The Variety of Restaurants Spinningfields Has to Offer
Spinningfields - an area of Manchester city centre - is often described as the “Canary Wharf of the North” due to its high proportion of commercial offices and its position as Manchester’s financial centre.
But it’s certainly not all work and no play for the Spinnigfields folk, there’s a huge number of restaurants in the area too, catering for a wide variety of tastes.
Many of the usual chains can be found there including: Cafe Rouge, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Giraffe, Nando’s, Wagamama and Zizzi. Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of chains though, there are plenty of independent restaurants too.
Manchester’s first American BBQ restaurant Southern Eleven opened in 2010 and despite growing competition from elsewhere in the city has recently reopened after a big refurbishment and extension. While sister restaurant Neighbourhood has brought a piece of New York to Manchester with their ‘casual fine dining eatery and bar’ inspired by Manhattan’s definitive neighbourhoods.
The Living Ventures restaurant group have an even bigger presence in Spinningfields; there’s popular pub The Oast House providing real ales, cocktails from the Alchemist and food from three of their restaurants; Artisan, Australasia and Manchester House. The latter headed up by celebrity chef Aiden Byrne and offering some of the finest food around along with stunning views from the 12th floor lounge.
Other restaurant options in the area include Dogs ’N’ Dough where you’ll find gourmet hotdogs and pizzas, Thai restaurant Thaikun and Wahu who offer ‘design your own meals’ from a variety of healthy ingredients. There are yet more restaurants coming as well, the most exciting Ibérica, a high end Spanish tapas restaurant from London whose head chef Nacho Manzano holds three Michelin stars.
Pop Up Restaurants
Seasonal popups include The Lawn Club with its garden terrace and retractable roof, perfect for the unpredictable British summer. Its doors open onto the ‘Screenfields’ lawn – an outdoor cinema showing a variety of cult movies as well as popular sporting events. Before The Lawn Club arrived the same space was occupied by Hibernate, a cosy log cabin with real fires and excellent cocktails which itself replaced the much more summery In Bloom.
Although Spinningfields has many restaurants to choose from, some of the best food can actually be found on the street! Street food favourite Mumma Schnitzel serves top quality chicken schnitzel burgers amongst other interesting dishes out of their vintage Citroen van in Hardman Square.
Whether you’re looking for casual dining, fine dining, street food or just something to drink there’s a good chance you’ll find it in Spinningfields.
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Shaun is a self-confessed food geek. He thinks about food most of the day and may be addicted to dining out. In the couple of years that he’s been writing about his experiences he’s reviewed over 150 restaurants, the majority of which are in Manchester and the North West area. But his ever growing list of places to visit is just as long.