Lockdown saw us lose some real city centre gems, with casualties including city centre favourites Nexus Arts Cafe, Bock Biere, Teacup Kitchen, Lunya and Earth Cafe.
Now, with the next few months set to be pivotal for the success of many local hospitality businesses, we are at risk of losing more if they don’t get the support they need.
So, as the city takes one more step back towards normality, we thought we’d put together a list of the places that will reopen for indoor drinking and dining from May 17.
Let’s go and show them some support.
This piece will be regularly updated as new information becomes available.
Manchester bars and restaurants reopening the week commencing May 17:
Reds True BBQ Slug and Lettuce Speak In Code The Allotment Vegan Wood & Co. Armenian Taverna
Blue-Eyed Panda Second City Erst Jub Thai Street Urchin (Wednesday, 19th May) Sugo Viet Shack Cha-ology
Dishoom Mason’s Restaurant and Bar MOJO
Albert’s Shed The Wharf Cafe Istanbul Cibo The Wharf
American Pies The Bank Crown And Anchor Circle Tavern The Flying Monkey Annies San Carlo Bottega Browns The Bull & Bear Chish & Fips Harvey Nichols Second Floor Bar and Brasserie Mamucium The Restaurant, Bar and Kitchen Peru Perdu TGI Fridays Sam’s Chop House Three Little Words The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes City Arms
Little Yang Sing Phetphalin Teppanyaki Chinatown Yang Sing Yuzu The New Emperor Seven Oaks
Pizza Express Pho Vapiano
Be At One Las Iguanas Slug and Lettuce The Knott Ark Bem Brasil San Carlo Cichetti Cloud 23 Dimitris Taverna Gaucho Hawksmoor La Vina Evuna Dirty Martini
Junkyard Golf Club Indian Tiffin Room HOME
Vesper cocktail bar James Martin Manchester Platzki Fat Hippo Siam Smiles Cafe
Flight Club Grand Pacific Kala Rosso Honey at Gotham King Street Tavern
63 Degrees Allotment NQ The Abel Heywood Bem Brasil Band on the Wall Behind Closed Doors Bar 21 Castle Hotel CBRB Cottonopolis Dusk Til Pawn English Lounge Herd NQ Junior Jacksons NQ64 Noi Quattro 33 Oldham Street TNQ Restaurant & Bar The Lost Cat Night & Day Turtle Bay Restaurant & Bar SoLIta NQ Chakalaka (?) Ciaooo Pizzeria Pen and Pencil Penang Evelyn’s Cafe & Bar Ply Seed and Cherry Sicilian NQ
Oxford Road Turtle Bay Restaurant & Bar Joshua Brooks Dog Bowl Temple Bar One Plus Oishi Q Navarro Lounge The Refuge
Asha’s Don Giovanni Don Marco Ezra & Gil The French at The Midland) Mount Street Dining Room and Bar at The Midland Peaky Blinders The Blues Kitchen Manchester (20th May) Peter Street Kitchen
Brasserie Abode Bundobust Chez Mal Ducie Street Warehouse Franco Manca The Green Waldorf Hotel Escape to Freight Island
Bierkeller Chiquito Frankie & Benny’s Hard Rock Cafe Nandos Wagamama Wasabi O’Neills Walkabout
Lower Turks Head The Pasta Factory
Fazenda Tattu BLVD
Jasmine Grill Habesha Arnero Napoleon’s bar and Chinese restaurant Yizhichuan Samsi
Food & Drink
69% of Manchester students want to try a plant-based diet – but ‘cost and inconvenience’ is putting them off
Soaring costs, the inconvenience of the lifestyle, and the potential risk of isolation have been named as the top three barriers preventing Manchester students from giving veganism and plant-based diets a try.
According to a new study of students in Manchester byMeatFreed – an app connecting the plant-based community for students in key student cities across the UK – less than one in 10 say they would be able to commit to a fully plant-based diet, despite 69% claiming they want to try more plant-based meals, and a further 23% keen on becoming plant-based full-time if possible.
35% of Manchester students say they also like to eat more sustainably, and a quarter (25%) already making sustainable meal choices – but it’s not so easy for everyone.
And it’s all down to several different barriers standing in their way, according to the study.
MeatFreed’s recent study found that 48% of Manchester students named having less options for meals on-the-go as the main reason why they’re put off trying a plant-based diet, with a further 36% feeling it would be too tricky to eat out in restaurants and at takeaways.
