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Best West Didsbury Restaurants

Updated on September 4, 2016
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Best West Didsbury Restaurants

Best restaurants in West Didsbury: The Metropolitan Bar and Restaurant, West Didsbury
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West Didsbury Restaurants

Today, West Didsbury is a peaceful suburb that has developed a unique identity as a foodie heaven with no less than sixteen restaurants in a half mile stretch!. In this article I present eleven of the best. Most of these are along the main drag of Burton Road with a couple just off Burton Road on leafy Lapwing Lane. Enjoy the pictures and I hope to see you around here in West Didsbury one day! Be sure to click the active links to check out the menu's on each of the restaurants' websites.

West Didsbury

West Didsbury is a leafy suburb in Manchester, located approximately four and a hlaf miles from Manchester City Centre. West Didsbury is an area where many mill owners and textiles bosses lived during the years of the industrial revolution and 'cottonopolis' - a term often used to describe Manchester in the 19th century because of its reputation as being the international centre of textile production and the international trade of cotton garments. Manchester City Centre during the 19th century was filled with mills and warehouses where hundreds of thousands of people worked. Forming a doughnut around the City Centre were the workers dwellings - essentially over-populated slums. The bosses built there large houses in the suburbs away from all the factory smoke and away from the workers and their families. West Didsbury is full of these old huge houses.

Best West Didsbury Restaurants: The Metropolitan

Best West Didsbury Restaurants: The Metropolitan, West Didsbury
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Best West Didsbury Restaurants: The Metropolitan

If you're looking for somewhere stylish but relaxed to eat in West Didsbury, look no further than the Metropolitan. Standing tall at the junction of Lapwing Lane and Burton Road, The Metropolitan is an iconic West Didsbury landmark. The Metropolitan is large building that has a full restaurant as well as a large bar area that also serves meals in the bar. The best deal on food is to be had Monday to Friday between 5pm-7pm (until 6.30pm on Fridays) where you get to choose from a special menu up to three courses. A two course meal from this menu costs £9.95 with a full three course meal costing £12.95. On Sundays you can treat yourself to a delicious (and filling!) traditional English Sunday lunch. One of my favourite places for a Sunday roast in Manchester. The price for a three course Sunday Lunch is £19.95 and is great value for the quality and quantity of food on offer. The Metropolitan is also open every day for breakfast and serves meals, snacks and cakes throughout the day.

Where to eat in West Didsbury: The Great Kathmandu

Best West Didsbury Restaurants: The Great Kathmandu, West Didsbury
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Best West Didsbury Restaurants: The Great Kathmandu

Standing across the junction from The Metropolitan on the other side of Burton Road is ever-popular Great Kathmandu restaurant. As baffling as it sounds, given that I've said that all these restaurants are in a half mile stretch, The Great Kathmandu is one of four Nepalese restaurants in West Didsbury. The Great Kathmandu is the original though having opened it's doors almost thirty years ago. For years The Great Kathmandu had a legendary reputation in Manchester but as other Nepalese restaurants and other more adventurous Indian restaurants opened a lot of the gloss was taken away from the The Great Kathmandu. However, this didn't stop the family from buying up the empty building next door a few years essentially doubling the size of their West Didsbury restaurant. They must be doing something right because it's full practically every night of the week!

Best West Didsbury Restaurants: Greens

Best West Didsbury Restaurants: Greens, West Didsbury
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Best West Didsbury Restaurants: Greens

Greens, on Lapwing Lane in West Didsbury, is owned by celebrity Chef Simon Rimmer, famous for his appearances on the weekly Sunday Brunch programme on Channel 4 in the UK. Greens is a very popular and highly regarded vegetarian restaurant producing seasonal menu's offering exciting and adventurous vegetarian dishes. During the day Greens has good value offers on soup and sandwich deals and there is also an early-evening special price menu. Sundays are when the restaurants are at it's busiest but generally a reservation is required for any evening.

Best West Didsbury Restaurants: Piccolino

Best West Didsbury Restaurants: Piccolino, West Didsbury
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Piccolino West Didsbury

Situated on Lapwing Lane in close proximity to Greens and The Metropolitan, and directly next door to The Lime Tree, Piccolino is all about Italian style and elegance. Although Piccolino is part of a chain of 21 other Piccolino restaurants around the UK, one of these located in Manchester City Centre, the locals of what is by and large an 'independent' West Didsbury restaurant scene don't seem to have any problem with that. The terrace area at the front of the restaurant is a perfect advert for tempting people inside. People dine on the terrace all year round, glass of Prosecco in hand, tucking into a delicious signature Italian dish.

