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An insider’s guide to Didsbury’s best restaurants and bars

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Ah, desirable Didsbury. Once a rural hamlet, it still has that village-y feel with a butcher, a baker but as yet no candlestick maker.

Ever since Manchester’s industrialists chose to escape the city’s grime and build their fancy houses in green and lovely Didsbury, it has been a property hotspot.

House prices may be eye-wateringly expensive but who wouldn’t want to live somewhere surrounded by parks, riverside walks and a plethora of bars and restaurants?

With Didsbury Village centre and the slightly more bohemian West Didsbury, there are two food and drink destinations for you to try out in our Insider’s Guide to Eating and Drinking in Didsbury.

  • Cake at Cocoa Cabana in Didsbury, Manchester
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    Cocoa Cabana West Didsbury

    Restaurant - British

    Having made a name – and a following – for itself, Burton Road’s chic chocolatiers has expanded into larger premises up the street (as well as gaining a branch in town), incorporating a sit-down-and-sup tearoom alongside the takeaway coffee and cake counter.

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  • One of the dishes served on the crowd-pleasing menu at Didsbury institution Folk Cafe Bar.
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    Folk Didsbury

    Bars

    Folk is a bit of an institution in Didsbury, having been on the scene for over a decade now. On a sunny day you can sit outside with the palm trees and straw canopy and try to convince yourself you’re somewhere more exotic.

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  • Inside Hispi bistro in Didsbury - one of Confidential Guides' recommended Manchester restaurants.
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    Hispi

    Restaurant - European

    Hispi is, quite simply, a great bistro. Fifth in a growing chain of restaurants conceived by Gary Usher, the concept started with Sticky Walnut in Chester (see also Top 100), a neighbourhood operation which made its name off the back of great, simple food, quaffable wine served in beakers, and excellent quality produce. Expect chunky British dishes – such as chicken liver pate and braised featherblade – made with fresh ingredients and great results.

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  • Indique Chilli Paneer
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    Indique

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Indique is formed from the words Unique and Indian. That’s a bit optimistic as many Indian restaurants have swapped their chicken tikka masala and their lamb rogan josh for bhel puri and gobi Manchurian. However, Indique do a good job. Their menu is a tempting one with some unusual dishes and food is tasty and very well presented. How many curry houses have a cloche?

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  • Exterior of Juice Box Didsbury, a bar and bottle shop
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    Juicebox Didsbury

    Bottle Shop

    Juicebox is an independent wine bar and bottle shop in Didsbury (there’s another one in Manchester city centre). It’s a great place to unwind with some gourmet snacks and a bottle of wine.

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    Mary & Archie Didsbury

    Bars

    With colourful decor, eclectic knick-knacks, plenty of potted plants and a bit of a Seventies vibe, Mary & Archie does laidback well – and it also does a mean Bloody Mary and some super-hot, super-cheap jalapeno quesadillas. We wouldn’t know anything about hangovers, but this might be the place to pick if you’re in West Didsbury with one.

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  • OKitchen Bar & Restaurant, Didsbury, Food Hero
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    OKitchen Bar & Restaurant

    Restaurant - Korean

    OKitchen Bar & Restaurant is a Korean restaurant, make no mistake about it.  It may describe itself as a Japanese and Korean restaurant but all the heart and soul (or should that be heart and Seoul?) is in the Korean side of the operation.

    The Korean dishes, however, are the best of bowl food. Hearty, warming, sometimes healthy, but generally delicious. Gang jung, bulgogi, kimchi – these are not timid flavours. So in both bang for your bite, and bang for your buck, OKitchen more than delivers.

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    Piccolino Didsbury

    Bars

    With its large alfresco terrace, complete with a fully retractable roof, Piccolino Didsbury is perfectly located for an Aperol Spritz in the sun or a full three-course meal inspired by the diverse cuisine from all of Italy’s regions.

