Thai tapas, special bitter, and a Kurdish caff in Levy

This year is already shaping up to be a pretty rousing one for Manchester and its burbs thanks to rumours of a new Salford-based festival, a legendary music venue re-opening, and a sheep on the bus in Bolton. However, there’s nowt more exciting to kickstart the year than an unsung foodie opening that’ll have you breaking your clean eating resolutions faster than you can say “deep pan Detroit pizza”.

With everything from Chorlton-based bagels to Pokemon-themed cocktails, Greater Manchester is proving that variety is the spice of life for another year on the bounce, and there’s a whole list of new openings that you might have missed on your latest scrolling session.

Read on for some new bar and restaurant openings you might not have heard about.

99 Reasons Chorlton Full Breakfast For New Openings 2022
Cheers for the new coffee stop, Chorlton Image: 99 Reasons

What: 99 Reasons

Where: 99 Manchester Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9GA

When: Open now

We’ve got 99 problems but finding somewhere for brunch in Chorlton ain’t one. Having opened its doors in November 2021, this new Chorlton spot has got bagels, buns, brunch, and boozy offerings in the form of local gins, beers, and vino. Sit in and enjoy the trendy interiors or take your order away for a dog-spotting stroll through the streets of Chorlton, this new cafe is open every day from 9am til late. If you’re after some eggs over easy and a decent cup of coffee, this spot has just under 100 reasons to persuade you.

One Eight Six Didsbury New Openings 2022
Aint no fire big enough to hold back 186 Image: One Eight Six

What: One Eight Six Didsbury

Where: Location not yet confirmed 

When: February 2022

Although a very unfortunate turn of events left One Eight Six on Deansgate in tatters this New Years Eve, this barbershop-meets-cocktail bar come live music venue is battling through with a new location in the burbs. Coming to Didsbury in February this year (fingers crossed), the new mystery spot is currently having a complete renovation makeover to create the same vibe as its mothership in central Manchester. 

Ad Hoc Wines Various Alcohol On The Shelves Thomas Street New Openings
A glass of people-watching Pinot is always pretty irresistible Image: Ad Hoc Wines

What: Ad Hoc

Where: 28 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN

When: Open now

Swanning in as an ad hoc solution to Manchester’s need for premium bottles and unique spirits, Ad Hoc on Edge Street has had our dinner party wine offerings and late-night tipples sorted since it opened its doors last October. Get your wine and beer delivered to your door via @foodstuffmcr or pull up a high stool by the window for an NQ people-watching session. Ad Hoc is a much better option than a Sainsbury’s wine aisle panic. Some Ad Hoc offerings come courtesy of Brew By Numbers, Silesian Winery, and Little Pomona, dry Jan who?

Chinese 203 Stockport Exterior New Openings 2022
Knocks spots off the average Chinese takeaway Image: Chinese 203

What: Chinese 203

Where: 203 Bramhall Lane, Stockport SK2 6JA

When: Open now

Bringing some home-cooked Chinese flavours to Bramhall Lane, Chinese 203 challenges you to “eat as much as you can” (a risky game) with its massively varied menu of authentic soups, gon chow dishes, and just about every kind of aromatic crispy meat and rainbow fried rice that you can imagine. Available for home delivery and collection too, this spot promises to hike your average Chinese takeaway up a notch with proper flavours and a cosy burbs location.

Corner Slice Detroit Pizza Slice For New Opening In Manchester 2022
Because the corner slice is always the best bit Image: Corner Slice

What: Corner Slice

Where: Location not yet confirmed

When: February

Failsworth’s favourite squad of Detroit Pizza peddlers are bringing all things deep-pan, crisp and even to the middle of town this Feb with a brand-new city-based side hustle. Expect elevated crusts and inventive toppings. Try the "Vamos Pablo" chilli smash ricotta cream, green chilli, red pepper and olives, or maybe "Rancher" with smoked garlic chicken, sumac tomatoes, herb aioli and pickled red onion. Er, yes please. This new opening’s exact location is yet to be confirmed, but we’ll be ready when it's ready

