Manchester Restaurants and Dining

(Manchester, England, UK)

Manchester Restaurants and DiningThe restaurant and dining scene in Manchester is one of the most buoyant and lively in the United Kingdom and is widely considered as one of the best places for dining in of England. Manchester has more recently expanded its variety of cuisine and now offers a simply an enormous selection of restaurants, serving food from all over the world. It is often remarked that you can eat for 30 days in Manchester restaurants without actually eating the same type of cuisine.

Manchester eateries range from basic snack bars and coffee shops, bistros and public houses, to high-class Manchester restaurants and gourmet haunts. Many restaurants in Manchester have excellent views of the city centre and Manchester is also home to a thriving street-café culture. The main concentration of restaurants in Manchester can be found in and close to Manchester city centre, in areas such as Castlefield, Spring Gardens, George Street, Faulkner Street, Deansgate and Manchester's Chinatown, where you will find Yang Sing, reputedly the best Chinese restaurant in Europe.

Other areas in Manchester with highly regarded include West Didsbury, Rochdale, Oldham and Altrincham, all of which are within easy reach of central Manchester. Restaurants in Manchester usually provide excellent value for money and most restaurants offer discounts on meals for both children and senior citizens eating in Manchester.

Manchester Restaurants and Dining


If you intend to eat breakfast outside of your hotel, then the diverse city Manchester offers many different breakfast options in Manchester city centre. Coffee shops provide one of the most popular places to eat breakfast in Manchester, and these include popular brands like Starbucks, Café History, Bon Appetit, Gemini Café, and Java Bar Espresso. Most coffee shops in Manchester open at around 07:30 or earlier, serving hot chocolate, teas, fresh coffee and a wide choice of pastries. Other breakfast options in Manchester include many central bars and hotels, which serve full-English breakfasts in their restaurant areas, including sausages, bacon, fried and scrambled eggs, black pudding and toast, as well as many other more continental breakfast choices.


Lunch in Manchester is probably the most popular meal of the day and many Manchester restaurants, brassieres, cafés and bars attract diners by reducing their lunchtime prices. Lunch in Manchester is generally taken between 11:30 to 14:30 and a typical lunchtime menu in Manchester restaurants is usually very similar to the evening dinner menu, but much cheaper. Many restaurants in Manchester also offer 'eat as much as you want' lunchtime specials at fixed prices, where restaurants provide extensive, mouth-watering buffets, which offer excellent value for money. Street cafés also provide popular venues for lunchtime snacks and often have tables outside on the wide pavements and pedestrianised areas.

Fast-food Outlets

Manchester has an enormous number of fast-food restaurants and outlets in and around central Manchester, and these provide a wide choice of food, ideal for snacks and picnics in Manchester's nearby park areas and central squares, which have plenty of seating areas. These fast-food restaurants and outlets include many outlets of McDonalds, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Dominos Pizza, Wimpy, KFC, fish and chip shops including Harry Ramsden's and the Armstrong Supper Bar, Chinese takeaways, kebab shops and sandwich bars.

Other lunchtime snacks can be purchased from the countless bakeries, which provide a good selection of freshly made sandwiches, baguettes, salads, pasties, sausage rolls and cakes.

Manchester Restaurants - Dinner

Manchester restaurants generally open for dinner in Manchester from 18:00 and stay open until around 23:30 and often later, although many restaurants in the city of Manchester may open earlier or may actually be open throughout the day. There are so many Manchester restaurants, brassieres and bistros to choose from that you are almost spoilt for choice. Manchester restaurants range from fairly inexpensive bar food to the most luxurious food, in gourmet restaurants.