Manchester: Best restaurants for groups

C&IT rounds up a selection of the best new restaurants suitable for groups and events in Manchester.

Iberica restaurant, Manchester
Iberica restaurant, Manchester
Manchester has shown greater restaurant growth than any other UK city in the past decade, according to figures by business intelligence firm CGA Peach. The number of restaurants, gastropubs and cafe bars has shot up by 57 per cent in the past ten years, providing a wealth of choice for entertaining delegates. Spanish restaurant group Ibérica opened its first site outside London in the upmarket Spinningfields area in March. The restaurant can host groups of up to 88 people for dinner on its mezzanine level, with pre-dinner drinks in the downstairs bar area.

Another London favourite, steak restaurant Hawskmoor, has opened at the Grade II-listed Courthouse building on Deansgate. It has a private dining room that can seat 14 guests, or the whole restaurant can be hired exclusively for parties of up to 135 people.

For dining on a larger scale, food event organiser B.Eat Street has transformed a disused space within the Great Northern Warehouse leisure complex into an area capable of hosting 50-1,000 people. The blank canvas space has enough room for organisers to bring in their own catering facilities and features a balcony mezzanine area.

The Midland hotel offers a variety of dining options, from traditional gala events for up to 700 in its newly refurbished Alexandra Suite to intimate dinners at acclaimed chef Simon Rogan's restaurant The French - often voted the best restaurant in town. The hotel is set to open its new spa next month following a £1.5m investment.

The city has also seen its fair share of drinking destinations open this year. Celeb-favourite Panacea reopened in March after a £900,000 makeover and the team behind the Dry Bar in the Northern Quarter opened a sister venue, Blue Brick Club, named after the original blue bricks that line its exterior, also in March.

Manchester Convention Bureau
Contact: Nicola Read
Tel: 0161 238 4597


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