• NATIONAL RESTAURANT AWARDS: Three Manchester restaurants named very best in UK

NATIONAL RESTAURANT AWARDS: Three Manchester restaurants named very best in UK

14 June 2024 by Rhiannon Ingle

Earlier this week, a list of the Top 100 restaurants was announced by the prestigious National Restaurant Awards for 2024. 

Dubbed the 'the definitive guide to the UK's best restaurants' we were lucky enough to see three Manchester additions on the rundown.

Simon Martin’s high-reaching restaurant, Mana, came in at number 14. The joint won Manchester its first Michelin star in 42 years, and with good reason.

The cooking at Mana is described as being 'highly technical and precise' with a 'Nordic feel' to its culinary approach with Martin very respectful of his British and often wild and foraged ingredients and use of techniques designed to let the primary ingredients shine. 

Be sure to try out Mana's ‘beef tartare that tastes of beef tartare’ dish made using 120-day dry-aged beef from 15-year-old ex-dairy cattle.

Just a couple spots down at number 16 is Higher Ground.

Picked for its 'impeccable sourcing, creative cooking and low intervention wines', it was no surprise that this  modern and thoughtful Manchester bistro made it in the top 20. 

Run by Joseph Otway, Richard Cossins and Daniel Craig Martin, the 'proper neo bistro' is famous for its experimental dishes including acorn-fed pig cooked in milk; pea fritters with Quicke’s cheddar; a superbly tart dish of thinly sliced celeriac with salted blackcurrants and bay leaf; house-smoked beetroot with brill roe; and fried pig’s head with lovage mayo.

And the final Manchester eatery to make it on the list is none other than Erst.

Hailed as the 'perfect neighbourhood spot', Will Sutton and Patrick Withington’s low-key Ancoats restaurant is definitely worth raising a glass to.

The restaurant and wine bar offers a tiny but regularly-changing menu of Mediterranean dishes designed to share alongside an exclusively natural wine list. 

The full list of winners at the National Restaurant Awards 2024

  1. The Ledbury

  2. Mountain

  3. Moor Hall

  4. Bouchon Racine

  5. Ynyshir

  6. Kiln

  7. Da Terra

  8. Opheem

  9. The Devonshire

  10. Ikoyi

  11. The Glenturret Lalique

  12. Restaurant Pine

  13. The Ritz

  14. Mana

  15. Endo at the Rotunda

  16. Higher Ground

  17. Myse

  18. Kitchen Table

  19. A. Wong

  20. L'Enclume

  21. Dorian

  22. Paul Ainsworth at No.6

  23. Akoko

  24. Josephine Bouchon

  25. Sabor

  26. Solstice

  27. Kolae

  28. Lyla

  29. The Sportsman

  30. Hjem

  31. Chishuru

  32. Core By Clare Smyth

  33. Trinity

  34. Brooklands by Claude Bosi

  35. BiBi

  36. Sollip

  37. The Angel at Hetton

  38. Woven by Adam Smith

  39. SOLA

  40. Frog by Adam Handling

  41. The Black Swan at Oldstead

  42. Inver

  43. Fallow

  44. Luca

  45. The Little Chartroom

  46. Upstairs by Tom Shepherd

  47. Brat

  48. Cycene

  49. Kol

  50. Erst

  51. Parkers Arms

  52. Solo

  53. Morchella

  54. The French House

  55. Ugly Butterfly

  56. The Unruly Pig

  57. Heft

  58. The Midland Grand Dining Room

  59. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

  60. Lumiere

  61. Crocadon

  62. The Fordwich Arms

  63. Manteca

  64. Osip

  65. The Cedar Tree

  66. Grace & Savour

  67. Annwn

  68. The Clove Club

  69. Restaurant Sat Bains

  70. Chez Bruce

  71. Singburi

  72. Wilsons

  73. Hide

  74. Northcote

  75. Forest Side

  76. Lyle’s

  77. St John

  78. Restaurant 22

  79. Lisboeta

  80. The Harwood Arms

  81. The Muddlers Club

  82. Aulis by Simon Rogan

  83. Interlude

  84. Manifest

  85. Maison François

  86. Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons

  87. Sune

  88. Smoking Goat

  89. Evelyn’s Table

  90. Trivet

  91. Etch

  92. The Grill by Tom Booton

  93. Gymkhana

  94. The Palmerston

  95. The Quality Chop House

  96. Updown Farmhouse

  97. Planque

  98. The Seahorse

  99. Sette

  100. Camille