For some it may sound like sacrilege, but for a growing number of others, enjoying a lovingly crafted Christmas Dinner at an acclaimed restaurant is a welcome reprieve from the needling smoke alarms, clanking piles of baking trays, charcoal turkey and almost everything else that can turn blissfully pastoral family time into an afternoon of Boiling Point chaos.

From Michelin-starred British classics to teetering Turkish platters, here are the best restaurants shouldering the stress on Christmas Day.

ZOUK | City Centre | £30-£45

For just £45 per head, Zouk’s four-course Christmas Day Banquet features a prosecco and popadom aperitif, a variety of traditional Pakistani starters and a selection of classic favourites served as platters for mains, including Butter Chicken and Roast Lamb Raan, with brownies, baklava and more for dessert. There’s also a separate drinks package which offers a bottle of house wine for £19 and ten bottles of Kingfisher beer for £40.

5, The Quadrangle, Chester St, Manchester M1 5QS, Tel: 0161 233 1090
Etci Mehmet | City Centre | £40-£50

Next door to Zouk, Turkish steakhouse Etci Mehmet offer a decadently carnivorous festive menu from Mon 14 Nov up to and including Christmas Day. With both lunch and dinner options available, the dishes on offer include a mezze platter, lamb shoulder, chicken steak, ‘giant spicy meatball’ and a range of desserts, with vegetarian options available on request.

4, The Quadrangle, Chester St, Manchester M1 5QS, Tel: 0161 228 3158
Peter Street Kitchen | City Centre | £125

One of Manchester’s best-known fine-dining institutions, Peter Street Kitchen serves a Christmas Day Luncheon with customary masterful extravagance. Guests can pick between lobster, crispy duck salad and chilled asparagus for starters, followed by a palate cleanser consisting of champagne and mint jelly with organic lemon sorbet, before a range of irresistible main courses including dover sole fillet, aged beef wellington and roasted garlic and sage herb butter baby chicken. Desserts range from cinnamon creme brulee to blackberry and vanilla cheesecake, with Charbonnel et Walker truffles as the petit fours.

Free Trade Hall, Peter St, Manchester, M2 5GP, Tel: 0161 835 8941
8 Manchester | Whitefield | £50

Situated next to Whitefield Metrolink station, discerning Chinese restaurant 8 Manchester offers a staggeringly affordable Christmas Day banquet featuring turkey and sweetcorn soup, steak rolls, shui mai, steamed seabass, crispy chilli chicken and more.

260 Bury New Rd, Whitefield, Manchester M45 8AB, Tel: 0161 478 4884
OSMA | Prestwich | £80-£125

North Manchester’s Michelin Guide jewel, broodingly chic Scandi-style restaurant OSMA offers a Christmas Day menu full of elevated classics. Beginning with canapes and a glass of Cremant, guests can choose between blue cheese, ham hock terrine and salmon gravadlax to start, followed by a choice of Goosnargh turkey, corn-fed goose, grass-fed beef or wild mushroom pithivier for the main course, with sherry trifle, marmalade sponge and more British cheeses for dessert.

Ducie Street Warehouse | City Centre | £60-£120

With a charmingly literal take on ‘all the trimmings’, Ducie Street Warehouse run a heaving one-off menu for Christmas Day, with pinchos on arrival, smoked salmon, blue cheese arancini, chicken liver parfait, grilled tiger prawns, a range of roast meat options, vegan sweet potato wellington and a lavish dessert selection.

Ducie St, Manchester M1 2TP, Tel: 0161 503 9460
20 Stories | City Centre | £140

Set to delicately festive live music by String Infusion, 20 Stories’ Christmas Day menu comprises a 5-course triumph curated by Executive Chef Daniel Scott, including pan-fried sea bream, roast Cheshire turkey breast, dark chocolate baubles and more.

No 1 Spinningfields, 1 Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3EB, Tel: 0161 204 3333
The Bull & Bear at The Stock Exchange Hotel | City Centre | £165

Devised and curated by Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge, the Bull & Bear’s opulent Christmas Day menu offers ‘refined British comfort food’ amid the warm tones of the Stock Exchange Hotel’s former trading room, as guests enjoy champagne, potted lobster, Norfolk Brown turkey, beef sirloin, Christmas pudding and more beneath the grand domed ceiling.

4 Norfolk St, Manchester M2 1DW, Tel: 0161 470 3902
San Carlo | City Centre and Hale Barns | £89.95

Manchester’s favourite special-occasion dinner choice for over twenty years, celebrity-studded San Carlo runs a Christmas Day Festive Lunch stuffed with refined, authentic Italian dishes including Tuscan pate, Tournedo Rossini, Halibut Pernod and tiramisu, punctuated by more champagne sorbet palate cleansers and a selection of seasonal vegetables.

42 King St W, Manchester M3 2WY, Tel: 0161 834 6226
Sun 25 Dec
Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Tue 20 Dec 2022