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Escape to Freight Island

4.3
4.3
2223 Reviews
£25 and under
International

At its very heart, Escape To Freight Island has been created as a new urban environment where you can find your own space to escape. A cutting-edge space with a brilliant selection of restaurants, bars, innovative culture spaces and an intimate festival vibe.

22” Pizza by the slice from Voodoo Rays, a special wood-fired Asador grill from Baratxuri, stunning tacos from Madre and a master pâtissiere and coffee from Krum. A truly unique way of ordering drinks features in the Freight Island Bar, which alongside it's extensive beer and ale selection from the like of Camden Town Brewery and Pomona Island, also has a beautifully curated cocktail menu and wine list.


Not bookable

Online bookings at Escape to Freight Island can only be made directly on their website.

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    International

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch
    Sat, Sun 10:00–11:30
    Dinner
    Mon–Fri 16:00–22:00
    Sat, Sun 12:00–22:00
    Bar
    Mon–Fri 16:00–00:00
    Sat, Sun 12:00–00:00

  • Phone number

    0161 806 0078

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Gary Weir

  • Area

    United Kingdom

  • Cross Street

    Mayfield Depot

  • Parking Details

    There is an open air car park across the street, priced at £3 for 12 hours.

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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What 2,223 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. CH

    CharlotteH

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined today

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    We were seated next to the stage so could be difficult to hear anyone talk but other than that amazing as usual

  2. CG

    ChristopherG

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined today

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    A bit loud and noisy, but we were underneath a speaker. A mixed bag when it came to food quality. Also I got refused a drink due to being underage and I'm 38! However the service time was excellent and some of the food was really good. The wine was also excellent. And it felt very COVID-safe as we were in the Plant Room which was semi-outdoor and heated.

  3. MJ

    MayJ

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food2service2ambience5

    Great beyonce orchestra band playing that made the night special!

  4. CB

    CatB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food4service4ambience4

    It took us a while to get the hang of ordering via the website but once we had it was easy and food and drinks came quickly. We had originally booked indoors but it turned out there was a very loud band playing and we couldn't hear each other speak, so we asked to be moved to further away. While this was sorted very quickly it did mean we were then sitting outside which we hadn't really dressed for, although the patio heaters did help. We all enjoyed our food very much, especially those who ordered the PBJ churros for dessert. Overall we had a great time but it would have been good to know at the time of booking that being indoors would mean we couldn't speak to each other, as we were on a work night out and wanted to chat.

  5. JV

    JanetaV

    Manchester

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    My first time there.. I think you should say on website that only 3 restaurant opened for food and 1 bar on Tuesday nights.. I expected a lot more nicer but don't think I will come back.. service was very slow it took 40 minutes and 20 minutes for food and drink to come.!!! Music stopped playing also..

  6. M

    Min96

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Brilliant entertainment and service just disappointed about booking process, temperature and food options were not as advertised online.

  7. FT

    FrankieT

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food3service2ambience2

    Attended here on a Sunday as it was my sisters 30th birthday on the Monday and we wanted somewhere to ‘see in her birthday’ - was happy to see on the website that this place was open until midnight so we booked a table at 8pm. When we arrived we first ordered drinks but by the time we started choosing the food everywhere started closing (well before 9pm) and there was much less choice available. The DJ was also supposed to be until midnight and he disappeared quite early. Last orders was called just after 10pm so all in all it was an awful time and not suitable for the occasion we wanted. As it was a Sunday we expected it to be quieter but if they advertise that they are open until midnight you’d expect some warning if they start closing things before 9pm. Not happy at all.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience4

    I’ve been to Freight Island for drinks, and had a really good night. The venue is second to none in terms of facilities, events and scale. But the food was verging on awful. The prices (£15 for a kebab with smiley faces) are verging on extortionate for what at best is quick bites, and at worst a crap greasy takeaway on your way home from a night out. The food was cold, and when I say cold I mean barely edible. The kebabs are being advertised as ‘Michelin Star Kebabs’ but they are fat from it. Not even close. The churros we ordered were rock hard and also barely edible and the chocolate was like dish water. Unfortunately it’s left a really bad taste in my mouth (literally and figuratively) and will be cancelling the 4 reservations I have over the Christmas period. Definitely recommend FI for drinks and laughs, but avoid the food, unless you don’t mind waiting ages for your order and eating stone cold food.

