While five-hour gourmet lunches may be a thing of the past, Manchester has kept up with the times, serving a diverse range of dishes for £5 every lunch time. Here we pick out our five favourite places to lunch in the Northern Quarter.

1. Chicken burgers at Yard and Coop
Yard and Coop does just one thing but they do it well. Their buttermilk fried chicken goes from farm to table in 48 hours and at lunch time you can choose from a chickpea burger, three drumsticks or a BBQ pulled chicken burger for £5 (pic).
23-37 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HW. Tel: 0161 710 2570, www.yardandcoop.com

2. Crazy Pedro’s two slices of pizza & a drink
These pizzas are not for the unadventurous but somehow the combinations work. Choose 2 slices and a drink for £5 from a range of toppings including Fried Chicken and Waffle or Nacho Libre (a nacho pizza that’s ridiculously addictive).
1 Short Street, Manchester, M4 1AA. Tel: 0161 359 3000, www.crazypedros.co.uk

3. Gourmet sandwiches with skinny fries at Rosylee
Sandwiches are classic lunch fare but these ones from Rosylee are no £3 meal deal. For £5 you can choose from five different fillings ranging from a vegan carib-bean to their take on prawn cocktail. All come with skinny fries.
11 Stevenson Square, Manchester, M1 1DB. Tel: 0161 228 6629, www.rosylee.com

4. Deli-style lunch at The Blue Pig
For a satisfying lunch, head for the new look Blue Pig. For £5 you can choose tortilla or quiche of the day (or marinated chicken thigh) and one of three salads.
69 High Street, Manchester M4 1FS. Tel: 0161 806 0794, www.thebluepigmcr.co.uk

5. Cane and Grain’s rack of ribs or Mexican bean burger (ok, these are £6 but still a great deal)
If you like ribs then Cane and Grain on Thomas Street is the place to go. Not quite a fiver but £6 gets you half a rack of baby back ribs as part of their lunch deal. Don’t eat meat? No problem, there’s a great Mexican bean burger served with fries or house salad.
49-51 Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1NA. Tel: 0161 839 7033, www.caneandgrain.co.uk

Tue 28 Aug - Thu 1 Nov
Lily Carden
Published on:
Thu 18 Oct 2018