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From bacon naans to poutine barms: are these the best sandwiches in Manchester?

Everyone loves a butty, and not just for National Sandwich Week

Everyone loves a sandwich. Over 3.5 billion of them are purchased from UK retail or catering outlets each year, and we pay over £7,850m for them.

The sandwich industry is huge, employing over 300,000 people in the UK.

And whether you call them sarnies or butties, baps or barms, there’s no doubt that they’re a lunchtime staple.

But if you fancy something a bit special for your daily bread this British Sandwich Week (or any other week), here’s where to head in Manchester.

The Best Sandwiches in Manchester

Fat Pat’s Hot Honey Chicken Sub

Fat Pats is a small place with a huge reputation.

Located in a narrow alley near Chinatown with a row of big bins on one side, sits this literal hole-in-the-wall spot that specialises in Philly Cheesesteaks.

It’s a Buzzy take-out window at 88 Portland Street dispensing hefty sub sandwiches. You should absolutely try the hot honey chicken, it’s incredible.

A Taste of Honey

The Deli Breakfast

A Taste of Honey is a Didsbury institution, that harnesses the best of British produce and creates a divine selection of beautiful sandwiches.

They’ve got a beautiful hidden sun trap garden out the back to, where you can sit down and enjoy scanning them too.

If you’re in the area and are up for a great sandwich, don’t miss them!

The Steak Sandwich at Hawksmoor

Photo: Dan Lepard

You know Hawksmoor is the place to go for your steak fix. But don’t miss the bar menu for a more casual treat. Try the Steak Sandwich with porcini, hollandaise, parmesan and fried shallots for £24.

Edinburgh Castle

The Edinburgh castle chip butty is iconic. No pretentiousness, just 100% out-of-this-world flavour. Beef tartare with a sumptuous egg yolk,  and seaweed mayonnaise adorn the glorious golden chips, all tucked elegantly between a Pollen Bakery brioche roll.

All killer, no filler.

Double bacon naan at Dishoom

Sandwiches aren’t just for lunchtime. The new double bacon naan roll (£9) steps up Dishoom’s cult classic.

There’s double the amount of first-rate smoked streaky bacon, crisped and piled high in freshly baked naan bread with cream cheese, chilli tomato jam and fresh herbs. Twice the bacon, twice the joy.


Katsouris‘ humongous Ciabattas are legendary. They have a rich and varied selection of great fillings too, as they are a deli.

For Mancs in the know, they have been feeding us for nearly 20 years with an incredible array of beautiful food.

Fillings range from the Lamb Siciliana to the Olympus Feta Granary.

Best to order ahead as it can get extremely busy.

113 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2BQ

Northern Soul – The Mac Attack

Northern Soul has an amazing selection of belly-busting sandwiches, from The Bacon Frazzler with Streaky bacon, blue cheese, onion, sriracha, bacon Frazzles to the Midnight Smokey, with ground sausage meat, pepperoni, onion, peppers, smokey BBQ sauce.

For Vegetarians, Northern Soul also has a belting selection including the Mac Attack, the ‘ULTIMATE grilled cheese sandwich’ with signature mac ‘n’ cheese topping, and also the Mexican Junkie, with Chipotle mac ‘n’ cheese, jalapeños, chilli heatwave Doritios.

Go fill your boots!

Ad Maiora

The Super Schiacciata

Ad Maiora sell amazing authentic Italian Sandwiches from a flat in the Northern Quarter.

It has become a viral hit on Instagram. Tucked away in the Northern Quarter, this hidden gem serves up massive, mouthwatering Italian focaccia sandwiches that are sure to leave you craving more.

So, if you’re looking to embark on a flavour-packed journey with a true taste of Italy, Ad Maiora is the place to be.

Don’t miss out on this hidden gem that has captured the hearts and taste buds of food enthusiasts across Manchester.

You can order from this elite institution by clicking here.


Rustica is a no-frills butty shop that comes with a gigantic reputation almost as big as Northern Quarter’s music venues and bars.

Not only have they won the hearts and minds of locals, but they’ve also won an incredible array of awards.

Their Milano is amazing, with chicken, bacon, pesto garlic and mayo. Not to be missed.

1 Hilton St, Manchester M4 1LP


Best of British?

Why not give this stunning battered fish goujon, hand-cut chunky chips, tartare slaw, minted peas and a delicious homemade flatbread sarnie a go?

14 Little Lever St, Manchester M1 1HR

The Bread Club

Over in Monton, The Bread Club has been creating a buzz with their rave-worthy sandwiches.

Since opening their doors, they have gained a reputation for serving up gigantic butties that cater to every taste.

From traditional Cubanos to their signature Taco Chicken and classic Clubs, their menu offers a delightful array of options.

253 Monton Rd, Eccles, Manchester M30 9PS

Pho Cue

Pho Cue has an incredible selection of Banh Mi’s.

You can pick from char sui, beef, chicken, tofu and crispy king prawns.

Served with cucumber, coriander, pickled veg, mango slices, crispy shallots and a choice of three sauces, you can’t go wrong.

For a bit extra, you can add an amazing homemade Katsu curry sauce too.

52a Faulkner St, Manchester M1 4FH

A half-pound Reuben at Triple B

The Bagel Shop is home to Eat New York, whose street-food truck has attracted queues at festivals since they launched in 2015. The towering Reuben, two weeks in the making, brings together hot stacked pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing. The buttery soft charred pastrami, available by the half-pound (£12.50) or mammoth full pound (£25), comes from 14-day salt-cured American brisket, dipped in house rub then smoked in-house for 15 hours.

Bikini at El Gato Negro

Small but perfectly formed and packed full of big bold flavours, El Gato‘s elegant toasted Bikini sandwich (£7) is filled with salty jamón serrano ham, gooey Manchego cheese and a luxurious truffle butter. It tastes like holiday. Sit on the top floor with its retractable roof and you can bask in the sunshine, too.

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