There’s dining out, then there’s dining out with panoramic views. With vistas to match the food, we’ve rounded up Manchester restaurants that certainly beat the view from the sofa, from riverside eateries to dinner 19 floors up.
20 Stories Book 20 Stories
Contrary to the name, 20 Stories sits on the 19th floor of No.1 Spinningfields. That doesn’t make the setting any less spectacular, with 360-degree views of the Manchester skyline from the floor-to-ceiling windows. On the menu, find seasonal British flavours, including dishes like loin of lamb with potato gnocchi and girolles, and a chocolate fondant with rocky road ice cream.
LEVEL 3 at Mercure Manchester PiccadillyBook Level 3
Also offering afternoon tea with a view, Level 3 looks out over Piccadilly Gardens and towards the Pennines. The all-day menu uses fresh ingredients and local produce in a range of international dishes.
The River Restaurant Book The River Restaurant
The River Restaurant Salford boasts a sweeping terrace overlooking the River Irwell and serves up British classics with contemporary twists. Standout dishes include Josper grilled prime steak and chips, and roast breast of chicken with truffled puréed potato, charcoal cooked leeks and roast chicken bouillon.
Second Floor Bar and Brasserie, Harvey Nichols Manchester Book Harvey Nichols
With views across Exchange Square and beyond, Second Floor Bar and Brasserie offers all-day dining in a relaxed yet stylish setting. Seasonal dishes pack the menu, including marinated swordfish with Yorkshire padrón peppers and chimichurri, aged beef prime rib with French fries and béarnaise sauce, and apple and cinnamon strudel with Calvados.
With floor-to-ceiling windows framing panoramic views of Manchester, Cloud 23 is a penthouse-style setting serving classic afternoon tea. An ultra-fashionable hideaway, creative cocktails are crafted at the bar, which is also home to an impressive wine list and selection of international beers.