The Good Food Guide 2020 is in and we spot some of the city's favourites...

There are 38 Manchester based restaurants included in this year's guide voted the top spots across the country.

By Alex Watson | 13 September 2019

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Earlier this week the Good Food Guide announced the top picks for restaurants up and down the country and released it’s infamous Top 50 restaurants for the year. Amazingly, 2 Greater Manchester restaurants made the UK’s Top 50 Restaurant’s list. 

First of the two is Adam Reid at The French, the fine-dining restaurant within the Midland Hotel. Up 2 positions from last year, The French reached 11th place in the guide.

Evolving the restaurant from the tradition expensive silver cutlery and dramatic cloche reveals, The French was modernised and evolved into an exceptional, contemporary and most importantly relaxed restaurant without any compromise on quality.

A restaurant making its first-ever appearance is Stockport based Where The Light Gets In, coming in at 44th place. It’s located in an old disused warehouse and known for its menus that change daily and market-based dishes. 

WTLGI is successfully putting Stockport on the map for reasons other than Hat museums. Lacking a menu, you eat what you’re given and are always treated to magnificent flavour combinations. The unconventional approach to dining has worked though, bagging them a spot in the Good Food Guide 2020.

A total of 38 restaurants based in Greater Manchester were recognised for their excellence within the guide and we spied a few of our favourites. 

Mana, the new restaurant on every Mancunians lips and beyond and the place widely recognised to be the top spot for the first Manchester-based Michelin star also made the guide. Serving up strictly British produce Mana take time to understand their ingredients and deliver them honestly and as authentically as possible. Mana set out to move forward the idea of fine dining and coming in in the first Good Food Guide since it opened shows hard work pays off. 

Some other entries include Dishoom, Wood by Simon Wood, Kala, the Allotment, Tast and The Sparrows.

One of our favourite suburban spots, Volta, also got a shoutout, as did it’s sister, The Refuge. Volta, known for its small plates and laid back restaurant style restaurant is relaxing and homely and simultaneously really great food. 

The Refuge ages like a fine wine and what’s more, it has just about everything. From great food and drinks to incredibly fun events for everyone.

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