Gay Village restaurant Maya swoops into Michelin Guide just two months after opening

That was so fast.

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 30th May 2024

A restaurant in Manchester’s Gay Village has been added to the Michelin Guide, despite opening a mere eight weeks ago.

Maya is a canalside spot that sprawls across three floors on Canal Street, transforming a former warehouse into an opulent restaurant space.

Inside, you’ll find a brick-walled, velvet-furnitured space at ground level, a glittering gold and navy restaurant space downstairs, and then even further down, The Pump Room, a late-night bar where photography is forbidden.

Maya was first announced in 2022 (it opened after a few delays at the end of March 2024) and comes from the same team behind Isabel Mayfair.

The food side of things is all headed up by Mancunian chef Gabe Lea, whose CV includes Michelin-starred Le Manoir and The French at the Midland Hotel.


Its menu has been tweaked and perfected since its launch – which is good, because the earliest menu featured four pieces of asparagus as a ‘main course’ for £24, with no sides – and now Maya has caught the eye of the Michelin Guide itself.

The prestigious list of the best places to go in Manchester also includes Michelin-starred Mana and newcomers like Higher Ground and Another Hand.


There are only 13 in the entire Greater Manchester area deemed worthy of making it to the prestigious guide, so this is a big accolade so early on in Maya’s life.

The guide said it was an ‘elegant, beautifully appointed place’ and praised the ‘classical skillset’ of the team in the kitchen.

The Michelin Guide listing for Maya states: “In the heart of Manchester, close to the famous Canal Street, sits this impressively renovated basement restaurant.


“It’s an elegant, beautifully appointed place, with an art deco feel and a large cocktail bar that feels appropriate for an area of the city known for its party scene.

“The dishes often have a modern make-up but the kitchen’s classical skillset is evident in finely executed elements like a well-made sauce bonne femme to accompany top quality turbot.

“Four smart bedrooms are attached if you’re visiting from afar.”

Featured image: The Manc Group