Ten for a Tenner: Lunching in the Northern Quarter

We've said it before and we'll say it again, sack off half frozen meal deals and TREAT YO'SELF.

By Alex Watson | Last updated 9 October 2019

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£5 Lunch Menu @ Black Dog
Chomp down on either Cheeseburger (with fries), Pepperoni (or Margherita) pizza, a Vendor Dog (with fries), the Classic Club Sandwich (with fries) or if you’re worried about your weight then a Superfood Salad for just FIVE BRITISH POUNDS. I recommend going on a Wednesday too because it’s free pool and who doesn’t love a light bit of competition of a lunch time? Add a drink and you’re looking at a great lunch with plenty of change from your crisp £10 note.

Available Tuesday – Friday from 12pm – 3pm.

Black Dog, Basement Affleck’s Palace, Corner Tib Street / Church Street, Manchester, M4 1PW


£6 Lunch @ Cane & Grain
Almost everything on the Cane and Grain menu is under a tenner so there really is something for everyone. – even Vegans with their fantastic new Beyond Burger. Most menu items are under a tenner, including Baby Back Ribs for £8 and even Bourbon Brisket with Bacon Sub for £9, but it’s their £6 Lunch Menu where they truly shines. Choose from a Bacon Cheeseburger, 1/2 rack of Baby Back Ribs, 2 St. Louis Ribs, the Pulled Buffalo Chicken Sandwich or the Mexican Bean Burger (all with fries) for just £6 sheets! Beat that.

Available Monday – Friday, 12pm – 4pm

Cane and Grain, 49 -51 Thomas Street, Manchester M4 1NA


Small Plates @ Wolf At The Door
New kid on the block Wolf At The Door pride themselves on the high-quality of their food – dishes that Head Chef James Lord has spent months refining and perfecting – resulting in a menu that will blow your bloody socks off. What’s more – it doesn’t break the bank either! You can get yourself a great meal at lunch time for less than a tenner easy peasy. Try their already legendary BBQ Lamb Skewers (£5) alongside some Fermented Potatoes (£4) and you’ll be in foodie heaven. I also highly recommend their Sourdough and Sweet Onion Butter (£4.50) – quite possibly the greatest combination of bread and butter in the land.

Available everyday from 11.30am

Wolf At The Door, 30-32, Thomas St, Manchester M4 1ER


£5 Lunch Menu @ Crazy Pedro’s
If you didn’t know by now that Crazy Pedro’s is the Finest teams’ local then I don’t know where you’ve been. You’ll often find us slumped in the corner on the pinball machine with the remnants of about 10 pizzas. As if they hadn’t created one of the best bars around, they’ve made it better with a FIVE QUID lunch deal. You can grab 2 (massive) slices of pizza and a soft drink in the deal. If you find that extra/emergency quid that knocks about in your bag you can upgrade to a beer. It’s a no brainer.

Available Monday – Friday, 12pm – 3pm

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


The Entire Menu @ Koffee Pot 
I’ve done some research (read the menu), and every single thing on the Koffee Pot food menu is £10 and under. So you absolutely can’t go wrong with this Manchester institution. I’d also like to take this moment to give a massive shout out to their incredible cheese toasties. They’re absolutely banging. If you’re feeling particularly greedy, there’s all you can eat cheese toasties on Thursday’s for a FIVER. If that can’t sway you how about a Full English? Or a stack of Banoffee Pancakes?

Koffee Pot, 84-86 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE


25% OFF Zumu @ Dive
Now it’s not technically a lunch deal but we’ve gotta talk about the Asian food you can get at Dive. Who’d have thought it eh? You can get plenty of their menu for under a tenner including Chicken and Prawn or Veggie Pad Thai, Chicken Katsu Curry, Beef/Tuna/Salmon Tataki. Or go all out and get 8 vegetarian sushi rolls for £9.50 or 8 salmon and avocado for a £10. Here’s the best news though, there’s 25% OFF all food at the minute. So you can get even more bang for your buck. Go on, treat yourself.

Offer available all day, everyday if pre-booked.

Dive NQ,
Tib Street, NQ, Manchester, M41SH


Brunch or Lunch Dish & a Drink for £10 @ Pen & Pencil
The ever so popular lunch deal down at NQ boozer Pen & Pencil is a bloody good deal. The brunch menu is served from 10am or lunch from 12pm, making it the perfect spot for a brunch meeting, with a glass of wine – if you have to. The range is amazing from French Toast to Vegan Sweet Potato Curry. There’s also a giant Fish Burger served with crunchy skin on fries and tartar sauce or New Jersey Burger with Swiss cheese and spicy tomato sauce.

Available Tuesday – Friday, 12pm – 4pm

The Pen & Pencil, Fourways House, 57 Hilton St, Manchester M1 2EJ


£10 Lunch Menu @ BAB
Everyone loves Bab and if you don’t… why?! This place gave the posh kebab a home and a place to sit down, what’s not to love? The lunch deal includes a BAB and a drink for just 10 quid. There’s 4 Bab’s to choose from including a vegan and a vegetarian option. What’s more, you can even get a glass of house wine or a bottle of Modelo in the deal to get you through the lunch break.

Available Monday – Thursday, 12-3pm

BAB, 14 Little Lever Street, Manchester M1 1HR


£9 Bento Box @ Cottonopolis
A boujee option for you now, all the way from Japan to make you feel extra cultured on your lunch break. Cottonopolis recently boxed off a corker of a lunch deal in the form of 3 new Bento Boxes. Changing every day but always full of a big fluffy Bao bun, some deep fried tempura veggies, skewers and crispy spring roll. The menu always has one fish, meat and veggie option ready for a taste of Japan right in the NQ.

Available Monday – Friday, 12-4pm

Cottonopolis, 16 Newton St, Manchester M1 2AE


£5 Lunch Menu @ Common
Head on down to Common between 12pm and 3pm and they will sort you out with a brilliant £5 Lunch deal. There’s a choice of three dishes in this cheap and cheerful deal including their Fried Chicken Burger, ‘No Clucks Given’ their seitan burger and a Kebab Shop Salad featuring garlic mayo and Bombay Mix.

Available Monday-Friday, 12pm-5pm

Common, 39 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HW