Manchester’s bars and restaurants keep going from strength to strength, as evidenced by this week’s Food and Drink Awards (more on that below) and there are plenty of new places that will hope to be noticed by next year’s awards, too.

The big winners at the Manchester Food and Drink Awards
Monday night (8 Oct) saw the Manchester Food and Drink Festival host their annual food and drink awards celebrating the best of Manchester’s food and drink scene. Mary Ellen McTague’s The Creameries won best newcomer, perennial favourite, Port Street Beer House, won Best Bar and Northenden got a gong with Mi and Pho scooping Best Affordable Eat.
Read more about the festival winners here.

Now open: South African Cuisine at Chakalaka cafe in the NQ
The former site of Oldham Street’s punnable piercing parlour, Holier Than Thou, has gone through a quick change and become South African cafe Chakalaka. Northern Quarter regulars will be able to experience South African delicacies such as Roosetrkoek (bread balls) and Wors (South African sausage).
Now open, Chakalaka, 05a Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LW. Tel: 0161 258 5188,

Artisan and Manchester House restaurant and Bar enter administration
Artisan and Manchester House Bar and Restaurant have entered administration. A statement from the parent company, Living Ventures, released on Tuesday 9 October, notes that ‘those with reservations at Artisan and Manchester House Bar and Restaurant will be contacted and offered alternative options at one of the other restaurants in the Group. Gift cards issued by Artisan or Manchester House Bar and Restaurant will be redeemable at Australasia Restaurant until March 31st, 2019.’ The closures only affect Artisan and Manchester House; Living Venture’s other outlets such as Australasia and Grand Pacific, continue trading as normal.

Chocolate news: Cocoa Cabana to open in Ancoats
Didsbury chocolate favourite, Cocoa Cabana,  join Ancoats plethora of food and drink ventures in November. The drinks menu will be supplied by Manchester Gin and will include a chocolate martini.
Opening soon, Cocoa Cabana, Sawmill Court, Ancoats,

New Italian: Altrincham favourite Tre Ciccio opening two new sites
Altrincham’s emergence as a foodie destination has led to many of its ventures heading further afield and Tre Ciccio are the latest to find new areas to expand into. Bramhall and Ramsbottom will be the areas benefiting from the Italian restaurant’s growth. Bramhall will open in November whilst the Ramsbottom site is scheduled for early next year. Plans for a Knutsford location later in 2019 are also mooted.
Tre Ciccio, 26 Bramhall Lane South, Bramhall, Stockport SK7 1AF, 0161 439 8080,

Now open: Fika in the Northern Quarter
The old location of The Bakerie on Lever Street has gained a new occupant in the shape of Fika, which opened earlier this week. The Scandinavian inspired bar, part of the same group as Lost in Tokyo, promises to make a place to ‘make time for friends’. As well as much exposed wood and warm colours.
Now open, Fika, 43-45 Lever St, Manchester M1 1FN,

New: Masterchef Ping Coombes opens Pan-Asian deli in Selfridges
The Trafford Centre Selfridges has welcomed a new pan-asian deli from Masterchef champion Ping Coombes. Open for lunch and dinner, the deli will offer food from around South-East Asia including Malaysian Chicken Curry, Korean Hot Wings, and Vietnamese King Prawn Rolls
Ping’s Pan Asian Deli Counter, Selfridges Foodhall, Upper Floor, The Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8DA, follow @pingpanasian for up to date info.

Tue 9 Oct - Mon 5 Nov
Joe Daly
Published on:
Tue 9 Oct 2018