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Top 3 Manchester restaurants where you can eat for under £20

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009


Manchester has a thriving food culture, with a wealth of restaurants serving every possible style of cuisine imaginable. Many of these offer set menus and value deals, meaning that even the most ardent food lovers don’t have to miss out during these credit crunched times.Here are three of the best deals around – all of which are available for less than £20.

1. Grado

Offering authentic modern Spanish food, this innovative tapas restaurant has made a bit of a splash on the Manchester foodie scene since its launch in 2007. Eschewing the calamares and patatas bravas style of the more formulaic chain restaurants, Grado combines contemporary Spanish cuisine with slick and professional service.

Set in bright and airy surroundings, diners can enjoy a full meal in the restaurant or sample the substantial menu whilst watching the chefs at work in the open plan bar area.

Offers include two courses for £13.50 or three courses for £16.50, Monday to Friday lunchtimes and 5pm-7pm. Evening drinks discounts are also available at the bar, with 2-for-1 on cocktails and house wine between 5pm-7pm, Mondays to Fridays.

New York Street, Piccadilly, Manchester. Tel: +44 161 238 9790

2. Choice

Tucked away in its picturesque canal-side location, Choice is an absolute gem of a restaurant. Having won numerous awards for its extensive wine list and traditional British food, this is a must-do for any food lover visiting Manchester.

Using locally sourced produce, the emphasis is on comforting favourites such as beef and potato pie with pickled red cabbage or banana bread and butter pudding. All of which are presented simply but with the utmost aplomb and are guaranteed to get your mouth watering.

The Smart Choice menu, which is available all day Monday to Thursday and from 12pm-6pm Friday to Sunday, offers excellent money savings, with 2 courses for £13.95 or three courses for £16.95. You can even catch some live music while you dine, with performances from the in-house pianist on the baby grand in the bar.

Castle Quay, Castlefield, Manchester. Tel: +44 161 844 3400

3. Portofino

This warm and friendly Italian restaurant is located about six miles outside of Manchester city centre in Altrincham but is easily reached by the frequent tram service from Piccadilly Station. The journey takes around 20 minutes but the hearty home-cooked style of the food makes it well worth the trip.

As well as the usual pizzas and pastas you would expect from a traditional Italian eatery, diners can also choose from a wide variety of meat and fish dishes.

Not only is the food delicious, it is exceptionally good value for money. The early dining menu is available Monday to Thursday from 5pm-7pm and consists of starter, main course, dessert and coffee, as well as a 175ml glass of house wine, for the price of the main course (most of which are between £14 and £19).

A four course Sunday lunch deal is also available, for the startling price of just £9.95. Understandably, this is very popular, so be sure to book a table to avoid missing out.

15 Regent Road, Altrincham, Cheshire. Tel: +44 161 928 8714

A few other eateries that didn’t quite make the top slots, but are definitely worth a mention are:

  • Le Petit Blanc – gourmet French cuisine from top French chef, Raymond Blanc’s chain of brasseries. Lunch from £11.95 and dinner from £14.50.
  • Michael Caines at Abode Hotel – grazing menu from this award winning hotelier from just £12.
  • Tropiero – meat, meat and more meat! Brazilian all-you-can eat of the highest standard for £18.95 fixed price.

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Venere Travel Blog writer mhairi dewar

Mhairi is a freelance writer and marketeer. Based in Manchester, she is a lover all things food and wine shaped, travel, random adventures and general merriment. She can often be found propping up the bar at any one of the city's numerous watering holes.

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