We give our rundown of what's happening in the city's food scene


Pelican, Northern Quarter
Friday 31st March

Local favourites Squawk Brewing Company have stuck with the avian naming for  their new craft beer bar, Pelican, which is opening on Friday [31st March] in what was Beatnikz on Dale Street.

Pelican Pic
Pelican craft beer bar opens this Friday (31 March) Image: Pelican NQ

Orme, Urmston

For years the forgotten sibling of Altrincham and Sale, Urmston is very much on the up, with Orme, (pronounced Orm) due to open in May with a menu inspired by the British Seasons - upcoming nuclear winter not included - along with ‘a nod to Mancunian charm’.

Lucky Cat, King Street
End of May

The high priest of swearing about artichokes has finally decided to grace Manchester with his presence. Yes, Gordon Ramsay is coming to town, opening a swanky new Lucky Cat restaurant in the bank building once occupied by one-time yin to Ramsay’s yang, Jamie Oliver. 

Double Zero, city centre

That it’s taken this long for the “Best Pizza in Greater Manchester” (Confidentials *cough*) to branch out is astonishing really, having been the firm favourite of many a dough-bore since opening its Chorlton restaurant in 2015. The new place on Fountain Street will, much like proving your doppio zero dough, be worth the wait.

Double Zero Pizza La Caprina 1
Double Zero's La Caprina Image: Instagram / @double_zero_pizzeria

North Westward Ho’

With a name to be hollered from the front of a galleon ship, or the top of the 192, the brains behind Pomona Island Brewing Co are opening their own pub in the former Chaophraya site above Sam’s Chop House on the corner of Chapel Walks and Pall Mall.

Summer 2023

A new spot for deafening some poor sod with your thoughts on Copenhagen, DieCast promises to be not just four walls, three bars and a sound system, but a ‘new creative neighbourhood’. Be sure to brush up on your Christiana trivia ahead of its opening this summer.

Soho House
Summer 2023

We’ve made it, Manchester. We’ve finally made it. 

Lane 7, Altrincham
Summer 2023

Dressed up like a panic attack, the latest branch from boutique bowling alley behemoths Lane 7 comes to Altrincham’s Stamford Quarter.

Maya, Chorlton Street

Ringing all the right bells (canal-side brasserie, art deco building) and with Michelin-honed Mancunian Gabe Lea at the pass, sites like Maya could lend the waterways of our little city some Parisian swazz.

Oldham Beer Festival
31st March and 1st April, Elizabeth Hall in the Civic Centre on West Street.

As if the words “beer” and “festival” weren’t enough to entice you along for a few jars, part of the proceeds from the day will help support the Mayor of Oldham’s chosen charities such as the Oldham Young Carers Service. 

Residence Inn by Marriott
Rooms available from 1st May

Marriott International will officially open the doors of its first extended stay hotel in the North of England in May, so if you fancy following in the footsteps of Howard Hughes, Oscar Wilde and Coco Chanel and making yourself at home in a hotel, then be their guest.

Living Room
One of the living rooms in the extended stay rooms at Residence Inn by Marriott Image: We Are Indigo PR


Little Blanchflower, Chorlton

After the blossoming success of their Blanchflower cafes and bakeries in Altrincham and Sale, a third site has sprung up on Wilbraham Road in Chorlton. The quaintly-named Little Blanchflower is also open later on Friday and Saturday evenings for dinner, drinks and nibbles.

Little Blanchflower 1
Little Blanchflower in Chorlton Image: Confidentials

Stock Market Grill

Taking the place of Tom Kerridge’s Bull and Bear in the Stock Exchange Hotel comes the new brasserie from the Schofield brothers, the brains behind swanky drinking haunts Sterling, Atomeca and “fourth best bar in the UK” Schofield’s Bar. Having mastered the Old Fashioned they turn to classics such as steak tartare and langoustines with brown butter.

Kong’s Chicken Shop, NQ

Feeding fried chicken to the drunken hoards of Northern Quarter should be like shooting fish in a barrel, and so it’s proving for Kong’s NQ, who have taken up residence in the former CBRB site on Oldham Street.

Home Chinese Manchester

Newly ensconced in the former Jasmine Grill site off Canal Street comes Home Chinese Manchester, a family-run restaurant complete with dim sum menu and cocktails to boot.

Dom’s Italia 

The longstanding local favourite Dom’s Tavola Calda takes up a slightly new name in snazzy new premises near to Deansgate station.

Onda Pasta Bar

Fresh pasta bar Onda have taken up residence in late night bar and all round vibe emporium Exhibition.

Onda Pasta Bar Exhibition 1
The Onda chefs enjoy their new fare Image: Instagram / @exhibition.mcr


If you think the city centre at 2am on a Saturday is a different reality, try fighting off giant spiders in an abandoned train station, or battling a zombie apocalypse. Luckily DNA VR has a bar to battle those jangling nerves.  



The Kampus development between Piccadilly and Canal street is welcoming some new food and drink businesses into its garden neighbourhood, including Madre, the taco and tequila spot that’s much-loved in Liverpool, along with Salford brewers Seven Bro7hers Brewing Co and Three Little Words, the cocktail bar from the founders of Manchester Gin.

Freight Island

Freight Island is reopening on April 1, and boasting 12 new kitchens to bring in the springtime including Mega Gyros, sushi house KOKO and outdoor BBQ spot The Smoking Coal.

Platzki spring menu

Polish cuisine experts Platzki are back with another hearty menu for Spring. Serving up signature dishes made with fresh produce and ingredients, expect colourful plates packed with flavour. 

Take the Rolada for example; Silesian beef rolls stuffed with pickles and onions, and served with potato dumplings and red cabbage. Or the self-named Platzki; potato pancakes, topped with smoked salmon, cream cheese and dill. 

Situated at Great Northern Warehouse, this cosy and intimate restaurant is the perfect spot for dining at sunset in the garden terrace or opting for an Eastern European brunch as you look out at Deansgate.

Platzki Platzki
Platski's signature dish, the Platski. Also the Rolada (as pictured on our header image) Image: Confidentials

Dining Deals


NQ fancy kebab favourites BAB have a set two-course menu for £18.95 and an Early Bird deal running Monday to Friday 3-6pm for £18.50.

Pen and Pencil

Nothing cheers the soul like the words “Happy Hour”, and it’s hard not to grin at two cocktails for £12 from Monday to Friday. Book ahead on a Monday and it’s 50% off the entire menu.

Corn Exchange

Easter is nearly upon us, and with it a raft of new menus and dining offers across the Corn Exchange, including ‘Kids Eat Free’ at The Real Greek from 2-16 April and a new spring offering at Pizza Express.

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