Whether it’s a skin-of-teeth pass or a sparkling double-first, graduates from across the region are invited to celebrate the culmination of their university careers with a range of astonishingly affordable set menus and customary free drinks.

Here are some of the best graduation set menus around the city, in honour of Manchester’s newly minted alumni.

Zouk | Chester Street | All July | £28 - £45

Priced at just £28 per person, or £40 for the Lobster Graduation Platter, Zouk’s scholastic set menu begins with a complimentary welcome drink (prosecco, select cocktails and mocktails or soft drink) followed by Poppadoms, Pickles and Bhajis as light appetisers, with the Special Graduation Platter, a heaving tray of perfectly spiced meats including Chicken Tikka, Lamb Chops, Tandoori King Prawns and Seekh Kebab for mains.

For dessert, Zouk presents an adorable chocolate fondant mortarboard for graduate guests, topped with dark chocolate, a rainbow ribbon sweet and a Smartie button for just an additional fiver on top of the set menu.

For an extra £12 each, guests can indulge in the Lobster Graduation Platter – a high-end seafood banquet which includes Lobster Thermador, Spicy Salmon Pakoras, Dynamite Shrimp and Crispy Calamari.

Zouk’s Graduation Set Menu runs throughout July.

Zouk Tea Bar & Grill, 5, The Quadrangle, Chester St, Manchester M1 5QS, Tel: 0161 233 1090
Embankment Kitchen | Chapel Street | All July | £25-£35

Throughout July, Embankment Kitchen serves a one-off Graduation Menu featuring Spicy Chicken Lollipops, Tempura King Prawns and Cauliflower Bhajis for starters, with the succulent signature EK Burger, a meat-free alternative, hearty Chicken and Leek Pie, Wild Mushroom and Mascarpone Risotto and Salmon Fillet & King Prawn Linguini for mains, and a choice of rich Sticky Toffee Pudding, Chocolate Brownie or seasonal Stawberry Clotted Cream Cheesecake for dessert.

When you book online, you can 2 courses for £25 or 3 for £35 with an entire bottle of prosecco for the table included. Just quote ‘GRADUATION’ in the special requests box when reserving your table.

CitySuites I, 16 Chapel Street, Manchester, M3 7NH
Tattu | Spinningfields | All July | From £28

Set amongst their inimitably gorgeous decor of low light and cherry blossoms, Tattu welcomes graduates with a complimentary Good Fortune cocktail, a unique twist on the classic Old Cuban, when dining from the £28 Moon Stand Lunch Menu – or any sharing menu – at their Manchester restaurant.

Just add ‘graduation’ to the booking notes to claim your free drink.

3 Hardman Square, Gartside St, Manchester M3 3EB, Tel: 0161 819 2060
Browns | York Street | All July | Complimentary drink

As longstanding masters of affordable celebratory dining, Browns runs a characteristically generous yet upmarket graduation offer with a complimentary glass of Moët & Chandon Impérial Champagne for the academic high-achievers. Simply book a table for at least four people and dine from the A La Carte, Classic or Occasion menus.

1 York St, Greater, Manchester M2 2AW, Tel: 0161 819 1055
Gusto | Deansgate | All July | £34.95

For just £34.95, graduates dining at the grand Gusto Italian can enjoy three courses of light yet sumptuous classic cuisine with a complimentary glass of fizz. Choose from Crispy Lemon and Pepper Calamari, Chicken Liver Pate, Burrata and more for starters, with an irresistible range of mains including Truffled Mushroom Fettucini, Pan-Fried Seabass and an 8-oz Ribeye Steak, and Tiramisu, Biscoff Cheesecake, Warm Chocolate Brownie and a selection of Italian Gelato flavours for dessert.


4 Lloyd St, Manchester M2 5AB, Tel: 07751 930377
Cloud 23 | Beetham Tower | Tue 11 Jul - Thu 27 Jul | Complimentary drink

From Tue 11 to Thu 27 Jul, Manchester’s first and favourite sky bar Cloud 23 offers a complimentary glass of bubbles with any bookings for drinks or afternoon tea. Celebrating graduates are encouraged to bring their ceremony ticket, or even turn up in a cap and gown, to commemorate their success.

Beetham Tower, 303 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LQ, Tel: 0161 233 1090
Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Mon 3 Jul 2023