23 of the Best Lunch Deals in Manchester

There is truly nothing better to get you through a horrible day at work than a great lunch.

So sack off your soggy sandwich, throw that sweaty Scotch Egg in the bin and get yourself out and about to one of these beauties.

£6 Lunch @ Cane and Grain
If you want to get messy and spend the rest of the day with BBQ sauce all over your silk tie – Cane and Grain is the place. These brilliant Rum and Rib maestro’s serve up probably the best Lunch Menu in the city, with a choice of brilliant dishes for only £6. There’s loads to pick from including their Bacon Cheese Burger, the Mexican Bean Burger, a Pulled Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, 1/2 Rack of Baby Back Ribs or Two St. Louis Ribs. All of which come served with either fries or a side salad. If you’re watching your figure they also have the Salad of the Day as an option, but with so much tender meat flying around – why would you bother.

Available Monday – Friday, 12pm – 4pm

Cane and Grain, 49 -51 Thomas Street, Manchester M4 1NA
www.caneandgrain.co.uk

 

£5 Lunch @ Yard and Coop
As the name suggests – this place in the NQ specialises in that perfect of all edible birds – the chicken. The perfect size for a family of four, with meat that paradoxically tastes both like everything else and nothing at all, the chicken clearly is the king of all birds – and Yard and Coop are not shy when it comes to throwing them in a deep fat fryer covered in flour and eggs. Their lunch deal features a choice of 5 lovely dishes for only a fiver each. There’s the Coop Shop Katsu Fries, Drummers, Maccie’s Mini Brekkie, Garlic Ranch Cheese or The Amaizeburger (v).

Available Monday – Friday, 12pm – 5pm

Yard and Coop, 37 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HW
www.yardandcoop.com

 

£5 Lunch Menu @ Crazy Pedro’s
If you work anywhere near the Crazy Pedro’s on Bridge Street or in the NQ then lucky you – you can take advantage of their effing brilliant lunch deal and still get back to work without your annoying supervisor giving you an earful. For £5 you can choose from 2 massive slices of pizza, and a soft drink. Each day they have a selection of 4 or 5 of their pizzas in slice form, including their typically mental and usually delicious monthly special. Give them another £1 on top of the 5 sheets and you can replace your boring soft drink with a beer – makes perfect sense.

Available Monday – Friday, 12pm – 3pm

Crazy Pedro’s,
55-57 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BQ
Short St, Manchester M1 1JG

www.crazypedros.co.uk

 

£9 Bento Box at Cottonopolis
9 sheets might sound a little steep for a Lunch Deals offering but these brilliant Bento Boxes at Cottonopolis are well worth the extra wallet splurge. First of all, they’re bloody massive – ensuring that you’ll be keeping hunger locked up until well after tea time and right into supper time and even midnight cheese snack time. Each day they have an offering of fish, meat or veggie boxes each coming piled high with a variety of Japanese goodies. There’ll always be a lovely big Bao in there, some tempura, skewers, spring rolls – basically, it changes each day and it’s brilliant.

Available Monday – Friday, 12pm – 4pm

Cottonopolis, 16 Newton St, Manchester M1 2AE
www.cottonopolis-nq.com

 

£5 Lunch @ Black Dog Ballroom
Available in both their NQ and NWS branches – the Black Dog lunch menu gives you the opportunity to chomp down on one of their lovely main meals for only £6. You have a choice of a Cheeseburger (with fries), a Pepperoni (or Margherita) pizza, a Vendor Dog (with fries), the House Club Sandwich (with fries) or if you’re worried about your weight then a Super Food Salad. You might even have a bit of time after your food and before you have to clock back in to drink a few cocktails to make the afternoon go faster, or even smash Kevin from accounts at pool because you hate his stupid little face.

Available Tuesday – Friday from 12pm – 3pm.

