For the times that you do feel like sharing.
Out for a few bevs catching up with mates? You’re gonna need some fuel – and we know just the places. From drool-worthy American style big eats, to tasty Mediterranean tapas, check out Secret Manchester’s guide to the best spots for sharing platters and small plates in Manchester.
The King’s of the sharing platter here in Manchester, Brewski offers up some incredible options – including an absolutely whopping 20-inch brunch board packed with sausage patties, steak, bacon, pancakes and all the trimmings. If you fancied something a little on the smaller side, their Mate Date platters are perfect for sharing with one other, with fried chicken burgers, chicken tenders, tacos, burritos and fries. Brewski, 58 W Mosley St, M2 3HZ.
While Fress’s main menus are mostly suited to demolishing solo, their Afternoon Tea is perfect for sharing – packed with tasty treats such as pancakes, fried chicken and even mac & cheese balls. The tasty tiered food experience is stuffed with both sweet and savoury items which are sure to have you and your chosen pal leaving stuffed, with the whole thing costing just £20 per person. Fress, 62 Oldham St, M4 1LE.
Nothing beats a good bit of tapas when socialising with friends, and Canto’s Portuguese-inspired offering is absolutely delicious. The casual restaurant in Ancoats has a wide selection of small plates which are ideal for sharing, with veggie, meat and fish options available. Canto also offers a lovely drinks menu stocked full of cocktails, European wines and beers, too – perfect for washing their Mediterranean inspired grub down with. Canto, Cutting Room Square, Blossom St, Ancoats, M4 5DH.
Another tasty tapas spot in Manchester’s city centre, Evuna provides stunning authentic Spanish grub – with fine Spanish wines imported to accompany. The menu is packed with veggie, meat and fish options, including dishes such as Iberian slow-cooked pork cheeks, octopus, Spanish meatballs and, of course, croquetas. Evuna, 277-279 Deansgate, M3 4EW.
5. Bøck Bière Café
This one’s for the cheese lovers… And my, oh, my is it good. A European cafe with incredible ‘old-world’ style decor, Bøck Bière Café offers a number of menu items that are perfect for sharing, including five different fondue dishes that are great for sharing, and even a Sunday Roast fondue – which comes with a pot of red wine gravy to dip your dinner in. Bøck Bière Café, 10 Tib Ln, M2 4JB.
6. The Refuge
Sundays are like no other at The Refuge thanks to their whopping Sunday Roast sharing platter. And if this doesn’t induce top button popping, we honestly don’t know what will. Filled to the brim with an array of meats and all the trimmings, the huge platter serves two people (with extras on there, too!), with beef, chicken and pork piled high to enjoy. The Refuge, Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, Oxford St, M60 7HA.
7. Sunset by Australasia
Another delightful spot for small plates, Sunset by Australasia has a small but sweet menu of Japanese inspired dishes, including sushi, grilled meats, fish, sides and premium steaks. The sharing taster selections are, of course, perfect for sharing, with a number of menu highlights making up the wooden platter. To accompany, there’s a huge cocktail menu available too, with Asian inspired concoctions that are seriously tasty. Sunset by Australasia, 1 The Avenue, M3 3AP.
8. Cane & Grain
A popular drinking spot in the Northern Quarter, Cane & Grain has some great grub on the menu – all fitting with the bar’s American theme. The menu features a ton of dishes that can be ordered for one, but if you fancy a bit of food over a few pints with mates, their ‘Feastin’ Trays’ and finger-lickin’ good – with a large tray packed full of meat that’s perfect for two. Cane & Grain, 49, 51 Thomas St, M4 1NA.