Lunchtime Bites: Manchester Spinningfields
Posted in: i2 Office Area Guides by i2Office on 17th March 2017
Located in the pulsating heart of Manchester, Spinningfields is a vibrant destination widely considered as one of Europe’s most successful urban regeneration projects. Not only is the area a world class business destination, it’s also a bustling commercial hub of luxury dining and retail.
Our Spinningfields serviced offices come equipped with a fully fitted kitchen and complimentary tea and coffee, but with so many excellent eateries on your doorstep, it’d be a shame not to venture out and taste the delights on offer. Here’s are our top picks:
Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill
Bringing a taste of South America to Spinningfields, Brazilian restaurant Fazenda is a hugely popular lunchtime haunt that provides customers with an authentic gaucho experience. The Manchester outfit is one of three, with two other restaurants in Liverpool and Leeds.
The traditional rodizio journey starts at the salad bar, where customers can help themselves to vegetables, cured meats and hot dishes inspired by the pastures of Southern Brazil. Then, highly trained Passadores come to your table and offer 15 freshly grilled cuts of meat which are carved directly onto plates. The pork belly served with a honey, lemon and cinnamon sauce is particularly incredible.
Lunch is £17.50, which gives you unlimited access to the salad bar and a continuous supply of beautifully cooked meats. It’d be wise to put an afternoon aside to visit this place as it gets particularly busy and, as you only stop eating once you are full, could easily carry on for hours.
Walk: 2 mins
The Oast House
This popular local stands in stark contrast to the rest of the buildings in the area. Standing in a building that was once used to roast hops in the 16th Century, The Oast House is a pub that offers a wide range of craft beer and an excellent menu. With live acoustic music every night and regular outdoor events, the venue provides a vintage escape from the surrounding cosmopolitan area.
It’s menu is inspired by flavours from the traditional deli, rotisserie and BBQ, with offerings such as steaks cooked to order, award-winning pies and hanging kebabs big enough to feed an entire family. It’s dessert menu is just as enticing, but for those watching their figure a range of salads are on offer too. We’d recommend the Pacific Pale Ale Cheese Fondue which, at £17.95, is more than enough for two.
Walk: 2 mins
Located within the John Ryland’s library, one of Manchester’s most iconic buildings, Café Rylands is a relaxing spot to recuperate in at lunchtime. The cafe prides itself upon its locally sourced and ethically traded food, with a menu that offers homemade treats and classic sandwich combos.
This quirky cafe is decidedly cheaper than the other options on this list. Sandwiches start from just £4.95 and a pot of tea is just £1.50. Afternoon Tea for one, including traditional sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream and jam, cake selection and a choice of tea or coffee, is a snip at just £8.50.
Walk: 4 mins
San Carlo is a Manchester institution frequented by the city’s rich and famous. Although a visit wouldn’t be recommended if you’re on the hunt for a cheap lunch, the menu is consistently excellent and well worth considering if you’re looking for a place in which to entertain clients.
In true Italian style, San Carlo’s artisan chefs use only the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients, many of which are flown in from produce markets across Italy to ensure authenticity. The menu changes seasonally, but you are guaranteed spectacular seafood, unrivalled grill specialities and authentic pasta dishes. And, if you’re really splashing out, a tantalising dessert menu awaits with delicious gelato and a range of Italian style mille-feuille cakes, tortes and mousses all prepared in the restaurant’s patisserie kitchen.
Walk: 5 mins
Comptoir Libanais is no secret, with locations throughout the UK. But, despite being a chain, this Lebanese canteen has maintained its focus on unique flavours and exceptional quality. Set in a souk-like setting with patterned ceramic tiles and brightly-coloured furniture, Comptoir Libanais puts fun and glamour into Middle Eastern cuisine.
The vast menu includes a mouthwatering selection of slow cooked tagines, grilled meats, wraps, salads and traditional flatbreads. If you’re going with colleagues, we’d recommend the mezze menu which allows you to sample a range of Lebanese delicacies including lamb kibbeh, batata harra and grilled halloumi.
Walk: 2 mins
The options at Spinningfields do not end there. Ibérica is an authentic tapas and wine bar, Australasia is a contemporary restaurant specialising in Pacific Rim flavours, while Thaikhun is inspired by street food of bustling Bangkok. Visit the dedicated Spinningfields website for more information on all of the dining options available near to our Manchester Spinningfields offices.