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March 2018

Below you'll find all the news of what happened in Manchester restaurants in March 2018.


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Thursday 29th March 2018
Harvey Nichols Manchester Afternoon Tea

Pan Asian Afternoon Tea

Sakana - 23 Peter Street is bringing a taste of Asia to the heart of the city with its unique Pan Asian Afternoon Tea. Served in the stand, with a tea of your choice, created by the talented chefs' team, is an exotic twist on the quintessentially British Afternoon Tea. Inspired by the exciting flavours of Pan Asian street food, the tea features savoury delicacies such as Summer Rolls, Crispy Tuna Tartar, Mango Uramaki and Katafi Prawns.

For those with a sweet tooth, the tea stand also comes laden with a delicious array of cakes and pastries, all boasting inventive flavour combinations associated with the creative menu. 

To wash it down, you can enjoy a selection of teas or, something with more of a kick, a glass of prosecco or their Spicy Signature cocktail 'Shoga'. [more info]

Wednesday 28th March 2018

Relaunched Rabbit

As confirmed has being in the immediate pipeline earlier this month; The Rabbit in the Moon will be ‘relaunched’ tomorrow, with a slicker more refined menu offering, and slightly less in your face yet still space-aged decor, which they hope will take customers to the moon and back.  Time will tell.

Monday 26th March 2018

Siam Sadness

It’s with great sadness that we hear of the closure of a Chinatown favourite; Siam Smiles.  The closure has been blamed on rocketing rent demands from their landlord, which is something that we’ve seen all over the city for a long while now.  We wish them well.

Wednesday 21st March 2018
Restaurants Of  Manchester ~ Adam Reid At The French

Josh Eggleton Joins Adam Reid At The French

Adam Reid At The French are thrilled to announce that the next chef to join Adam is Michelin starred chef Josh Eggleton. Josh Eggleton is Chef Patron of the multi-award winning pub The Pony & Trap in Chew Magna. As a born and bred Bristolian and culinary entrepreneur Josh is an incredibly active member of the city’s ever growing food scene.

Josh and his sister Holly Eggleton took over the 200 year old pub in 2006. Now recognised as one of the most exciting places to eat in the South West, The Pony & Trap was awarded a prestigious Michelin Star in 2011, an accolade which it still holds to this day.

The Pony & Trap has also been named as one of the top five gastropubs in the country for the past three years, in the Estrella Top 50 Gastropubs awards. [more info]

Grafene Restaurant Manchester

Free Grafene Bar Bits!

As if we needed any excuses to celebrate amazing cocktails, along comes National Cocktail Day on March 24, 2018. Happily, Grafene, Manchester’s contemporary fine-dining bar and restaurant, is well-prepared for the occasion, with a brand-new cocktail collection to tempt you and an offer giving you FREE Bar Bits with any cocktail bought. 

Buy one of Grafene’s cocktails on Friday 23, Saturday 24 or Sunday 25 March 2018 and you will receive a FREE dish from the Bar Bits menu to enjoy with your drink. These include chef’s home-made duck scratchings, smoked nuts or homemade treacle and rye bread on presentation of your Bar Bits voucher. [more info]

Cafe Football National Football Museum

Great North Pie Co

Continuing #PROLIFICPARTNERSHIPS into April, Cafe Football is linking up with the Great North Pie Co, to offer a delicious pie and a pint pairing. Enjoy one of the Great North Pie Co’s Chicken Curry Pies (served with chips and curry sauce) with a pint of beer at Cafe Football Old Trafford and National Football Museum throughout April.

Previously named Surpreme Champion at the British Pie Awards, the Great North Pie Co’s founder Neil Broomfield began developing his pie-mastery in his home kitchen. Starting with the pastry, he decided on an all butter recipe and a traditional, straight sided Scotch pie shape [more info]

Thursday 15th March 2018
Restaurants of Manchester ~ Marco's New York Italian


Iconic industry figure, and former 3 Star Michelin big hitter Marco Pierre White, has penned a deal to launch a dining room within Velvet on Canal StreetMr White's English Chophouse is set to launch in Summer.

If you can't wait that long to try the Yorkshireman's dishes, then head down to Media City, where Marco's New York Italian are offering two courses for just £11.95. [more info]

Restaurants of Manchester ~ 1761 Manchester

Mancunian Love

Booth Street restaurant, 1761, continue to help fight poverty in the Manchester region by teaming up with the Foodinate charity. For every dish on their fantastic locally-influenced menu sold on Mondays and Tuesdays, they will donate a nourishing meal to those in need.

