Our top 3 best places to eat in Manchester

Whether you’re a local, tourist, or just passing through, you’re sure to be familiar with Manchester, England’s cultural hotspot. Manchester United, fascinating architecture, stunning landscape views and a renowned music scene… we could go on, but isn’t it best to savour this vibrant city over mouth-watering seasonal pub dishes and an eclectic collection of craft beers, real ales, and artisan wines?

We’ve done all the hard work, so you don’t have to! Sit back, relax, and discover your new favourite meeting place in the area with our top 3 list of the best pubs, gastropubs and restaurants in Manchester…

Best pubs, gastropubs, and restaurants in or near South Manchester

Best pubs, gastropubs, and restaurants in or near West Didsbury


The Woodstock Arms, Barlow Moor Road

Once the home of the British Council, this dog-friendly gastropub perched on the outskirts of Manchester retains the same elegance and style that made it the perfect meeting place for those looking to make global connections – complete with a traditional redbrick exterior, ornate lighting fixtures and arched doorways – and in many ways, nothing has changed. 

The Woodstock Arms is still a place to connect with others… but we doubt there was anything as tempting on the menu back then as you’ll find these days, with high-quality seasonal creations, British pub classics and an enticing selection of drinks, including craft beer, cask ales, artisan wines and perfectly poured cocktails.

The British Council may have relocated, but once you’ve discovered a new favourite from the comfort of a cosy armchair or sun-soaked beer garden, you’ll have no reason to.

Nearby attractions: Marie Louise Gardens | Withington Golf Club | River Mersey | Merseybank Playing Fields | Kenworthy Woods 

Best pubs, gastropubs, and restaurants in or near South-East Manchester

Best pubs, gastropubs, and restaurants in or near Stockport

The Plough on the Moor, Heaton Moor Road

Who knew traditional touches and quirky charm made such an eye-catching duo? When you next find yourself in the industrial town of Stockport and feel the familiar rumblings of a craving for high-quality pub dishes – including a delicious vegan selection – and tantalising drinks, you’ll see what we mean if you wander down to The Plough on the Moor, a dog-friendly gastropub on Heaton Moor Road.

With its intricate fusion of baroque décor and explosions of colour, there’s nothing quite like this hidden gem. Boasting an olive-green bar, wood-panelled floors, and golden fairy lights as a perfect backdrop for indoor dining, you’ll soon understand why this is one of the most-loved locals in the area. Especially when you’re sipping on a new favourite tipple while taking in the majesty of their vibrant, dreamlike outdoor mural... Perfection.

Another thing to add to your Manchester sightseeing list, perhaps? You can thank us later.

Nearby attractions: Heaton Moor Park | Heaton Moor Golf Club | Cringle Park | Levenshulme Waterfall 


The Midland, Marple Bridge

Imagine soaking up views of the idyllic River Goyt as you savour a comforting pub classic… or maybe you’re looking for a refreshing seasonal cocktail between countryside walks? Whatever you fancy, there’s sure to be something waiting for you at The Midland, a dog-friendly pub nestled in the enchanting village of Marple Bridge. 

This delightful country pub prides itself on being the perfect spot for sun-drenched al fresco dining in the area, and with a peaceful riverside balcony offering picturesque views, who are we to say otherwise? However, if you find yourself at the mercy of typical British weather, you could always stay inside and experience a unique fusion of traditional elegance and contemporary charm – complete with plenty of cosy nooks and crannies, of course. 

The only thing left to do is browse their menus – overflowing with modern cuisine, British pub favourites, iconic cocktails, beautiful bubbles and artisan spirits – and make the most of the multiple transportation links nearby. You’ll be here a while.

Nearby attractions: Marple Locks | Roman Lakes Leisure Park | Brabyns Park | Oldknow’s Mill 

Ready to dine out in or near Manchester?

Like we said at the beginning, Manchester is known for many famous, fascinating things… but now you can also name three of the best pubs, gastropubs and restaurants in case anyone asks.

Whether you’ve been looking for a place to unwind after taking in local sights, searching for a dog-friendly pub to take your four-legged friend to, or you’re simply craving traditional British pub cuisine with modern twists, just tap the button below and it will soon be yours.

Oh, and make sure to leave room in your schedule for future visits to this iconic city – this list will only continue to grow with more of the best places to eat, drink and meet in Manchester.