From the same stable as highly-rated Chester restaurant Covino, Climat combines a regularly-changing menu of ‘Parisian expat food’ with a killer 400-bin wine list that’s big on Burgundy. Group executive chef Luke Richardson combines experience at some of the French capital’s most oversubscribed bistrots with modern British sensibilities to create dishes that utilise ingredients and flavours from all over the world. Climat launched late last year atop Blackfrairs House and has already attracted a rave review from The Observer critic Jay Rayner.
Erst might just be the perfect neighbourhood spot. Set within a redeveloped warehouse building in buzzy Ancoats, the restaurant and wine bar offers a tiny but regularly-changing menu of Mediterranean dishes designed to share alongside an exclusively natural wine list. While that might not sound ground-breaking, co-founders Patrick Withington and Will Sutton possess an eye for detail that’s rare for a low-key ‘local’ place delivering a laid-back-yet-grownup experience that’s an antidote to the glitzier ‘going out out’ restaurant scene for which the city is traditionally known.
Flawd offers a short menu of dishes based on top quality produce with only a handful of items served hot due to the diminutive Ancoats site’s very basic kitchen and lack of extraction. Despite these limitations Richard Cossins, Daniel Craig Martin and chef Joseph Otway’s pandemic-born natural wine bar has been well-received and is now regarded by those in the know as one of Manchester’s very best places to eat and drink. Earlier this year, the trio followed Flawd with the equally accomplished Higher Ground in Manchester’s Chinatown enclave.
Restaurant's latest Eats Out event was sponsored by leading restaurant supplier Woods Foodservice.