The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than by indulging in Manchester’s best Christmas dining experiences?
This year, leave the stress of cooking and cleaning behind and treat yourself to a festive feast at some of the city’s top restaurants.
Gather your loved ones, make a reservation, get stuck in.
No stress, no mess. We can get behind that.
Zouk Tea Bar and Grill Restaurant
A Spicy Banquet Extravaganza
For those craving a banquet on the big day, Zouk Tea Bar and Grill Restaurant is the go-to destination.
With a reputation for bringing Eastern hospitality and incredible flavours to Christmas dining in Manchester, Zouk offers a six-course spicy festive lunch or dinner, available all day long.
The banquet, designed to be shared, serves a minimum of 2 diners, making it perfect for an intimate family celebration.
What’s more, under 12s can enjoy the banquet menu for half price, ensuring there’s something for everyone.
If the little ones prefer something specific, a kids’ menu is also available upon request. This Christmas, make it extra special by treating yourself and your loved ones to the most delicious festive dining experience that Manchester has to offer at Zouk.
You can book by clicking here
Sam’s Chop House
Step into the heart of a Dickensian Christmas at Sam’s Chop House, located in the authentic Victorian setting of Manchester’s city centre.
As you dine alongside the statue of LS Lowry at the bar, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the pages of A Christmas Carol.
The menu at Sam’s Chop House features a selection of festive delights, including the signature Sam’s Turkey Dinner.
This delectable dish includes free-range turkey ballotine with its own apricot and thyme stuffing, wrapped in cured ham. Served with a slice of Christmas ham, cranberry, chestnut and pork stuffing slices, homemade bread sauce, Brussels sprouts, and turkey gravy, it’s a true taste of the season.
For those looking to explore beyond turkey, the Beef Cheek Bourguignon offers a rich and flavorful alternative. Melting 12-hour Burgundy-braised local beef cheeks come accompanied by chestnut mushrooms, pearl onions, Chorlton pancetta, and creamy horseradish mash with parsnip crisps.
Vegetarians need not feel left out with the Sweet Potato Wellington—a roasted sweet potato wrapped with wild mushroom and tarragon duxelles in a puff pastry case.
Served with parsnip purée, roast chestnuts, and port and rosemary gravy, it’s a delightful plant-based option.
The price for this festive feast is £85 per person, with a £40 deposit required to secure your spot. Children’s portions are available at £40 each, making it a family-friendly Christmas celebration.
Check out their menu by clicking here
The River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel
For those seeking a touch of luxury by the riverside, The River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel is the ultimate destination.
This Christmas bid farewell to kitchen chaos and immerse yourself in a festive experience that seamlessly combines sophistication with indulgence.
From the moment you step through the doors, you’ll be welcomed with a glass of Prosecco, setting the tone for a day of exquisite dining and holiday cheer. The restaurant offers an incredible 3-course meal with a delightful selection to suit every palate.
The main course options include a Turkey Ballotine with Pomme Anna, Sprouts with Bacon, Root Vegetables, and Gravy—a classic festive favourite.
If you prefer a beef option, the Roast Sirloin Beef with Roast Potato, Agave-Glaze, Chantey Carrot, Root Vegetables, Yorkshire Pudding, and Gravy is sure to satisfy your carnivorous cravings.
Seafood enthusiasts can opt for the Sous vide Halibut with Celeriac, Romanesco, Clams, and Salmon Caviar—a dish that brings together the finest flavours of the ocean.
For a delightful vegetarian option, the Black Garlic Gnocchi with Sweet Potato Puree, Crispy Kale, and Leek Sauce provides a delectable combination of textures and tastes.
The price per person for this luxurious riverside Christmas celebration is £155.00 for adults and £49.00 for children under 12.
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Elevate your dining experience this Christmas at 20 Stories set against the breathtaking backdrop of Manchester’s skyline.
20 Stories is eliminating the Christmas cooking dread for families by offering a five-course set menu, with an optional wine flight to accompany the meal, for guests to indulge in.
The menu will begin with dishes including, Venison carpaccio, pomegranate, leek aioli, potato & rosemary croutes, building up to the main event, a Christmas day classic: roast Cheshire turkey breast, pork & chestnut stuffing, pigs in blankets, truffle pomme puree, honey roasted Chantenay carrot, port & cranberry jus. The menu then offers traditional Christmas pudding and mince pie for dessert.
Throughout the special day, guests will be able to enjoy the sounds of live music alongside 360 views of Manchester.
You can check out their Christmas Menu here
Etçi Mehmet Steak House
This winter, Etçi Mehmet Steak House is turning up the heat with its Festive Etci Special Menu.
And this delicious and decadent selection of meats is not for the faint hearted.
Celebrate the season with a flavour-packed feast featuring savoury starters, mouthwatering mains, decadent desserts, and limited-edition mocktails—all expertly crafted for the festive season.
Available 7 days a week, the Festive Etci Special Menu offers the flexibility of choosing between a 2-course (£29.95) or 3-course (£34.95) dining experience.
Immerse yourself in the rich and diverse flavours of Turkish cuisine from around the world.
From November 20th onward, this festive menu comes complete with a charming festive cracker and a delightful gift voucher, adding an extra touch of holiday joy to your dining experience
You can check out their festive menu here
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