Historic Restaurants In Manchester

Clockwise from left: Stock Interior, Stock Exterior, Gaucho Grill, Tempus, Gaucho Grill

Manchester is a city full of fantastic restaurants.  This city, famous for its buzzing nightlife and multiculturalism, is home to a huge variety of chain and fine dining restaurants, bars, cafés, and brasseries which can tempt any taste buds.  At the same time, Manchester hosts magnificent heritage sights for the tourist, keen to soak up the history and culture of their chosen destination.  From Manchester Cathedral and Town Hall, to Stockport Air Raid Shelters and Peckforton Castle, there are plenty of beautiful and historical locations to pay a visit to.

These restaurants in particular, combine such history with the culture of fine dining to create the ultimate restaurant experience for cultured foodies in and/or visiting Manchester.


Tempus is located in the grade II listed Palace Hotel on Oxford Road, Manchester.  The hotel was built in a striking Victorian Gothic design in 1890 and boasts a 217 foot clock tower, making it quite the historical landmark for the local community.  The restaurant itself offers an exciting and dynamic food menu, along with the largest list of Martinis on offer in Manchester!



With a menu offering innovative southern Italian dishes and ingredients fresh from the market, Stock is situated within the Edwardian-style Manchester Stock Exchange.  The restaurant decor is in keeping with the period style, and the hosting of regular live jazz nights brings something different to the mix.


The French

This fine dining restaurant has been serving customers for over a century, and was the first restaurant in the UK to ever receive a Michelin Star.  Both royalty and presidents have dined on the fine French cuisine crafted here at The French by head chef Paul Beckley.  The restaurant also houses one of the finest collections of French wines available in Manchester.


Gaucho Grill

This branch of the Argentinean Gaucho Grill restaurants is housed in a converted Grade II listed Methodist Hall.  The old organ is still present and makes a wonderful decorative feature in the restaurant.  The main feature of the menu meanwhile is the Argentinean beef, which the restaurant flies in directly from Buenos Aires itself! 




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About Sophie Jenkins

Sophie likes to mix up her dining experiences, and will enjoy juicy burgers & cocktails at Meat Liquor, or Lebanese mezze at Yalla Yalla, as much as a fine-dining dinner at The Ritz! With good food, good service, and good company, you can’t have a bad time.

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