If you’re visiting Manchester for a football match at Old Trafford
or perhaps an exciting concert at the cricket ground, it’s good to know that there are plenty of top class eateries nearby. Rather than hopping in a taxi back to the city centre, take advantage of the local restaurants
offering everything from contemporary cuisine to modern Indian food.
Restaurant, Indian, $$$
Located equidistant of the Theatre of Dreams and the cricket ground, Mumtaz opened its Manchester doors after the overwhelming success of its Bradford and Leeds restaurants. Offering authentic Kashmiri cuisine so good that the Queen has sampled the menu at an event at the University of Huddersfield, Mumtaz may be slightly out of the way of the city centre but remains one of Manchester’s very best Indian restaurants. Perfect for private dining functions as well as spontaneous post-match curries in its stylishly decorated restaurant, Mumtaz offers a luxurious spin on traditional curries.
Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
Salford Quays is just a bridge away from Old Trafford, offering a variety of elegant eateries to enjoy a meal before the big game. Lime is one of the very best restaurants in the area, located directly opposite the Lowry Theatre (making it the perfect place for a post-show meal). Just as much emphasis is placed on the drinks menu as on the delicious food on offer with a diverse offering of cocktails, beers and wines tempting those who like a drink before they head to the match. The food menu boasts a variety of locally sourced ingredients alongside a comprehensive selection of seafood. Expect contemporary cuisine, light bites and grills.
Restaurant, Steakhouse, Gluten-free, $$$
Steak is the order of the day at Argentinian-themed restaurant, CAU. Located on the other side of the Quays in Media City, meat lovers won’t mind the ten minute pilgrimage from United’s ground to feast on some of the best beef in Manchester. In typical Buenos Aires fashion, steak is the star of the menu, although the diverse offering of small plates are popular for sharing. Their Sunday roast offers heaps of meat and carbs – perfect for a post-match meal.
Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
You’ll have to dress to impress in Pier Eight, the most elegant restaurant on Salford Quays (bear that in mind when dressing for the big match). This stylish restaurant does have a bar next door, offering a more casual ambience and a bar menu, but the contemporary cuisine on offer in the main restaurant is not to be missed. Expect classic gastropub favourites such as lamb rump and duck breast with a refreshing twist, adding unexpected ingredients to create meals that are both delicious and exceptionally presented.
Bar, North American, $$$
If casual dining is more your thing, the DOCKyard focuses on hearty street food and craft ales. An industrial aesthetic is evident throughout, as is a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Hot dogs, burgers and sandwiches are served with fries and slaw in enamel dishes, offering the perfect comfort food after you’ve spent hours freezing in the stands. This is several steps up from what you’ll find at the burger vans however, and more than worth the walk over to Salford Quays.