Lamb On Crack From Gaijin Dumpling House In Levenshulme New Opening 2022
Lamb on Crack sounds like a must-try in our opinion Image: Gaijin Dumpling House

What: Gaijin Dumpling House

Where: 948 Stockport Rd, Levenshulme, Manchester M19 3NN

When: Open now

Established in November 2021, Gaijin Dumpling House is Levenshulme’s one-stop shop for Halal dumplings, bao, and the intriguingly named “lamb on crack” (Surely crack's haram? Ed). The team at Gaijin is rustling up the likes of mushroom and spinach bao and chicken katsu curry, whilst also conjuring up some more playful creations like a spicy Szechuan chicken burger and white rabbit custard buns with condensed milk. Unassuming from the outside and packed with flavour on the inside, this dumpling house is one to add to your list of Levy places to try in 2022.

Giggling Squid Thai Tapas Menu Selection New Openings Spinningfields 2022
Seafood set to make you lol Image: Giggling Squid

What: Giggling Squid

Where: Spinningfields

When: Opening soon

Thai and tapas are two “T” words that are pretty tough to turn down, and Giggling Squid has boshed them together in a pestle and mortar. Opening its first Manc-based venue after a squid-iculously successful stint in loads of spots across the UK, Giggling Squid brings the likes of Phuket mussels and som tam papaya salad. There's also a "speedy squid" menu with two courses for £12.50. Opening soon for eat-in, delivery, and collection, and with a range of Thai cocktails including a "matcha-tini" and a "me-time margarita", this barrel of laughs takes over the old Carluccio’s spot in Spinningfields very soon.

Kurdish Levenshulme Exterior New Openings 2022
Part two of Stocky Road's glow-up Image: Levenshulme News

What: Kurdish

Where: 946 Stockport Road, Manchester M19 3NN

When: Open now

A little slice of Kurdistan in Levy is always a shout, so this new opening next to the equally new Gaijin Dumpling House on Stockport Road is already keeping locals happy. The menu is packed with Kurdish classics like shawarma, falafel and fatayar and locals say it's giving Levenshulme Bakery a run for its money. That's fighting talk. 

Loaf Manchester In Pollard Yard New Openings 2022
Sugar rush on Oxford Road pending Image: Loaf

What: Loaf

Where: St James’s Building, 83 Oxford Road, Manchester M1 6EG

When: Spring 2022                 

Although these supercharged slabs of loaf cake have been poppin’ off in Pollard Yard since May 2020, Loaf's Colin the Caterpillar, Lotus Biscoff, and pink wafer embellished sweet treats are heading to a new site on Oxford Road later this year. “Manchester’s first loaf cake company" is taking over the old Patisserie Valerie spot right by our fave Indian veggie spot Bundobust Brewery. With mini loaves, full-sized monstrosities and loaf-nuts of all varieties, Loaf has got your sugar crashes sorted for the foreseeable.

Trafford Palazzo Exterior New Openings 2022
From Tuscany to Trafford with pasta classes and pesto Image: Wikimedia Commons

What: Matterello

Where: Trafford Palazzo

When: Summer 2022

Hot off the press, a new Italian spot is set to grace Trafford Palazzo in the Summer of 2022. Matterello is promising fresh and authentic Italian flavours as well as on-site pasta making classes and other experiential opportunities for foodies and DIY dons alike. Developed by Manchester restaurateur Steve Pilling, dishes on the menu include an iconic Fettucine, bruschetta with salsa rossa, and pesto with gorgonzola. Matterello will also be joined by a brand new Archies in the old Barton Square location right next to the growing range of shopping and leisure brands that have popped up in the Palazzo over the past few years.

