With two extra days off for drinking and dining, this month can be tough on the wallet. We’ve selected the best restaurant deals to help you make the most of Manchester in May, with no need to fret about the cost. For light Monday dining, try Sakana’s 50% off sushi and sashimi offer, or have an all-out feast with the Comptoir Libanais’ Ramadan menu. The Beagle’s Taco Tuesdays spices up midweek, while Hawksmoor’s set menu runs the weekend long.

Hawksmoor – Two course £25 Express Menu including all day Sunday
If you want to try Hawksmoor without the hefty price-tag, book ahead and opt for the express menu option. Choose from rump steak (fillet for an extra fiver), house-cured salmon or ricotta and rye tart. The Yorkshire rhubarb pavlova is pudding perfection.
Hawksmoor Manchester, 184-186 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WB, Tel: 0161 836 6980, Mon-Sat, noon-3pm & 5-6.30pm, all day Sun, www.thehawksmoor.com

Sakana – 50% off sushi & sashimi on Monday
Sushi dinners are a treat we wish we could enjoy more often. And now, we can with Sakana’s ‘Sushi Monday’ offer of 50% off sushi and sashimi all day. If that isn’t enough of a steal already, it’s 2 for 1 on cocktails between 2-6pm.
Sakana, 23 Peter Street Manchester, M2 5QR. Tel: 0161 884 1292, Mon 2-11pm, www.sakanapan-asian.co.uk

Marble – £6.50 Deli Slabs
Marble Arch has a reputation as one of the best boozers in the city, but the food isn’t half bad either. Besides their menu of British small plates, Marble run a Deli Slabs selection for £6.50. Options include a shredded cuban style Mojo pork or Moroccan spiced vegan meatballs slab, both served in rosemary focaccia with chips and salad.
Marble Arch, 73 Rochdale Road, Manchester M4 4HY. Tel: 0161 8325914. Sun-Thu noon-11pm, Sat & Sun noon-midnight www.marblebeers.com

Twenty Twenty Two – Happy Hour ft. £15 prosecco bottles
The basement ping pong bar’s generous Happy Hour runs from Monday to Friday, 4-7pm and includes £15 bottles of prosecco, £10 bottles of wine, £5 cocktails and beer for £2.80. Leave the ping pong prowess to the Olympians, we’ll have another glass of fizz, thanks.
Mon-Fri, Twenty Twenty Two, 20 Dale Street, M1 1EZ. Tel: 0161 237 9360, 4-7pm, www.twentytwentytwo.co.uk

Rosso – £16.95 twp course lunch menu
Favoured by Manchester’s footballer-types, Rosso pitches itself as an ‘upmarket Italian’. Swanky, it might be, but pricey? Not really. The lunch deal sits at £16.95 for two courses, and a bottle of wine (shared between two) is just £9.95. Choose from starters of purple potato ravioli with blue cheese and walnuts or pan seared cod cheek, and mains of braised pork belly, sirloin steak and roasted cauliflower.
Rosso, 43 Spring Gardens, Manchester, M2 2BG. Tel: 0161 832 1400, Mon-Thu, noon-6pm. www.rossorestaurants.com

Lunya – £9.95 lunchtime tapas
The Barton Arcade deli and restaurant’s midday Tapas deal makes for a perfect light lunch with two plates for £9.95 and three for £13.95. Traditional Catalan dishes on the menu include Albóndigas (meatballs in a garlic tomato sauce), seafood fideuà (noodle paella cooked with squid ink) and manchego cheese with quince jelly.
Lunya, Barton Arcade, Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2BB, Tel: 0161 413 3317, Mon-Fri & Sun, noon-5pm only, www.lunya.co.uk

The Beagle – £1.50 tacos on Tuesdays
From the team behind Northern Quarter’s Common and the Indy Man Beer Con, The Beagle in Chorlton is known for a good craft beer board, and a sun trap terrace. Liven up the start of the week with their Taco Tuesday deal, and catch tacos for £1.50 and Margaritas for a fiver.
The Beagle, 456-458 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 0BQ. Tel: 0161 881 8596, Tue noon-10pm, www.beaglesabout.com

Comptoir Libanais – five-course £24.95 Ramadan feasting menu
Comptoir Libanais founder Tony Kitous has launched a Ramadan set menu of Middle-Eastern and North African dishes. Available from 6pm, the 5-course feasting menu starts with something light to break the fast – dates with honey yogurt – and a mezze selection including fattoush salad and beetroot labneh dip. Choose from mains of chicken and olive tagine, mixed grill kofta or aubergine moussaka.
Tue 15 May – Thu 14 Jun, Comptoir Libanais, 18-19 The Avenue, Manchester, M3 3HF. Tel: 0161 672 3999 www.comptoirlibanais.com

The Blue Pig – £25 sharing platter and wine for two
It seemed like the end for The Blue Pig when it closed suddenly in January alongside sister bars Odd and Oddest. Happily, the Northern Quarter institution has been given a new lease of life from the team behind Walrus, Rosylee and Tusk. Head along one Monday to see what they’ve done with the place, and take advantage of their £25 charcuterie sharing platter and bottle of wine deal.
The Blue Pig, 69 High Street, Manchester, M4 1FS. Tel: 0161 806 0794, Mon, noon-10pm, www.thebluepigmcr.co.uk

The Pen & Pencil – 50% off food on Mondays
You can’t fault a 50% off food deal to make Monday more manageable. This month, The Pen & Pencil have just the remedy for your back-in-the-office blues, with half price food from their New York inspired menu (when booking in advance online).
The Pen & Pencil, Fourways House, 57 Hilton Street, Manchester, M1 2EJ. Tel: 0161 660 3303, Mon, 10am-9pm, www.thepenandpencilnq.co.uk

Wed 9 May - Sat 30 Jun
Olivia Rye
Published on:
Mon 14 May 2018