Manchester, unfortunately, didn’t win any Michelin awards this year, despite the ceremony being held here at the city’s Midland Hotel. However, there are great spots that have been awarded not quite a star and most definitely not a consolation prize, the Bib Gourmand.
The Michelin Bib Gourmand is a just-as-esteemed rating that recognises friendly establishments that serve good food at moderate prices and one of the city’s most recent openings, the modern British joint, Higher Ground on New York Street, received the accolade for its good quality and good value cooking after starting as a mere pop-up back in 2020.
The guide dubbed Higher Ground an 'all-round brilliant package', adding: "There is no better place to start than in Manchester, the host city of this year’s MICHELIN Guide Ceremony.
"One of the new jewels in the city’s culinary crown is Higher Ground, a great value restaurant run by a trio of friends who provide friendly service alongside a selection of full-flavoured small plates."
Higher Ground is only the third restaurant in the city to scoop the award joining the likes of two other bustling local eateries. Coming as no surprise to anyone, The Spärrows, which is cosily tucked away under the railway arches in Manchester’s Green Quarter also holds the prestigious Bib Gourmand title. Simply ring the bell to enter and settle down to the stellar dumplings and assorted pasta dishes all made in-house alongside the incredible pierogi.
And, lastly, is one of the city's favourite tapas bars, El Gato Negro. Split across three levels, 'The Black Cat' boasts a roof terrace made for enjoying a sangria in the sun, a whole smattering of cracking small plate offerings and outdoor tables in the pedestrianised street that'll make you feel like you're in Barcelona rather than King Street.