Black Dog Ballroom,
Basement Affleck’s Palace, Corner Tib Street / Church Street, Manchester, M4 1PW
11 – 13 New Wakefield St, Manchester, M1 5NP
www.blackdogballroom.co.uk

 

Express Lunch @ La Bandera
The Spanish are famed for their Siestas – a chance for them to get out of the sun and have a nap in the afternoon. It’s one of the best ideas ever – not only do you get to have a nap but it also means that everything in Spain is therefore open for longer at night and buying a Twix at 11.30pm is an easy task. Lunch is also a biggie too and so La Bandera offer up a great Express Lunch Deal – a choice of 3 tapas and a soft drink for only £12.

Available Monday – Friday, 12pm – 4pm

La Bandera, 2 Ridgefield, Manchester M2 6EQ
labandera.co.uk

 

Viet Shack
The Arndale Food Market is one of the best places to get a cheap lunch in the city, and one of the best places there is the legendary Viet Shack. Offering a cheap but amazing menu of authentic Vietnamese dishes – there’s a reason why it’s always bloody busy during the day. You can get some massive BBQ meats with rice for less than £6, and if you choose their Sticky Honey Pork Chops then you will also probably have a big smile on your face when you get back to the office and see someone eating a skanky Egg and Cress from Tesco.

Viet Shack, Arndale Food Market, 49 High St, Manchester M4 3AH
www.vietshack.co.uk

 

£5 Lunch @ Dog Bowl
Similar to Black Dog Ballroom deal above, you can get your lunch sorted for only £6 at Dog Bowl. You have a choice of a Classic Cheeseburger (with fries), Southern Fried Chicken Burger (with fries), a Vendor Dog (with fries), and the obligatory Super Food Salad. They also have a veggie hot dog available for you too if needs be. You could even squeeze in a game of bowling before you have to head back to the office.

Available Monday – Friday from 12pm – 3pm.

Dog Bowl, Arch 57, Whitworth St West, Manchester, M1 5WW
www.blackdogballroom.co.uk/dog-bowl

 

Rice & 3 @ This and That
There’s plenty of amazing curry shops in the city centre, in particular, the back allies of the Northern Quarter is full of hidden gems. They’re not quite so hidden anymore, most people definitely know about them. But there’s something about the grubby streets they live on that makes you think you’ve found something no one has ever discovered before. This and That Rice & 3 starts are £4.50 for 3 veggie dishes and a portion of rice and really – you can not complain about that. You can get a big plate of freshly made curries and still have change out of a fiver. Whichever one is your favourite from around the city – they’re all excellent, cheap and will sort you out for the rest of the day.

This and That, 3 Soap St, Manchester M4 1EW

 

Traditional Tiffin Lunch @ Zouk
To some people, myself included, tiffin is a chocolate cake thing with biscuits and raisins and whatever you can find in the cupboard that you used to make in Food Tech classes at school. To Zouk (and pretty much 97% of the rest of the human population), Tiffin is a traditional Indian light meal. Apparently thousands of workers throughout the country take delivery of these delicious freshly cooked meals, and you can be the same as them with Zouk’s Traditional Tiffin lunch offer. They have a different choice of dishes each day, where you can expect a selection of 2 or 3 meat or veggie options, served with rice, freshly baked naan and a side dish for only £8.95 per person.

Available Monday – Friday from 12pm – 4pm

Zouk, Unit 5, The Quadrangle, Chester St, Manchester M1 5QS
www.zoukteabar.co.uk

 

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The People’s Lunch @ The Refuge 
Each week sees a set of rotating specials including one meat, fish and vegan option at the Public Bar at The Refuge. Each dish costs £7.50 but the beautiful setting of The Refuge – that’s FREE baby! Specials include Bangers & Hash, Miso Ramen, Sweet Potato Curry (Ve) and plenty more where that comes from.

