What food is Manchester famous for? A Must-Try List!

What food is Manchester famous for? A Must-Try List!

Local delicacies and items to buy
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    Eccles Cakes by Dr Greg under license CC BY-SA 3.0

    Manchester is known for its variety of local foods that reflect the city's history and culture. From traditional English dishes to more modern international cuisine, there is something for everyone to enjoy. And with so many different options, it's easy to find a dish that you'll love. If you're looking for something new to eat on your visit, be sure to try one of Manchester's delicious local dishes listed below.

    The Food You Must Try When Visiting Manchester

    In this blog post, we will be discussing what delicacies you can expect to find in Manchester.

    From local cuisine to a diverse range of foods, there are plenty of options to get your taste buds going. Here are a few examples we recommend:

    Eccles Cake

    An eccles cake is a must-try when visiting Manchester. It is a small, round cake that is filled with currants and then covered in sugar. The cake originated in the town of Eccles, which is just west of the city. The first recorded mention of the cake dates back to 1793, but it is believed to have been made much earlier. Today, eccles cakes are enjoyed by people of all ages and can be found in most bakeries.

    Manchester Cob

    Manchester Cob is a type of bread that is enjoyed in the city. The bread is made from a mix of flour, water, salt, and yeast and it is typically baked in a round loaf with a crusty exterior and a criss-cross pattern on top. Manchester Cob is known for its soft and chewy texture, as well as being dangerously moreish. After you try this loaf, you may just find that it is your new favourite type of bread!

    Manchester Tart

    Dating back to the 19th Century, the Manchester Tart is a traditional English baked tart that originates from the city bearing its name. The tart consists of a shortcrust pastry shell filled with raspberry jam, and almond custard and topped with desiccated coconut. The tart is then baked until the pastry is golden brown and the custard is set. The Manchester Tart is a delicious treat that is perfect for any occasion.

    lancashire hotpot

    Lancashire Hotpot

    Lancashire hotpot is a traditional English dish that is hearty and filling. It is made with lamb or mutton, potatoes, onions and a rich gravy. The hotpot is typically cooked in a heavy pot or casserole dish on the stovetop under a low heat for hours. While it takes some time to prepare, the results are well worth it. The hotpot is perfect for a cold winter day, and it pairs well with a glass of red wine. If you are visiting Manchester, be sure to try Lancashire hotpot. You won't be disappointed.

    Black Peas (Parched Peas)

    If you're looking for a delicious and traditional snack on your visit, then be sure to try black peas. This popular Lancashire treat is made by slow-boiling dried peas overnight to produce a variety of mushy peas. The result is a savoury snack usually enjoyed with salt and vinegar that is perfect for munching on the go. The snack is known for being enjoyed around Bonfire Night on November the 5th so you may only find this dish around that time of year.

    Manchester Egg

    Manchester even has its own variation of the scotch egg. The Manchester Egg uses a pickled egg wrapped in black pudding and sausage meat before being covered in panko breadcrumbs and deep fried to give a tasty treat that can be enjoyed at any time of the day (but at breakfast time it's enjoyed most). If you're looking for a traditional English breakfast with a twist, be sure to try a Manchester Egg on your next trip to the city.

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    Rag Pudding by Oatsy40 under the CC BY 4.0 license.

    Rag Pudding

    If you're looking for a dish that may be slightly odd-looking but tastes great, Rag Pudding may be the dish you've been searching for! A savoury dish made with beef, pork, and onions, the meat is wrapped in a thin suet pastry and then cooked in a cheesecloth or cotton muslin, until it is tender and the flavours have had a chance to meld together. Originating from Oldham just north of the city, Rag Pudding is typically served with mashed potatoes and gravy, making it a hearty and satisfying meal.

    Lancashire Cheese

    Manchester is a city with a rich history and diverse culture, and Lancashire Cheese is a delicious and iconic part of that heritage. Made from cow's milk, this crumbly, mild cheese has been made in the region for centuries, and it continues to be one of the most popular cheeses in England. It is delicious on its own or in sandwiches and can be paired with Eccles Cakes as a tasty evening or mid-afternoon snack.


    One of the best things about Manchester is its food and drink. Vimto is a popular soft drink that originated in the city, and it's worth trying when you're in town. The carbonated drink is made from a blend of ingredients giving a unique flavour that's perfect for quenching your thirst on a hot day. The purple-coloured drink is enjoyed globally and can be found in many newsagents across the city.

    And some souvenirs to take home...

    Manchester Gin

    Manchester Gin is a drink that is enjoyed throughout the city and the rest of the United Kingdom. The masterminds behind the alcoholic drink use a traditional copper still to slowly distil the gin, allowing all of the flavours to meld together perfectly. The result is a complex and well-balanced gin that is perfect for sipping neat or adding to your favourite cocktail. So if you're looking for a true taste of Manchester, be sure to take a bottle home with you on your next trip.

    Manchester Worker Bee

    The Manchester Worker Bee has become an international symbol of strength and resilience in the face of adversity. The story of the bee dates back to the Industrial Revolution, when Manchester was known as the "world's first industrial city." At that time, the city was filled with smoke and soot from the factories, and the workers were known as "the black bees of Manchester." Despite the tough conditions, the workers continued to toil away, day after day. Eventually, the bee came to symbolise the hard-working spirit of the people of Manchester. Today, you can find Manchester Worker Bee gifts in shops all over the city. From keychains and t-shirts to coffee mugs and souvenirs, there is something for everyone.


    The local cuisine is a must-try when in Manchester. The flavours and textures are like nothing you've ever experienced before. Trust me, you won't be disappointed. So go out and explore the city's culinary scene - you won't regret it!

    In this blog post, we have shared some of the most famous Manchester dishes and their origin stories. Do you have a favourite dish from the Greater Manchester area? Please share with us (via our contact form) what you think makes for a perfect food day or if there's an interesting story behind one of our featured dishes. These are just a few of the many delicious Manchester foods you can try. To find out more about things to do in the area, click on the links below:


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