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  • Vegan Pizza at Proove Pizza, Didsbury
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    Proove Pizza

    Restaurant - Italian

    Proove Pizza has proven itself to be a success which is fortunate because there’s no shortage of eateries slinging out Neapolitan pizzas from their disco ball of a wood-fired oven. It’s up there, flinging around its fior di latte and spreading its San Marzano tomatoes with the best of the authentic slow-proved pizza pack and even if it’s not numero uno, it’s definitely a contender.

    The interior is cool and sleek if a little lacking in character but the personality is all in the pizza. The bases are made with 00-grade Caputo flour and proved for 20 hours before being transformed into pure pizza pleasure.

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  • The Art of Tea, a cafe-bar and secondhand bookshop in Didsbury, Manchester.
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    The Art of Tea

    Cafes

    Independent coffee shop and bar The Art of Tea offers more than just good quality loose leaf tea. It’s situated adjacent to a lovingly curated, second-hand bookshop, and it’s easy to lose a few hours there between the pages of a Penguin Classic or hooked up to their wifi.

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  • A colourful selection of dishes at The Great Kathmandu - a long-established Nepalese restaurant in West Didsbury
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    The Great Kathmandu

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Founded in 1986 The Great Kathmandu is another Didsbury institution that the locals rave about. Not only the locals though, as it has been showered with awards too, including some from national newspapers, and it’s not unusual to spot Corrie stars tucking in to their authentic Nepalese cuisine.

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  • One of the meat dishes served at The Lime Tree in West Didsbury: a Confidential Guides recommended restaurant
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    The Lime Tree

    Restaurant - British

    The restaurant business is a fickle beast, so the fact that The Lime Tree has been going strong now for 30-odd years indicates that they must be doing something right. Their secret seems to be quietly and consistently providing the local community with a reliable, go-to quality dinner spot without paying too much attention to chasing trends (there isn’t a lot to please vegans on the menu, for example).

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  • The exterior the The Original Third Eye - a long-standing Indian and Nepalese restaurant in Didsbury
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    The Original Third Eye

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Long-standing Nepalese and Indian restaurant & takeaway serving up familiar favourites as well as some Nepalese specialities you might not have heard of. Ask the locals where to go for a decent Ruby Murray and Third Eye will invariably come up. You may even spot the odd celebrity in there, members of Take That have been known to frequent its tables. As well as Hollywood actress Eva Mendez… apparently.

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  • One of the brunch options served at Thyme Out - a licensed cafe in Didsbury, Manchester
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    Thyme Out

    Restaurant - European

    A stalwart of the Didsbury cafe scene, Thyme Out has been going strong since 2006. Locals rave about the brunch menu which, despite fierce competition from the wealth of other independent eateries in the area, manages to stand out.

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  • Enjoy an alfresco drink on Saison bar's pavement terrace on Burton Road in West Didsbury
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    Saison

    Bars

    Sister of Chorlton favourite Dulcimer, Saison is a cosy bar offering a wide range of craft beer and spirits. They have 16 taps and 40 odd bottles of beer on offer, including saisons, obviously, along with a well-stocked liquor cabinet boasting over 20 whiskeys as well as a range of artisan spirits.

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  • A colourful small plate served at Volta in Didsbury: a Confidential Guides' recommended restaurant
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    Volta

    Bars

    Volta is owned by Luke ‘Unabomber’ Cowdrey and Justin Crawford – the DJ-restauranteur duo behind Chorlton’s Electrik bar, the Electrik Chair club night, and Refuge by Volta in Manchester city centre’s Kimpton Clocktower Hotel. 

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  • Two bottles of red wine on display at Wine & Wallop, a wine bar in West Didsbury, Manchester
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    Wine & Wallop Didsbury

    Bars

    Conveniently located opposite West Didsbury Metrolink station, Wine & Wallop Didsbury is a cosy retreat where you can sample an interesting selection of wine, micro-brewed ales and cask ciders, accompanied by a light lunch or a few nibbles.

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