What’s not to love about cheese? It’s delicious, nutritious (ish) and versatile. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the best places, and ways, to enjoy cheese in Manchester.
1. Grilled at Northern Soul Grilled Cheese
The UK’s first gourmet grilled cheese restaurant, serving pimped up grilled cheese sandwiches, mac ‘n’ cheese and shakes, all set to a soul soundtrack. With restaurants in the Northern Quarter and Escape To Freight Island, you’re never far away from a tasty toasted sandwich so there’s always time to nip out for one while you’re at work. Unit G20-21, Smithfield Building, Tib St, Manchester, M4 1LA | Escape To Freight Island, 11 Baring St, Manchester, M1 2PZ.
2. With a sophisticated wine pairing at Homage at WOOD
It’s a classic way to enjoy cheese, on a cracker, with wine. But Homage really pushes the boat out, with exquisite ambience and minute attention to detail, not to mention the most delicious cheeses. On the opening of Homage in 2021, owner and celebrity chef Simon Wood said: “Homage is about connecting, sitting back and enjoying time with family, friends and colleagues, whether you’re having a quiet taster and glass of wine with a friend you’ve not seen in years, or a business meeting over a long port with an associate.” Jack Rosenthal St, Manchester, M15 4RA.
3. With other cheese-lovers at Homage2Fromage
Eat as much cheese as you like at Homage2Fromage’s brie-lliant workshops. The monthly events take place in venues across Manchester and each has a different theme, previously cheddar, Irish, and blue. Guests will be able to help themselves to as much of each cheese as they like, along with crackers, bread and chutney, fruit and all kinds of accompaniments. Click here for more information.
4. Toasted at Frankie’s Toasties
Toasties are the ultimate convenience food, all you need is bread, cheese and fire and you’ve got yourself a tasty sandwich. Frankie’s Toasties, the UK’s first toastie restaurant, has become a firm Manchester favourite, offering ‘straight-up’ toasties with a selection of outrageously good fillings, including Nutella, Supernoodles, alphabet spaghetti and loads more. 98a Portland St, Manchester, M1 4GX.
5. With chips and gravy at Koffee Pot
Behold, the Manchester Poutine! Like cheesy chips and gravy but fancier, Koffee Pot knows how to treat us. Available as a side or to share (ha!), it’s a heavenly plate full of beef dripping chips and Lancashire chips, drowned in sausage gravy. Delicious! 84-86 Oldham St, Manchester, M4 1LE.
6. On a pizza at Rudy’s
Rudy’s promises a relaxed restaurant environment and delicious pizzas made by passionate pizzaiolos intent on following the traditions and artistry of pizza from Naples, which explains why their pizza is so damn good! The restaurant is walk-in only, so get there early to avoid disappointment. 9 Cotton St, Manchester, M4 5BF | Petersfield House, Peter St, Manchester, M2 5QJ.
7. With a juicy burger at Brewski
If there’s one place in town that screams cheesy, it’s North American-inspired joint Brewski. The menu is loaded with poutine, huge sharing boards, cheese boards and more – with the real star of the cheese show being their juicy chicken burger which comes with a hot plate of the melty good stuff to dip into. Mmm-mmm. 537-539 Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, M21 0UE.
8. Infused in pasta at Cibo
Now, this may sound strange, but hear us out: pasta made in a wheel of cheese. Cibo has really cornered the market when it comes to kooky ways to stand out, but apparently it’s truly spectacular. The Penne Reggiano consists of pasta with cream and sage, flambéed with cognac in its parmesan cheese & truffle oil, making a true show of your meal. It’s something honestly unique that we’ve never seen before. 3-11 Liverpool Rd, Manchester, M3 4NW.
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