Salford Quays has vastly changed over the years, since first being built by the Manchester Ship Canal Company in 1894. The spot was first known as Salford Docks and was the larger of two docks, the smaller being Pomona Docks.
Today, Salford Quays acts as a shopping and entertainment hub to local Mancunians. The Quays houses an array of shops, restaurants and bars and birthing the now local landmark of Media City.
While our daily activities are constantly changing throughout 2020, we hope you can still enjoy what Salford Quays has to offer. Take a look at our list of the best spots for food and drink in Salford’s hotspot.
The drinks menu alone makes the Alchemist a key spot to stop at for drinks. Renowned for their creative cocktails, you can choose drinks that smoke and fizz like a chemistry set. You can find drinks served in bongs, set alight and even ones that change colour. The bar itself is also highly instagrammable, set right on the waterfront for scenic views from inside, making it a favourite amongst local Salfordians.
Great for gin-lovers, the Botanist has a bespoke gin cocktail menu, although other spirits are available to enjoy. The Botanist focuses on natural flavours and creates tasty combinations of herbs, fruits and flowers. On a sunny day you can sit outside and take in the views of the quays, or sit inside and take in the stunning decor of floral displays and quirky furniture.
If you prefer a simple pint to fancy cocktails, the Dockyard is better suited to your needs. Featuring rustic-style, wooden decor and a decent beer garden, the Dockyard is a great spot to meet friends and start your evening. You’ll find an impressive range of craft beers, ales and ciders to enjoy, sourced from all over the world.
Another spot for craft beers, CraftBrew boasts a range of beers, lagers and ales to appease guests with distinct tastes. Not just into beers, CraftBrew also offers coffees and liqor options for alternate tastes. The accompanying food menu promises tapas, sandwiches and artisan deli boards, making this a great spot for nibbles and drinks.
Lime is a great spot for groups who have diners with different palates, due to the vast menu choices across a few different cuisines. Take a look at our past review of Lime for further information. There is also a separate bar area, ideal for guests enjoy casual drinks before dinner.
Marco’s New York Italian
Located in Media City, Marco’s is a restaurant by renowned chef Marco Pierre White. More casual than White’s famed steakhouses, this venue prides itself on a warm and friendly atmosphere and casual dining for visitors. An array of Italian classic dishes can be found on the menu.
Open 7am-5pm in Media City, Catena is a coffee shop that offers both brunch and tapas choices on it’s select menu.The spot boasts organic, fresh and locally sourced produce and the restaurant itself is stylishly designed.
For those who know what they like and want to enjoy a classic British franchise, Salford Quays is also home to popular UK chains: Wagamama, Nandos, Pizza Express, Cafe Rouge and Prezzo.