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Where to eat in September

1 year ago

From cocktails in Ancoats to cauliflower on the KAMPUS terrace, join us at some of our favourite spots for dining and drinking this month.

It doesn’t get much cooler than Manchester at the moment, and believe us when we say that keeping up with new openings is no mean feat. That said, there are some real gems in the city centre right now as well as some special spots out of town that are really turning heads.

Squeeze in some last-minute rays on the terrace at The Beeswing, give the fiery food at new opening Neon Tiger a try, and make the most of the beginning of oyster season (generally speaking, any month with an ‘r’ in it) at Street Urchin.

Speaking of trying something new, why not check out the new Independent’s Day Supper Clubs from Manchester Confidential? This month, Neon Tiger and Another Hand are bringing exciting seasonal menus exclusively to Confidentials readers.

  • The Alan Breakfast
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    The Alan

    Bars

    With its neutral hues and natural foliage, stripped-back bricks and leather booths, The Alan is a tranquil space in which to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner – the open-plan kitchen serves all day from first thing till late evening – or indeed coffee and cocktails in the bar.

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    The Beeswing

    Bars

    The Beeswing is named after a tartrate sheen which forms on the surface of port and some other wines that have been hanging around for a while, also seamlessly encompassing Manchester’s famous worker bee emblem. Wines are carefully chosen by Anna with a combination of natural and conventional bottles on offer that changes regularly.

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  • The kids menu at The Black Friar - a family-friendly restaurant in Manchester.
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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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  • Ancoats

    The Firehouse

    Bars

    Found in the former E & A Auto Services garage depot on Swan Street, Firehouse is the sister restaurant to Ramona’s Detroit-style pizzeria. Promoting “Wild. Slow. Days.” the Firehouse is part restaurant, part bar and part performance venue where tables are available to book for dinner and “after dark drinking”. The space is open and airy with a real laid-back feel. White shutters, bleached brick and glitter balls hanging from the high ceiling complete the chilled out party ambience.

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  • Cocktail served at the Jane Eyre in Manchester
    Ancoats

    The Jane Eyre

    Bars

    The Jane Eyre is a self-styled ‘neighbourhood bar’ offering seasonal food, classic cocktails and local beers. Presided over by Eyre siblings Jonny and Joe, it is, mildly disappointingly, not a Gothic homage to the Yorkshire based tragic-heroine but actually named after their late mum. 

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    Maray Manchester

    Restaurant - Middle Eastern

    Maray Manchester is the fourth of its kind, but the first to sprout outside of Liverpool. Inspired by Le Marais quarter in Paris, where founders Tom, Dom and James tried “some of the best falafel in the world” on the streets of Rue Des Rosiers.

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  • Fish dish at Street Urchin
    Ancoats

    Street Urchin

    Restaurant - Modern British

    For Street Urchin, think less about raggedy kids hanging about Victorian mills (although it is on the edge of Ancoats) and more about seafood delicacies. Fish is plentiful on the menu at this English market diner, although meat gets a look-in too.

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    Yum Cha Manchester

    Restaurant - Chinese

    “Dim sum, roast meats and big plates” promises purpose-built Kampus gaff Yum Cha’s bespoke Insta-friendly neon sign – but there are small plates too, perfect for group sharing, and loads to tempt the veggies and vegans of the party: this menu is sizeable without being scary.

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