Cosy up in some of Manchester’s most warming venues.
Autumn is officially here, and we’re ready to throw ourselves into the new season headfirst, pumpkin spiced latte in hand. And to get into the spirit of all the good stuff that the colder months bring with them, we’ve rounded up some of the loveliest, most cosy restaurants in Manchester for dinner in the city.
Stepping inside Mowgli is a little bit like stepping into another world – thanks to its twinkling fairy lights, looming lit-up trees and swings for seats. The whole ambience is incredibly warm and welcoming, symbolic of the family-inspired food they serve up every day. On the menu, you’ll find a whole host of Indian dishes influenced by the country’s street food, with curries, British twists on classic dishes (for example the Mowgli Chip Butty) and a range of tandoori meats to choose from. Mowgli, 16, Corn Exchange House, 37 Exchange St, M4 3TR.
2. Albert’s Schloss
Albert’s Schloss has a homely feel to it all year round, whether you’re popping by for a meal or for a bit of a boogie. But the restaurant has a particular charm to it that’s ideal for a cosy Sunday roast. Sit back and relax with a German beer, experience the delight that is Schloss’s gorgeous roast (those Yorkshire puddings though 😍) – all while taking in a bit of live music, usually in the form of soft Jazz or a Gospel Choir. Albert’s Schloss, 27 Peter St, M2 5QR. *Performances COVID permitting, check their website for further details.
3. The Botanist
You couldn’t possibly get any homelier than The Botanist on Deansgate, which is decked out from bar-to-restaurant with cottage-style interiors which feature lovely rustic finishings. The menu is incredibly diverse too, with burgers, hanging kebabs, fish & chips, pies and more available to choose from – as well as a number of cocktails to wash it all down with when seeking refuge from a chilly day. The Botanist, 78 Deansgate, M3 2FW.
4. The Ivy Roof Terrace
Complete with fire pits, plants galore and low mood lighting, The Ivy’s roof terrace is a lovely choice for a special occasion (or just a glamorous Saturday evening) – with a gorgeous brasserie menu and an incredible dessert list. The atmosphere is both lively and homely, with hearty dishes perfect for warming up on a cold evening. The real star of the show, however, is the Chocolate Bombe on the dessert menu – which can only be described as a (very naughty!) taste sensation. The Ivy, The Pavilion, Byrom St, M3 3HG.
A fresh and bright little spot tucked away in Ancoats with a gorgeous Mediterranian feel to it, Canto serves up tasty Portuguese-inspired tapas – with a little something for everyone on the menu (including a bottomless brunch!). The warm and welcoming restaurant mixes up its menu with seasonal flavours and ingredients, making it the perfect spot to relax while catching up with a friend any time of the year. Canto, Cutting Room Square, Blossom St, Ancoats, M4 5DH.
6. Three Little Words
Sitting pretty alongside the Manchester Gin city centre distillery, Three Little Words is perfectly decorated with plush velvets, industrial lighting and exposed brick – combining Manchester’s iconic industrial vibes with something a little cosier. Naturally, the bar is fully stocked with a variety of gins to warm you up after a cooler Autumn day, which can be accompanied with a filling dish from their lovely kitchen. Three Little Words, 12-13 Watson St, M3 4LP.
7. Sunset by Australasia
Sunset by Australasia goes all out as soon as the sun dissipates, completing their pretty-in-pink decor with faux fur soft furnishings and even blankets to keep you warm out on their terrace (which also features a number of heaters to keep you warm from the outside cold). The menu is filled with Asian-inspired cocktails, with sushi, robata grilled meats and more available to eat. Sunset by Australasia, 1 The Avenue, M3 3AP.
8. Bøck Bière Café
If you’re a big fan of cheese, Bøck Bière Café will have a special place in your heart once you’ve tried it. Serving a hot pan of fondue in their classy, European style restaurant, guests can enjoy stacked boards of breads, veggies, meat and more – all to dip into your very own cheesy pan. And if that wasn’t enough already, gravy fans can take advantage of their Sunday Roast fondue, too, which follows the same principle. Nothing says Autumn/Winter quite like gravy and cheese, right? Bøck Bière Café, 10 Tib Ln, M2 4JB.
9. Bay Horse Tavern
A pub-style spot in the heart of the Northern Quarter, the Bay Horse Tavern is a great place to warm up – and it’s hard to miss it too, thanks to its fairy light adorned exterior. Inside, the bar and restaurant is decorated in a cosy yet familiar style, with homely favourites on the menu including pie, bangers and mash and beef sirloin. Bay Horse Tavern, 35-37 Thomas St, M4 1NA.
10. The Refinery
If there’s one thing The Refinery does well, it’s Autumn/Winter. Making use of their ample outdoor space, guests can enjoy dome-style pods (TBC for 2020!) with all seats complete with blankets and fluffy finishings. The cosiness continues indoors, too, with modern, arctic-feeling decor and plush faux fur throws over the seating. Food-wise, there’s a little bit of everything, including burgers, gnocchi, curries and more. The Refinery, XYZ Building, 1 Hardman Blvd, M3 3AQ.
[Featured image: Drake and Morgan/The Refinery]