King Street in Manchester is well known for its designer shops and upmarket restaurants. It has started to attract some of the prettiest hotels in Manchester and has really cemented itself as a destination within the City. With Rosso standing tall at the top of the street, there are lots of hidden gems on the street that I would like you to meet.
Honey at Gotham
Nestled within Hotel Gotham, Honey Restaurant offers beautiful views over the city through vintage windows and a menu to savour over a decent bottle of wine. It can be really easy to overlook restaurants within hotels, unless you are staying there, but Honey is not to be missed. They use some really interesting ingredients that are sourced locally to create a beautiful menu, perfect for that celebration or special occasion. You can read a full review here.
Image credit to Flight Club.
New to Manchester is Flight Club. The fairground themed bar hosts lots of dart boards, where you can challenge friends and family to an interactive game over food and drink. I love that you don’t need to know the rules beforehand as the system is loaded with the different versions of the game, making it more challenging yet fun for all involved. There’s a sharing menu featuring sliders, pizzas and fries as well as some excellent cocktails including slushies. A must when you go to the fair.
I’ve wittered about Arcane a fair bit recently but their position, just behind King Street, meant that they could not be missed. You can read a full review here.
Catalonian food and drink is the name of the game at Tast but their style of eating makes it perfect for any occasion. If you have been shopping and want a drink with a quick bite, you can sit at the bar on the ground floor. If you are out for a more formal occasion, you can enjoy fine dining on their 1st floor. The ‘tastets’ are similar to tapas in that they arrive at the table when they are ready. They are, however, more like smaller sized mains designed to share and savour. The dishes are truly exceptional and will transport you straight to Barcelona. There’s a full review here.
If traditional tapas is more your thing, you can’t go wrong with La Bandera. Their Canarian style tapas features plenty of fresh seafood and those moreish wrinkly new potatoes that you will have eaten if you have been to the Canaries. They’re not quite the same but they are still delicious and still had me popping them into my mouth whole, well after I was too full to eat any more. You need to finish your meal with a Barrquito too – coffee, condensed milk, Licor 43 and orange peel. It’s sweet, creamy and has a kick from the coffee. Just delicious and the only way to finish a meal when in the Canaries, so why not here?
Wood and Co
Another hidden cocktail bar behind King Street that you won’t want to miss is Wood and Co. It is a bit harder to find and looks like a goods entrance from the street, inside you’ll find a basic drinks offering which allows for them to shine in their own right.
Another bar that you must check out is Vesper. Their heated, covered terrace area is perfect for al fresco cocktails in the winter and their back bar is seriously impressive.
South Terrace at King Street Townhouse
Last, and definitely not least, is the South Terrace within the hotel King Street Townhouse. The terrace has the best views over the Town Hall, with throws to put across your lap if the temperature drops. It is a lovely place to relax over a glass of fizz whilst watching Manchester pass by beneath you.
What hidden gems would you add in Manchester?
I was gifted spending money by Hotels.com, but all views are my own.