Petisco New Opening In Stanley Square Sale
Stanley Square is set for some Southern European cuisine Image: Petisco

What: Petisco

Where: 56 Stanley Square, Sale, Manchester M33 7XZ

When: Opening 26 January

Pronounced pe-tea-sh-co, this hot spot is located in Sale’s buzzing Stanley Square development and is set to open later this Jan. Taking inspo from “the neighbourhood bars and casual eateries of Portugal”, the restaurant promises to bring small plates and Portuguese delights that are “designed to savour and share”. Menu highlights include pork belly and pig cheek with artichoke puree, saffron poached octopus, and short rib pica-pau. A carefully selected Portuguese wine list goes hand in hand with all the usual boozy suspects for a varied and authentic taste of Southern Europe on the streets of Sale.

Pokemon Themed Cocktials At Pixel Bar Manchester New Openings 2022
It's time to Pokemon GO to Pixel Bar Image: Pixel Bar

What: Pixel Bar

Where: 10 Thomas Street, Manchester M4 1DH

When: Open now

Jumping on the Transpennine Express from Leeds to Manchester, Pixel Bar is one for the gamers, gadget heads, and anyone that fancies a fluorescent green creeper cocktail. With a drinks menu that includes the white-rum based Jigglypuff garnished with candyfloss, and foodie offerings in the form of a Pac Man pizza and skin on tikki salted fries, dinner in front of the PlayStation doesn’t always have to involve a microwave meal and a dark living room. Open til late every night, you can battle, duel and race til your eyes are square and your head is squiffy.

Exterior Of Prestwich Social In Prestwich New Openings 2022
Feelin social? We've found the solution Image: Confidentials

What: Prestwich Social

Where: The Radius Scheme, Prestwich Social, Unit 3, Fairfax Rd, Prestwich, Manchester M25 1AS

When: Open now

An all-day social spot with brunch, coffee, cocktails, craft beers, and plenty of party vibes, Prestwich Social is an “all day suburban café bar” with bountiful food options and social Sunday specials. Also offering a load of live music events, casino nights, and bottomless brunches, this spot is tucked away in Prestwich’s Radius Scheme and is ready for a good time, all the time. If a new burbs opening with burgers, sarnies and truffle fries isn’t enough for you, then a late-night happy hour from 8 til 12 Sunday to Friday might just sway you into some social fun with pals and prosecco.

Sureshot Brewery New Extra Special Bitter New Openings 2022
A sure-fire way to get a unique scoop Image: Sureshot Brewing Company

What: Sureshot Brewing Company

Where: 5 Sheffield St, Manchester M1 2ND

When: 21 February

2022 has already proven that it’s all coming up craft beer with a new Cloudwater spot promised for Kampus in the Spring, and hot on the heels of this indie brewing brand is another sure-fire hit from Sureshot Brewing Company. Coming to Sheffield Street on 21 Feb, SBC is the brainchild of long-term brewer and beer-fanatic James Campbell, and with an Insta that’s already packed with unique pints and an extra special bitter, it’s time to pencil in a cold one with the boys at another brand new bev spot.

The Wild Goose Exterior With Altrincham New Opening
Its time to get goose on the menu Image: The Wild Goose

What: The Wild Goose

Where: 2 Goose Green, Altrincham WA14 1DW

When: Open now

Searching for a good place to eat out in Alty has never been a wild goose chase but that's no reason not to welcome this fresh new opening and its a la carte menu of “retro classics with a modern twist”. With carefully restored interiors and a massive range of Anglo-French classics including a traditional tuna niçoise and some crispy salt-aged Goosnargh duck, this spot is all exposed beams, fairy lights and fancy French desserts. To celebrate its successful new endeavour, The Wild Goose is also offering 25% off food for the rest of Jan when you book online and quote "The January Sale”. More January deals here

Zeugma New Opening 2022 Turkish Restaurant In Didsbury
We've covered all the new openings from A-Z Image: Zeugma

What: Zeugma

Where: 747 – 749 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 6RN

When: Open now

Zeugma reckons “love is the secret ingredient” when it comes to really good Turkish food. This suburban restaurant hopes to supply Didsbury with a taste of Dalaman. Starting with a selection of meze, shish, kofte, and kebabs, Zeugma ticks all the Turkish boxes from the get-go, Mains feature all manner of grills and platters to share as well as classics like moussaka. This might be one to note down for your next trip to Wilmslow Road. 

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