant in the heart of trendy Castlefield triumphs when it comes to the delivery of hearty cuisine. Expect everything from fish stew and Italian penne to Lancashire cheese and onion pie to be on the menu.

Address: , 18-20 Castle Street, Manchester, M3 4LZ
Telephone: +44 161 839 9818.
Website: http://albertsshed.com

Chaophraya

Cuisine: Thai

This popular Thai restaurant enjoys an incredible setting with an open kitchen and sunken seats. Combine this with top-of-the-notch cuisine and an extensive menu and you simply can't go wrong.

Address: , 19 Chapel Walks, off Cross Street, Manchester, M2 1HN
Telephone: +44 161 832 8342.
Website: http://chaophraya.co.uk

Manchester House

Cuisine: Modern British

Aiden Byrne, the youngest chef to ever win a Michelin star, runs the kitchen at Manchester House. The food is fancy without being pretentious, with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients. If you're after a long lunch, the tasting menu is not to be missed.

Address: , Tower 12, 18-22 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BZ
Telephone: +44 161 835 2557.
Website: http://www.manchesterhouse.uk.com/restaurant-2

Moderate

Akbars

Cuisine: Indian

Akbars is the place to find a curry with class. It sets itself apart from the rest of Curry Mile (a long strip of Indian restaurants along and around Wilmslow Road in Rusholme) with contemporary furniture and an interior flush with bright colours - and that's before you even taste the delicious food.

Address: , 73-83 Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4NQ
Telephone: +44 161 834 7222.
Website: http://www.akbars.co.uk

Aubaine

Cuisine: Modern British

Relaxed and sophisticated, Aubaine sits within the Selfridges department store. A light and airy French brasserie, it boasts unforgettable views of the city via floor-to-ceiling windows. A great lunch time treat for shoppers or for those who want to dine in elegant surroundings on confidently-prepared food.

Address: , 1 Exchange Square, Manchester, M3 1BD
Telephone: +44 161 838 0571.
Website: http://www.aubaine.co.uk

Lucha Libre

Cuisine: Mexican

Manchester has seen an unlikely rise in Mexican and Tex-Mex joints and Lucha Libre is its leading light. Its menu is based on Guadalajaran street food, but you'll find all the usual Mexican suspects here like thickly stuffed tacos and fully filled burritos.

Address: , 4 Great Northern Warehouse, 235 Deansgate, Manchester,
Telephone: +44 161 850 0629.
Website: http://www.lucha-libre.co.uk

Cheap

Home

Cuisine: Mediterranean, Salads

Picking up where the one-time Cornerhouse Cafe left off, Home is three cafes in the Manchester Arts Centre that offer the same light lunches as its predecessor. With a selection of filling salads and decent pizzas, this is the ideal spot to grab a bite before catching a play or an art house flick in the centre itself.

Address: , 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN
Telephone: +44 161 200 1500.
Website: http://www.homemcr.org

Katsouris

Cuisine: Delicatessen

This bustling little deli offers friendly, efficient service and serves up reasonably priced sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries and cakes. Lilting towards Greek and Mediterranean favourites, the beef sizzler and paella are both top choices.

Address: , 113 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2BQ
Telephone: +44 161 937 0010.
Website: http://www.katsourisdeli.co.uk

Seoul Kimchi

Cuisine: Korean

With legions of regular customers, this restaurant offers stylish but unpretentious Korean food, including noodle soups, dumplings and Korean specialities such as kimchi itself - spicy pickled cabbage.

Address: , 275 Upper Brook Street, Manchester, M13 0HR
Telephone: +44 161 273 5556.

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The Light Aparthotel

If you want a place to hunker down for a longer stay, this apartment hotel is the perfect fit. It's slap bang in the middle of town and rooms are surprisingly good value considering the space offered. There's even a penthouse if you're feeling flush.

Novotel

This hotel is not unlike the others in this well-established chain with contemporary bedrooms featuring in-room entertainment and eco-friendly toiletries. There are also two junior suites should you wish to upgrade. Novotel has extensive dining facilities too plus a fully-equipped gym and relaxation zone featuring a sauna steam room and heated loungers.

Hilton Manchester Deansgate

Housed in the 47-storey Beetham Tower, and occupying the lower 23 floors, this contemporary hotel offers stunning views from floor-to-ceiling windows featured in spacious, elegantly-furnished rooms. There is a gym, a 20m (60ft) indoor pool with underwater viewing panels, a spa, restaurant and a bar on the highest floor.

Premier Inn

This budget hotel chain has several locations in and around the city, but the stay with the best setting is at Deansgate Locks, situated close to Old Trafford. It's conveniently located close to a seven-day free city centre shuttle bus service and also offers free onsite car parking.

Radisson Blu Edwardian

Retaining the vintage features of the Free Trade Hall, where the suffragettes rallied, Bob Dylan went electric in 1965, and the Sex Pistols played in 1976, the Radisson Edwardian is a contemporary hotel with every kind of creature comfort. Within easy walking distance of some of the city's best attractions, the hotel has an indoor infinity pool, a fitness centre and high-speed Internet access.

Lowry Hotel

Located in the Chapel Wharf area on the Salford-Manchester boundary, this is one of the finest hotels in Manchester, a stunning haven of glittering glass and steel, with 164 elegant rooms that include intense flashes of colour amid quietly expensive neutral colour schemes. Bathrooms are marble-lined and there's also a gym and spa, and a spectacular riverside restaurant. There is live entertainment in the River Bar and Terrace most evenings.