National Restaurant Awards: which Manchester restaurants won in 2021, best dishes & how to book a table

The Manchester eateries which have bowled over judges to make the Top 50 this week.

Which restaurants impressed judges? Credit: ShutterstockWhich restaurants impressed judges? Credit: Shutterstock
Which restaurants impressed judges? Credit: Shutterstock

Manchester restaurants are among those which have scooped accolades in the 2021 National Restaurant Awards.

Two city eateries impressed the judging panel to feature on the coveted list.

Here’s what judges had to say about them.


42 Blossom St, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 6BF.

Judges described this Michelin-star restaurant as an “understated and confident” location which lets the food do the talking.

They loved the Nordic feel to chef-patron Simon Martin’s menus, along with techniques which “let the primary ingredients shine.”

And they hailed his beef tartare, made with 120-day dry-aged beef, along with an exquisite 16-course tasting menu.

Booking details are here.


9 Murray Street, Ancoats, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 6HS.

The food awards judges liked the ‘smart industrial feel’ to Erst, with its counter seating and views into the open kitchen.

They particularly loved its “selection of small but carefully considered plates” and dishes designed to be shared, including mackerel tartare with cucumber and green chilli, and ratte potatoes with crème fresh and chives .

But they were also full of praise for heartier options such as grilled pork neck with clams and brined kohlrabi tops, and skate with bone marrow, dill and caper sauce.

Booking details are here.

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