The Northern Quarter Restaurant & Bar

Restaurants, British Central Manchester
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The Northern Quarter Restaurant, Manchester, Dining Room
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It’s been around a while, but ‘TNQ’ holds its own against newer, flashier neighbours. The £30 set menu (with unlimited wine) is a steal

While certain other places nearby have been grabbing the limelight, Manchester stalwart The Northern Quarter Restaurant and Bar on High Street has quietly been turning out quality food in a relaxed and friendly environment for many years.

Named after its location, The Northern Quarter Restaurant and Bar (or ‘TNQ’) shares many of the qualities of its namesake and much like the area it appeals to the artistic, young professionals and creative types with its unique combination of stylish, funky minimalism. In the summer months diners can enjoy the outdoor eating area next to the wonderful old Smithfield fish market across the road.

Head chef Anthony Fielden trained in some of Manchester’s best restaurants and now serves up great dishes made from local ingredients on his regularly changing menus. Most of the dishes are classics, with tried and trusted flavour combinations, but they’re presented in a modern style. There’s an emphasis on seasonality and only produce sourced from the north-west is used. The quality of ingredients such as Cheshire lamb, Loch Fyne salmon, Goosenargh chicken and Anglesey sea bass is evident in the elegantly presented final dishes.
The wine list is minimal but covers the necessary bases from light and delicate to full, rich and complex.

Already reasonably priced, TNQ offers several excellent value set menus, special offers and events, none more so than ‘Happy Mondays’ and ‘Thirsty Fridays’, where you can enjoy three courses along with unlimited house wine for under £30.

TNQ is a friendly and comfortable place with a unique atmosphere and good local food; it’s relatively quiet too, a welcome change from some of the busier alternatives in the area.

By: Shaun Barnes


Venue name: The Northern Quarter Restaurant & Bar
Address: 108 High Street
M4 1HQ
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Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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I came here with my family for a Sunday lunch after seeing it on a few 'best' and 'top ten' Sunday roasts in Manchester and I certainly wasn't disappointed. The Yorkshire pudding was huge, and the roasties and the beef were perfectly cooked. And they didnt skimp on portion sizes!! My mum went for the fish and chips, and I think I'd say it's the best I've tried outside an actual chippy.

The food was fresh and the restaurant was pretty clean (very important to me!). I'd absolutely go back one day. I'd advise to book ahead for a table, they seemed to have a couple of big tables when we went.


One of the best restaurants in Manchester, as well as being one of the most underrated. 

Right in the heart of the Northern Quarter, TNQ has seen their fair share of no kids on the block, but without much serious competition, they remain the best 'serious' restaurant in these parts. 

The food is sublime, and worth every penny of this well priced menu. Aren't as many drinks on offer as you would probably like, but the wine menu is that of a decent quality. If you're in the area and fancy something other than burger and chips, then go ahead and treat yourself to a proper meal.