As well as chains, we’ve got a list as long as our arm of independent restaurants who accept tastecard too. So, we’ll be giving you the heads up on where to find the best of the best, every month. First up, it’s independent restaurants in Manchester.

On the map for its iconic music and fashion scene, Manchester’s got loads to offer when it comes to food too. From authentic pizzerias to make-your-jaw-drop dessert joints, we’ve rounded up a few must-visits. And what’s better, you can use your tastecard for discount. Winning.


Owned by Corrie actress, Jenny McAlpine, you can’t really get much more Manc than Annies. Serving up some of the best British grub you can get your chops around, the menu features everything from pies and steaks to sea bass and salads.

Our fave is the ol’ faithful Cottage Pie. Packed with beef, peas and carrots, topped with velvety Maris Pipers and served with seasonal veg and gravy, it goes down a real treat.

Oh, and the décor’s pretty adorable too.

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Black Milk

You know that scene in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory when they head into the Chocolate room with the chocolate river and edible plants? Yeah, that’s pretty much what a trip to Black Milk is like.

We’re big into the Brownie S’mores Stack. A mound of freshly baked chocolate fudge brownie, torched marshmallows, molten chocolate, cream and cookie dough ice cream. If that doesn’t break your diet, we don’t know what will.

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Folk & Soul

New vegan kid on the block, Folk & Soul is a hotspot for veggie lovers. Boasting a menu with a variety of vegan and vegetarian dishes, from nachos with all the dressings to zingy soups, there’s something for every green-dieter.

If you try one thing, make it the beer-battered vegetables – a selection of veg in a light turmeric and coriander batter served with a wasabi tofu mayo. Healthy but with a naughty twist.

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Ciaooo Pizzeria

A guide to the best independent restaurants in Manchester wouldn’t be complete without a pizzeria appearance. One of our faves is Ciaooo Neapolitan Pizzeria in the Northern Quarter. They have the freshest ingredients, a stone bake oven and juicy tomatoes all the way from Napoli. Once you’ve tried it, there’s no going back. Seriously.

We’re head over heels for the “We Mamma” – San Marzano DOP, Fior di latte mozzarella, rocket, parma ham, cherry tomatoes and burrata. Just look at that burrata. Just. Look.

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For the sweet, sunny taste of España, head to Evuna on Deansgate. Spoilt for choice is an understatement when it comes to their menu, treating foodies to a selection of classics like paella, fish and meat dishes, and our favourite: tapas.

If you skip straight to the tapas section as well, make sure Carrillada de Cerdo (Iberian Pork Cheeks for non-Spanish speakers, like us) is one of the 547 dishes you order.

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