From grandiose adaptations of classic British food to all-you-can-eat Brazilian-Japanese infusion cuisine, Christmas amongst the twinkling glass of Spinningfields promises a refined festive fantasia for all tastes.

Featuring seasonal cocktails, cheer-filled yurts and some of the best set menus across the region, here are some of the best things to do around Spinningfields this Christmas.

The Curious TeePee | The Oast House

Billed as ‘one of the city’s most atmospheric winter venues’, the Curious Teepee returns to The Oast House’s courtyard as a wonderfully cosy retreat from the blustery Mancunian streets. Featuring fire pits, fur throws, fairy lights and rich, steaming drinks, the festive utopia offers the perfect environment to enjoy a hearty lunch or one of The Oast House winter specials.

The Avenue Courtyard, Manchester M3 3AY, Tel: 0161 829 3830
Wine-oke | Provence

Spinningfields’ newest venue, Provence wine bar serves a staggeringly extensive assortment of vines and vintages, alongside all-day small plates, sharing boards and coffee. For £20pp, guests can head to The Cellar for 90 minutes of wine-assisted karaoke, with welcome drinks on arrival and the option to go bottomless for just £15 extra.


Unit G21, The Avenue Spinningfields, Provence, 3 Hardman St, Manchester M3 3HF, Tel: 0161 513 0401
Alice's Yurt | The Lawn Club

Filled with ‘festive lights, faux fur and foliage’, The Lawn Club’s new Alice In Wonderland-themed yurt offers another warm, welcoming winter haven pitched in the heart of Spinningfields, with Christmas party hire options available.

Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3HG, Tel: 0161 513 3030
Festive cocktails with rooftop views | 20 Stories

Boasting some of Manchester’s best panoramic cityscape views, 20 Stories transforms into a Hygge-heavy ‘Enchanted Forest’ this winter with a bespoke festive cocktail menu curated in collaboration with Ciroc vodka. They’re also open for Christmas Day, offering a masterful 5-course dinner menu set to live music by String Infusion.


1 Hardman Square, Manchester M3 3EB, Tel: 0161 204 3333
Subterranean fine-dining | Australasia

An opulent den of ‘relaxed elegance and laid-back luxe’, high-end foodie favourite Australasia guarantees an unforgettable gastronomic experience set against the ‘natural tones of the Pacific coastline’ with bold, stimulating flavours drawn from cuisine along the Pacific Rim.


1 The Avenue, Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3AP, Tel: 0161 831 0288
Festive Middle Eastern dining | Comptoir Libanais

Running from Thu 17 Nov through to New Year’s Eve, the festive menu at the renowned Levantine restaurant features Mezze sharing platters, sprawling mixed grills, seabass, Orange Blossom Mouhalabia, baklava and more with 3 courses and mint tea for just £34.95pp. With Christmas Party bookings available, Comptoir Libanais also offer a variety of seasonal cocktails and drink packages (with a customary Lebanese twist) to accompany the set menu.

18-19 The Avenue, Manchester M3 3HF, Tel: 0161 672 3999
High-end dining with sensory euphoria | The Ivy Spinningfields

Synonymous with the new age of refined Mancunian cosmopolitanism, The Ivy Spinningfields offers something magically unique across every level of its twinkling, biophilic home in Hardman Square. Open all day, every day, The Ivy Brasserie serves modern British classics for every meal, with an irresistible selection of small plates, including seared wagyu beef and gochujang buttermilk chicken, available at The Ivy Asia on the floor above, situated beneath a gorgeous roof garden offering cocktails with a view.

Throughout Christmas, guests can also enjoy tipples from a limited edition cocktail menu that has been created in collaboration with Chivas XV Gold Whisky, and you can check out The Ivy festive set menu here.

The Pavilion, Byrom St, Manchester M3 3HG
Authentic Rodizio dining | Fazenda

Billed as ‘the perfect example of sophistication’, Fazenda’s sumptuous refinement of Brazilian all-you-can-eat dining brings exquisite cuts of grilled meat from the Pampas to the UK in a sophisticated collision of authenticity and the modern gaúcho.

The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3AP, Tel: 0161 207 1183
Enchanted Winter dining experience among cherry blossoms | Tattu

Offering ‘elevated modern-Chinese dishes, artfully curated Limited-Edition Aurora Borealis cocktails and showstopping Snow-scaped desserts’, Tattu’s Enchanted Winter experience delivers East Asian fine-dining in a snow-dusted wonderland with mesmeric Northern Lights displays unfurling across the walls.

Check out the Tattu festive menu here.

Brazilian-Japanese infusion cuisine | SakkuSamba

Alongside their A La Carte Menu, available from 12-4pm Monday to Friday, botanical Brazilian-Japanese joint SakkuSamba offers an all-you-can-eat celebration of elegant excess, with an endless selection of dishes including nigiri, gyoza, sashimi, picanha, carneiro and many more.

Lunch runs from 12-3.45pm for just £32.50pp, with dinner from 4pm onward for just £45.50.


Tower 12, Bridge St, Manchester, M3 3BZ, Tel: 0161 706 1625
Homely Christmas delights | Bill's

Featuring a range of elevated takes on classic festive dishes, nationally adored restaurant Bill’s brings an impressively generous set menu full of seasonal British comfort food to Spinningfields, including pancetta-wrapped turkey, salmon with champagne & chive cream, towering Christmas dinner burgers and more.


3 Hardman Square, Manchester M3 3EB
Christmas with cupcakes | Hey Little Cupcake

From tasteful deluxe layer cakes to festive selection boxes, Hey Little Cupcake offers an array of iced delights, chocolate slabs and subscription packages as perfect Christmas gifts for sweet-toothed loved ones, as well as a Disney Christmas Afternoon Tea experience at their Spinningfields cupcakery for just £16pp.

2 Hardman St, Manchester M3 3HF, Tel: 0161 832 0260
A dash of mixology magic | The Alchemist

Arguably Manchester’s favourite cocktail bar, The Alchemist continues its devout preservation of Spinningfields’ Victorian reputation as ‘a den of iniquity, teeming with opium dens, gin palaces and alehouses’. Darkly theatrical and forged with obsessive detail, their colossal cocktail inventory features everything from a classic Old Fashioned to radical inventions served amidst curling dry ice.

3 Hardman St, Manchester M3 3HF, Tel: 0161 817 2950
Tantalising Thai Christmas | Thaikhun

While there’s no turkey and trimmings to be found, Thaikhun kicks off its own Christmas party with a fantastically affordable set menu and a range of festive cocktails to wash it down.

Beginning at just £17.50pp, the tinsel-strewn Thai feast promises dishes ‘guaranteed to please even the fussiest of family members or colleagues.’

3 Hardman St, Manchester M3 3HF, Tel: 0161 414 0264
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Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Tue 22 Nov 2022