Now, I know that we’re supposed to eat somewhere because the food is good or whatever, but it really doesn’t hurt when it just so happens to be pretty, too. I mean, I can eat good food in my dining room pretty easily (and when I say good, I can make banging cheesy beans on toast), but can I eat good food in my dining room surrounded by beautiful botanicals? Technically yes, but it’d require some serious redecorating which, quite frankly, I’m not up for. So, next time you fancy eating somewhere gorgeous, here’s our guide to the most beautiful botanical restaurants in Manchester…
Probably the most botanical of all the restaurants in Manchester, Tattu really is a sight for sore eyes. Inspired by the Far East, Tattu brings contemporary Chinese cuisine to the city – which is only amplified by the stunning surroundings. Expect cherry blossom at every turn, glowing pink under the romantic lighting, alongside delicious small plates that have long made Tattu one of the city’s finest restaurants. Tattu, 3 Hardman Square, Gartside St, M3 3EB.
2. The Ivy
Another floral-adorned delight found in Spinningfields is The Ivy – a three-floored wonderland of food, drinks and all things botanical. Expect foliage at every turn – particularly on the stunning rooftop terrace – alongside floral-printed furniture, potted trees and equally beautiful cocktails. It really is a treat for the senses, particularly on an evening when the firepits are lit. The Ivy Spinningfields, The Pavilion, Byrom St, M3 3HG.
3. Sunset by Australasia
Sitting behind its sleek, contemporary mother site, Australasia, Sunset by Australasia serves up florals by the bucket load, not only potting them up on the tables but draping them over the walls, t00. Boasting an oriental flair, the pretty-in-pink surroundings perfectly complement the cocktail bar‘s delicious menu of Australasian small plates, which include tons of sushi dishes and treats from the Robata grill. Sunset by Australasia, 1 The Avenue, M3 3AP.
One of Manchester’s underrated Italian restaurants, Gusto is beautifully decorated, combining 1920’s art deco-style décor with twinkling trees and botanicals. Ahh, Bellissimo. The simple-yet-gorgeous décor is accompanied by classic Italian dishes, from pizza to pasta and everything in between. Gusto, 4 Lloyd St, M2 5AB.
If there’s one place in town that really knows how to bring the floral factor, it’s Victors. Offering pretty views of wisteria from most corners, the restaurant is completely draped in a purple hue – which meanders its way between tables, doorways and even across the ceiling. A beautiful setting for brunch. Victors, 46 London Rd, Alderley Edge, SK9 7DZ.
Equal parts industrial and botanical, there’s a reason that Evelyn’s has long been one of the Northern Quarter‘s favourite brunch spots – and it’s not just because the Asian fusion food is divine. It’s because it just so happens to be pretty, too. Filled with hanging plants in all corners with a whole wall filled with potted foliage, Evelyn’s is the perfect place to go if you need a dose of greenery. Perfect if you don’t have any yourself. Halal-friendly options are available here too. Evelyn’s, 44 Tib St, M4 1NB.
7. The Botanist
Hence the name, The Botanist is chock-a-block with foliage. With a French bistro feel and known for its unique cuisine, often presented in their signature hanging kebab style, The Botanist truly feels like you’re dining in a jungle, in the best way possible. The vibes are casual and rustic, so it doesn’t feel like it’s trying too hard, and what’s more it’s dog friendly – winner! The Botanist, 78 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2FW.
Although more known for its shabby-chic charm and antique highlights, Bill’s compliments its signature style with the inclusion of well-placed, carefully chosen greenery. Large spiky palms accent the corners of the restaurant, creating separation between tables and areas, as well as smaller cabbage plants and potted plants echoing the greenery in the food they serve. With the decadent floral wallpaper, the botanicals at Bill’s add a subtle but necessary touch to the space, and ties in with other décor, making it all work in harmony. Plus, it looks great in photos. Bill’s, 3 Hardman Square, Manchester, M3 3EB.