Planning an Event in Manchester? These are Our Favourite Restaurants to Take a Group
Manchester is a smorgasbord of eateries – from up-market restaurants in Spinningfields to authentic and unique gastro-pads in the Northern Quarter. In the AE office we don’t often share when it comes to food but we are happy to shout about some of our favourite foodie places dotted around the city! Here are six of the best!
Vermilion & Cinnabar
Located in Eastlands , opposite Man City’s ground, Vermilion looks like a giant warehouse from the outside – you really do wonder if you've come to the right place! Once inside you’re in another world where the mix of elaborate décor and subdued lighting combine to create an exotic feel. The transformation of the three storey building cost over £4 million and hosts a restaurant, chic cocktail bar and private events space. The menu is Asian fusion and they even offer cookery lessons - great for corporate days with a difference.
Terrace Bar and Grill
Finding somewhere to eat (or drink!) outdoors in Manchester city centre, is somewhat of a challenge. Set above Panacea, The Terrace offers the ultimate people watching opportunity from the comfort of cushioned couches, and with great outdoor heating, alfresco dining is always a possibility, come rain or shine. Great for ladies who lunch, or for a cheeky cocktail after a hard days graft; The Terrace is understatedly classy and serves great food all day.
Arguably the Italian restaurant of the city, you’d be unlucky not to spot the odd celeb...
San Carlo, a family owned restaurant that started in Birmingham, has grown across the UK and beyond – with the latest opening in Dubai! The Manchester restaurant has recently undergone refurbishment, and with an open kitchen adding to the theatre, there is always a buzz about the place – regardless of the time of day. The menu is extensive but don’t worry if you’re not sure what to choose – just ask head chef Jason!
This little Spanish gem hidden off Deansgate serves some of the best tapas around. Walking down into the basement restaurant you may be unsure at first, but once inside the traditional Spanish décor, the home cooked tapas and flowing red wine transports you straight to the Mediterranean. El Rincon gets really busy and always has a vibrant atmosphere partly due to the tempo of the waiting staff, who are more than happy to have a banter! Perfect for groups so you can all try a little of everything. Make sure you book in advance – this place is busy 7 days a week.
Mughli Restaurant & Charcoal Pit
There are dozens of quality restaurants on Manchester’s curry mile but we have one particular fave – Mughli. It takes a while for your eyes to adjust to the decor – the orange taint on the windows gives the restaurant an unusual glow! The open charcoal pit and tandoori clay oven send amazing aromas around the room and add to the authentic experience. With a really unique menu, Mughli goes beyond the usual suspects in terms of dishes, which is reinforced by the food being served in quaint copper bowls. A real hidden jewel in the curry mile!
Located within the iconic Royal Exchange Building, Annies is another hidden treat serving great British food. We’d recommend it for a business lunch or traditional afternoon tea - not forgetting that they do an amazing Sunday roast! The daily pie selection is also a must try and the prices are very reasonable for traditional comfort food that always leaves you satisfied. With a very British bar upstairs and an intimate dining area downstairs there is something very atmospheric about this place. It could be the food. It could be the staff. Or it could be the pianist, if he’s playing. But we think, it’s just because it’s Annies.