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February 2016

Manchester Booming with New Restaurants and Bars Openings


It is safe to say Manchester is quickly catching up with the London’s food and drinks scene – that is both branded as well as independent restaurants and bars.

In 2015 alone, there have been a lot of new openings in new areas of town including Corn Exchange, Kings Street, Oxford St, The Great Nothern and Spinningfields, and Northern Quarter.

There have been a number of different concepts being opened from higher-end, premium restaurants, such as Tattu, Iberica and Hawskmoor – to casual street food restaurants like Burger & Lobster, Pen and Pencil, and Taithkun. The choice is huge!

One of the biggest launches of 2015, was without a doubt, the opening of the Corn Exchange – the former Triangle Shopping Centre, which was a £30 million project to transform the low footfall and under performing shopping centre into something special.

Corn Exchange now hosts big national branded restaurants including Wahaca – the Mexican restaurant which was established by the first female MasterChef winner – Thomasina Miers; The Cosy Club – a cool, vintage restaurant concept; Byron Burgers – quirky London brand; Mowgli – new Indian food concept; Cabana – vibrant and very colourful Brazilian brand; Pho – Vietnamese cuisine; and many many more…

As for Spinnigfieds and surrounding areas, it also boasts some fantastic, swanky bars and restaurants such as the alluring Michelin Star Spanish Tapas restaurant Iberica, or Tattu – the swish Chinese restaurant and ground floor bar with a DJ booth.

Both of the restaurants fit in nicely with the rest of the older restaurants such as: Artisan, Neighbourhood and Tai Koon, Australasia, Fazenda and other swanky eateries.

Overall, Manchester saw 29 brand new restaurant openings just last year (2015) alone, and is set to continue opening more new exciting sites over the coming years.

This year, we have seen some big new openings already – Itsu in Spinngfields and Busaba Eathai in Printworks. Busaba is a modern Thai casual food restaurant, with amazing Thai décor. The opening of the restaurant in January 2016 was a real success, which the Cherryred team has attended and we thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful Thai style curries, stir fries, salads, and fabulous cocktails!

Also, El Cato Negro Tapas on King Street, Shoryu Ramen, Café Beermoth on Spring Gardens with a fantastic selection on various ales and beers have been undeniably successful too.

We are still to experience new openings coming up over the next few months including a new stake place – 1950s New York style steakhouse (which hasn’t got a name yet), by the proud owners of Solita Burger Restaurants, which is set to open in the Barton Arcade.

Manchester brace yourself for some great nights out with an amazing variety of food from around the world and fab cocktails!

Written by Magda Kuznicka, Cherryred Senior Consultant.

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