March 15, 2019 • Food4 min read

Manchester food guide: Top spots for lunch in Manchester

Discover the top lunch spots in Manchester and bring them into your office with City Pantry. 

Let's face it, nothing gets you through a difficult day in the office quite like a really great lunch. 

So forget about soggy sandwiches, sad salads and sweaty scotch eggs. The best lunch spots in Manchester are on hand to transform your day for the better. Whether you're after a sophisticated lunch in Spinningfields, a big blow-out in a cool Northern Quarter hangout or a light lunch in Manchester City Centre, you'll always be spoilt for choice for lunch options in Manchester. 

And with so many incredible restaurants to choose from, we thought we'd help you out by rounding up the very best lunch spots in Manchester. And as an added bonus, you can even order some of these lunch places direct to your office with City Pantry.


Viet Shack 

City Pantry - Lunch in Manchester - Viet Shack

A sure-fire hit for everyone from interns to CEOs, Viet Shack's Vietnamese street food is one way to visit a Ho Chi Minh market without needing a plane ticket. 

From banh mi to summers rolls and even a Saigon salad, Viet Shack brings Vietnam's best loved dishes to Manchester. And with two locations across Manchester, one in Arndale Market and another in Ancoats, Viet Shack is perfect whether you want a proper sit-down meal or just to grab something in a rush. That said, this isn't a lunch that you'll necessarily want to rush. 


Chilango

City Pantry - Lunch in Manchester - Chilango

Delivering a stampede of Mexican flavours with every single mouthful, Chilango is the perfect place for lunch in Manchester. 

Located on Oxford Road, Chilango announced its arrival in Manchester with queues that snaked around the streets. And nothing's really changed three years on. 

From perfectly grilled pieces of steak to chargrilled chicken and plenty of vegan options, the quality of the fillings are why people keep coming back again and again to this place. And if you're desperate to get your Chilango for lunch but want to avoid the midday rush? You can order Chilango straight to your office with City Pantry. Just start here.

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Bundobust

City Pantry - Lunch in Manchester - Bundobust

There's no doubt about it, walking into Bundobust is sure to bring your day an unbridled amount of joy - as well as plenty of incredible Indian dishes. 

Serving a creative and modern take on Indian street food, Bundobust has rapidly become a favourite in the city. And it's easy to see why. With mouthwatering Gujarat-inspired street dishes alongside craft beers from local Manchester breweries, all served at a Piccadilly venue with the most inviting laid-back vibe - lunch in Manchester doesn't really get better than Bundobust.


Northern Soul

City Pantry - Lunch in Manchester - Northern Soul

If you're a fan of cheese, and an even bigger fan of cheese toasties, Northern Soul is about to become your new favourite lunch spot in Manchester. 

Based on Church Street opposite the Arndale Markets, Northern Soul is a grilled cheese nirvana that's captured the hearts of Mancunians ever since it opened in 2015. And with sandwiches featuring three different cheeses, pulled pork, bacon, avocado and even mac 'n' cheese - it's all for good reason. So for a generous hit of cheese on your next lunch break, look no further than Northern Soul in Manchester.  


Yard & Coop

City Pantry - Lunch in Manchester - Yard & Coop

Forget Nandos – if you’re serious about your chicken, Yard & Coop is the best chicken joint in the city.

Serving their proper fried chicken with tasty sides and even tastier sauces, Yard & Coop are an absolute must for your next lunch in Manchester. Make your choice between chicken breast, thigh or a veggie halloumi alternative and then the real decisions start: the sauces.

Do you fancy chicken gravy or chip shop curry? Whatever you opt for, Yard & Coop is now available on City Pantry, so you can order their fried chicken straight to your office for lunch. Winner winner chicken dinner. 

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Itsu

City Pantry - Lunch in Manchester - Itsu

Whether you’re a raw fish fanatic, an umami enthusiast or just fancy a rice bowl because, well - Friday - there aren't many better Manchester lunch options than the Itsu in Spinningfields. 

From sushi boxes to salads to rice bowls and even vegan options, there's so much choice on the Itsu menu that you're guaranteed to never get tired of the same boring lunch ever again. But if the Itsu in Spinningfields is too far a walk from your office? At City Pantry, we can deliver Itsu direct to your office for lunch. Isn't that handy?  

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Pho 

City Pantry - Lunch in Manchester - Pho

Set inside the iconic Corn Exchange and boasting a menu of delicious noodles, salads and rice bowls, Pho's Vietnamese street food deserves a spot on any Manchester lunch list. 

The perfect place for a sit-down lunch with your colleagues or a big client, the menu at Pho is big and the flavours are bigger. And with such a packed out menu, you might need some tips on where to start. Well, you can't go wrong with Vietnam's national dish, and the namesake of this restaurant. An aromatic, nutritious and delicious rice noodle soup - our only advice with this dish? Don't hold back on the chilli. 


Chop'd

City Pantry - Lunch in Manchester - Chop'd

Sometimes you want a burger for lunch. Sometimes a burrito. But sometimes you just need something light and refreshing. And that's where Chop'd come in. 

Serving the tastiest build-your-own salads, soups, wraps and stews to the Manchester masses, Chop'd should be your new go-to place for a healthy lunch in Manchester. The natural, seasonal and local produce used in every salad bowl means that the food here is as good for your body and your tastebuds. And the best bit? At City Pantry, we deliver Chop'd to your office

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Want to bring the best lunches in Manchester straight into your office? 

At City Pantry, we do food at work the right way. That means we deliver some of the best Manchester restaurants and beyond to your workplace. And all for the same price as going direct. 

So if you're ready to swap office food for good food, take a look at the restaurants we deliver in your area.

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