Much more than just residential areas, Prestwich and Whitefield have become destinations in their own right in recent years with the areas becoming the north Manchester counterparts of locations such as Chorlton and Didsbury. With new restaurants, bars, delis and cafés popping up all the time, here’s just five places to make a beeline for in the northern part of Manchester.
Patissier and chocolatier Slattery is, rightly so, an institution. Known for handmade chocolates available in a variety of shapes and sizes and tempting cakes and pastries, Slattery originally started life as bakery in Crumpsall. They are now based in a three floor site which includes a retail store, wedding cake showroom, restaurant, bakery and space for baking classes. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, Slattery’s is a must-visit.
197 Bury New Road, Whitefield.
A small unit as part of a supermarket development may not seem your first choice for authentic Italian food, but Roma pre-dates the non-descript late noughties building its currently housed in. Originally established in 1987 by two families as an Italian deli, the site later added a café which is now a popular lunch spot. Bread and pizza dough are made on site, as are all the rustic pasta and soup dishes on the menu while the deli sells meats, cheeses, a variety of pasta, antipasti and a selection of wine and spirits.
268 Bury New Road, Whitefield.
A smart and welcoming independent café bar, Cuckoo caters to all – whether you’re planning on a catch-up over coffee with friends, a lazy family lunch on a Sunday afternoon or a few tipples in the evening. With a relaxed atmosphere, a carefully-selected cocktail menu and local beer (including brews from Prestwich-based Five-Oh Brew Co), it’s a great spot to while away the hours.
395-397 Bury New Road, Prestwich.
A newbie to the area, All The Shapes is a café/bar/restaurant tucked away just off Prestwich’s main road. Set across two floors and filled with reclaimed and mismatched furniture, it serves brunch from 8am-3pm and more hearty main courses from 1pm onwards. It’s still early days but it's already a popular addition to the area.
8 Warwick Street, Prestwich.
It’s all about the ethical produce at this Co-op located in Prestwich’s precinct. Fresh fruit and vegetables, local bread and cakes, cheese and eggs, chilled vegetarian and vegan food, and organic meat are all on offer so you can bypass the supermarkets and support the local community when you do your food shopping.
Longfield Shopping Centre, Prestwich.
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