Yes, we know it’s not even Christmas yet. But festive celebrations don’t end with Christmas. There’s still New Year’s Eve to come, so why not end 2019 with a meal that will put you in a celebratory mood?
Whether you’re after an intimate dinner with some seriously tasty grub or a full-blown party experience, we’ve got you covered with this list of perfect places to dine out in Manchester this New Year’s Eve.
Rest assured, no matter which you choose, you won’t go hungry.
The Refuge doesn’t just throw one of the biggest New Year’s Eve parties on the scene. It also has great food. This year they’re offering a dine and dance package, which includes your meal and entry into their legendary Refuge NYE party for upwards of £50. Think sirloin with potato gratin, truffle and hispi cabbage, blowtorched tuna and Voltini sharing desserts.
Mamucium functions as the hotel restaurant for Hotel Indigo next to Victoria station. But it’s so much more. Head chef Andrew Green’s food celebrates local produce and puts a modern spin on northern classics like with dishes like Lancashire onion soup and Lancashire hot pot.
El Gato Negro
Simon Shaw’s El Gato Negro is a Manchester mecca for tapas lovers. His quail Scotch eggs are the stuff of legends, as are the tiger prawns which are cooked shell-on with chilli, garlic and lemon butter. Book the chef’s table for a front row seat to the action.
A destination restaurant for all, The French offers glamour in spades from its location inside the beautiful Midland Hotel. This New Year’s, Adam Reid is offering a signature menu for £90 per head (£165 with matching wines). A treat for any fine dining enthusiasts, The French showcases everything that is great about northern produce and cooking.
Kala on King Street is the latest addition to Gary Usher‘s string of successful neighbourhood bistros, including the critically-acclaimed Burnt Truffle on Merseyside, Sticky Walnut in Chester and Hispi in Didsbury. This New Year’s he’s serving up a three-course menu for just £45. Options include chateaubriand and lobster thermidor, pan-roasted duck breast with rhubarb ketchup, and passion fruit cream doughnuts with caramelised white chocolate sauce.
For £109 per head, you can dance the night away with unlimited drinks and food at Chez Mal brasserie. Bop to a live band and DJ whilst picking from the buffet to end all buffets. Think seasonal starters, roast meats, fresh seafood, desserts and an array of cheese.
This friendly Basque-style pintxo bar and dining room in Ramsbottom offers dishes like suckling pig from Segovia and txuletón aged Galician dairy steak, cuttlefish braised in squid ink sauce and whole Argentine red prawns. There’s also hand-sliced, acorn-fed 100% pure bred jamon Iberico from Maldonado.
Housed in the old freemasons building just off Spinningfields, Dishoom emanates old world glamour. Paying loving homage to the Irani cafés and food of Bombay, dine a la carte this New Year’s Eve to devour signature dishes like the house black daal alongside special Manchester-only dish nalli nihari biryani – a tender lamb shank layered with rice and caramelised onions and sealed in pastry.
Rosso is known for its lavish New Year’s Eve celebrations. To ring in the new year, they are going with super-luxe theming for the event, with an array of stylish black and gold decor for a ‘luxurious contemporary’ feel. Tickets include a four-course dinner, entertainment and a table for the night and come in at £150 per head.
If you love your steak, you can’t go wrong with Gaucho, the Argentinian steak house in a former Methodist church. Stunning setting, mouth-watering wet-aged steaks and probably the best Malbec in town. What’s not to love?
Guarantee yourself a front row seat for the fireworks at Manchester’s highest restaurant. To ring in the New Year, 20 Stories are hosting a champagne reception followed by an indulgent five-course meal and midnight nibbles. Bag yourself an all-inclusive window seat for £250 or perch in the bar for fizz and nibbles alone for £90.
This Bavarian bier palace certainly knows how to throw a party, and their NYE event looks set to be a banger. For £100 per head enjoy bottomless prosecco with a five-course dinner and entertainment. From lobster and langoustine spatz to little duck pie and twice-baked French onion souffle, we have to say the menu looks divine.
James Martin fans have two dining options this New Year’s Eve. The celebrity chef‘s team is running two menus, a three-course (£55) and a five-course (£69) option. Dishes include a fillet of salt aged beef and Thai crab risotto.
Chish and Fips
Acclaimed sushi restaurant Umezushi shocked us all earlier this year when it reinvented itself as a tempura fish and chip shop. Ever the perfectionists, we hear the new venture is just as impressive. Think triple cooked chips, alternatives like aubergine and shiitake mushroom, and nori seaweed or schichimi (Japanese seven spice) sprinkles for a twist on the British classic.
The White Hart at Lydgate
Built in 1788, the White Hart at Lydgate offers charming, expansive views from its hilltop location on the outskirts of Oldham. An upscale inn with rooms, on New Year’s Eve it is offering a four-course dinner with bar drinks and wine in the Oak Room, plus bacon muffins at 1am for £125 per head.
If you’re looking for big, authentic Italian flavours, it has to be San Carlo. Plus there’s an added bonus of spotting a few celebs over dinner. From rich lobster pasta dishes to succulent steak, you can’t go wrong here.
A fixture in Manchester since 1984 and the perfect place for group dining, Don Giovanni is a popular choice for New Year’s Eve. You’ll be greeted with a glass of Rose De’Salici prosecco, followed by a fabulous five course meal. Wash it down with a digestivo cocktail such as homemade limoncello and cafe menta. You can also enjoy live music from 7.30pm till late and special offers on Veuve Clicquot. Tickets £59.50 per person.
Party away the tens and welcome in the twenties with a Gatsby-style party at Mercure Manchester. Tickets to the hotel’s gala ball include a three-course meal, fizz on arrival and all the jazz and blues your heart desires. Because nothing beats old-world elegance.
Also hopping on the roaring twenties theme is Brasserie Abode. The hotel’s New Year’s celebration features a live band and DJ, plus a five-course dinner with cocktails for just £50 per head.
King Street Townhouse
This New Year’s eve, King Street Townhouse is hosting gin-fuelled dinners in partnership with Sipsmith. Enjoy a warming gin and gingerbread on arrival, followed by a three-course festive feast. For £75, your ticket includes gin cocktail making during dinner and an orange and cacao espresso martini with pudding.
Great John Street
At Great John Street hotel meanwhile, your three-course dinner comes with sequins, confetti, glitz and glamour. The hotel is throwing the ultimate NYE glitter party complete with shimmering prosecco, glitter makeup artists, and live sax. £85.