When the Castlefield area underwent regeneration in the 1990s, an early success story was the Dukes '92 pub. Next to it was a shed, used by the uncle of the pub's owner, Albert, to store tools and to occasionally stay in as he supervised the building work. Albert agreed to move out of the shed when plans for a restaurant were drawn up, but only if the place was named after him.
And so, Albert's Shed is one of the most interestingly named and lovely places to eat in the city, making best use of its Castlefield location to offer alfresco dining and a tasteful, modern interior. It's a great place, just the right balance of informal high standards in a comfortable space that you could happily stay in all night. And with such a delicious menu, you may decide to. A marriage of British and Italian cuisine is kept in check with a sensibly sized menu, so that quality isn't compromised, but there's still plenty of choice, with pastas, fish, pizzas and salads alongside larger mains, including steaks.
Friendly staff ensure that it's not just the food that keeps you coming back, and there's a private room for hire on the upstairs level.
All in all, then, there’s a shedload of reasons to visit.