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Welcome to Manchester Food Walks

Culinary Tours around the Original Modern City

Tasting visitorsHello! We're Manchester Food Walks, combining culture, history and cuisine. Our Taster Walks cover a number of locations, and include stops at 6 eateries for a small taste of a typical dish. Safari Walks concentrate on a smaller area of the city, and include three food stops - for a starter, main and dessert course. There are always vegetarian options at each of our locations, and with advance notice, we can offer Gluten-free options too. All walks are led by experienced and accredited Manchester Tour Guides.


John Ryan guides in the Northern QuarterSee below for forthcoming events. Every currently scheduled walk is listed. New walks will appear here as soon as they are scheduled. We also guide private groups and can create a bespoke Manchester Food Walk for you, your company or your celebration. We can also supply gift vouchers for any advertised walk. Email john@manchesterfoodwalks.co.uk for further information. Follow us on Twitter @MancFoodWalks or on Facebook at facebook.com/ManchesterFoodWalks.

GIFT VOUCHERS NOW AVAILABLE

You can now buy vouchers to give the gift of a Manchester Food Walk! Just go to the type of walk you would like to purchase below and click on BOOK. Select the Voucher option and you'll receive a code that the recipient can use to book onto any walk of that type.

Northern Quarter Taster One

A roving lunch of six small plates in the best Northern Quarter eateries, accompanied by stories of Manchester's boho district, old and new.

This is our original Northern Quarter taster tour, centred on the area East of Newton Street, and our most popular route. It looks at the district's history, from its historic markets, shops and rag traders to its cultural regeneration, highlights and attitude of today.

You'll discover the history of Afflecks Palace and the Arndale, the curry cafes and the area's standout public art, and walk in the footsteps of some of Manchester's most famous names.

Ticket price includes a bottle of water, distributed on arrival, and all food and guiding. Other drinks not included. £30 per person. Approximately two to three hours duration.

Tour dates:

3 Sep, 15 Oct, 26 Nov

Start time:

11.30 AM

Location:

Piccadilly Gardens - Outside Cafe Nero, under concrete Pavilion

Northern Quarter Taster Two

The Northern Quarter food scene is now so vibrant, we’ve created a second route! This one is mainly West of Newton Street with tales of Dutch weavers, superheroes, arch criminals and drag queens.

It’s an area that’s seen massive redevelopment and a host of new bars and restaurants. This choice is ideal if you’ve been on our NQ Taster One and would like to see and hear about more of the area, but the guiding is self-contained so you can just jump on this one.

Ticket price includes a bottle of water, distributed on arrival, and all food and guiding. Like all our tasters, that means six small plates. Other drinks not included. £30 per person. Approximately two to three hours duration.

Tour dates:

17 Sep, 29 Oct, 10 Dec

Start time:

11.30 AM

Location:

Piccadilly Gardens - Outside Cafe Nero, under concrete Pavilion

Southern Quarter Taster

It starts with a cinema and ends in a church (but a church immortalised by The Smiths). Enjoy a number of small plates along the Corridor district.

Hear about the science that put Manchester on the map, and enjoy some of the most interesting architecture in the city. Corridor brings together universities, hospitals and thinkers, designed to bring new business and brains to Manchester. The 'Southern Quarter' started as a tongue-in-cheek nod to its bigger rival on the other side of Piccadilly, but there's been a cluster of new stand-out venues here in the last couple of years. This is a linear walk, beginning at The Cornerhouse, and ending along Oxford Road at the Church of the Holy Name. 

The ticket price includes a bottle of water, distributed on arrival, and all food and guiding. Other drinks are not included.

£30 per person. Three hours duration. 

Tour dates:

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Start time:

11.30 AM

Location:

Starts at Cornerhouse - Oxford St, Manchester

City Centre Safari Lunch

Come on a fascinating culinary walk around Manchester City Centre. Hear a little of Manchester's history, architecture and character in between food stops for a starter, main and dessert - each taken in a different city centre restaurant.

Ticket price includes all food and guiding. Drinks are not included. £30 per person. Approximately three hours duration.

Tour dates:

11 Sep, 4 Dec

Start time:

11.30 AM

Location:

Starts at Manchester Town Hall - Albert Square, Manchester, M1 4AJ

Caffeinopolis

Manchester has enjoyed an explosion of caffeine offers in recent months. This tour takes you from one end of the city to the other, visiting five coffee highlights for a drink at each one. Caffeinated culture and a grounding in Manchester’s amazing history. Tour lasts approximately 2 1/2 hours. Meet: Deansgate Castlefield tram stop. £35 including drinks, guiding and sandwich lunch.

Tour dates:

5 November

Start time:

10:30 AM

Location:

Deansgate Castlefield tram stop

Corn Exchange Taster

It was the Victorian equivalent of Costco. Now it’s a gastronomic gallery in one of Manchester’s finest grade II listed buildings. From the bomb to burritos, this new Taster walk talks through the history of the Corn Exchange and the adjoining Exchange Square and Cathedral Gardens. We stop in six of the building’s restaurants for a sample of the different food offers. This new taster lasts approximately 2 hours. Meet: Exchange Square tram stop. £30 including food and guiding. Drinks not included.

Tour dates:

22 Oct, 27 Nov

Start time:

11:30 AM

Location:

Exchange Square tram stop