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3 Hands Deli


You might find it a bit of a task to locate Deansgate Mews if you aren’t au fait with the area, but located on the upper level of the Great Northern Warehouse between the Odeon cinema and Beetham Tower lies a small street making big waves.

Deansgate Mews is home to a small cluster of Manchester’s best independent businesses, vying to steal the thunder from the Northern Quarter. All are popular in their own right, but 3 Hands Deli is a cut above the rest.

From a tiny unit shared with the folks at Holy Grain Bakery (who supply some of the city’s favourite restaurants with their sourdough bakes) 3 Hands Deli offers speciality cheeses, unique charcuterie like rosemary lamb carpaccio and ever-changing but spectacular bakes by in-house pastry chef Siân Wilson.

The dine-in menu at the deli is small and seasonal, but a mainstay are the artisan toasties that fly out the door with hungry punters regularly lining the length of Deansgate Mews for their fix. A favourite is the Ham + Blue which stars juniper cured ham, pickled beets from Cinderwood Market Garden, burnt peach and smoked tomato chutney, tropea onion and Garstang Blue cheese.

Vegetarians could enjoy Cows Curd + Nightshades with zuni pickles, grilled courgette, nasturtium salsa verde and almond romesco.

The toasties are big, so if you only fancy a nibble you could try seasonal snacks which could include everyone’s favourite burrata, grilled courgettes or whipped smoked cod’s roe with some Holy Grain toast to spread it on.

Chef Julian Pizer (formerly of Cottonoplis and The Edinburgh Castle) has perfected the menu after a number of months and regularly uses foraged ingredients to create chutneys and ferments to use day to day in the deli.

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  • Great outdoor spot
  • Good value
  • Good for families
  • Good for vegetarians
3 Hands Deli, Deansgate, Manchester, UK
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