Manchester's best bars and restaurants: 9 new openings you need to check out including swanky rooftop spot

The food and drink scene is changing all the time - so here's some you might have missed.
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Chances are that you’ve said goodbye to at least one of your favourite cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars or venues over the last year. It’s a growing fear for many hospitality businesses in Manchester as running costs continue to soar.

But there is still hope for both customers and business owners, as we are also seeing a number of exciting new openings across the Greater Manchester region. Here are some of the notable new additions to the Manchester food and drink scene. 

Gran T’s

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Altrincham café Gran T’s has expanded into the city centre, opening up on Great Ancoats Street at the start of February. The concept is inspired by the owner’s real life grandma, serving up a whole range of hot drinks, shakes, cakes, afternoon tea and other lunchtime treats. 


Another new arrival on Great Ancoats Street is Hachi. They are serving up noodles, fried dumplings and cakes, as well bubble tea and candy floss served by a robot.


A new restaurant serving up ramen, sushi and a whole range of other pan-Asian treats has taken over the unit formerly occupied by Mule on Blossom Street in Ancoats. One of their specialities is a pan-Asian brunch, think Korean fried chicken French toast and aromatic duck and poached egg on toast. It is a walk-in only restaurant.

Sora at Malmaison Deansgate

The new rooftop bar at the new Malmaison hotel on Deansgate has opened. The swanky new bar specialises in Asian-inspired small plates and cocktails. 

Founders Hall

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A new pub by JW Lees brewery has opened up across the square from Manchester Town Hall, taking over the space formerly occupied by Dutton’s. They specialise in cask ales, craft lagers, traditional brews and small batch Boilerhouse beers. 

Lamb of Tartary

March kicked off with the opening of a brand new Northern Quarter pub where Cottonopolis used to be, from the team behind the popular  Edinburgh Castle in Ancoats.  

A new pub & grill is coming to the Northern QuarterA new pub & grill is coming to the Northern Quarter
A new pub & grill is coming to the Northern Quarter

Gino D’Acampo

Located within the INNSiDE by Meliá hotel at First Street, Gino D'Acampo's new Italian restaurant is serving all the classic Italian dishes, as well as ‘at-table’ theatre dishes. It also has two bars. 

Levanter at Beeswing

After closing their much-loved Ramsbottom location, tapas restaurant Levanter has teamed up with Beeswing wine bar at Kampus, serving up a selection of signature dishes. 

Jerk Junction

The hugely popular jerk chicken spot in Chorlton has opened up another location in Wilmslow. Expect rice and peas, dumplings, curry goat and juicy jerk chicken of course.