Available Monday – Friday, 12 – 3pm

The Refuge, Oxford St, Manchester M60 7HA
refugemcr.co.uk

 

Brunch or Lunch Dish & a Drink for £10 @ Pen & Pencil
The best thing about this deal is the fact you can get a pint on your lunch break because not only is it socially acceptable, you’re actually saving yourself money. Sort of anyway. The Brunch & Lunch Deal at The Pen & Pencil includes loads of options to chose from, whether you want the Hangover Hash – which let’s be honest you probably need – fish burger, hot dog and plenty of poached egg choices too.

Available Tuesday – Friday, 12pm – 4pm

The Pen & Pencil,  Fourways House, 57 Hilton St, Manchester M1 2EJ
thepenandpencilnq.co.uk

 

£5 Lunch Menu @ Common
Head on down to Common in the Northern Quarter between 12pm and 3pm and they will sort you out with a brilliant £5 Lunch deal. There’s a choice of three dishes for this lowly sum including their Fried Chicken Burger, ‘No Clucks Given’ their seitan burger and a Kebab Shop Salad featuring garlic mayo and Bombay Mix. Give the lovely folk an extra quid and they’ll swing you a crispy portion of chips.

Available Monday-Friday, 12pm-3pm

Common, 39 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HW
www.aplacecalledcommon.co.uk

 

2 Dishes for £10 @ Elnecot 
If you’ve never thought about eating Pig Head Croquettes for lunch, why not?! They’re honestly delicious and up for grabs at Elnecot in Ancoats. Other dishes up for grabs on the lunch time offer include Pork Belly, Curry Mile Dahl, Wild Mushroom pearl barley arancini, Elnecot Surf ‘n’ Turf and even a good old fashioned Manchester Egg. If you want to go all out, you can opt for 3 dishes for £15, or even a big old sandwich.

Available Monday – Thursday 12 – 3pm & Friday 12 – 5pm

41 Blossom Street, Cutting Room Square, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6AJ
elnecot.com

 

£5 Fried Chicken Burger + Drink @ Jerk Shack
Any other time of the day (that isn’t lunch) and you can walk into Jerk Shack and get yourself something from their wonderful array of Caribbean dishes, including some fantastic chicken stews, goat curry and my personal favourite – patties. At lunch time though there’s only one real viable option. Buy yourself their brilliant Jerk Chicken Burger and a drink for only a fiver. Yes please – two!

Available Monday – Friday 12pm – 3pm

Jerk Shack, 12 Church St, Manchester M4 1AH
www.facebook.com/jerkshacknq/

 

2 for £7.50 @ Bundobust
As the perfect foil to the savage surroundings of Piccadilly Gardens; walking into Bundobust will bring to your day an unbridled amount of joy – as well as a great selection of lovely Indian dishes. You’ll be hard-pressed to find much of a mention of their Lunch Deal online but it’s there and it will come into your life upon descending those stairs. They offer 2 dishes for £7.50, with a choice of Okra Fries, Onion, Broccoli & Kale Bhajis or Bundo Chaat, and team it with either a Massala Dosa (Mini rice crepe filled with potato and onion), Egg Bhurji (Indian scrambled egg cooked with peppers, chilli, cumin and coriander) or Tarka Dhal (Classic lentil curry. They also have a great selection of craft beers with which to wash it all down with.

Available Monday – Friday – 12 noon til 4pm

Bundobust, 59 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 1RG
www.bundobust.com/Manchester

 

£10 Lunch @ Edinburgh Castle 
Sometimes you’ve gotta go all out, whether it’s actually your birthday and your work friends want to treat you, maybe your mums up to visit and she owes you a slap-up lunch – or, the most likely version, you’ve given up on everything, want some seriously good food and don’t care the cost, this is the perfect lunch for you. Big old hearty sandwiches served with a cup of soup and crisps. There’s plenty of sandwich classics with the staple Edinburgh Castle twist, including Salt Beef and Swiss, or curried Chicken and Cress. Or if you missed out on Sunday dinner, how about the Sunday Roast Sandwich.