Best West Didsbury Restaurants: The Rose Garden

Best West Didsbury Restaurants: The Rose Garden, West Didsbury
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The Rose Garden, West Didsbury

The Rose Garden is contemporary food in a contemporary environment, a restaurant that wouldn't be at out of place, one would imagine, in Huxley's Brave New World. Well, this is Brave New World West Didsbury style. The Rose Garden features an ambitious, exciting menu with main courses such as Pearled Spelt and Boilie Goats Cheese Arancini and desserts such as Raspberry and Dark Chocolate Millie-Feuille and Goosberry and Elderflower fool. The Rose Garden is a place to have an adventure and give your taste buds a real treat.

Best West Didsbury Restaurants: Albert's Restaurant and Bar

Best West Didsbury Restaurants: Albert's Didsbury
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Best West Didsbury Restaurants: Alberts Didsbury

Albert's Restaurant and Bar on Barlow Moor Road in West Didsbury is a family-run business that seemingly goes from strength to strength. Opened in in 2010 (replacing a very tired and rundown old pub), Albert's Restaurant and Bar is the second opening in the 'Albert's family' following on from the hugely successful Albert's Shed that opened in Castlefield in central Manchester in 2004. Albert's Restaurants and Bar provides a predominantly British menu with universal favourites like gourmet burgers, Filet Steak, Risotto's and classic stone-baked pizzas. If the sun's out then the terrace is guaranteed to be packed - even if the temperature is sub-zero! Fridays at Albert's Restaurant and Bar are especially popular amongst the West Didsbury locals when Pierre Mignon Grand Reserve Brut Champagne is offered at half price.

Best West Didsbury Restaurants: Bistro West 156

Best West Didsbury Restaurants: Bistro West 156, West Didsbury
Best West Didsbury Restaurants: Bistro West 156, West Didsbury | Source

Best West Didsbury Restaurants: Bistro West 156

Bistro West 156 is possibly even smaller than it's Burton Road neighbour, Rhubarb. Celebrating it's 10 year birthday in 2013 the Bistro seems to go from strength to strength. Popular at all times of the day, offering delicious breakfasts, lunch and dinner Bistro West is always busy with hungry patrons who keep coming back to taste the exciting British and European dishes made with top-quality locally sourced ingredients. The chef at Bistro West 156 updates the menu at the start of every season and incorporates local seasonal produce into the dishes. Bistro West 156 is not fine dining but at the same time it still feels a bit special to eat there. Ultimately it's a family-run neighbourhood restaurant that is about as 'West Didsbury' as you can get.

Best West Didsbury Restaurants: The Lime Tree

Best West Didsbury Restaurants: The Lime Tree, West Didsbury
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Best West Didsbury Restaurants: The Lime Tree, West Didsbury

Consistently voted as one of the top restaurants in the North West of England, The Lime Tree is a West Didsbury institution. It easily outdates every other restaurant on this list apart from The Great Kathmandu. There's a reason that The Lime Tree is consistently at the top of the West Didsbury restaurants list: the food is phenomenal! Although the restaurant started out as a French restaurant it soon evolved into a restaurant that was at the cutting edge of modern British cuisine. Ever week this menu changes but every week diners are guaranteed a great dining experience.

Best West Didsbury Restaurants: Pinchjo's Tapas Bar

Best West Didsbury Restaurants: Pinchjo's Tapas Bar, West Didsbury
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Best West Didsbury Restaurants: Pinchjo's Tapas Bar

Pinchjo's Tapas Bar is a relative newcomer to the West Didsbury restaurant scene although it's quickly established itself as a crebible competitor to the heavyweights of the West Didsbury restaurant world. Pinchjo's Tapas Bar offers a choice that no other restaurant does: quality tapas and spanish food. Pinchjo's is a small independent restaurant that has a warm inviting atmosphere and wouldn't look at all out of place in Barcelona. It makes an excellent Sangria and has a good stock of Spanish wines, and of course Spanish beers. Look out for their regular offers for exceptional value!

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      Deonne Anderson 4 years ago from Florence, SC

      A wonderful job of highlighting restaurants in the West Didsbury area. This is a valuable resource for those planning to visit the area in the near and distant future. Voted up and useful.

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