Salford: Food & Drink
Looking for places to eat and drink in Salford? We’ve got you covered. Whether you’re on a day trip, in the mood for something new or just fancy some time away from the usual Manchester nightlife, Salford has plenty to offer.
Where else can you relax in a pub built in 1886 while surrounded by huge skyscrapers? The Black Friar is a historic permanent fixture in Salfordian culture. Despite being damaged from a fire and left derelict for 15 years, the new owners were determined to restore it to its local favourite status and visitor destination.
At The Black Friar you can enjoy a pint with traditional fish and chips. Or you can treat yourself to a more upmarket dining experience in their glass restaurant surrounded by greenery. Their head chef, Ben Chaplin, previously at 20 Stories, has worked to create menus that offer relaxed pub vibes as well as posher local dishes. Either way, you’ll be absorbing part of Salford’s story.
When it comes to food and drink in Salford, you’re actually spoilt for choice. Here’s some places you could go in some of Salford’s top locations.
Food and drink at Salford Quays
Who wouldn’t want to grab some food and drink while taking in views of Salford Quays and relaxing in front of cultural giant The Lowry? There’s some really great places to choose from too, so it’s bound to offer something that hits the spot.
If you’re looking for a place to eat, drink and rest your feet from a long day of shopping at The Lowry Outlet Mall then Lime should be your go-to. It’s vibrant and offers all day drinking as well as brunch, lunch and dinner. Food is locally sourced, you’ll get to eat and drink while looking at the beautiful Salford Quays, and they even offer happy hour for those much needed after-work drinks during the week!
If you’re looking for minimalist and slick places to eat and drink in Salford Quays then add Craftbrew to your list. You can get your caffeine fix in the morning from their stylish coffee bar. Then later, you can hit the hard stuff and enjoy their cracking collection of craft beers. Depending on your mood, you can enjoy their artisan sandwiches and tapas dishes from high stooled tables or chesterfield loungers. Whichever it is you’ll definitely be able to relax over food and drink at this Salford Quays staple.
Pier Eight, located in The Lowry Theatre, isn’t just for pre-show meals. Their head chef Oliver Thomas is passionate about delivering delicious dishes made with local and seasonal ingredients, plus with their delicious wine list, you’ll always find the perfect match. If you’re looking for a relaxed lunch, a special occasion or even just a casual dining experience – Pier Eight offers them all as well as serving stunning views of Salford Quays with your food and drink.
Food and drink at MediaCity
Looking for a spot to recharge under the bright, twinkly lights of MediaCity? Luckily there’s plenty of places to grab food and drinks to help you refuel.
Give the award-winning beer house Seven Bro7hers a go when you’re on the hunt for drinks in MediaCity. The McAvoy brothers were inspired by their dad’s brewing in their childhood cellar and have since opened three successful taprooms. It’s family inspired and at the heart of MediaCity, just underneath the popular BBC hangout, The Botanist. If you hang out there long enough, you might even see some familiar TV faces, who knows!
Tucked away in a quiet corner of MediaCity is pancake lover’s paradise Penelope’s Kitchen, where you can get American influenced food and drink that doesn’t break the bank. Penelope’s offers the hungry people of MediaCity hearty breakfasts, New York-style bagels, burgers, mac and cheese, and more. For those looking for a lighter lunchtime bite there’s a range of soups, sandwiches and toasties too.
Where else to eat and drink in Salford
On the hunt for Salford’s best roast? Head to Worsley Old Hall. The beautiful hall dates back to as early as the 16th century and the beer garden on a sunny day has glorious views of the golf course green next door. There’s a buzzing bar with happy people plus loads of nooks and crannies for those who want a quiet one. There’s a huge Sunday roast and main menu where you’re guaranteed to find something heartwarming for a good price. Just don’t forget to leave room for pudding.
If you’re looking for a fine dining food and drink experience in Salford, scrub up and get yourself to The River Restaurant at the Lowry Hotel. With iconic retro decor and stunning river views, there’s nothing better to go with your two-AA-rosette restaurant experience. The menu offers a modern take on classic British cuisine, from Cumbrian rib-eye steak to Miso Caesar salad. You can drop in for afternoon tea or even book private dining for a very special occasion. Whatever you do, just make sure you go.
For those who want something that makes your mouth water, get yourself to Blacksticks in Monton. The modern European style restaurant gives a chic and contemporary setting for you to enjoy your meal, with a huge window that’s perfect for people watching. You can browse the menu with a glass of wine in hand (trust us, it’ll take a while to choose). There you’ll find delicious soups, juicy Buffalo mozzarella with crisp parma ham, numerous fish dishes and perfectly cured meats with seasonal vegetables. The portions are generous, but the food is unbeatable. Desert tops off the menu perfectly and is a great place to grab food and drink in Salford.
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