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Race day eats: Where to refuel after the Great Manchester Run

9 months ago

There’s no hunger like a post-run hunger. Luckily there are few better places to be when you want good food, and sharpish, than the Deansgate finish line for the Manchester 10k.

If you want to stay on your healthy streak, we suggest Tampopo or Pho in the Corn Exchange. They both specialise in carbs plus protein plus greens (or as they call it, noodle soup). A bowl of this wonder broth has everything you need to get your body back in balance after a big run.

Or do you want to celebrate your achievement with a sweet treat? Then may we direct you towards the syrup-soaked stack of buttermilk pancakes with crispy bacon at The Blues Kitchen? Or you could take the middle way: satisfying, nourishing and tasty as hell. Comptoir Libanais‘s gorgeous take on Lebanese food will see you right there.

We’ve more ideas for places to eat after the Great Manchester Run below. Or use the search box to explore all your options.

  • The private dining room at The Blues Kitchen
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    The Blues Kitchen Manchester

    Bars

    The Blues Kitchen Manchester is the first opening outside the capital for Columbo Group, which also owns the Jazz Cafe chain. And while we always enjoy treating cut-and-paste transplants from London with a healthy dose of scepticism, this one serves Manchester’s food (and music) scene well.

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  • Comptoir Libanais Spinningfields Manchester Bar Seating
    Spinningfields

    Comptoir Libanais

    Restaurant - Middle Eastern

    Comptoir Libanais serves up the bold flavours of Lebanon, its fresh and healthy plates providing much to tempt those following plant-based and gluten-free lifestyles. Non-vegetarians needn’t be shy, either, with grilled meats a well-spiced speciality in themselves. 

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  • Bruschetta at El Rincon de Rafa, a Spanish restaurant in Manchester
    Manchester City Centre

    El Rincon de Rafa

    Restaurant - Spanish

    This Manchester institution was a much-respected destination for Spanish food long before tapas became a common sight in the city centre.

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  • The almond milk porridge served at Ezra & Gil Peter Street - a coffee shop and brunch place in Manchester city centre.
    Manchester City Centre

    Ezra and Gil Peter Street

    Restaurant - Coffee

    The opening of Ezra & Gil Peter Street in 2021 was greeted with glee by brunch and coffee hunters this side of the city centre. Like their NQ venue, this new place is well-run and well-thought out, with a menu that suits weekend loungers and grab-and-go office workers. 

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  • Outside HOME in Manchester city centre
    Manchester City Centre

    HOME

    Arts Venues

    With five cinemas, two theatres, a bookshop, and over 500 sqm of gallery space, HOME is one of Manchester’s biggest and most dynamic arts venues. 

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  • Manahatta Manchester New York Taxi
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    Manahatta Manchester

    Bars

    Manahatta is a New York-inspired cocktail bar on Deansgate. It’s well known for its party atmosphere, great drinks and bottomless brunches. The food menu focuses on American classics like burgers, dogs and BBQ chicken as well as healthier options like the superfood burger and the lean green powerbowl.

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  • My Thai Restaurant John Dalton Street Manchester
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    My Thai Manchester John Dalton Street

    Restaurant - Thai

    The clue’s in the name and My Thai serves up dishes inspired by the street food markets of Bangkok – as bright and vibrant as the bunting-adorned decor in Manchester’s original “shack”, the first after the small chain branched out from Leeds, York and Bradford.

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    Pho | Corn Exchange

    Restaurant - Vietnamese

    As you might expect from the name, Vietnam’s national dish pho (pronounced “fuh”) is at the heart of the menu here. Just shy of 20 versions of the nutritious and aromatic noodle soup are cooked fresh daily in the Corn Exchange kitchen.

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    The Real Greek | Corn Exchange

    Restaurant - Mediterranean

    One of two The Real Greek restaurants in Manchester (the other is at the Trafford Centre), The Corn Exchange venue brings Greek and Mediterranean cuisine to the city centre – from the same company that brought Franco Manca pizzas to the north.

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  • Exterior view of Rosa's Thai Cafe on Deansgate
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    Rosa’s Thai Cafe Manchester

    Restaurant - Thai

    Starting out in a no-frills East End caff already called Rosa’s, Khao Kho-born Saiphin dished up authentic Thai flavours with a friendly smile to create a relaxed atmosphere, which now extends nationwide. While it’s suggested that Rosa’s food is best enjoyed as a Thai-style meal where dishes are shared, no one will mind if you order just for yourself.

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  • Pad Krapow Khai at Tampopo Thai Restaurant Manchester Corn Exchange
    Manchester City Centre

    Tampopo | Corn Exchange

    Restaurant - Pan Asian

    The second of their city centre venues, Tampopo Manchester Corn Exchange has the same wok-fresh East Asian menu as its older sister on Albert Square, but with a bigger, more style-led setting. Think statement lighting and tiles, splashes of bright colour, and low-lit individual tables instead of the shared bench seating of the original.

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