Manchester is outstripping London – and everywhere else in the UK – for restaurant openings. Here’s a round-up of five excellent eateries to add to our growing roster:

Aumbry to open in the Roadhouse
For more than 20 years, the Roadhouse has been one of Manchester’s greatest music venues, housing legendary clubs nights like Electric Chair and Friends & Family, as well as being the first place Elbow played live. At the end of May, the venue closes its doors as a musical establishment and will reinvent itself as a restaurant, with Aumbry chef Mary-Ellen McTague at the helm. A huge refurbishment is taking place over the summer and, unlike the Roadhouse, the new spot will have windows! The restaurant doesn’t have a name yet, but will be ready to open in the autumn.
From autumn 2015, 8 Newton Street, Manchester M1 2AN.

Liverpool’s LEAF (pictured) comes to Manchester
LEAF Bar & Tea Shop is a much-loved Liverpool institution, providing the folk there with reliable fodder paired with live music, art and cultural events. It’s great news then, that they’ve decided to extend their offering to Manchester, setting up shop in the former CUBE Gallery on Portland Street. Opening this summer, the cafe – which will be housed in a Victorian warehouse – will have loads of speciality teas and wines, as well as an extensive menu with breakfast, lunch and mains. All this combined with film screenings, vintage markets, open mics nights and exhibitions.
From summer 2015, 113-115 Portland Street, Manchester M1 6DW.

Ancoats welcomes two independent restaurants
Just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Northern Quarter, the Fairbairn Building on Blossom Street in Ancoats has confirmed two new restaurant openings – Rudy’s Pizza and Goose Fat & Wild Garlic. The former is a Neapolitan, wood-fired pizza joint, you might have caught them popping up at North Tea Power or a market near you. The latter will be bringing fresh countryside flavours to the city. Both open this summer and are rumoured to be the start of a flurry of new openings in the Ancoats area.
From summer 2015, both Fairbairn Building, Blossom Street, Ancoats, M5 4AF,

Tattu blends body art and food
Bored of other restaurants out there and inspired by America’s unique west coast eateries, brothers Adam and Drew Jones have come up with a concept that blends body art with fine dining. Tattu, which opens up in Spinningfields in May, features three distinct areas, each inspired by tattoos and designed to take visitors on a visual journey that slowly evolves, so every time you go back, you discover something unique. On the food side, the menu features Asian flavours, with a modern twist on Chinese classics. There are talks of something called a ‘food catwalk’, but like much about the opening so far, this is shrouded in mystery. Sign up for the soft launch to get 50% off food.
From May 2015, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3.

Rakhi Sinha
Published on:
Thu 2 Apr 2015