Manchester Food and Drink Festival: The Northern Quarter Nominations

Written by on August 8, 2012 in Drinks, Eats, News - No comments

In the lead-up to the Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2012 we have to give a nod to all of the Northern Quarter restaurants/bars/venues that have been nominated. And, it is, quite frankly, an outstanding number considering the size of the area!

Ten different venues in the area are up for various awards and here’s a small break down of the Northern Quarter’s nominees* for you to consider before casting your vote:

Best Casual Dining Venue of the Year


Famous for its delicious cakes, Teacup is always packed with happy diners. Remember folks, cake is for life, not just for Christmas!

Go there for: A choice of around 20 different types of tea and delicious cakes.  Teacup

Teacup / 55 Thomas Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1NA

Home Sweet Home

Serving some of the best coffee I’ve ever tasted this far north in Europe, not to mention delicious cakes and food, the staff are friendly and it does just feel like home.

Go there for: Freshly baked cookies and milk  Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home / 49 – 51 Edge St / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1HW


Pub of the Year

Port Street Beer House

A beer buffs heaven and a great place for anyone with an adventurous palate. The sheer amount of beers may seem daunting to many but just tell the staff what you like and their supreme beer knowledge will find you what you desire.

Go there for: Exotic beers  Port Street Beer House

Port Street Beer House / 39-41 Port Street /Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 2EQ

The Castle

A place close to my heart, I’ve taken everyone I know there at some point for the ales and the fantastic atmosphere. The jukebox is great too!

Go there for: A great time!  The Castle

The Castle / 66 Oldham Street /Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LE


Chef of the Year

Eric Moreau – 63 Degrees

Eric Moreau has brought expressive French cuisine to Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The restaurant uses only locally sourced, fresh ingredients and a classic style of cooking to delight the most delectable of palates.

Go there for: Frogs legs  63 Degrees

63 Degrees / 20 Church Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester /  M4 1PN


Newcomer of the Year

The Bakerie and Bakerie Tasting Store

Bakerie and its tasting store delivers all manner of delicious food as well as freshly baked loaves and a fantastic wine selection.

Go there for: Fresh bread and wine from the tasting machine.  Bakerie

Bakerie / 45 Lever Street /Northern Quarter / Manchester / M60 7HP

63 Degrees Restaurant

63 Degrees

A second nomination for this fantastic French restaurant alongside it’s nomination for Chef Of The Year. A real foodie treat in the Northern Quarter.

Go there for: A taste of Paris.  63 Degrees

63 Degrees / 20 Church Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester /  M4 1PN


Bar of the Year


In the same vein as its Port Street cousin, Common offers up a variety of drinks with mouth-watering food and inspired daily specials.

Go there for: Maple bacon and smoked cheese burger. NOM  Common

Common / 39 to 41 Edge Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1HW

Socio Rehab

If cocktails are your thing then Socio is the place to go – fully equipped with its Little Black Book of Cocktails, you will definitely find a suitably stiff drink to kick off the night with.

Go there for: Cocktails and tunes  Socio Rehab

Socio Rehab / 100-102 High Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1HP


Best Coffee Bar or Tea Shop

North Tea Power

This little café on Tib Street was one of the original tea-dedicated hubs, supplying a choice ranging from a simple English breakfast tea to the likes of Elderflower iced-tea. They do a great choice of coffee too, by the way…

Go there for: A brew!  North Tea Power

North Tea Power / 36 Tib Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1LA

Home Sweet Home

A second nomination for the venue and as for best coffee bar – well I swear you can’t get better coffee than this place. The only complaint is that I have to be in work before it opens!

Go there for: A flat white coffee  Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home / 49 – 51 Edge St / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1HW


Food and Drink Pioneers

Almost Famous

Famous has simply got it going on. The juiciest, dirtiest patties you’ll ever taste in your life topped with some truly inspiring and artery-clogging ingredients like ice-cream! Yes, ice-cream. Did I mention the damn fine cocktails too?

Go there for: Banging burgers and a great atmosphere.  Almost Famous

Almost Famous / 83 High St /Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1BE


So, go on, head to the Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards and vote for your favourite*!

*Other establishments are nominated and available for your vote, but we’re unashamedly biased and think the only sensible vote is a vote for the Northern Quarter! (Ed.)