20% also said they felt concerned they would be the only vegetarian or vegan in their friendship group or families – which could lead to an element of social isolation.
With the rising cost of living crisis also sadly continuing to make its impact felt, 44% of Manchester students surveyed said they felt worried about the cost of a plant-based lifestyle, and another 43% said they felt a little anxious about how that could impact their diets.
Because of this, 60% of students believe their diets will change as the cost of food increases.
Yet despite all these identified hurdles, MeatFreed also found that a whopping 92% of students surveyed would like to see more plant-based options on the menu when they’re dining out, and so, to help them find the most sustainable meal options out there in our city, the MeatFreed app officially launched in Manchester last month.
This new app brings together discounts, menus, and offers for students from over 50 restaurants in Manchester, as well as offering rewards to users who choose more sustainable meal choices.
“It’s not surprising that students are growing more concerned about the cost of living and rising food prices as it’s everywhere in the media and trying to find sustainable meal choices can be trickier than ever in all that noise,” admitted Patrick Huang – co-founder of MeatFreed.
“We chose to launch in Manchester as it’s one of the biggest student communities in the UK, and with so many Manchester students keen to try plant-based and more sustainable dishes, we wanted to help them discover the options they have right on their doorstep.
“And it doesn’t have to drain the student loan either.”
Manchester has a stunning new rooftop restaurant as Climat opens its doors
There’s a stunning new rooftop restaurant in Manchester, with more than 250 different wines on the menu and beehives on the roof.
Climat is ready to open in Blackfriars House and has one of the best views in the city, with every table given a front-row seat.
From its eighth floor position, diners will be able to take in the sights of Manchester, including the (currently scaffolded) Town Hall, the ornate rooftop of Barton Arcade, and the spire of St Ann’s Church.
The 100-cover restaurant comes from the same team behind the acclaimed Covino in Chester, with exec chef of Covino and Climat Luke Richardson and head chef Simon Ulph crafting a menu of modern British feasting-size dishes.
The restaurant promises to serve ‘food you want to eat’, geared towards groups of three or more to share – think whole turbot, slow-cooked lamb shoulder, and ex-dairy cuts on the bone.
There’ll be small plates too, and the resurrection of classic vol-au-vents.
Climat’s wine cellar is comprehensive, featuring more than 250 different wines, 40% of which will come from one specific Burgundy vineyard site which has its own microclimate and specific geological conditions.
The highly-anticipated opening aims to be a ‘contemporary, Parisian-style’ addition to Manchester’s restaurant scene.
The star of the show with its decor all centre around that view, from the floor-to-ceiling windows to the spacious outdoor rooftop terrace.
Tables are arranged in one long row along the windows, with an open kitchen on the other side.
Of the menu, exec chef Luke Richardson comments: “We want to have a different signature snack at each restaurant we open. Whilst Covino has the gougère, Climat will have the vol-au-vent.
“The humble gougère will continue to serve Covino, whilst we’ve opted to resurrect the vol-au-vent for Climat, owing to their complete versatility throughout the seasons. They can literally be stuffed with anything. Beef tartare, parfait, truffle and ricotta to name just a few.
“Both myself and Simon Ulph have worked closely together to develop an opening menu we are both super proud of and we think does justice to the building and the surroundings. We believe we offer something completely different to the Manchester restaurant scene and we now can’t wait to officially launch.”
Christopher Laidler, owner of Climat, comments: “After a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (mostly my own), I couldn’t be happier that we’re one step closer to bringing Climat to life with the menu and wine list already things I’m immensely proud of.
“Climat is essentially going to be a place for guests to share our passion for really good food and drink in a relaxed rooftop setting with what I think is one of the best views of Manchester’s skyline.
“We’re well on the way to achieving this; from the look and feel of the restaurant coming together, to the exciting daily changing menu ideas and informal but quietly knowledgeable style of service we have planned.”
Charlotte Wild, head of retail and leisure at Bruntwood Works, comments: “Climat is going to be a fantastic addition to Manchester’s hospitality scene. We’re delighted to welcome such an exciting concept to Blackfriars, our community-minded Pioneering building.
“The restaurant is really coming together now and the menu clearly demonstrates their passion for excellent food and wine. It’s great to see their hard work come to fruition. Roll on December!”