It’s definitely a shame that we haven’t got ourselves a Michelin-starred restaurant here in Manchester...
…but before you start to pack your bags, just know that there are a few hidden in our surrounding areas. We’ve gone and taken a radius of a one hour and thirty minute drive outside central Manchester, and here is what we found…
The White Swan at Fence
Burnley, Lancashire (40 minutes away)
If anywhere was to debunk the myth that Michelin starred restaurants have to be stuffy and pretentious it would be The White Swan just outside of Burnley. On the surface, it is a lively local pub serving craft ales, fine wines and a one Michelin starred menu by Chef Tom Parker that has a reputation which is nothing other than outstanding. The menu is small with three starters, mains and desserts and a six-course tasting menu for just £60 which won’t break the bank either.
Blackburn, Lancashire (1 Hour away)
This Michelin starred restaurant tucked away in the Ribble Valley in the Lancashire hills is known for its elegance and sophistication. Lead by executive chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen, the team behind Northcote is famous for their Northern spin on fine dining. As well as this, expect some good old fashioned Northern hospitality too – which is refreshing, to say the least in a fine dining environment.
The Grosvenor Hotel
Chester, Cheshire (1 Hour away)
Home to award winning executive chef Simon Radley, The Chester Grosvenor Hotel has held its single star since 1990, and is an establishment well known in the industry for its many other prestigious awards. If the magnificent eight-course tasting menu isn’t enough to convince you, then perhaps their 700 bottle wine cellar will – which is said to be the most extensive in the entire country.
Aughton Lancashire (1 Hour away)
Moor Hall can boast 2 Michelin stars for a bloody good reason. The outstanding team is headed up by Mark Birchall who has created a stunning, delicate, produce driven menu inspired by the natural and native surroundings. Additionally, the tasting menu Moor Hall is famous for its on-site cheese room which is curated to house the best and most delicious of the local cheeses in the area.
The Man Behind the Curtain
Leeds, West Yorkshire (1 Hour away)
Known in the Industry for his modern and often unusual food, Michael O’Hare’s flagship restaurant The Man Behind the Curtain has been making a serious name for itself since 2014. To say Hare’s food is ‘cutting edge’ is an understatement of epic proportions. His ever-evolving 10-14 course menu includes delicious oddities such as edible cellophane, ‘fizzy’ tarragon and chocolate paired with potato.
HRiSHi at Gilpin Hotel
Head Chef Hrishikesh Desai combines great Lake District produce and classic methods to deliver unbelievable textures and flavours to create modern British cuisine with a twist. Think Norfolk Quail three ways, chilli glazed poached lobster and bergamot pannacotta with a tasting of summer rhubarb. This one is a real treat too with a full tasting menu for two (with paired wines) costing £300 – so maybe save this one for a special occasion.
Cartmel, Cumbria, (1 Hour 30 Minutes away)
Simon Rogan (ex chef-patron at The French here in Manchester) heads up this iconic, riverside hideaway in the heart of Cumbria. Creativity and passion blooms from every dish where home-grown, hand-picked ingredients flourish. The connection with nature is absolutely mind-blowing, and Rogan’s farm to plate philosophy is exactly why L’Enclume deserves its two stars.