Best places to eat at Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport’s top restaurants!

Flying from Manchester and need to fill up before your flight? We’ve done all the hard work and chosen our favourite restaurants across the terminals so that you don’t have to lift a finger! Read on for our guide to the best places to enjoy a delicious pre-flight feed at the airport.

All the top choices are through security so we suggest you make your way there sharpish; eating once you’re airside also means you will be able to relax and enjoy your dinner rather than sitting and stressing about security queues while your waitress takes your order…

Best for big breakfasts: Bar MCR

Best places to eat at Manchester Aiport

Location:          Terminal 1

Opening hours: From first flight until last flight of the day.

Contact:            0161 435 4080

If you’re flying out in the early hours, get yourself to Bar MCR where you can enjoy the biggest brekkie at the airport. Their extensive menu offers everything from a great value Full English to a quick and tasty Breakfast Bap; they also have a wide selection of fresh pastries and healthy breakfast alternatives like wholesome porridge and fruity granola. Their coffee is all freshly brewed and Italian, but if you’re looking to kick-start you holiday, treat yourself to a fiery Bloody Mary or relax with a refreshing Mimosa!

Best for family favourites: Frankie & Benny’s

Best places to eat at Manchester Airport

Location:          Terminal 2

Opening hours: 4:00am until last flight of the day, every day.

Contact:            0161 490 4220

Get the party started while you feed the family at Frankie and Benny’s! This lively Italian-American style diner serves a menu packed with fabulous favourites; stacked burgers; perfect pizza and pasta, all day breakfasts and a huge range of delicious desserts that will satisfy even the biggest appetite. There’s a fantastic menu especially for the children who will love the fun-filled atmosphere of this place; it’s enough to get your whole family in the holiday spirit!

Best for global grub: Giraffe

Best places to eat at Manchester Airport

Location:          Terminal 1

Opening hours: 5:00am to 9:00pm Monday, Friday Saturday & Sunday.

5:00am to 8:00pm Tuesday to Thursday

Contact:            0161 435 4070

For a delicious taste of the world in a vibrant setting, make your way to Giraffe. This funky fusion restaurant is guaranteed to make you smile; offerings include huge plates of spicy nachos, delicious Asian style noodles and a great selection of fresh salads for the more saintly traveller. There’s a special kids menu that will keep even the fussiest of children quiet, and a divine dessert selection that includes Belgian Waffles smothered in ice cream and butterscotch sauce, yum!

Best for laid-back lunches: Trattoria Milano

Best places to eat at Manchester Airport

Location:           Terminal 3

Opening hours: From first flight until last flight of the day.

Contact:             0161 489 3199

This Italian gem found in Terminal 3, is the perfect spot to while away some time before your flight. Their huge menu is packed with all kinds of Italian classics like Spaghetti Bolognaise, Lasagne, freshly toasted panini and made to order stone baked pizzas. Finish your feast with a rich and creamy Tiramisu from the dessert menu and you will be in heaven! If your time is short, choose from the Pronto menu which promises to deliver your dinner in less than 15 minutes.

Best for fuss-free fare: The Grain Loft

Best places to eat at Manchester Airport

Location:          Terminal 1

Opening hours: From first flight until last flight of the day.

Contact:            0161 489 3416

If you’re looking for an easy going eatery, then check out The Grain Loft in Terminal 1. Here you can hook up you iPod to listen to you own tunes while munching on a tasty burger in one of their cool Sound Booths. Their wide selection of local Ales are a must-try alongside the classic pub style menu; highlights include their delicious sharing plates and the curious-sounding Beer Can Chicken. There’s a special menu for the little ones, which includes an entertaining activity pack that will keep them busy for hours!

Best for caffeine cravings: Soho Coffee Co

Best places to eat at Manchester Airport

Location:          Terminals 1 & 2

Opening hours: T1: 4.30am to 8.30pm Sunday to Friday. 4:30am to 8:00pm Saturday

T2: 4:00am to 9:00pm every day

Contact:            T1: 0161 489 2329      T2: 0161 489 6315

Airports can prove draining, so don’t forget to grab a coffee fix before you board your flight! Soho Coffee Co roast their organic and fair trade beans locally and pride themselves on sourcing quality local produce. Alongside their deliciously frothy Cappuccinos and Lattes they offer a wide variety of snacks; spoil yourself with one of their indulgent cakes or grab an organic baguette to go if you’re making a quick getaway.

Full list of Manchester Airport restaurants below

Terminal 1


Café Balzar


Joes Kitchen and Coffeehouse

The Pasty Shop


The Grain Loft

Burger King

Caffe Ritazza


Mi Case Burritos

Soho Coffee Co


The Spud Factory

Terminal 2


Caffe Nero

Frankie & Benny’s


The Observatory Bar

Burger King

Caffe Ritazza


The Spinning Jenny

Enjoy your trip!

Terminal 3

Caffe Nero

Delice de France

The Lion and Antelope


Pork & Pickle

Trattoria Milano

And finally…

Allowing yourself plenty of time at the airport will make the start of your trip much less stressful; pre-booking your Manchester Airport parking through APH can really take the hassle out of getting to the airport, plus as a bonus you’ll save yourself a packet thanks to APH’s pre-booking discounts!

For a little added extra why not book a Manchester hotel and parking package so you can wake up minutes from the airport rather than sitting in traffic queues with everybody else!


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