Visit some of the latest exciting restaurants and bars generating a buzz about town.
Sugo Pasta Kitchen
After a fast-crowdfunding drive of over £85,000 and months of planning, Sugo Pasta Kitchen has opened its third branch in the re-developed Stanley Square in Sale. Run by Mike and Alex De Martiis, the brothers continue to serve a creative menu drawn from their deep rooted Southern Italian heritage. Expect the restaurant’s classic house sugo made with slow cooked beef, orecchiette, and parmesan, with a side of homemade sourdough bread with roasted garlic and rosemary butter. Sugo’s own in-house filtered sparkling water, Purazzo, also provides a reduced-waste drinks option alongside a range of craft beer from Manchester’s own Brightside Brewery.
Bringing a taste of Portugal to Manchester, Petisco was opened by four childhood friends, and aims to emulate the neighbourhood restaurants and bars of Portugal. The restaurant’s name means small plate, and this is the heart of the restaurants offering. Just a few of the popular plates the establishment serves include pan fried Padron peppers in smoked chilli salt, peri-peri red pepper hummus and crackers, and chicken and broad bean coxinha.
After its successful beginnings within the city centre’s Society restaurant, Dokes Pizzeria has now opened its first stand-alone establishment in Prestwich working with some of the UK’s finest ingredients. A huge pizza oven allows the restaurant to serve 30 covers at a time, with toppings including Welsh duck breast, Cumbrian cheeses, and Wiltshire truffles. Cold fermented pizza bases made from heritage grains ensure that each slice doesn’t go sloppy, while innovative homemade dips including Saddleworth hot honey butter provide an extra mouth-watering element to the menu.
Dirty Old Town Distillery
The team behind the Salford Rum Company have established Manchester’s first ever rum bar and garden, nestled under the arches of Salford’s Viaduct Street. Home to a craft copper still, the distillery creates large batches of rum to form the brand’s impressive core range, inspired by Salford’s strong import history. Whether a rum aficionado or not, the rum blends on offer do more than enough to satisfy a visitor’s curiosity, with the experimental tastes and smells of orange, nutmeg, ginger, and maple complementing the distillery’s regular dark and original spices.
Great North Pie Co
Great North Pie Co will be opening its third location in Manchester this year, in the trendy new Kampus neighbourhood. Accompanying Great North Pie Co’s award-winning pies will be sides of mashed potato, mushy peas, and gravy. The restaurant’s menu will focus and using seasonal and local produce, and therefore changes according to availability, but diners will see vegetarian options like Lancashire cheese and onion, and spinach and cheese.