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Higher Ground, Manchester, Greater Manchester

Higher Ground

4.8
4.8
503 Reviews
£41 and over
British
Higher Ground is a bistro and bar located in Manchester city centre that focuses on seasonality within the North-West using produce sourced from local suppliers and producers.

The restaurant is open Wednesday to Saturday at dinnertime and Friday and Saturday lunchtime.

At lunch a £35pp seasonal sharing menu is offered alongside an à la carte menu. At dinner both à la carte and a seasonal sharing menu at £55pp are available.

We often hold space for walk-ins at the kitchen bar counter so pop by and have some plates and a glass of wine!

Reservations of up to ten guests are accepted. For parties of 7x guests and over, the seasonal sharing menu is served.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 26 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    British, Bistro, Wine Bar
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Fri, Sat 12:30–14:00 Dinner Wed, Thu 17:30–21:00 Fri, Sat 17:30–21:30 Bar Wed, Thu 17:30–23:30 Fri, Sat 17:30–00:00
  • Phone number
    0161 236 2931
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Joseph Otway
  • Private party facilities
    For larger bookings and for private hire/event enquires, please contact hello@highergroundmcr.co.uk
  • Area
    Manchester
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Public Transit
    Manchester Piccadilly Train Station (8min walk),<br />Manchester Victoria Train Station (14min walk), <br />Manchester Piccadilly Tram Stop (3min walk)<br /><br />Parking: NCP Car Park Manchester Piccadilly Plaza, City Tower, New York St, Manchester M1 4AJ (2min walk)
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 503 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Best Overall

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Best Service

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Best Ambience

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Innovative

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Great for fine wines

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    British

  • Manchester

    Best Overall

  • Manchester

    Best Food

  • Manchester

    Best Service

  • Manchester

    Best Ambience

  • Manchester

    Innovative

  • Manchester

    Great for fine wines

503 Reviews
  1. Dave

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Has the sharing menu which gave us several courses to share Each was really high quality, deeply flavoured and really well presented The main part could have done with being slightly larger but that was more a personal preference and the fact is was delicious The rhubarb and custard dessert was delicious

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  2. JonathanM

    Cheshire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service generally of a very high standard, excellent wine list. Lighting was too bright when we arrived and the dimmed the lights about 30 mins later, overcharged us on one of the items on the menu but was quickly rectified, albeit with no apology. Would certainly return.

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  3. NeilR

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent dining experience. Great food and exceptional service highly recommended.

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  4. Hellyxmas

    Manchester

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful beautiful food cooler in front of your very eyes. Amazing!

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  5. TeamD

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Very good food (small sharing plates), however it all felt a bit rushed like they wanted us in and out asap. They served our 6 course tasting menu in just over an hour! Some of the plates and bowls were also chipped/cracked, which we told our waiter about, and he said this was normal as they don't throw away broken crockery. Our lasting impression was that the food was excellent, but the overall experience didn't make it feel special, which is a shame when you're spending that amount of money.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Did not know what to expect and loved it. Would strongly recommend going for the sharing menu - you will not be disappointed

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such delicious food, amazing space and even better staff! A MUST stop in Manchester!!

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  8. DianneB

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I would highly recommend this restaurant. Great food, great staff team and a great ambience. It takes a lot of effort to appear effortless!

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  9. HeatherK

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing service and food. We love coming here!

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  10. alisonj

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place. food and service is spot on! Will return soon

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Higher Ground takes the experience of eating out to a higher plane. This is because of the energy, enthusiasm and expertise of a fantastic team of people. Using excellent ingredients, many of them locally sourced, the menu is quirky and inventive with interesting combinations. The food is complemented by a wide choice of wines ( and beers). We ate from the lunchtime a la carte menu, sharing plates as recommended, and would single out the best oysters we can remember eating and the flavours of wild garlic, scallop roe, Manchester honey and some superb English cheeses. It’s easy to see why Higher Ground is winning recognition and drawing in a wide range of diners.

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  12. DarrenL

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    food was incredible but the team working there really made our evening. Thank you!

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  13. KathrynJ

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fabulous! We were very impressed with the staff- so friendly but professional at the same time. We’d recommend the tasting menu and adding in the oysters & cheese course. Thank-you to all the staff at Higher Ground- we’ll definitely be back.

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  14. JupiterHM

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was excellent here, we chose it for our anniversary after hearing a fair bit of hype and it didn't disappoint in the slightest. It's an expensive place but you get what you pay for, both food and wine were outstanding, however the most impressive part of the evening was your staff. Friendly and comfortable as well as highly professional and knowledgeable, big shout to George for sorting us out.

