New year, new openings! Fancy trying something new this March? Manchester’s got ya. From a canal-side brasserie serving modern-European classics to spots slinging tasty tacos, cosy spots filled with cute pugs to some of the coolest spots to enjoy a cocktail and spot of shuffleboard, here are some of the best new restaurants, cafés and bars to try in Manchester this month.
New restaurants, bars and cafés opening in Manchester
1. The Lamb of Tartary
This March, a new public house and grill, The Lamb of Tartary, is set to open in Manchester’s Northern Quarter in the former Cottonopolis site on Newton Street – plus they are giving away free pints on opening day (March 1). From the team behind award-winning Manchester pub Edinburgh Castle, the new opening will be serving British seasonal dishes spanning brunch, small plates and Sunday roasts alongside 24 different beers on tap. Derived from an old tale, where people believed that lambs came from the cotton plant, the name of the new venue pays homage to The Lamb being born out of Cottonopolis. The Lamb of Tartary, 16 Newton St, M1 2AE.
2. Medlock Canteen
One of the new restaurants and bars coming to Manchester this month is Medlock Canteen, the latest concept from the team behind Belzan and Madre, which will open on March at Deansgate Square. Taking inspiration from two distinct styles of eateries found on the opposite side of the Atlantic; Medlock Canteen is inspired by the informality, accessibility and hospitality of American Diners and Parisian Bistros with a menu centred around dishes ‘you know and love to eat’. The focal point of the menu however centres around the rotisserie chicken oven and you won’t find anywhere in the city serving anything like it. Medlock Canteen, Deansgate Square, Owen Street, M15 4YB.
Legendary burger spot Burgerism, which was recently-crowned the best burger takeaway spot in the North, has announced it is opening a brand new location in Greater Manchester, heading east of the city to Denton. Set to be their fifth brick-and-mortar site, the new Tameside venue sees them expand their burger empire further across the Greater Manchester region after first launching back in 2018. The smashed-burger experts have revealed they will be bringing their signature burgers, wings, fries and homemade dips to Denton’s Stockport Road and is expected to open from mid-March. Burgerism, 31 Stockport Rd, Denton, M34 6DB.
4. Ottoman Bar and Grill
Having built up a reputation and fanbase in their home town of Chorley, Ottoman Bar & Grill will be opening a second venue (and their first in Manchester) at Affinity Living Riverside. Ottoman Bar & Grill specialises in authentic Turkish cuisine and will be serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner at their new venue which opens on March 21. Menu highlights will include Ottoman’s famous chicken and lamb shish kebabs, served with Turkish rice and Arabic salad, freshly made bread and homemade hummus, and specials such as the Lamb Butterfly. Ottoman Bar & Grill, Affinity Living Riverside. 32 Quay St, Salford, M3 5FZ.
Adding to the exciting new restaurants and bars coming to Manchester this March is the highly-anticipated spot, Maya. Opening its doors this month, Maya, will take guests from day to night, with an electric destination bar, canal-side brasserie serving modern-European classics, and lower ground-floor dining room with an ingredient-led menu curated by Northern-born, Gabe Lea, who cut his teeth at Michelin-starred establishments, Le Manoir and The French at The Midland Hotel. Maya, 40 Chorlton Street, M1 3HW.
6. Fairfield Social Club
A brand new multi-space events venue, called Fairfield Social Club, is set to open its doors in Manchester neighbourhood Red Bank as part of the major Victoria North regeneration programme. Created by the team behind GRUB, Manchester’s biggest street food venue and events space, Fairfield Social will be located just off Angel Meadow Park and is due to open on March 8. Visitors to the club will be able to relax with a drink and enjoy culinary options from all around the world in Manchester’s greenest beer garden as well as attend collaborative supper clubs from the best indie chefs in the region. Fairfield Social Club, Irk St, M4 4JT.
One of the newest taco restaurants in Manchester, Boogalú, opens its doors in the Northern Quarter on March 1 and better still the new opening is offering 50% off food for all bookings in the first two weeks. The venue doubles up as a late night cocktail bar, serving a wide variety of rums and tequilas with DJs playing funk, soul and disco tracks. All the tacos are served as a pair with fillings like their Campechano – a mix of grilled beef steak, longaniza and chicharron; or the Grapow – Thai spicy minced chicken served with pickled carrots, pickled chillies, coriander, thai basil, cucumbers, kewpie mayo and baby gem lettuce. The spot will also be host Taco Tuesdays, where it’s 3 for 2 on tacos all day Tuesdays, and Fiesta Thursdays, where it’s happy hour all night long. Boogalú, 12 Tariff St, M1 2FF.
Now, brace yourself, because there’s a permanent cafe coming to Salford dedicated entirely to sweet little pugs − enter: CuppaPug. Following the success of CuppaPug in London, the brand will be bringing its first ever Northern branch to Manchester, well, Salford actually, this March, gracing Chapel Street with ridiculous cuteness all year round. Prepare for a pug-tastic experience like no other, as the cafe brings you a blend of adorable pugs, pug-themed drinks and snacks, and an atmosphere that will warm your heart. CuppaPug, 220 Chapel St, Salford, M3 5LE.
9. Black Cat Club
Breathing new life into the former Middle-Eastern restaurant, Habas, Simon Shaw is set to unveil the Black Cat Club this March – an energetic and engaging new space in Manchester that will invite guests to game, socialise, and eat all under one roof. The new venue, from the company behind El Gato Negro and Canto will be venture introducing gaming elements such as Flyby Darts and interactive shuffleboard that guests can partake in whilst enjoying pizza, burgers, and a selection of delicious small plates. Black Cat Club will soundtrack the fun with regular vinyl DJs playing as well as offering a premium sports viewing experience, which will boast table service at the touch of the button so guests don’t have to miss a moment of the game they’re watching. Black Cat Club, 43A Brown St, M2 2JJ.
Opening on Manchester’s First Street on March 5, Hakkapo is a contemporary Japanese Izakaya-style dining experience. You can expect sleek, monochromatic and refined interiors and is definitely your next drinking and dining spot to visit when in the First Street district. Post-HOME sake anyone? Hakkapo, 13 Jack Rosenthal St, M15 4FN.
11. Lucky Mama’s
What began its journey back in Eccles is now opening a permanent location in the area. Taking the food scene by storm during lockdown, the fabulous Lucky Mama’s worked out of their mobile truck serving great pasta and Roman-style pizza. After opening their first proper spot in Chorlton last year, they’re now heading back to their roots, with another restaurant in Monton, on the trendy and buzzing Monton Road, taking over the former Eat Like A Greek site. Look out for those viral pasta dishes served in pizza bowls too! Lucky Mama, 217 Monton Rd, Eccles, M30 9PN.
12. Double Zero
Some might say there’s too many pizzerias in Manchester but when it comes to top pizza restaurants in Manchester, particularly of the Neapolitan variety, Chorlton’s Double Zero has to be up there, and there’s a new one coming soon… For those who can’t enough of their beautifully-puffed up crusts and gorgeous toppings (all pizzas are sprinkled with parmesan, which gets a thumb’s up from us) then you’re in luck as the restaurant on Barlow Moor Road is set to expand by opening a new location within the Manchester city centre. It’s been a long time in the making but we can confirm the pizza oven is officially in and we are ready for a slice! Double Zero, Fountain Street.