Supporting our favourite local businesses is essential now more than ever.
The country is confined behind closed doors right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do our bit to support those good folk who provide us with delicious grub all year round. Many of our most beloved haunts have been forced to close amid the COVID-19 pandemic, so ditch the cooking and enjoy your favourite meals in the comfort of your own home with Secret Manchester’s guide to some of the best local restaurants that are offering delivery.
Born in our beloved Manchester, the guys behind Almost Famous are what I can only describe as ‘burger legends’. Their menu features stacked and saucy burgers that after trying, you’ll crave for the remainder of your time. It’s all in that redneck BBQ sauce.
The restaurant is continuing to offer their incredibly messy-but-delicious burgers on Deliveroo for those who need their weekly fix (including myself). All of your faves are up for grabs, including their Famous Burger, the Awesome HQ and a few more tasty options. Almost Famous is available to order on Deliveroo, and can be delivered using the services ‘no-contact’ option.
Plant-based takeaway Vegan Shack opened its doors just last Spring, and it’s attracted quite a following ever since. Serving the takeaway food we all know and love (without the animal products), the fast-food joint offers both delivery and collection for hungry Mancs, making delicious plant-based food easily accessible to the people of Manchester.
Their menu includes tasty meals such as vegan doner kebab, BBQ soya loaded fries, vegan chicken burgers and much, much more – giving fans the taste, without the guilt. Vegan Shack is available to order on both Deliveroo and Just Eat and can be found on Rochdale Road for those who’d prefer to collect.
The UK’s first grilled cheese restaurant has been providing the city with dirty grilled cheese dishes since 2015, and it’s a lunchtime essential. Each sandwich is absolutely dripping with cheese and they’ve had Mancunians going mad for them for five years already, with three sites in total.
Rescuing the public from half-assed cheese toasties during this terrible time, Northern Soul has launched a 1800-CHEESE S.O.S. plan, meaning those in the Northern Quarter and Ancoats area will be able to enjoy their tasty sandwiches at home when truly in need. It’s called the ‘Cheese For Your Sneeze’ service and will see Northern Soul staff deliver on foot. That’s dedication! Not only that, but the restaurant is also available to order from via Deliveroo, too, so anyone a little further afield can take advantage too.
With the motto “as Thai as possible”, My Thai has two sites across Manchester, offering casual yet authentic lunch options for passing locals. Not only that, but their tasty grub is also available on Deliveroo too, a service which remains operating now.
The extensive food menu features street-style dishes including noodle soups, curries, pad Thai and so much more. The small restaurant offers up the whole menu on Deliveroo, so you can enjoy a taste of Asia without leaving your bed – a necessity if you’re feeling under the weather and are in need of a hearty meal. My Thai is available to order on Deliveroo with ‘no-contact’ delivery now.
Pull Up Bar Cafe
Fairly new to the NQ, Pull Up Bar Cafe has been serving truly authentic Caribbean food since 2018, bringing the community vibes and sunshine spirit of the Islands to our much-loved, rainy city. Each dish is made with heart and soul and is definitely worth a try during self-isolation if you’re new (or not so new!) to Caribbean food. Whether you’ve got a sniffle or just need perking up, their tummy-filling dishes are sure to put a smile on your face.
Available to order online, the menu features all the traditional grub you could think of, including Jerk chicken, fish curry, curry goat, and even a ‘Reggae’ roast with rice and peas. Pull Up Bar Cafe is available to order from via Deliveroo.
A casual Japanese spot in both Ancoats and Chorlton, Sushi Marvel is run by people who really know good sushi. Creating super pretty and carefully crafted sushi, it’s a great spot for a healthy lunch if you’re finding yourself indulging a little too much while at home. The creator of the restaurant has worked internationally in Hong Kong, London and now Manchester, experiencing the art of rolling all around the world. And it’s safe to say, he’s got it down.
All sushi dishes are available to order either directly with the restaurant or via Deliveroo, but the restaurant also serves tasty dishes such as Miso soup, chicken wings, Teriyaki beef and more. Sushi Marvel is delivering via Deliveroo now.
An independent Northern Quarter pizzeria run by four Italians, Noi Quattro make Naples-style pizza for the people, combining iconic Italian culture and good grub with wine and friends. The spot strives to bring a piece of Italia to the city with a traditional, bustling atmosphere that’s warm and welcoming, serving up traditional food made with fresh Italian ingredients that really brings the flavour. But while we’re all couped up inside, Noi Quattro is bringing all of the above right to your door, so you can taste traditional Neapolitan pizza in front of the tele… Where you could probably put some slideshow of Italy up so you feel like you’re really there.
While the menu, of course, features a variety of pizza options, guests can also enjoy potato croquettes, dough balls, and cold cuts. Their food is available to order via Deliveroo.
Be sure to check out delivery apps such as Just Eat, Deliveroo and Uber Eats to find your favourite local businesses and support them during the outbreak.