The Best Restaurants In Ancoats

Without a doubt one of Manchester's coolest and most vibrant neighbourhoods, Ancoats is known for its buzzing food and drink scene and rich industrial past. A wonderland of craft beer specialists, artisan bakeries and colourful street murals, there's never a dull moment in this corner of the city. Whether you're searching for Michelin-starred food, pub grub classics or tasty brunch plates, check out our guide to the best restaurants in Ancoats here.

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Bringing a slice of sunny Portugal to the heart of Ancoats, Canto is the gorgeous neighbourhood restaurant specialising in all things fresh fish, seasonal small plates and Mediterranean sips. Boasting a relaxed atmosphere and service with a smile, dinner here is a chilled-out affair.


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A natural wine bar and contemporary small plate restaurant, Erst was founded by the same team behind Trove Cafe. Boasting pared-back and industrial-style interiors that reflect the heritage of the area, it's a stylish spot for a midweek dinner date or long lunch.

Manchester's first Michelin-starred restaurant since 1977, Mana has got people talking for all the right reasons. Chef-patron Simon Martin has worked tirelessly to create an innovative menu which showcases the best in British produce - making it the ideal spot for a special occasion dinner.

The Marble Arch

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An Ancoats institution, The Marble Arch dates all the way back to 1888. Still pulling in the punters, this traditional Manchester pub has a menu bursting full of comfort food classics, from spicy chickpea burgers to their signature ale-battered fish and chips.

Located just off Cutting Room Square, Elnecot is an award-winning neighbourhood kitchen and bar. A popular haunt come the weekend, this place is known for its mega Sunday roasts and oh-so-tasty brunch plates (which can be paired with bottomless cocktails for just £20). 

The Counter House

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Decked out with leafy green foliage, low-hanging lights and floor-to-ceiling windows, The Counter House is a gorgeous sunny spot to spend a lazy Sunday morning. With a mouthwatering menu of avo on toast, fluffy pancakes and expertly-poached eggs, it's sure to start your day off right.

Set inside the historic Ice Plant apartment building, Seven Bro7hers Beerhouse is a quirky Ancoats bar with a love of all things crafty. Founded by seven beer-loving siblings (yes, really), the Blossom Street spot offers juicy burgers and hoppy sips aplenty. 

A plant-lover's dream, Street Urchin is a botanical-adorned restaurant serving super-fresh seafood. With daily-changing specials during the week, weekends are all about gourmet brunch plates, from smoked haddock omelettes to mega bacon butties.