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  15. standard

    Manchester

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    George who serviced us most of the evening was absolutely brilliant. Get communication skills and very attentive. However the lady who came to service senior waitress was absolutely obnoxious. She could do with get training on how to recieve feedback from customers well. The owner Richard was lovely and apart from the caramel desert Harry the chef Cook yummy food. George thank you for helping me pick meals for my vegetarian diet. You made our evening

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  16. Thomas

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Pretentious place, which is trying to make an impression of greater quality of food and service than it actually possesses. Very disappointing given how much publicity it has received. A couple of dishes were of good quality (pollock & broccoli, Nantwich milk ice cream), couple were Ok (mashed potato and hash brown potato), but the rest (heritage beetroot, pea fritters & Quicke’s cheddar and sardines) were just ordinary dishes, uninspiring and lacking any particular excitement. Certainly, overpriced for such a level of service and “one-dimensional” quality of food. The wine selection was bizarre, mainly taken (perhaps, inexpensively) from unknown small-scale vineyards (mainly) from Eastern Europe, but not cheap at all! The diners seemed to be encouraged to order the whole bottle of wine (which is excessive for very limited dining slots, usually restricted to one and a half hour), because the options for a glass wine were limited to only two (!) possibilities. I wouldn’t mind, but the advert about this place was very much exaggerated, so I suggest to adjust your expectations to much lower level, and you will not be disappointed then. I would not recommend this place, certainly not for a fine dining.

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  17. FionaM

    Manchester

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food with fist class service. Highly recommend Higher Ground

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  18. TriniF

    London

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Couldn’t recommend this place more highly. Food was incredible- really inventive and fresh, seasonal produce. The service was so welcoming, everyone stopping to chat. Great evening.

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  19. Ayjay

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious tasting menu and very friendly staff. Fantastic.

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  20. CatL

    Manchester

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an exceptional lunch at Higher Ground over Easter weekend. From the moment we arrived, we could tell it was going to be a great experience- we were greeted immediately by one of the owners (who are all extremely friendly and genuinely passionate about your entire experience). The food was exceptional and the service equally so (at no point did we ever have to try to catch someone’s eye - all servers have clearly been trained to a very high standard and constantly monitor their area, without being remotely intrusive). The drinks menu is incredible and the overall ambiance was right up our street - cool, spacious and relaxed. One of our new favourite restaurants. Highly recommended.

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  21. johnm

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    tester menu what delightful great value for money lovlly different wines

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and I loved everything on the sharing menu. My only complaint is that everything was served too quickly. Also, I would have liked the option of paired wines with that menu. If you don’t know what you are eating, there should be a paired wine option. Apart from that, I loved it and I will definitely be back.

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  23. ZackG

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    2nd time I’ve been and I thought it was excellent! Great place and would highly recommend!

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  24. keitha

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    All four of my famiy had the multi course meal, each course excellent, service excellent too. Could have done with a double espresso to finish things off.

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  25. smtfhw

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Welcoming, friendly and with superb food. Reminded me a lot of some of Copenhagen’s best restaurants.

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  26. GsDinners

    London

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Serving the kind of food I love. Bold flavours, great wine list. Superb service. We'll be back

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  27. zisisg

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, great choices, very good service and suggestions of wine

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  28. NicolaJ

    Bath

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful meal! Each course was delicious, and we thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really enjoyed the food.. paired wines. With great and knowledgeable service.. will be back again.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal crafted & served brilliantly by a top team. Will be back! 😋🍷

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  31. CHLOES

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly excellent food and wine, and brilliant service (attentive without being overbearing). It's not cheap at all - but we felt like it was worth the price tag. So deserving of the good reviews they're getting. A really enjoyable experience overall and we'll be back.

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  32. SamanthaH

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing. Our waitress was fantastic, super knowledgeable and helpful. Value for money was great - it is more expensive than your average but the food, wine and vibe were miles above average, so you get what you pay for. Will 100% be back and could not recommend highly enough.

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  33. Robbie

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The seasonal menu was a great choice! A couple of cheaper wine options wouldn’t go a miss.

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  34. FrancescaM

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was fantastic. Great ambience throughout, would highly recommend and would definitely return

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  35. JamesH

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, wine and service! Would definitely recommend

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  36. thegirl999

    Manchester

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb food and overall experience! Great to have such a vibrant buzzing restaurant in Manchester. Highlights of our sharing seasonal plates were a mushroom pasta and incredible fish with broccoli and salad and potatoes. Great help from Anna in choosing a perfect wine! We will be back 

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  37. KR93

    Manchester

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food & service! Can’t wait to visit again soon!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing and charming service, made to feel very welcome. Food was delicious, so much depth to the flavours

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  39. LauraG

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic lunch, excellent value, staff really engaging & friendly would highly recommend

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  40. IanP

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Well worth a visit. Great food, service, and ambience

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Higher Ground is rated 4.8 stars by 503 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 26 times today
Google Map for Higher Ground

Higher Ground, Faulkner House, New York St, Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 4DY

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Manchester
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Fri, Sat 12:30–14:00 Dinner Wed, Thu 17:30–21:00 Fri, Sat 17:30–21:30 Bar Wed, Thu 17:30–23:30 Fri, Sat 17:30–00:00
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    British, Bistro, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Public Transit
    Manchester Piccadilly Train Station (8min walk),Manchester Victoria Train Station (14min walk), Manchester Piccadilly Tram Stop (3min walk)Parking: NCP Car Park Manchester Piccadilly Plaza, City Tower, New York St, Manchester M1 4AJ (2min walk)
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Joseph Otway
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    0161 236 2931
  • Private party facilities
    For larger bookings and for private hire/event enquires, please contact hello@highergroundmcr.co.uk
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