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An insider’s guide to eating and drinking in Altrincham

2 weeks ago

Recently declared proud owner of the best high street in England, Altrincham has made a dramatic transformation from grot to hot in just under a decade and really does have a whole lot to shout about. Not least its impressive Market Hall which was revamped by entrepreneur Nick Johnson just over five years ago, setting a precedent for Mackie Mayor, his second project, and the likes of the recently pimped Stockport Produce Hall by local businessman Steve Pilling.

Altrincham is hugely food-focused, with a good helping of dining spots well worth a hop on a tram. It’s another Greater Manchester (or borderline Cheshire) town benefitting from our region’s vibrant cultural mix with restaurants offering cuisines as diverse as Syrian, Cambodian, and Sardinian. A smattering of great bars, some plush cafes and plenty of interesting local artisans add to the variety. No wonder it’s one of the hottest property markets in our region right now.

 

 

  • A dish of pasta with a glass of red wine at Sugo Pasta Kitchen Altrincham, a Confidential Guides recommended restaurant
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    Sugo Pasta Kitchen Altrincham

    Italian

    Another Altrincham success story, the Puglian-inspired Sugo Pasta Kitchen opened on Shaw Road – right by the transformative Market House – in 2015. Their simple and uncompromisingly authentic Southern Italian dishes soon won them fans, as good ole word-of-mouth momentum brought diners piling in from across the region. Accolades and glowing reviews soon followed, as did further restaurants.

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  • Outside dining at Porta Altrincham - a tapas restaurant recommended by Confidential Guides
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    Porta Altrincham

    European

    Spanish small plates and a menu that really delivers. Porta Altrincham might be another tapas place – but this one is a smash hit serving excellent food and fine wines.

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  • Fresh tomato and olives on a Neapolitan-style pizza at Tre Ciccio - an Italian restaurant in Altrincham
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    Tre Ciccio Altrincham

    Italian

    Translating as ‘three chubby friends’ (a self-effacing reference to owner Francesco Scafuri and a pair of his portly pals from back in Campania), Tre Ciccio Altrincham doesn’t look much from the outside, or even the inside, at first.

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  • California Coffee and Wine Altrincham Tacos
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    California Coffee & Wine

    American

    California Coffee & Wine is a ray of SoCal sunshine. The Cal-Mex flavours served up are fresher and sharper than typical Tex-Mex offerings and everything feels clean and wholesome – if you give the sausage and bacon mega stack a swerve.

    The food doesn’t take itself too seriously, it’s just there to be enjoyed. Expect dishes like San Fran salmon, all scrambled eggs and wilted spinach with some spectacular smoked fish from the Manchester Smokehouse or ranch beans with tortilla, smashed avocado, Cali salsa and plenty of zing from fresh chillies and spring onions.

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  • Inside the bustling Market House Indoor Food Hall in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.
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    Market House Indoor Food Hall

    Setting a precedent for the likes of Mackie Mayor and Stockport Produce Hall, many have hailed the revamping of the Market House Indoor Food Hall as the touch paper that lit Altrincham’s whole foodie scene ablaze.

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  • The exterior of Yara, a recommended Syrian and Lebanese restaurant in Altrincham, Greater Manchester
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    Yara Altrincham

    Middle Eastern

    Tiny and usually packed to the rafters of its converted terraced house, Yara is one of those hidden gems that the locals keep trying to get us to shut up about.

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  • The doorway to Libero in Altrincham - a bar that's big on football and craft ales
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    Libero

    European

    Starting life as a fun little pop-up, Libero is a football-themed craft ale bar which encourages its customers to don vintage footie shirts and cosy up for a beery, amiable bit of bonding.

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  • The striking black exterior of WowYauChow - a modern British Chinese restaurant in Altrincham
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    WowYauChow

    Chinese

    WowYauChow is a ‘British Chinese’ from accountant turned restaurateur Henry Yau which has become a firm favourite in Alty. The food is east meets west: Chinese classics with a contemporary British slant, served as small plates to encourage sharing, tasting and hopefully less waste.

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  • Outside seating at Mort Subite - a Belgian beer bar in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.
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    Mort Subite

    European

    Given the much-publicised dangers of drinking too much booze, it takes a dark sense of humour to name your bar Mort Subite (meaning ‘sudden death’ in French).

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  • One of the dishes served at Kambuja in Marple - one of the few Cambodian restaurants in the North.
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    Kambuja

    Cambodian

    Many of us are familiar with the vibrant cuisines of Vietnam and Thailand but Cambodian, or Khmer, food is still relatively unexplored territory in the UK. Kambuja in Marple is one of the country’s few dedicated Cambodian restaurants – and it’s a good one. It received rave reviews in the national press when it opened in 2017 under its former name of Angkor Soul.

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  • Freshly baked doughnuts made in-house at Blanchflower in Altrincham
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    Blanchflower

    British

    ‘Create, don’t curate’ is Blanchflower’s motto and to that end, much of their produce is made in-house.

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  • One of the dishes served at Toast Altrincham, a Confidential Guides' recommended cafe
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    Toast Altrincham

    Modern British

    As Nigel Slater once said, ‘No matter how bad things get, it’s impossible not to love someone who made you toast.’ So a cafe whose concept is ‘things on toast’ was always going to find a place in people’s hearts. The Toast Altrincham menu offers toast for breakfast, toast for lunch, and you guessed it, toast for… dessert.

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  • Cocktails for four at Riddles Bar in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.
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    Riddles Bar

    Vintage cocktail bar and self-proclaimed makers of Altrincham’s best Old Fashioned, Riddles Bar focuses on high-quality ingredients blended by expert mixologists.

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  • Common Ground in Altrincham is an artisan cafe serving specialty coffee, brunch and lunch
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    Common Ground

    European

    An artisan tea and coffee house for people who know the difference between Aeropress, Batch Brew and V60, and no, they aren’t bands. Friendly service is the whole thing at Common Ground and it is a real home from home for both locals, as well as visitors to Altrincham.

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