They've also got love to share with you, offering a free bottle of wine with every two meals sold on their 100% Mancunian sourced Sunday Roast. You can also get 25% Off with their new free loyalty card. [more info]

Restaurants of Manchester ~ The Laundrette Manchester

Sunday Sharing

You can also share the love at The Laundrette Manchester, albeit with your friends rather than those in poverty. Enjoy a Sunday Roast Sharer and a bottle of Prosecco for just £29.95 between you.

If cocktails and carbs are you thing, you can also get two courses and a cocktail for just £14, every day. [more info]

Paddy’s Pancakes

It’s not all Guinness and whiskey as 19 CafeBar in the Northern Quarter has created a special pancake stack to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Honouring the green, white and orange of the Irish Flag, the homemade American pancakes will be served with green mint ice cream, orange and green chocolate M&Ms, cream and topped off with Lucky Charms.

Wednesday 14th March 2018
Restaurants of Manchester ~ Bakerie

Bakerie in Administration

It brings us great sadness to report that RBW Leisure, the company behind the much loved Bakerie and Pie and Ale NQ restaurants, has sadly gone into administration.

This has led to both Northern Quarter venues being closed, and all 33 members of staff being made redundant with immediate effect.  We wish everybody affected all the best for the future.

Don Cibo

To encourage you to visit Don Giovanni's new sister branch, Cibo on Liverpool Road are offering upto 50% Off food for a limited time. 

Salvatore Galdo's menu is packed with super-fresh fish, pasta and pizza, alongside Italian favourites like Scallopine al Limone and Saltimbocca alla Romana. [more info]

Moon Landing

'Space-aged Asian' restaurant The Rabbit in The Moon, is set to reopen on April 4th, featuring a stripped back, more visually and technically impressive menu.  Michelin Star chef Michael O'Hare is also planning on being the resident full time Head Chef following the relaunch.

Tuesday 13th March 2018
Masons Manchester
Super Masonic

Located on the ground floor of Manchester Hall – the former Freemasons Hall - you’ll notice a few nods to the building’s past in the interior of the brilliant Mason's Restaurant, which has gone straight into Restaurants Of Manchester Top 10 Best Restaurants in Manchester list, since opening in late October 2017.

Each and every dish offered on the British-Isles sourced menu is not only of exceptional high quality, but fantastic value for money too. You can now experience the cooking of Nathan Wightman for less, with three courses from the former Head Chef at the Swan & Cemetery in Bury and Shoulder of Mutton in Holcombe Village, for just £19.  [more info]

Free Fiska

Friska, is celebrating opening this week on Set Peter’s Square with two massive free food giveaways. The site will be giving away 100 free lunches on Wednesday (14 March) from 12pm and 100 free breakfasts on Friday morning (16 March) from 8am after its launch party on Thursday night (15 March).

Monday 12th March 2018
Restaurants of Manchester ~ Bakerie

Bakerie Closed

One of our city centre favourites Bakerie has put up signs advising customers that both its main venture, as well as Pie and Ale, are both closed due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Little is currently known about the reasons behind this, but we have our fingers crossed that all is well, and that the doors will open again before long. [more info]

Restaurants of Manchester ~ Pen & Pencil
Mad Offers
Don't miss out on the new offers added to Restaurants Of Manchester today, including...
50% Off food every Monday at the "Mad Men" inspired Pen & Pencil in the Northern Quarter
New 3 course Sunday Menu for £25 at Rio Ferdinand's Rosso

Short Changed

TGI Fridays, Wagamama and the Marriott hotel chain are amongst 49 companies in the hospitality sector fined for failing to pay staff the National Minimum Wage (ranging from £3.50 an hour for apprentices to £7.50 an hour for over 25s). Wagamama has repaid an average of £50 to 2,630 employees, whilst TGI Fridays had to repay £25 each to 2,300 staff, with both companies blaming a misunderstanding on staff uniform allowances for the issue.

Unfortunately for Wagamama, this comes on the back of a highly publicised #boycottwagamama campaign after one of their London branches threatened disciplinary action against staff taking sick leave over Christmas - apparently not a company wide policy.

