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10 perfect restaurants for date night in Manchester

3 weeks ago

Intimate supper or big night blowout?

Choosing somewhere stylish for a night out with your other half can be a bit daunting, we get it. With hundreds of restaurants in Greater Manchester, it’s hard to decide whether you fancy a cosy intimate supper or a blowout night on the town.

Our top picks for all you lovebirds this week are a mix of romantic candle-lit bistros, posh pubs, experimental menus, and trendy natural wine bars with some of the best plates of food in the north.

  • Figs take centre stage in this dish from Erst restaurant in Ancoats.
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    Erst

    British

    “Yet more small plates in Ancoats?” we hear you cry. Well yes, but trust us, Erst is worth your attention. This is a place for serious foodies so don’t come looking for mac n cheese balls. Plenty of other places can satisfy that filthy craving for you.

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  • Inside Habas, a Middle Eastern restaurant in Manchester city centre.
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    Habas

    Middle Eastern

    At Habas you’ll find modern Middle Eastern fare from Simon Shaw – the multi award-winning chef behind El Gato Negro and Canto.

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  • Kala Bistro Cod Loin
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    Kala Bistro

    Modern British

    Kala describes itself as a humble bistro but humility is not usually a word associated with Gary Usher, the chef behind the Elite Bistros group. Having said that, perhaps the social media motormouth has every reason to feel pretty darn perky. Some very well-regarded chefs have only good things to say about him, such as former boss, Angela Hartnett, and the supposed ‘humble bistro food’ at Kala is elegant and impressive. It’s more fine dining than simple fodder, that’s for sure.

    The dishes sound simple but they have a flair and a verve that can’t fail to delight. Expect starters such as baked goat’s cheese with purple carrots and smoked garlic or crispy pig’s head croquette. Typical mains range from miso glazed squash to pan-roasted cod with curry and almond sauce but the rightly famous featherblade of beef is a mainstay.

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  • One of the dishes served at gastropub The Black Friar in Salford, Greater Manchester.
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    The Black Friar

    Modern British

    The Black Friar stood empty and unloved for almost 20 years before reopening in summer 2021 after a substantial renovation project. Now a modern British restaurant and a traditional pub, it has two distinct settings with menus to match.

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  • Roasted octopus with vanilla parmentier as served at The Embassy restaurant in Hale, Greater Manchester
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    The Embassy

    Spanish

    There’s ambition afoot in Hale, where The Embassy is creating Mediterranean Spanish fusion food with a fine dining feel – they call it haute cuisine, but describe it as “new and innovative”, “daring and fun”, and “consistent and responsible”.

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  • Red chairs in the window of the stylish Jane Eyre bar and restaurant in Ancoats
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    The Jane Eyre

    British

    The Jane Eyre is a self-styled ‘neighbourhood bar’ offering seasonal food, classic cocktails and local beers. Presided over by Eyre siblings Jonny and Joe, it is, mildly disappointingly, not a Gothic homage to the Yorkshire based tragic-heroine but actually named after their late mum. 

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  • On the menu at Three Little Words, Manchester
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    Three Little Words

    Global

    Three Little Words is housed under the arches at the lesser-visited end of Watson Street, near Beetham Tower. Inside you’ll find the Spirit of Manchester gin distillery, a cocktail bar, and a kitchen serving small plates with thoroughly decent cooking. It’s certainly a place worth knowing about.

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  • The moor restaurant stockport
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    The Moor

    British

    In the heart of Heaton Moor, The Moor offers a small and intimate dining space teeming with plants, earthy hues and natural textures to provide the perfect backdrop to its alternative, flavoursome and “purposeful” British menu guided by flavour and seasonal ingredients.

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  • The Perfect Match restaurant, Sale
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    The Perfect Match

    European

    New opening The Perfect Match on the traffic-heavy A56 in Sale isn’t the easiest place to get to but it’s well worth the effort.

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  • Steak and truffle at Rosso
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    Rosso

    Italian

    If it’s a stylish lunch date destination you’re after or some suitably chic eats for dinner à deux, Rosso might be the one, resplendent in clean white suffused with natural light and with plenty of Italian-inspired vegetarian, pescatarian and meat-lover options on the menu.

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