The Kitchens

Restaurants, Street food
5 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)

An innovative dining concept providing a unique home for start-up businesses, together showing the best of what the region has to show for casual dining.

After hundreds of applicants battled it out to win a spot on the Spinningfields estate, The Kitchens is currently home to Bangers and Bacon, Chaat Cart, Hip Hop Chip Shop, Yakumama, Mumma Schnitzel and Wholesome and Raw.

By: Jess Hardiman


Venue name: The Kitchens
Address: Irwell Square
M3 3AG

Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

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The Kitchens is a fantastic concept, providing a unique shared space for some of Manchester's most exciting up and coming street food vendors. From hip hop inspired fish and chips to dim sum with a twist, The Kitchens has it all. You're truly spoiled for choice and will be coming back time and time again to sample what everyone has to offer.


6 of the most passionate street food traders in Manchester have set up shop in Spinningfields with a unique initiative. There's truly something for everyone under one roof (well, technically two, but that's not how the saying goes...)

Bangers and Bacon, Well Hung and The Hip Hop Chip Shop occupy one side; Nasi Lemak, Dim Sum Su and Chaat Chart the other. The food ranges from small bites - pickled gherkins, bhel puri, mac & cheese - to much more substantial mains - steak and chips, the feastie boys box, and masala dosa - to name but a few.

The real pull of The Kitchens is the love they all have for food and drink, and their ever-changing menus and concepts. You're welcome to stay for 10 minutes or the whole evening, they're just happy to serve and share their food with you! 

Whatever event is coming up (Fat Friday? Monday blues? Sunday brunch? Pay day?) keep The Kitchens on your list for that meal. You won't regret it.

Well Hung occupies the central spot of one side of The Kitchens, a street food initiative bringing a whole host of local traders together to give a varied selection of cuisines and culinary offerings to Spinningfields' worker crowd.  Nestled between Bangers and Bacon (also under the same ownership) and the Hip Hop Chip Shop, it offers steak and chips and variations on those two staples.  On arrival, we were warmly greeted by the chef come server who offered us a drink whilst we decide what to order and informed us that some diners had reacted with surprise to discover that The Kitchens are fully licensed and serve an array of alcoholic drinks.  As we were dining on steak and chips, we decided it had to be red wine and as there was a bottle already open, we were offered us a taste to help aid our decision.  The bottle was more than worth the £12 price tag and, there being a bottle for just £10, Well Hung have priced their drinks to match the street food concept and the relaxed setting.  We both opted for the steak and chips (no bread, no bun) and upgraded our fries to truffle parmesan.  Despite the fact that the atmosphere is very informal and the seating is picnic tables and wooden chairs, the chef/server brought the bottle of wine to our table and made a performance of showing us the bottle and asking whether we wanted to try it; 'sirs' and 'madams' thrown in for additional humour.  It was towards the end of the listed opening hours when we visited which may have had an impact on the personal and exclusive nature of the service we received but it didn't feel in any way a chore and even when we kept the chef/server there after finish time it was no trouble, and he even offered us (and encouraged) dessert of a chocolate brownie.  The steak was perfectly cooked and beautifully tender and the fries were the perfect balance of crispy and soggy and the parmesan truffle not overpowering, as it sometimes can be.  A meal that wouldn't have felt out of place in some of the finer upmarket establishments in the city, at a fraction of the cost, in the least stuffy and pretentious surroundings imaginable, it was a true delight and the genuine warmness that the chef/server showed us made the experience all the more enjoyable.  He let us into an insider exclusive; that the Kitchens are looking into extending their opening hours later into the evening (they currently close at 9pm) provided the market is there, which based on my recent visit, I would say it definitely is.  An exciting concept, a unique venue; I'd say this is definitely one to watch!