Friday 9th March 2018
Restaurants of Manchester ~ Mother's Day

Treat Mum

This Sunday, 11th March 2018, is Mother's Day and, to help you choose where you can treat the most important woman in your life, we've rounded up all the best special menus and offers in Manchester restaurants. [more info]

Thursday 8th March 2018
Cafe Football - Hotel Football

Away Days

Hotel Football are offering a fantastic all inclusive Stay & Dine package, exclusively for direct bookings on selected dates. As well as an overnight stay in a contemporary King Room, you will also enjoy a three course dinner for two at Cafe Football Old Trafford on the night of arrival, and full English breakfast for two before checking out. 

Ideal for family getaways, they have also launched their new 'Squad Rooms', which are specifically tailored for four guests, with a double bed and pullout sofa bed for two children (under 13). [more info]

Abode Brasserie Manchester
Tuscan Wine & Dine

Join Brasserie Abode for their next Wine Dinner, on the 11th April 2018. Enjoy a five-course Tasting Menu, each dish paired with a different Marchesi Frescobaldi wine from Tuscany, presented by their expert from award-winning importer Hallgarten Wines.  [more info]

Friska Launch

Following our news last week that Bristol healthy-eating chain Friska are set to open a branch at Two St Peter's Square, we can confirm the opening date as Monday 12th March. 

Wednesday 7th March 2018
River Restaurant Manchester
Traditional Twists

Chef Andrew Green has launched a stunning new menu at the well regarded River Restaurant in the 5 star Lowry Hotel, with an emphasis on iconic dishes, using only the finest local produce.

"We've adopted a traditional approach for the new menu, with a series of modern twists, where diners can enjoy refined cooking in an enjoyable and informal setting", he told Restaurants Of Manchester.

Indeed, in a culinary world currently dominated by small plate dining, he has created a confident and well balanced new selection of dishes, featuring indulgent produce in a series of classical British offerings.

For us, the sumptuous Beef Wellington is the stand out dish; bronze puff pastry, outside perfectly cooked beef fillet, wrapped in mushroom duxelles and Parma ham, to keep that pastry super crisp.  A timeless classic, and for good reason. 

The outstanding Treacle Pudding, to finish; steamed for an hour, and always freshly made to order, delivering perfect texture and well-balanced notes of ginger to add that promised modern twist, all accompanied by some textbook custard which brought the whole dish together in comforting fashion.

So, it's a great new menu and direction, striking that all importance balance of 5 star luxury, quality produce, and timeless dishes in a stunning setting, delivered in a friendly and accessible style.  And besides, why have small plates when you can have full sized ones?  [more info]

Asha's Manchester
Asha's Award

Indian restaurant Asha's, has scooped the 'Best Casual Dining of the Year' accolade at the annual Asian Catering Federation awards. 

Currently riding high in the Restaurants Of Manchester Top 10 Best Restaurants in Manchester list, it comes as little surprise, with the Peter Street venue serving up some of the most refined Indian cooking in the country. [more info]

TNQ Restaurant Manchester
Burgundy Quarter

Join TNQ Restaurant as they host Louis Jadot winery for an evening of French wine and food on Thursday 26th April. The six course French Tasting Menu will be served with stunning wine pairings from the the Burgundy estate.  [more info]

Price Dive

As well as offering 55% Off food every Monday, Dive NQ are serving up meals for just £5 before 5pm Monday to Friday. If you're one of those sensible people who don't play out on a school night, (presumably you're not a true Mancunian), then head down to the Northern Quarter favourite on a Friday when you can enjoy three hours of bottomless booze with a bite to eat from just £15.  [more info]

Criminal Catering

The Clink Restaurant at HMP Styal, which gives female inmates and the homeless the chance to rehabilitate into society with catering and hospitality skills, will breakout into Manchester city centre with The Clink Café opening mid-April at Canada House on Chepstow Street.

Ramada Dead & Gone

The Ramada/Renaissance Hotel on Blackfriars, at the top end of Deansgate, has remained one of the city's biggest eyesores, despite competition from some of the atrocious new developments in the city. That is set to change however, as today, the council have approved plans to demolish it, replacing it with a 5 Star hotel, new restaurants and 600 upmarket apartments.

Monday 6th March 2018
Hard Rock Cafe Manchester
Get Sham-Rocked!

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day, Hard Rock Cafe Manchester will be running a full weeks’ worth of Irish themed fun including live music, whiskey tasting, half priced St. Paddy’s Burgers and more.