Available Monday – Friday, 12 – 3pm

Edinburgh Castle, Henry St &, Blossom St, Manchester M4 5AW
https://www.ec-ancoats.com/

 

£1.20 Grey Plates @ Wasabi
If you’re hankering for a bit of sushi at lunchtime, and want to feel like you’re on the streets of Tokyo surrounded by pissed up businessmen and dirty knicker vending machines – then head to any of the 3 Wasabi’s in Manchester and you can have as many grey plates off the belt as you like for only £1.20 each. That’s pretty good considering sushi is deceptively filling – I once managed to eat 6 plates once. When I got back to work I could hardly move though. They also offer an option to have one Main Dish and 3 grey plates for only £9.95, which again, will keep you full until next week.

Available Monday – Friday, 12pm – 3pm

Wasabi, The Printworks, Unit 14, Manchester M4 2BS
Wasabi, 63 Faulkner St, Manchester M1 4FF
www.wasabisushi.co.uk

 

Thali Lunch @ Scene Indian Street Kitchen
One of my favourite memories of India was eating a Thali – basically a big metal dish which is then piled high with different curries, sides and condiments – which a bloke would just periodically top up if he could see you reaching the end. Although it’s unlikely that the staff in Scene will be that generous – their Lunch Thali menu is still excellent value and enough to keep you going through that dreaded 3pm work-dip. You have a choice of Lamb (£9.95), Chicken (£8.95) or Veg (£7.95) which are then served with a salad, poppadum and chutney, onion bhaji, pilau rice and a veggie side dish.

Available Monday – Friday, 12pm – 3pm

Scene Indian Street Kitchen, 4 Left Bank, Manchester M3 3AN
www.scenedining.com

 

Toasties @ Northern Soul
A place that gets busier at lunch than the Jubilee line does at 8.25am, every single time I decide I want to treat myself to a massive wedge of cheese and bread I’m slightly dismayed by the queues. But since they opened up a new branch on Picadilly Approach and the even newer (& bigger one with a lot fewer queues) on Tib Street I can now pop there at lunchtime instead to appease my cheese cravings. They don’t have a lunch deal as such but when each toastie comes in at around a fiver anyway – you can’t go wrong. These beauts are massive too so you’ll be sorted until tea time.

Northern Soul Grilled Cheese,
Unit 10, 11 Church St, Manchester M4 1PN
Station Approach, Manchester M1 2GH
www.northernsoulmcr.com

 

£5 Lunch @ Second City
For a mere £5 you can get yourself one of three rather impressive meals at Ancoats’ own sports bar Second City. Even if you don’t know your Jimmy White from your Jimmy Hill, think Mark Ramprakash is some kind of skin disease or would rather poke yourself in the eyes with a screwdriver than watch a game of football don’t worry – you can still get involved! There’s the choice of the SC Burger (with fries), the Boardwalk Frankfurter and their Candied Beetroot and Goats Cheese Salad.

Available Monday – Friday until 4pm

Second City, 37 Blossom St, Manchester M4 6AJ
secondcitybar.co.uk

 

The Hip Hop Chip Shop
I dunno who said fish and chips had to be a Friday night treat because we should get rid of that person and The Hip Hop Chip Shop deffo agrees. Whether you want a wrap or a butty you can get some really good grub in Ancoats answer to a fish and chips shop. There’s also vegan and veggie options so everybody from the office is covered!

Available Tuesday – Thursday, 12 – 2:30pm

The Hip Hop Chip Shop, 44 Blossom Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6BF
thehiphopchipshop.com

 

BAB 
There’s a new lunch deal on at Bab giving you the chance to have gourmet kebabs even on your lunch break. The delicious kebabs start at £6.50 and are served as a slightly smaller (and therefore quicker to gobble) portion with paprika fries. Babs includes Chicken Skweer, Pork Souvlaki, Halloumi, Tenderstem Broccoli and Bab salad.

Available Monday – Friday, 12 – 3pm

BAB, 14 Little Lever St, Manchester M1 1HR
babnq.co.uk

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