The two-week Easter break brings with it a lot of wholesome family time, but it can also put a big dent in the bank account. Eating out is expensive, especially in today’s turbulent climate, but if you want to treat the little ones (and yourself) over the half-term, there are a number of places to eat in Manchester offering free meals for kids when dining with an adult.
Hospitality has been hit hard by rising costs, unfathomable energy bills and concurrent closures, so if you can, now is the time to get out and support your favourite restaurants. Aside from the free food for kids, there are also a number of restaurants offering dining deals for adults.
Read on for our list of where kids can eat free in Manchester over the Easter break.
With locations in both Spinningfields and the Corn Exchange, Banyan is offering a free kids meal when an adult dish is purchased. The deal is available from 6pm Monday 3 - Thursday 6 April and then from Tuesday 11 - Friday 14 April. Menu highlights include mild chicken curry with veg, mini fish and chips and a vegan ‘meat’ball pasta.
The Black Friar
Kids eat free at The Black Friar Monday - Friday throughout Easter. The offer can be redeemed with a dining adult, and there’s no minimum spend. The menu features classic pub grub including sausage and mash, chicken goujons and macaroni cheese.
Ducie Street Warehouse
Valid from 4 - 13 April, Ducie Street Warehouse is offering free food for kids when with a dining adult spending over £10. Its large-scale restaurant that sits in a former Manchester warehouse offers a menu spanning mini Cheshire beef burgers, Ducie Street’s famous mac 'n' cheese and more. Kids Eat Free is available Monday – Thursday 12-9pm.
First Street Bar & Kitchen
If you're a GinoRewards member, you can claim a free kids meal with any full price adult dish from Monday 3 - Monday 17 April at First Street Bar & Kitchen. Food options include bucatini carbonara with hen’s egg yolk, guanciale and pecorino cheese, as well as crispy chicken breast and a salmon fillet with grilled tenderstem broccoli, all designed by an Italian TV chef.
Every Sunday at Didsbury’s award-winning contemporary Indian restaurant, Khandoker kids can dine for free. Located on Kingsway, the restaurant's menu is an ode to the street food delights of South Asia, with everything from biryani dishes to traditional curries making the list. The offer can only be redeemed when with a dining adult.
Manchester Museum recently reopened its doors to the public after being closed since summer 2021. Alongside the reveal of brand-new exhibition spaces, the museum now benefits from a ground-floor picnic area, too, where visitors can bring food of their own to enjoy in the surroundings of the museum. Equipped with a microwave, tables, a sink and bins, it’s free to use and doesn’t have to be pre-booked.
Northern Quarter’s vegan pizza restaurant is giving all children under the age of 10 free mini pizzas when dining with their parents. The offer is valid for one child per dining adult and allows them to create their own pizza, choosing from either a cheese, tomato, BBQ or pepperoni base and an array of toppings.
The Real Greek
Valid from 2 - 16 April, The Real Greek’s kids eat free offer includes a kids meal, drink and ice cream or sorbet. You can redeem one free kids meal per adult, and each adult needs to spend £10 or more to qualify for the free food. Choose between a souvlaki wrap or kids meze selection.
Yard & Coop
Claiming to love kids “even the bratty ones”, Yard & Coop offers both brats and well behaved little ones a free meal across all school holidays. Available Monday - Friday from 12-6pm, you’ll be able to claim a free dish with any adult main. There are chicken nuggets, as well as a buttermilk chicken dinner on the menu, a kid-pleasing fried version of the Sunday best.
At YO! Sushi, kids can eat free over Easter when dining with a paying adult. The restaurant has venues in the Arndale and at Piccadilly station, so it’s the ideal destination for a spot of lunch before jumping on the train to your half term holiday. One child eats free per £10 spent on food by an accompanying adult and a maximum of three kids per booking can eat for free. The offer is valid from Monday 3 - Friday 14 April.