12 great wine places in and around Manchester
It was time to venture out into the rest of the UK and we’ve kicked off by checking out good wine places in and around Manchester, in the friendly and formerly industrial North. London will always dwarf other UK cities but as it gets ever more expensive and competitive to sustain a business there it’s not uncommon to see homegrown talent choose to opt-out and open in smaller, more accessible cities and towns or the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Manchester has long had a reputation for music and football (and rain!) but a burgeoning restaurant and bar scene with quality at the fore – the city’s just gained their first Michelin star – have given it just as bright a future for food and wine as well. Cheers!
Phone: +44 161 477 5744
Address: 7 Rostron Brow, Stockport
Housed on the first floor of a former coffee warehouse in Stockport Old Town, just outside Manchester, Where The Light Gets In is a special and unique experience. With only 30 seats and an intimate open plan space with the kitchen team as much part of the evening as anyone else (or lunch on Saturdays). As many ingredients as possible come from their farm and as such it's a set tasting menu only. Nature, sustainability and organic nourishment are key, with a light and hyper seasonal Nordic (or perhaps Northern?) slant.
Phone: +44 161 312 8328
Address: 406 Wilbraham Road, Manchester
The Creameries is a low key but high quality neighbourhood restaurant, wine bar and shop in the bohemian quarter of Chorlton, Manchester. Set in a former Edwardian dairy, the restaurant serves ethically sourced seasonal set menus for lunch and dinner. The wine bar (open evenings only) has snacks and an extensive list of low intervention producers, and also host regular tastings and meet the winemaker events.
Phone: +44 161 235 4780
Address: 16 Peter Street, Manchester
Adam Reid at The French is the flagship restaurant of the historic grade ll listed Midland Hotel in central Manchester. He took over as chef-patron in 2016 following Simon Rogan's departure. Just like the rest of the hotel the interior of The French is pretty grand and classical - high ceilings, plush sweeping banquettes and old school elegance. The food is contemporary and seasonal fine British dining using top ingredients. There’s a choice of tasting menus and wine pairings.
Phone: +44 161 660 7177
Address: 30-32, Thomas Street, Manchester
Wolf at The Door is a relaxed three floor neighbourhood restaurant and bar with tables and counter dining in the lively, youthful Northern Quarter. The menu is a clear single page of small and large sharing plates, three sides and two desserts. It’s seasonal, new British cooking, elevated with some cheffy techniques, clearly inspired by the great outdoors. Dishes are cooked over coal on their custom made grill for maximum flavour and plated with skill and creativity. With an eye on lifestyle, travel and good times as much as food and flavour they have a record shop and café over the road and ‘...
Phone: +44 161 392 7294
Address: 42 Blossom Street, Manchester
Mana opened in 2018 and received Manchester’s first Michelin star just a year later. A multi-course tasting menu is the only option for lunch and dinner with wine pairings available alongside their wine list. The interior is pared-back luxe, and the never-ending stream of small dishes are ambitious and creative using hyper seasonal ingredients and inspiration drawn from the natural world. Mana, along with a handful of other places in the city, represents an exciting new era for Manchester dining, putting the city firmly on the quality map.
Phone: +44 1614703901
Address: 4 Norfolk Street, Manchester
The Bull & Bear in the new Stock Exchange Hotel in central Manchester – an upscale 40 bedroom hotel set in the former home of the Manchester Stock Exchange. The restaurant is on the old trading floor under a magnificent domed ceiling, with open kitchen and big sweeping booths. There’s also private dining options and event spaces The Bank and the Vault. The menu is refined, classic British comfort food, and presented in a flexible format of smaller and larger, hot and cold dishes to encourage sharing and feasting.
Phone: +44 161 826 3008
Address: 9 Murray Street, Manchester
Erst is a natural wine bar and restaurant in the Ancoats, a historical and recently regenerated area of Manchester now filling up with independent businesses and trendy places to eat and drink. The interior is stylishly pared back – clean lines, a brushed steel bar plenty of wood. A series of simple but flavourful European small plates and wine friendly snacks – oysters, salami, anchovies and grilled flatbreads – are on the menu.
Phone: +44 161 836 6980
Address: 184-186 Deansgate, Manchester
The Manchester outpost of the hugely successful British steakhouse Hawksmoor is located in a former Victorian Courthouse in the heart of the city. The interior is true to the building using lots of reclaimed features from the era - parquet flooring (from another courthouse in fact), wood panelling, classic leather banquettes and glazed bricks from a public lavatory in Liverpool – which they promise have been well cleaned! Food and drinks are consistently excellent, sourcing ethically reared cattle from small British farm along with sustainable seafood from around the British coast. There are...
Phone: +44 1695 572511
Address: Moor Hall, Prescot Road, Aughton, Ormskirk
German Wine List of the Year UK, presented by Wines of Germany 2021
Moor Hall is a luxurious grade II listed restaurant with rooms, with a history dating back to the 13th century. Since being transformed in 2015 by the present owners they’ve received rave reviews and a coveted two Michelin stars. As well as the main restaurant they have private dining and a ‘kitchen experience’. The uber talented chef is ex-L’Enclume (another two star) and El Celler de Can Roca. The cuisine is new British - delicate and produce driven, presented in exceptional and natural surroundings. It’s all tasting menus, either four or eight courses at lunch, eight only for dinner and win...
Phone: +44 1422 832103
Address: Moor Bottom Lane, Sowerby Bridge
The Moorcock Inn is a restaurant and country pub nestled at the bottom of 250 acres of active moorland in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire. All the kitchen produce is from Yorkshire, with fruits, veg, wild mushrooms and game specifically their own organic plot, and cooked over fire. The restaurant section is small so to avoid waste they only offer a tasting menu. The pub is more relaxed - a traditional English Freehouse with oak beams, wood burning fires, a separate à la carte menu and no reservations.
Phone: +44 1484 425157
Address: 2 Viaduct Street, Huddersfield
Kwas is a small, friendly wine shop and bar in the Huddersfield, nestled under the railway arches on Viaduct Street a few hundred yards from the station. Everything they serve is vegan – the wines, the snacks and the organic sourdough from a local bakery. Run by partners Ola and Dunk, Kwas also hosts regular gigs, tastings and art events.
Phone: +44 114 299 1539
Address: 0.2-0.5 Krynkl, 294 Shalesmoor, Sheffield
Jöro is a husband and wife run 12 table restaurant in a re-purposed shipping container in the new Krynkl development on Kelham Island, a man-made island dating back to the 1100’s and one of the Sheffield’s oldest manufacturing sites. It’s all rather fitting to have a steel building in the heart of the old industrial quarter of the steel (and cutlery) city. The word Jöro means ‘earth’ in old Norse and the restaurant is strongly influenced by nature despite their urban setting. Ingredients for their small plates and tasting menus are native and hyper seasonal.