In case you hadn’t noticed, work to deliver a second Metrolink line through the heart of Manchester city centre is in full flow. The Second City Crossing will increase the capacity, flexibility and reliability of the network’s new lines and enable them to operate to their fullest. For many of us it’s inconvenient and a case of grin and bear it, but with many parts of the city centre out of action and vehicular access limited, many local restaurants are feeling the impact.

Splendid Kitchen have been badly affected and recently announced that they have made the difficult decision to only open Wednesdays to Sundays.

So why not make a point of showing them – and the other businesses affected by the roadworks – a bit of TLC. These places are still accessible by foot and deserve your support at this difficult time. A warm welcome awaits. All you need to do is remember to pay them a visit and share the love. The power of the pedestrian is in your hands.

Splendid Kitchen

Authentic American food, lovingly hand prepared. It takes more than a few pesky roadworks to stop us getting our hands on their delicious buttermilk chicken, fluffy pancakes and piled high burgers.

Unit C, St James Square, John Dalton St, Manchester M2 6WH

Chaophraya

No excuse needed for a visit to this fab Thai restaurant. They may be facing roadworks on many surrounding roads but the quality and inventive flair of their Thai cooking has not changed one bit. The fragrant aromas alone are enough to tempt you in their direction, and the impressive interiors make it well worth the walk.

19 Chapel Walks, Manchester M2 1HN

Filthy Cow

Enjoy the ultimate guilty pleasure in the form of piled high patties, bursting buns, brilliant burgers and dirty fries. With the likes of the Filthy Beast, ice-cream and shakes, there’s plenty to keep you coming back for more. And as if that’s not enough, there are signature cocktails, too, like the locally-inspired Salford Quays Iced Tea. No roadworks are going to stop us getting our hands on their brilliant bites. Go on. You know you want to.

10 Tib Lane, Manchester

Mr Tom’s Chop House

One of our favourite pub/restaurants and at the epicentre of the Cross Street roadworks but still perfectly accessible by foot. The great grub on their seasonal classic menu and traditional decor make this place just too difficult to pass by without a swift half. Nice area at the back adjacent to St Ann’s Church which is perfect for alfresco eating and drinking when the sun shines

52 Cross St, Manchester M2 7AR

Avalanche

Go on in and appreciate the elegant décor, including 100 kilos of chandelier, whilst you enjoy fine Italian dining in a high end atmosphere. This place pulls out all the stops, even if the roadworks cause a few

2 Booth Street, Manchester, M2 4AT

Beef and Pudding

Another one of our favourite restaurants which has been affected by the roadworks. Serving up great British grub, seasonal and local specials such as Manchester Calamari and The Beefham Tower burger, and their brilliant Express Menu, ideal for a work-day lunch, is just as speedy as ever. The vegetarian dishes are pretty good, too..

37 Booth Street, off Fountain Street, Manchester M2 4AA

Annie’s

Still serving their famous fare including breakfasts, traditional cheese pie, and afternoon teas. How do we know? They’re our next door neighbours and we get to enjoy the wonderful aromas coming from their kitchens while we work. Well worth a visit and still easily accessible from St Ann’s Square.

5 Old Bank St, Manchester M2 7PE

Sandanista

Expect exciting tapas, chilli and nachos along with creative cocktails at this bustling music bar and Latin restaurant opposite Annie’s promising rock and roll and food for the soul. Also accessible from St Anne’s Square, you’ll forget anything roadworks-related when you enter this quirky and colourful place complete with downstairs bar!

2 Old Bank St, Manchester M2 7PF

The Grill on The Alley

Tucked away in a quaint alley just off John Dalton Street, Grill on the Alley serves up wholesome, no-nonsense food – focusing on quality ingredients and classic British fare. They are ready to treat you to 28-day matured steak and let you luxuriate in puddings, crumbles and cakes to die for. Worthy of your attention and for all the right reasons. Perfectly accessible by foot.

5 Ridgefield, Manchester M2 6EG

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