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What’s New: Food & Drink in Manchester

Holly Eliza Temple

The way we eat out and order food has changed a lot in the past year – but Manchester has got us covered, ensuring we can still have a great lunch, dinner, or late night out as the city opens back up for business. The past few months have seen new independent restaurants, cafes and venues appear from lockdown, and they’re only getting stronger as more of us get hungry for some good grub. Here’s a round-up of our favourite new spots for food and drink in the city centre.

 

Ramona

40 Swan Street, M4 5JG

A new sun trap at the edge of the formerly-industrial neighbourhood of Ancoats, Ramona has quickly gained a reputation for some of the best pizza in Manchester. Serving Detroit-style pizza made from scratch in the restaurant, bookings are highly recommended at this popular hang-out. Their double-fermented focaccia dough, fresh margaritas and sociable beer garden are just what we’ve all been missing.

 

Bada Bing

Ancoats General Store, 57 Great Ancoats Street, M4 5AB

A Sopranos-inspired sandwich deli? It’s something that you simply can’t live without once you’ve experienced it. Previously serving from an unassuming takeaway hatch in Ancoats, Bada Bing soon set up shop as a pop-up in the courtyard of The Refuge, and are now re-opening on 23rd July at Ancoats General Store. Serving up American-Italian inspired subs including ‘The Meatball Sub’, ‘The Richie Aprile Parmesan Sandweech’ or ‘The Bing’ (filled with three kinds of salami, pistachio mortadella, provolone and more), these soft and saucy sandwiches are more than a mouthful –– they’re also available for delivery right to your door with independents-only delivery service Foodstuff.

 

Lazy Tony’s Lasagneria

23 Radium Street, M4 6AY

Another Foodstuff favourite, Lazy Tony’s appeared hot out of the oven in April, serving slabs of lasagne and focaccia from their ‘Slab Shack’ in Ancoats. Their menu has since expanded, now offering mac ‘n’ cheese, mozzarella sticks and towering squares of tiramisu, available to pre-order from their website. The slab shack is only open Thursday-Sunday evenings, so plan your weekend right to make sure you don’t miss out.

 

Lost Cat

64 Oldham Street, M4 1LE

If you’ve learned anything so far, it should be that the humble sandwich is getting a makeover. Lost Cat is a new neighbourhood bar in the city’s Northern Quarter, offering all day cocktails and sandwiches –– open from midday until late. Bacon bagel at 10pm? It’s all possible here. Lost Cat’s stylish interior is spread over two floors with a bonus outdoor terrace, and shares its space with The Bud and Pot florist for fresh bouquets and plants. This might just be one of the most Instagram-able venues in the city, but we’ll leave it up to you for the verdict.

 

Birria Brothers

The Koffee Pot, 84-86 Oldham Street, M4 1LE

Manchester’s ‘first birria taco bar’ Birria Brothers have also set up camp on Oldham Street, inside The Koffee Pot –– serving up tacos and frozen margaritas Thursday-Saturday at the popular brunch spot. Birria is a Mexican dish made by marinating meat in dried chillies, herbs and spices before being cooked in a stew. Biria Brothers have added a contemporary twist to this classic dish, slow-roasting marinated pork shoulder or lamb shank in tacos and flatbreads. Don’t worry veggies –– there are vegetarian options too, as well as loaded fries and ice-cold beer and cocktails to sip in the Birria beer garden. For now, the taco bar is a pop-up only, but keep an eye out for a permanent restaurant soon!

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