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The Top Restaurants in South Manchester

Apr 24, 2021
The Top Restaurants in South Manchester

If you’re on the hunt for superb restaurants, South Manchester should tick so many boxes. Brimming with vibrant suburbs each blessed with their own individual character, the area continues the city centre’s reputation for its excellent dining scene. Whether you live in the area, the heart of the city or in a place on the outskirts of town such as Aston-under-Lyne or Hyde, we’ve picked out five of the best restaurants in South Manchester for you to try.

The Laundrette

As one of the most highly-rated restaurants anywhere in Manchester, the Laundrette is perhaps the pick of the eateries along Chorlton’s popular Beech Road. As the name points out, the restaurant is housed in an old laundrette, which has influenced the quirky cocktail and carbs-based menu. Using fresh local ingredients and offering a relaxed, welcoming vibe both inside and out, don’t miss the homemade pizzas or the Bubble Bath sharing cocktail.


Just a couple of miles away along School Lane in Didsbury, Hispi also ranks among the best restaurants South Manchester has to offer. Serving up humble yet delectable bistro food, the menu is bursting with originality and interesting bites such as the butter roasted pork ribeye and purple carrot options. Think classic dishes with tasty twists in a pleasant, ambient setting.

Where The Light Gets In

Located in the centre of Stockport, this modern, airy restaurant certainly lives up to its aptly-chosen name. Designed to feel like you’re stepping into an upmarket loft at the top of the lovingly restored Victorian warehouse it resides in, Where The Light Gets In keeps things fresh with a fluid menu that changes with the seasons. Many of their ingredients come straight from their own farm nearby, contributing to the popularity of the restaurant among both locals and foodies from far-flung corners of the globe.


This wonderful little chain serves delicious Lebanese and Syrian food. Yara has restaurants in South Manchester spots Alderley Edge, Altrincham and Cheadle, as well as in Whitefield to the north of the city centre not far from Rochdale. Whether you’re ordering tasty kebabs, halloumi, hummus or baba ghanoush, you can even take your own drinks along to either keep the cost of your meal down or enjoy that extra-special bottle of wine you’ve been saving.


Combining British and Polish flavours with mouthwatering style and flair, this small, family-run restaurant is tucked away in the leafy suburb of Bowdon. A real favourite among locals, the food is modern, appealing and presented with real panache. From homemade breads to expertly cooked fish and meat-based mains, Borage has piqued the interest of the Michelin Guide and is a must-visit in South Manchester.

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