As the city’s restaurant scene continues to expand, there’s more choice than ever for romantic, high-end culinary experiences this Valentine’s Day in Manchester. Just make sure you book ahead!
Much loved Mancunian Italian restaurant Salvi’s recently opened its third restaurant in the Northern Quarter, occupying an enviable corner spot in the Basil Chambers building, just around the corner from Federal.
With simple decor with a black and white tiled floor, concrete feature walls and tan leather banquette seating, the new expansion is an ideal setting for an intimate meal out this Valentine’s Day in Manchester sampling passionate Neapolitan cuisine devised by chef Maurizio Cecco.
A range of easy drinking wines line the walls and dishes such as bucatini with garlic, Parmesan and courgette or gnocchi Sorrentina make up a menu befitting a Naples trattoria.
Step back in time and explore the beautiful house of the Victorian industrialist, Thomas Cooper. Now an award-winning dining room next to The Midland hotel, an age-old welcome lives on at Mr Cooper’s restaurant. Good, clean food cooked with flair and imagination, globally inspired dishes take centre stage at Mr Cooper’s.
An impeccable setting for your Valentine’s celebrations, this richly elegant historic garden and home will help your love flourish.
Spice Things Up
A former NatWest bank building in Hale is undergoing a £1.5 million transformation to become Gupshup (Urdu for ‘conversation’), a new Indian restaurant from entrepreneur Raj Somaiya. Due to be open to discerning foodies by the time Valentine’s Day comes around, the menu itself promises modern Indian cuisine, with small plates and super food bowls, as well as an extensive cocktail menu.
With an interior design from the designer behind the opulent decor of the likes Tattu and Australasia, you can expect something lavish and colourful at 199 Ashley Road.
Take Me to The River
The Lowry Hotel’s River Restaurant & Bar has had a complete makeover recently, from Manchester-inspired interior design to a menu overhaul by new executive chef Dave Ashton, the iconic five-star hotel now has a restaurant that deserves it’s double AA rosette accreditation.
You and your partner should try its modern British classic dishes and seasonal favourites in a dining room and terrace that overlooks the River Irwell, maybe even sampling dishes that use honey from the hotel’s very own beehives – now that’s fancy! If you really feel like pushing the boat out: pull a Rihanna and Drake and make an impromptu booking to stay at the hotel too.
Located within Whitworth Locke hotel, The Cotton Factory is a relaxed affair for those not looking for the showy, kitschy side of Valentine’s Day in Manchester this year. The Factory is a restaurant that has a rotating bill of independent chefs and food businesses, and taco makers El Camino recently made way for Peru Perdu for the next six months.
A distinctive South American eatery, the menu has been designed with guidance from top chef David Gale, whose foodie resume includes the Hilton, ABode and One Eighty Eight in Whitefield. The Peru Perdu team put their own stamp on the restaurant space with a ceviche and Chandon counter, serving signature raw fish dishes including tuna and sea bass paired with wines from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. And for couples that prefer a cocktail, the South American theme will carry on at The Cotton Factory bar with a range of signature Peruvian pisco sours.
Get the Bill’s
For loved up couples, there’s regular live music to serenade and a vibrant cocktails list exclusive to Manchester to sample together at the new Bill’s Restaurant & Bar. Opened with a vibrant new look in October 2019, Bill’s now occupies a stylish new space in Spinningfields.
Set across one floor in the city’s financial district, the hand designed restaurant and bar is an ideal spot for both breakfast and lunch, but now comes to life in the evenings, with regular dinner specials such as juicy steaks, vibrant seasonal salads, or one of its many burger creations.
If you’re vegan or vegetarian, why not check out one of our top vegan eateries in Manchester for your Valentine’s Day date?