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Suburban stars: 25 top neighbourhood restaurants near Manchester

4 weeks ago

Manchester has its fair share of trail-blazing restaurants and innovative menus but there’s plenty of culinary action in the suburbs too. Gone are the days where staying local meant a chicken tikka masala or a pizza. Now you can find some of the best tapas in Manchester, beautiful Instagram junk food, and plump little dumplings and bao buns – all just a hop, skip and a jump away from your own front door.

Discover the gastronomic potential in your postcode area and see which recommended neighbourhood restaurants are closest to you.

  • A burger at Almost Famous Withington
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    Almost Famous Withington

    Restaurant

    Almost Famous is a legend in its own lunchtime. Manchester’s original purveyor of OTT stacked dirty burgers and in-your-face attitude has now opened a fifth outpost in Withington.

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  • Beech Road's Bar San Juan is a Chorlton favourite for Spanish food and sangria
    Chorlton

    Bar San Juan

    Bars

    Beech Road’s Bar San Juan is almost always bursting at the seams with customers. This unassuming little tapas bar is one of those hidden gems of almost cult-like status that locals just love to recommend. Rightly so.

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  • Grilled prawns with chilli, lime & coconut sauce at The Burbs restaurant in Heaton Moor
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    The ‘Burbs

    Restaurant

    The ‘Burbs is exactly the sort of informal neighbourhood spot you want round the corner from your house.

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  • Book Now Levenshulme

    Cibus

    Bars

    Once a stall at Levy Market, then a pop-up pizzeria above Fred’s Ale House, Cibus took baby steps to get to where it is today – a fully-fledged and much-praised Italian restaurant and bar on Levenshulme high street.

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  • Marple

    Fold Bistro & Bottle Shop

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Fold Bistro and Bottle Shop is a new addition to the foodie scene in Marple Bridge, and has already gained a reputation as a must-visit spot in the town.

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  • Levenshulme

    Gaijin Dumpling House

    Restaurant - Chinese

    Gaijin Dumpling House is a hidden gem in the heart of Levenshulme’s main strip, serving authentic halal-friendly East Asian dishes.

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  • Hale

    GupShup

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    GupShup serves food from across India in a setting of laid-back luxury; this is Hale, after all. The menu is relatively small for an Indian restaurant, but it focuses on serving up a taste of the whole country, from the Himalayan Foothills to the Great Trunk Road, and getting the flavours spot on. Quality not quantity. In amongst mentions of Rajasthan and Lucknow, you’ll find Delchester noted as the origin of an excellent tikka pie. It’s a great cross-cultural dish and guaranteed to raise a smile.

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  • The team responsible for the street food magic served at Indian Tiffin Room Cheadle
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    Indian Tiffin Room Cheadle

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Indian Tiffin Room Cheadle was one of the first local places to step away from the typical menu of the average flock wallpapered curry house and focus instead on Indian street food.

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  • The exterior of Isca in Levenshulme, which specialises in natural wines and organic food
    Levenshulme

    Isca

    Bottle Shop

    Isca is a natural wine bar and shop on an unassuming street in Levenshulme, brought to you by Caroline Dubois (sommelier at Where The Light Gets In) and Isobel Jenkins (Seasons Eatings supper club).

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  • The outside of The Jane Eyre Chorlton is full of character, making it the perfect neighbourhood bar and restaurant
    Chorlton

    The Jane Eyre Chorlton

    Bars

    The Jane Eyre Chorlton is a neighbourhood restaurant and cocktail bar on Beech Road, Chorlton’s most charming street. This offshoot of the Ancoats original has fitted in nicely to its location which has been home to some of Chorlton’s best restaurants over the years – and a few short-lived mistakes. The Jane Eyre is definitely in the former camp.

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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

    Restaurant - 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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  • 12pcs Mixed Sushi at Kyotoya Manchester
    Withington

    Kyotoya

    Restaurant - Japanese

    Forget gimmicks like conveyor belts and colour-coded plates, miniature plastic fish filled with soy sauce and California rolls – if it’s authentic sushi and high-quality Japanese food you crave, you need to head to Withington and the family-run Kyotoya restaurant.

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  • Denton

    Ornella’s Kitchen

    Restaurant - Italian

    Ornella’s Kitchen is owned and operated by Ornella Cancila, who was born in Castel Di Tusa on Sicily’s north coast and later moved to Bologna at the age of 19. With her extensive experience and deep roots in traditional Italian cooking, Ornella has created a menu that truly captures the essence of Italian cuisine.

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  • OSMA Kitchen Prestwich Manchester
    Prestwich

    OSMA

    Bars

    OSMA is a clever contraction of Oslo and Manchester, the home cities of its two owners. However this portmanteau is even more well-travelled than that. Ingredients are local, lunches are Scandinavian and evening meals are an ever-changing roster of small plates from further afield.

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  • Crispy Duck and Pancakes, Pacifica Cantonese Restaurant
    Eccles

    Pacifica Cantonese

    Restaurant - Chinese

    Pacifica Cantonese in Eccles is an old-school Chinese restaurant with lurid neon signage. It’s not trying to be slavishly authentic but it is fun: a real crowd-pleaser of a place with sticky sweet sauces, crispy duck and pancakes and all the other trappings of a popular Chinese restaurant.

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  • Dining at Pendergast's Steakhouse, Warrington
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    Pendergast’s Steakhouse

    Restaurant - British

    Pendergast’s Steakhouse offers a less butch take on the traditional macho steakhouse. There are standout cuts of beef but you’ll also find small plates, seafood and lighter mains as well as carefully-thought out dishes for vegetarians and vegans.

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  • Sale

    Petisco

    Restaurant

    Translating into “snack”, Petisco (pronounced “pe-tea-sh-co”) is much more than a bowl of nuts, serving up a variety of small plates inspired by the casual neighbourhood eateries of Portugal.

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  • Book Now Didsbury

    Piccolino Didsbury

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

    Porta Altrincham

    Restaurant - 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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  • Pea and ricotta spring roll from Restaurant Orme in Urmston, Greater Manchester
    Urmston

    Restaurant Orme

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Restaurant Örme is a quaint fine dining restaurant that seats 24 guests, situated on an inconspicuous street in Urmston. But, despite its small and humble stature, this is a restaurant that means business.

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  • San Carlo Fiorentina, Charcuterie Platter
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    San Carlo Fiorentina

    Bars

    San Carlo Fiorentina (what the Italians call Florence) specialises in the meat dishes of Tuscany, grilled over charcoal, particularly steak, and also fresh fish and seafood.

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  • Stretford

    Stretford Canteen

    Restaurant - French

    Stretford Canteen, on Chester Road at the front of Stretford Mall, is a beloved local restaurant known for its classic French and traditional British cuisine.

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

    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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  • Vietnamese food from Viet Guy, a family-run Vietnamese restaurant in Northenden, Greater Manchester.
    Northenden

    Viet Guy Northenden

    Restaurant - Vietnamese

    Fans of Vietnamese food are advised to travel to Northenden to check out local favourite Viet Guy. This family-run independent is proof that you don’t need a city centre patch and a big marketing budget to create a buzz about your restaurant. Fantastic food, fair prices, and consistency work just as well. 

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  • A dish served at Owen's Kitchen and Bar in Urmston, Trafford.
    Urmston

    Owen’s Kitchen and Bar

    Bars

    2023 new opening Owen’s Kitchen and Bar has fast become part of the furniture in Urmston, almost like it was always there.  

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