There’s plenty to do around Manchester this July, and plenty of things to eat whilst doing it. Whether you’re going to be hot footing it around MiF for two weeks or just enjoying the sunshine with some drinks and food, we’ve got just the thing to keep your pennies in check. There’s lunch deals at erst and The Refuge amongst others, whilst there are special events at Tampopo and 57 Thomas Street and even a launch offer of 50% off at the new El Camino restaurant.

El Camino until Jul 7
Newbie restaurant Cotton Factory at Whitworth Locke has a novel concept of inviting a different street food vendor to take over their space for three months at a time and to welcome their first inhabitant, El Camino, they’re offering a half-price deal. If booked in advance diners can get 50% off the menu at the Mexican pop-up restaurant until Jul 7. Offer is available all day from 12pm.
Until 7 Jul, El Camino, Cotton Factory at Whitworth Locke, 74 Princess St, Manchester M1 6JD,

erst lunch for £10
The latest venture from Levenhulme’s finest bakers, Trove, has a special lunchtime offer. Everyday from 1pm-4pm you can get a steak with anchovy dressing or beetroot flatbread with a glass of wine for a crisp £10 note from their Ancoats restaurant, erst. With their sibling Trove being known for their bread and baked goods, you can be sure that their flatbread is going to be more than enough for a midday pick me up. Beer also available if you don’t fancy a wine.
10-4pm, Wed-Sun, erst., 9 Murray St, Manchester M4 5BN,

Canto – 3 for £15
If the sun has put you in the mood for a European break but you can’t quite make it, then Canto can bring a small bit of Portugal to you and, if you head there before 7pm, it won’t break the bank either. For £15 you can get 3 dishes from their main menu including options such as cod pil pil, aubergine flatbread, and a good chunk of others. On a Sunday the offer is available all day.
Wed-Sat 12-7pm, Sun All Day, Canto, Cutting Room Square, Blossom St, Manchester M4 5DH,

Sugo Lunch For £15
Every Friday at Sugo is lunch time. For £15 diners can get their share of the much heralded pasta in either Altrincham or Ancoats with a choice of soft drink, beer, or wine as well as a coffee to keep you pepped for the rest of the day. Options include the beef shin (for a £2 supplement) and Orecchiette ‘pomodoro’ with burrata. Available from midday. If you’re fancying some pasta later in the day you can get 2 Aperol Spritzes, 3 starters and bread and olives for just £30 between 5-6pm during the week.
Every Friday, Sugo Pasta Kitchen, Blossom St, Manchester M4 6BA,

La Boca – Free Pincos
Back Turner Street’s newest resident, La Boca, is a little tucked away slice of Spain in the Northern Quarter. Just like traditional Spanish bars, you can indulge in a rotating selection of pincos with every wine in the middle of the week. The cleverly titled Wine Wednesdays gets you a free pincos with every glass. No booking or codes required, just order a wine and await your snacks.
Every Wednesday, La Boca, 14 Turner Street, M4 1DZ,

Tampopo Taste Tour of Thailand
All three of Tampopo’s Manchester restaurants are getting in on their taste tour of Thailand this month. Their venues at Corn Exchange, the Trafford Centre and Albert Square are offering 7 dishes over 5 courses for just £18 featuring classic dishes as well as some new additions to the restaurant’s menu. On July 14, 16, and 24 respectively, each restaurant will have multiple seatings and spaces can be confirmed for a non-refundable £10 deposit.
Sun 14, Tue 16, and Wed 24 Jul, Tampopo, 6 Albert Square, Manchester M2 5PF,

RestaurantMCR Lunch Menu – £35
RestaurantMCR isn’t the first place that springs to mind when you’re looking for a budget eat, and at £35 it’s still one of the pricier lunch menus, but if you’re looking for fine dining without as much of a wallet-hit their lunch menu might be just the way to go. For less than half-price of the full tasting menu, diners can get 3 courses from 12-2.30pm Wed-Fri with sample mains including butter poached soul and braised short rib of beef.
RestaurantMCR, Tower 12, 18-22 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BZ,

Masons Lunch & Drink for £9.50
For just shy of a tenner, you can get a lunch plate and a glass of wine or beer at Masons in Manchester Hall. Options include chicken or steak sandwiches, salmon salad, lean and green salad – all of which should keep you nice and fed any day of the week.
Mon-Fri, 11am-5pm, Masons, Ground Floor, Manchester Hall, 36 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BT

5 Cheeses and Ciders at 57 Thomas Street
Marble Brewery’s pubs and bars have always been known for their quite excellent array of cheeses so this night of cheese, cider, and expert knowledge seems a steal at under £20. For £18, guests will get five cheeses paired with five ciders chosen by resident cider expert Dick Withecombe as well as a talk on the history and science of cheese and cider pairing. Tickets are limited so booking is recommended.
Fri 26 Jul, Cheese & Cider Tasting, 57 Thomas Street, M4 1NA £18, 7pm,

The Refuge People’s Lunch
The Principal Hotel may be housed in one of the most impressive buildings in the city centre, and host one of its most loved restaurants, but that’s not to say you can’t grab a bargain there. Every weekday between 12-3pm The Refuge serves up their People’s Lunch, a £7.50 meal to satisfy all workers and people out and about in the city. The menu changes regularly but expect a fish, meat, and vegetarian dish with recent inclusions being Bangers & Hash, Miso Ramen and Sweet Potato Curry.
Every weekday 12-3pm, The Refuge, Oxford St, Manchester M60 7HA,

Tue 2 Jul - Tue 9 Jul
Joe Daly
Published on:
Tue 2 Jul 2019