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11 Christmas party venues in Manchester you might not have considered

1 month ago

It might feel a little early to be thinking about your Christmas party in the middle of September, but the big day is only a few months away and the big ol’ Christmas clock is ticking away in the background. Your credit card may not be ready for Christmas, but we’re here to make sure that you’re ready for the Christmas do.

Scroll away to find our pick of the restaurants that have private dining rooms, fancy (and alternative) Christmas menus and venues that cater for everybody. No more soggy souffle or disappointing roast potatoes

  • Dishes at The Pen and Pencil, manchester
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    The Pen & Pencil

    Global

    Whatever level of hunger you’re anticipating, you’ll not have a rumbling tum for long next time you head on up to the Northern Quarter, with the host of all-day eating options on offer at The Pen & Pencil ranging from light bites to proper sit-down dinners.

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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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  • Thaikhun Thai Restaurant Spinningfields Manchester
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    Thaikhun

    Thai

    The original in what is now a chain of Thai streetfood venues founded by Sukhothai province-born Kim Kaewkraikhot (also behind the Chaophraya empire), the cavernous Spinningfields Thaikhun comes complete with tuk tuk at the entrance and the promise of a true taste of Bangkok.

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  • Street View Exterior of BAB NQ Manchester Restaurant
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    BAB NQ

    Middle Eastern

    If you feel it’s time to spice up your life, look no further than this Northern Quarter indie, where the main offer is ‘kebabs worth sitting down for’. Yep, BAB by name, ‘babs by nature, but that’s not doing the menu full justice – there are also meze small plates to mix and match, skewers and shawarmas, and non-babs such as an epic surf & turf spread.

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  • Oysters as served at Rendition, a Modern British restaurant and bar on Deansgate in Manchester city centre.
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    Rendition MCR

    Modern British

    “A decadent restaurant and bar in the heart of Manchester” is how Rendition describes itself, but don’t let that put you off as it also promises to champion sustainability and British produce and serve only locally sourced ingredients and seasonally inspired dishes.

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    Gorilla

    American

    Gorilla is tucked under a railway arch, it has a slightly industrial vibe but it’s comfortable for all that. The cocktails are good and good value too – Gorilla is as much a bar as it is a restaurant.

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  • Velvet green booths and natural lighting at Masons Restaurant and Bar in Manchester city centre.
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    Masons

    Modern British

    Nestled in the Grade II Listed former Freemasons Hall, Masons Restaurant and Bar serves retro fine-dining fare in princely surrounds.

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    Escape to Freight Island

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    Food hall meets music festival is how we’d describe Escape to Freight Island to anyone confused about what they’ll find at this regenerated rail depot beyond Piccadilly Station. 

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  • Grand Pacific Manchester
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    Grand Pacific

    Pan Asian

    Grand Pacific is the work of Living Ventures and it easily outshines its sibling venues in terms of pure glamour. Not in a big chandeliers, glass and chrome Spinningfields way, but with a decadent blend of colonial Raffles-style grandeur and some of the best of the city’s Victorian architecture.

    Let’s be honest, the food at Grand Pacific is not very important. It’s a very impressive place – great for a date and it’s the sort of place you come to see and be seen.

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  • A cranachan dessert served at Proost restaurant in Urmston, Greater Manchester
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    Proost

    European

    Husband and wife team John and Carolyn Phillips held occasional supper clubs and appeared on Channel Four’s Too Many Chefs before they opened Proost in Urmston. Cheffing in a hot kitchen is a long way from John’s former life as a personal injury lawyer, but the career change paid off. Proost has become a local favourite in Urmston since opening in 2019, and it is increasingly attracting attention from further afield too.

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  • The unusual art installations at Motley Restaurant Manchester
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    Motley

    Global

    Located on the ground floor of Qbic Hotel on Manchester’s bustling Deansgate, Motley’s antipodean-style menu ticks all the modern boxes with its uncomplicated seasonal menu. The low-milage, local and homely offering is the brainchild of head chef Nacho Llinares whose style is described as “good for the soul”.

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