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The Most Inventive Restaurants in the North West

5 years ago

Looking for something different, something quirky, something a bit off-piste? We’ve got you. From ‘sequences’ (not ‘courses’, that’s too establishment) of plankton pomada to crisped fermented turnip and Kentucky fried potato… if you’re looking for rump n chips you ain’t gonna find it here… unless you want it desiccated and served in a submarine.

Here’s a few of our favourite boundary-pushing restaurants from across the North West and a bit into Yorkshire. Prepare to be amazed… and baffled.

  • The striking interior of The Man Behind the Curtain - Michael O'Hare's Michelin star restaurant in Leeds
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    The Man Behind the Curtain

    Restaurant - Modern British

    New look, same, wild styling from the Michelin-starred, glam rock loving chef. In 2018, chef-patron Michael O’Hare upped sticks from the Flannels department store attic where he made his name with The Man Behind the Curtain and moved into the basement of the same building.

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  • Eel as served at Jöro - the Nordic-inspired, acclaimed restaurant in Sheffield.
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    Restaurant - Scandi

    Offering Nordic-inspired fine dining inside a shipping container, Jöro has secured accolades galore, including a clutch of AA Rosettes and Michelin Bib Gourmand.

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  • A dish served at Roski restaurant in Liverpool from MasterChef winner Anton Piotrowski
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    Restaurant - Modern British

    Roski is a wild child of a restaurant from MasterChef: The Professionals winner Anton Piotrowski.

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  • Pumpkin pie at Where The Light Gets In

    Where the Light Gets In

    Restaurant - Modern British

    With no menu and esoteric wines, Where the Light Gets In doesn’t adhere to the typical fine-dining formula. But it’s been a success for Stockport, thanks to chef-patron Sam Buckley’s belief in doing things his own way.

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  • Wakame and apple cream, pine nut, oscietra and oyster flower from the garden from Fraiche
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    Restaurant - Modern British

    Merseyside’s fine-dining star, the tiny Fraiche restaurant is home to an artist behind the pass. Having been rated as a ‘rising star’ by the Michelin guide in 2006 and 2007, the restaurant finally secured the real thing in 2009 and Francophile Marc Wilkinson has since upheld it with ease.

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  • One of the dishes served at Vice & Virtue: A Confidential Guides recommended restaurant in Leeds city centre
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    Vice & Virtue


    At Vice & Virtue, cocktails are a savvy delight, the tasting menus are a sprightly revelation – and it would be a sin not to appreciate both.

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