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Restaurants, British Central Manchester
5 out of 5 stars

A laid-back joint where two of the world's most simple but beloved things - wine and bread - are treated with love.

Bakerie is one of the Northern Quarter’s reliable steadfast few, where a simple focus on bread and wine take two things that most of us love, and excel by staying true to the relaxed ethos behind both.

Eating here is a relaxed affair, where sharing boards of meat, cheese, fish or vegan alternatives take precedence. Highlights include the fiery Italian pepperoni and, perhaps above all else, the oven warmed goats’ cheese, but as each board also comes served with a generous basket containing a selection of their homemade breads, you can’t go far wrong. Elsewhere on the menu you'll find unfussy fare like stews, lasagne and dahl, plus classic starters like bruschetta, pate and soup.

Sundays see this national obsession with the sharing board concept come into its element, where choice is key and roast dinners become a ‘tapas style’ spread of the bits you like the most – even if this might mean three types of meat and not a single vegetable in sight.

Whilst Bakerie may not be the best innovative or extensive cocktail list (and that’s okay), it’s got a good selection of beers thanks to its sister bar Pie & Ale. When it comes to wine, however, it’s got some true assets, and has an undisputed ace up its sleeve with its regal enomatic dispenser, a machine that preserves wines by preventing the oxygen from getting to them – in other words, you can try a nice glass of plonk that you’d normally have to commit to the whole bottle to taste. 

By: Jess Hardiman


Venue name: Bakerie
Address: 45
Lever Street
M1 1DN
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