Food and drink in Manchester
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This article is about the food and drink of Manchester.
Manchester has a range of restaurants, bars, and clubs, spanning the famous "Curry Mile" in Rusholme to traditional "grub", Chinatown, modern bars and bistros at Deansgate Locks in the city centre. In addition to these there are many independent fast-food retailers throughout Manchester. There are now many top-class restaurants.
There is a Hard Rock Cafe, chain restaurants such as Wagamama and bars that include Waxy O'Connors and The Living Room. The coffee chain Starbucks has 12 outlets in a two-mile radius. Other, independent restaurants, bars and clubs can be found in the Northern Quarter area of the city centre. Chains such as The Living Room, Revolution Vodka Bar, La Tasca, Est Est Est, and Restaurant, Bar and Grill all started in the city before being introduced to other cities across the UK.
Despite Manchester's prowess in culture, sport, literature, science, music and theatre, the city does not have a Michelin star restaurant which has been a source of bemusement and disappointment for critics.
Beer and breweries
Manchester is also famous for its beer, despite the closure of the Boddingtons brewery in 2005. Keg 'Boddies' is brewed by Interbrew in Luton but cask Boddingtons continues to be brewed in the city by Hydes brewery in Moss Side. Hydes is a long-established independent brewery. Another Manchester brewer is Joseph Holt, whose Derby Brewery in Cheetham is just city. There are also a notable number of microbreweries producing smaller quantities of high-quality beer, cider and perry.
Breweries in the cities of Manchester and Salford which closed within the last twenty years include Wilson's, whose Newton Heath brewery closed in the late 1980s, and Whitbread/Chester's in Salford.
- Norman, Matthew (20 February 2012). "Australasia, Manchester, restaurant review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
Having nimbly sidestepped the above, the one thing I will state is this: Manchester — such a vibrant contributor to modern culture by way of writing, music, comedy and art — has not one Michelin star.
- Tracey MacLeod (15 August 2009). "Damson, 113 Heaton Moor Road, Stockport". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
For a city of its size and importance, Manchester is notoriously short of great restaurants.