The St. Paddy’s Burger is a mouth-watering Guinness Bacon Cheeseburger, made with a Hard Rock signature burger patty, topped with Jameson bacon jam, a succulent Guinness cheese sauce, and served on a toasted bun with crisp lettuce, vine-ripened tomato alongside Hard Rock fries. It will be available from Monday 12th – Sunday 18th March 2018.  [more info]

Wood Manchester
Wood Chester

With the ongoing success of Wood Manchester, former Master Chef winner Simon Wood has announced the opening of his second restaurant, located at the Indigo boutique hotel in Chester and aptly named, you've guessed it, "Wood Chester".

Mancunians can check out his brilliant cooking at the First Street restaurant, with 3 Courses for just £27.50. [more info]

Monday 5th March 2018
La Bandera Manchester

Excellent authentic Spanish restaurant La Bandera, currently riding high in the Restaurants Of Manchester Top 10 Best Restaurants in Manchester list, have introduced an Early Evening/Pre-Theatre menu, serving up two courses, together with a glass of Rioja or beer for just £17.95. You can also enjoy 3 Tapas and a drink for £11.95 at lunchtime. [more info]

All Star Lanes Manchester
Groundhog Day

Groundhog Mondays are the perfect opportunity to release your inner king pin, so grab your mates and head to All Star Lanes to enjoy 2 games for just £10, every, single, Monday!

Whatsmore, you can enjoy a main course and a drink for just £10 at lunchtime, plus 2-4-1 Cocktails, Bubbly and beer offers, Monday to Friday from 15:00 - 19:00. [more info]


Despite the current tough trading conditions in the casual high street restaurant scene, American diner-style restaurant chain Denny's, is set to launch in Manchester as part of a nationwide rollout. The proposed branch at The Trafford Centre will take their worldwide offering to over 1,700 locations.


Greek Cypriot restaurant Rozafa has closed its doors for good, after the landlord failed to extend their lease, opting to turn the unit, alongside the Town Hall on Princess Street, into a hostel instead.

Friday 2nd March 2018
Mana Manchester
Nordic Winter Kitchen

Following on from our news last week of former Noma chef Simon Martin's planned high-end Nordic inspired restaurant in Ancoats, Mana have now had their kitchens designed and recruited eight members of staff.  Featuring two kitchens, a research lab, and also a fermentation centre, the venture is set to take Manchester dining to another level.

Fermentation is big in Scandinavia, as the super-cold winters make it impossible for any plants or livestock to survive, so preservation techniques are crucial.  Given the snow in Manchester, this week, Mana maybe onto something.

Bakery in Need of Dough

Staying in Ancoats, Piccadilly sourdough kings, Pollen Bakery, have launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for their planned move to the upcoming area. Rewards for investment include bakery classes, as well as coffee and cake, which should indicate their plans for the unit.

Thursday 1st March 2018
Second Floor Brasserie Manchester
Designer Dining at a Reduced Price

Whether you’re dashing to the theatre or popping by for a post-work meal, you can now enjoy three courses at Harvey Nichols's Second Floor Brasserie for a mouth-watering £22. Or if three courses sounds too much, enjoy two for only £18.  [more info]

Crazy Pedros Manchester

An Offer You Can’t Refuse

For their March special pizza, Crazy Pedro’s Part-Time Pizza Parlour and Crazy Pedro's NQ take us on a journey back to the real heart and soul of Italy; the home of all things delicious: pizza, pasta and meatballs - Favoloso!

Inspired by good and hearty Italian cuisine, "The Godfather Part 1", combines spicy meatballs, tomato ragu, parmesan shavings, rocket and garlic oil - Capiche? [more info]

Chef's Choice
We've added loads of other new offers to Restaurants Of Manchester today, including:
50% Off in March at The Botanist Didsbury
3 Course Chef's Choice Menu for £24.95 at The Lowry Hotel's River Restaurant


As reported as a strong possibility back in January, Italian chain Prezzo are the latest high street stalwart to suffer the post-Brexit squeeze, announcing the closure of almost a third of their 300 nationwide sites, including outlets of their Chimichanga Tex-Mex brand. 

The 94 closures includes their branch on Deansgate, as well as Warrington, whilst, for now at least, branches of Prezzo at the Printworks, Media City, Ashton and Bolton are unaffected.

King Usher

It's not all doom and gloom though, as, alongside yesterday's reported Merseyside opening, Hispi chef Gary Usher has revealed plans to launch Kala Bistro on King Street, bringing his brand of high end brasserie cooking to the city centre. 

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