Northern Quarter Nominees – Manchester Food & Drink Festival

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Northern Quarter Nominees ~ Manchester Food & Drink Festival Awards

I saw a Tweet from Home Sweet Home about their nomination in the @MFDF13 awards and thought there must be some kind of mistake. Didn’t this already happen? Apparently time has flown, so I must have been having fun, as it was indeed a whole year ago since the last Manchester Food & Drink Festival Awards.

I think it’s fair to say last year the Northern Quarter dominated the awards, winning as we did Best Casual Dining Venue (Teacup), Pub of the Year (Port Street Beer House), Newcomer of the Year (Bakerie & Bakerie Tasting Store), Best Coffee Bar or Tea Shop (North Tea Power) and a double win for Almost Famous as Food & Drink Pioneers and Food Hero.

This year we have another fine showing and now it’s time to get behind our favourite Northern Quarter venues and make sure they win. You can vote over here and our nominees are below. (It’s not a nominated category but make sure you put Beermoth or Bakerie Tasting Store for Food & Drink Retailer of the Year).

Restaurant of the Year

63 Degrees Restaurant

63 Degrees

This intimate, family owned French restaurant sits unassumingly on Church Street, but the food and service have gained it a reputation for quality that isn’t found too often anywhere in the city. If you haven’t been you’ve missed out and the Tuesday night Tasting Menu is a definite highlight.

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

Newcomer of the Year

Solita Logo

SoLIta

South of Little Italy is the inspiration for Solita, but they are perhaps best known for their burgers, calorie drenched treats, Solita In The Street and their constant reinvention. Solita are proving that this unit on Turner Street can work having risen from the ashes of the ill-fated Sole.

SoLIta / 37 Turner St / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1DW

Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn

Luck Lust Liquor & Burn

Luck Lust Liquor & Burn, or LLLB, has taken on the baton handed to it by the closure of Socio Rehab which used to be where this Mexicali bar/restaurant now lives. Fantastic cocktails are assured, but what this place has become all about is the food. Delicious, well made, well thought out takes on burritos, tacos and the like, all exceptionally  good value and all ensuring that nobody leaves the restaurant hungry!

Luck Lust Liquor & Burn / 100-102 High St / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1HP

Bar of the Year

Kosmonaut

Kosmonaut

This Tariff Street bar has been going from strength to strength. A laid back bar with an excellent drinks selection has now been enhanced with an improved food offering and a huge new bar area and thoroughly deserves this nomination.

Kosmonaut / 10 Tariff Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 2FF

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 which continues to delight all their customers.

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

Cheap Eats of the Year

Home Sweet Home

Well made, well priced and delicious. That’s what you get from Home Sweet Home’s menu and hence their nomination in the cheap eats category. Cheap doesn’t mean that the quality is sacrificed.

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

Luck Lust Liqour & Almost Famous

Luck Lust Liquor & Burn

LLLB get’s another nomination and this time for the great value on offer when you dine. As previously mentioned you really can’t go far wrong here as you will leave full and without your wallet being emptied. LLLB is also now home to some/most of the Almost Famous Burger menu since AF had their fire.

Luck Lust Liquor & Burn / 100-102 High St / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1HP

Best Coffee Bar or Tea Shop of the Year

Home Sweet Home

A second nomination for Home Sweet Home and this time it’s for best coffee bar or tea shop. As well as the great value menu this place is great for just dropping in for a tea or a coffee and the cakes….oh the cakes! Just follow them on Twitter if you want to be tempted by the incredible baked goods this place comes up with.

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

Takk

Takk

Takk is relatively new on the scene but has definitely found a place in the hearts and minds of coffee lovers in the Northern Quarter. It aims to bring an Icelandic feel to the coffee scene, but what it certainly does deliver is great sandwiches and decent coffee. Just make sure you take your Mac with you so you don’t feel out of place!

Takk / 6 Tariff Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 2FF

There’s only one way to improve on these NQ favourites and that would be with a bit of discount……well what do you know, they are all (with the exception of Takk because we haven’t seen them yet) on the NQ Card! Get yours and get to enjoy all these great venues with a little something special just for you. Take a look here.

So, go on, head to the Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards and vote for your favourite. (I know there are other nominations but I’m only interested in the ones in the Northern Quarter.