Restaurants, Bars, & Coffee


Image above: Refuge at the Principal Hotel


There are several good places to eat lunch within just a block or two of the conference venue:

Asha’s (Indian)

Rudy’s (neapolitan pizza, salad–no reservations)

BrewDog (punk bar with burgers, hotdogs, ‘soy division’ for vegetarians)

Albert’s Schloss (German food and beer)

Topkapi (Turkish)

Tapeo and Wine (Spanish tapas)

Wagamama (chain restaurant, Japanese noodles)

Piccolino (Italian, overlooking Albert Square)

Caffe Nero and Starbucks are also one block away, and there is a small cafe inside the Central Library (directly across Mount Street from the conference venue).

Pret-a-Manger is 3 blocks away on Oxford Road, walking southeast/past St. Peter’s Square (.2 mi from the conference site).



Starbucks, Nero, and Costa coffee shops abound, but if you want something non-chain:

Takk (coffee and delicious breakfast things, icelandic-style)

Fig & Sparrow (small design store with coffee, tea, and a small menu of breakfast and lunch)

Chapter One Books (coffee, tea, and cakes–and books! lots of space to read or open a laptop)

Pot Kettle Black (delicious coffee, breakfast, and lunch in the lovely, Victorian-era Barton Arcade, just off Deansgate)

Leaf (coffee, tea, breakfast, lunch)

North Tea Power (tea, coffee, and breakfast)

Sugar Junction (tea, coffee, breakfast, lunch, cake, cocktails)

Richmond Tea Rooms (afternoon tea in Wonderland)



Reservations for dinner strongly recommended.

TNQ (The Northern Quarter Restaurant) (British)

Refuge (small plates)

Try Thai (Thai food in Chinatown)

Tokyo Ramen (55 Church St in the Northern Quarter)

El Gato Negro (Spanish)

1847 (all vegetarian)

Salvi’s (authentic Italian trattoria)

Fumo (authentic Italian, posher decor than Salvi’s but reasonable prices)

Tiffin Room (Indian)

Albert’s Shed (British)

Restaurant at HOME (cinema/art space)

Australasia (sushi)

Bundobust (Indian food & craft beer, casual northern quarter vibe)

My Thai (Thai food in the Northern Quarter, casual)



There are loads of possibilities, but here are a few of our favourites:

Gulliver’s (a low-key northern quarter pub we love)

Refuge at the Principal Hotel (architectural beauty, good cocktails & gin list, winter garden)

The Briton’s Protection (pub open since 1806, renowned whisky selection)

Australasia (pricy but delicious cocktails & food, located ‘down under’, next to the Rylands Library)

Cloudwater Brewery (for beer connoisseurs, in the trendy Ancoats neighborhood; tours on Saturdays)


NB: Everything on this page of recommendations is within easy walking distance from the conference venue and suggested hotels. The city centre is compact!

pot kettle black

Image above: Pot Kettle Black in the Barton Arcade, opens at 8am