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

2 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 on Albert Square or Rosa’s Thai Cafe on Deansgate itself. 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 treat? Then may we direct you towards the Triple Nom 2.0 double cheeseburger at Almost Famous Great Northern? 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.

  • Bottomless brunch at Almost Famous
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    Almost Famous Great Northern

    Restaurant - American

    Almost Famous Manchester Great Northern is a local legend. It’s OTT in every way. It’s brash, bold and doesn’t seem to care about pissing people off. None of that attention-grabbing means a thing if the burgers aren’t worth the hype. But they are. Almost Famous is the original dirty burger guru and it is by far the best.

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    Atlas Bar

    Bars

    Atlas Bar is known as one of the originals of Manchester’s modern cafe-bar scene. And for its extensive collection of gins – over 570 varieties and counting.

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    The Black Friar

    Pubs

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

    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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    Evuna Manchester Deansgate

    Bottle Shop

    October 2003 saw the first of the four Evunas open, grabbing a prime position on Deansgate and a reputation for being a go-to place for Spanish cuisine. Plenty of exposed brick, wine-lined walls and low, dark lighting all add to the atmosphere, perfect for cosying up over those authentic small plates.

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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

    Cafes

    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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  • Sunday lunch at Founder's Hall on Albert Square, Manchester city centre.
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    Founder’s Hall

    Pubs

    Founder’s Hall is a smartly-refurbished pub with an enviable position on Albert Square. It serves up comforting pub food and a vast range of beers.

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    The Fountain House

    Pubs

    The Fountain House is the newest lodger of the Gothic-arched Memorial Hall sitting one corner of Albert Square, and its modern old-fashioned surrounds and plentiful portions of proper pub grub – mostly British but with a little European inspiration – do the imposing building proud.

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  • Outside HOME in Manchester city centre
    Manchester City Centre

    HOME

    Cinemas

    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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    Malmaison Deansgate Bar & Grill

    Restaurant

    Malmaison Deansgate Bar & Grill is a confident operation with prime grass-fed British beef and popular classics. The menu veers towards traditional rather than adventurous but great wines and well-aged, matured steaks mean that doesn’t matter. When you’re serving juicy marbled rib eye that everyone loves, what is there to complain about?

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  • Exterior view of Rosa's Thai Cafe on Deansgate
    Spinningfields

    Rosa’s Thai Cafe Manchester

    Cafes

    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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  • Lamb Laziz at Zouk, Manchester
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    Zouk

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Zouk specialises in ‘apna’ – home-style cooking shot through with colour and heat from the spices and herbs. In recent years it has incorporated elements of global street food to its menu (Lahori wagyu sliders for example) but the main focus is still the authentic Indian and Pakistani cooking that made Zouk a success.

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  • Lamb rump with potato rosti and broad beans served at 10 Tib Lane, a French restaurant in Manchester city centre.
    Manchester City Centre

    10 Tib Lane

    Bars

    10 Tib Lane is one of the brave new openings of summer 2021; a time when securing staff and supplies, never mind diners, is an ongoing challenge for everyone. 

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  • Cocktail served at Three Little Words
    Manchester City Centre

    Three Little Words

    Bars

    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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