From South African mezze to all-you-can-eat dim sum and even a free vegan lunch (if you're quick)

Summer's officially over (meteorologically, if not astronomically), the kids are heading back to school and it already feels like it's going dark at 3pm. September is the cue for everyone to complain about how fast this year has gone. It has though, hasn't it?

On top of that, there are protests happening all over the show - it's hard not to feel depressed about the state of the world. What do we do when we need cheering up? You guessed it. Comfort eat.

Here are our recommended dining deals for the month and as usual, they’re all handily broken down into suggested days.  

Of course, there's always our trusty app - free to download and with up to 60% off at some of the region's best restaurants.

*Restrictions may apply - check with venues for all T&Cs and timings


Zitano - 50% off food Available all day on Mondays 133 Beech Rd, Manchester M21 9FD

Pen and Pencil - 50% off food Available all day on Mondays Fourways House, 57 Hilton St, Manchester M1 2EJ 

Pier Eight Four small plates and two house drinks for £18 Available Mon-Fri 12-3 until 30 September The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ

Tariff & Dale - 50% off food Available from 5pm on Mondays 2 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FN

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Wow Yau Chow £5 Lunchboxes Available Fri-Sun, 12-3:30pm 59 Stamford New Rd, Altrincham WA14 1DS

Dimitris - Four dips and tapas dishes for £15 Available Mon-Thurs 1-3, Campfield Arcade Liverpool Rd, 322-326 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4FH

Sam's Chop House - Salt Beef Brisket with a pint of Sam’s bitter or lager for £12 Available Mon-Fri 12-2pm Back Pool Fold, Manchester M2 1HN

BAB - Beer & bab for £12 Available Mon-Fri 4-7pm No need to book - Little Lever St, M1 1HR

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Wood - Two courses for £22.50 or Three for £27.50 Quote ‘Wood Wednesday’ when booking Jack Rosenthal Street, Manchester M15 4RA

Sardus Cucina - Selected lunch specials for £10.50 Available Mon-Sun 12-5pm 14-16 Ashley Rd, Altrincham WA14 2DW

Almost Famous - Selected burgers with fries and a choice of drinks £12 Available weekdays 12-5pm Unit 2, Great Northern, Peter St, Manchester M3 4EN

El Taquero - Taste of Mexico: 3 tacos, a side and a drink for £10 Available Mon-Thurs 4-6pm and Fri 12-6pm 42 Back Turner St, Manchester M4 1FR 

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The Allotment Vegan Eatery - FREE lunch for the first twenty people Available 12-2pm every Thursday in September Lloyd’s house, 18-22 Lloyd St, Manchester M2 5WA

Refuge - Vegan introduction for 2: Six vegan dishes served with a carafe of vegan wine £20pp Available Mon-Fri, 12-3pm & 5-6.45pm Oxford Street, Manchester M60 7HA

Chakalaka - Mezze board and bottle of house wine for £22 Available Thursday and Sunday, booking essential and must quote 'ManConMezze' 105a Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LW 

The Smokehouse - 50% off burgers Available all day Thursday 18 Lloyd St, Manchester M2 5HT

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Australasia - One snack, one sushi, two small plates and a side for £25 Available Mon-Fri 4-6pm 1 The Avenue, Deansgate, Manchester M3 3AP

Lunya - Two tapas for £10.95, three tapas for £14.95 or a sandwich & home-made chips for £10.95 Available Sun-Fri 12-5pm Barton Arcade, Deansgate, Manchester M3 2BB 

Masons - Main course & a glass of wine, beer or soft drink for £9.50 Available Tues-Fri 12-5pm Ground Floor, Manchester Hall, 36 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BT

Sugo - Main course, side and drink for £15 Available 12-4 46 Blossom Street, Ancoats, Manchester M4 6BF

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Canto - Three selected tapas and unlimited cava, Bellini or house wine for 90 minutes £30pp Available Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm Cutting Room Square, Blossom St, Manchester M4 5DH

Rosso - Two courses for £16.95, add a bottle of wine for £9.95 Available Mon-Thus 12-6pm, Fri & Sat 12-4pm 43 Spring Gardens, Manchester M2 2BG 

Bunny Jackson’s - 10p wings Available daily No need to book - 1 Jack Rosenthal Street, M15 4RA

Albert’s Shed - 2 courses for £12.50 Available 12-6pm Mon-Fri and 12.30-4pm Saturday.18-20 Castle St, Manchester M3 4LZ

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Bay Horse Tavern - Bottomless brunch: One food item and bottomless drinks £27.50 Available Sat & Sun11am-2pm 35-37 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1NA

I Knead Pizza - 2 x starters and 2 x pizzas for £25 Available Sunday 12-4pm 52 Gorton Road Reddish Stockport SK5 6AH

Cottonopolis - 'Yum Cha Sunday' all-you-can-eat dim sum for £26pp 16 Newton St, Manchester M1 2AE

Black Dog Ballroom - Any brunch dish plus bottomless selected drinks £25 Available Sat & Sun 12-4pm 52 Church St, Manchester M4 1PW

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