  9. b

    bish317

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a great place. I’d heard good things and they didn’t disappoint

  10. PS

    PeterS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good and quick service , the food was spot on. Would recommend to others

  11. L

    Landy

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience4

    Don't use the app for ordering drinks. Waited 40 minutes and had to call one of the managers over. Wanted a steak but got a message saying the grill wasn't currently taking orders. Ordered a burger but it was cold. Staff everywhere but music was so load where we was they couldn't hear us calling them over to our table. Well they had some guy shouting over the music all night god knows what he was saying but it wasn't needed. Where we was sat was boiling they had fans next to us and girls kept coming over and standing in front of it to cool down. The place looks great shame about the service

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food1service1ambience4

    Drinks ordered took a long time food was cold and had to be sent back

  13. SM

    SamanthaM

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great night out!!! We only came for a. Hour before WHP but will definitely be returning. Such a good vibe!!

  14. A

    Adamvw

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Great venue, service and food. DJ and music levels a bit too relentless

  15. A

    Anonymous

    Cheshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Loads of food choices with plenty of vegan options, everything tasted great and good value for money

  16. A

    Arps

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Great place and atmosphere, really helpful door team too . Can’t wait to come back !

  17. S

    Saza

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great venue, something for everyone! Really enjoyed the atmosphere.

  18. DM

    DeanM

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Outstanding venue and idea! Can see this being a popular haunt of ours each time we visit Manchester!

  19. S

    Sassysas

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Fantastic place , great atmosphere, all staff we encountered were friendly and helpful. The service from booking on the app to receiving both drinks and food was really quick , we had Vietnamese food which was delicious, great choice of drinks too 🤗🤩

  20. PB

    PaulB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food2service4ambience5

    Great place and atmosphere but wouldn’t recommend the food very pricey takeaway food

  21. NL

    NathanL

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place…just go! Great food drink atmosphere and music

  22. AS

    AdamS

    Exclusive

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food1service4ambience3

    Drinks were nice & the service was very good but poor food & too loud

  23. GS

    GillS

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Has to move tables twice as the first one the heater wasn’t working and second table wonky and would take drinks and food plates. Atmosphere good.

  24. AW

    AngelaW

    Exclusive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food1service3ambience3

    I’ve never been before and wasnt sure what to expect . I only drink wine which is extortionately priced against other drinks and for this reason alone I would never visit again . The ambience was great until the music was turned up and we could hardly hear eachother speak . My Kebab came freezing cold . It was a different experience but it cost a small fortune and I wouldn’t be in a rush to return

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great food (fish tacos are amazing). Good selection of drinks and good music

  26. s

    stephenj

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Top night all round. would recommend this place if you fancy a couple of drinks and a few bites with friends. Its not the kind of place you go for a full night out.

  27. A

    Alib510

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience2

    The venue was pretty cold, with a lot of it being technically outdoors. The food and drink selection was great, but the app had a lot of glitches and so as a group we ended up ordering through one persons app and owing each other money, (which sort of defeats the point). The service was very slow, particularly from some vendors, so we didn't really get to eat as a group. The whole place was so loud! As a group we hadn't appreciated what sort of venue and events were going on. We were just there for a meal and a few drinks to catch up with friends we hadn't seen due to the pandemic, but there was very loud club style music and lighting, singers, DJs, fire eaters, drag queens, dancers and so on. It would have been amazing, if that's what we'd gone for, but for our needs on that evening it was too loud.

  28. MS

    MattS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food1service5ambience4

    Bit disappointing - we were seated in the Plant Room which was basically a glorified marquee with some ugly tables and chairs chucked in. Having said this the atmosphere was quite nice - casual, good music and we were a pretty big group (12 of us) so it's a nice space to hold big groups. The space is also really well heated so didn't feel cold at all. Service was really good and the drinks and food came pretty quickly. There was a good selection of food and drinks on the menu- we ordered a big selection of food for the table including the mac cheese, pizzas, nachos, tacos, steak bowls etc and we were all really disappointed by all of it. Worst nachos I've ever had and the guac was tastless and the steak bowl and tacos were tiny and overpriced. Pizza and pasta were good but overpriced and the cocktails were good. All in all I'm not sure I'd go again as we all felt we'd over paid for pretty rubbish tastless food and more could be done to make the space look better.

  29. G

    Gidgrace

    London

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A great place to get a big group together in an open air relaxed environment.

  30. M

    Must

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 October 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Went on a Tuesday. Food menu was limited. Location and setting great. Would be better to go later in the week.

  31. FJ

    FrJohn

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 October 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere, lovely surroundings. Good beer and food choices but the most outstanding feature of the whole establishment was the staff. Great service from the waiters/waitresses but exceptional welcome and experience from the door staff and check in guys. Will definitely return.

  32. BJ

    BenJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 October 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    Burgers and pizza were great. Tacos were a let down. Was relatively quiet on a Sunday night, and service was very prompt.

  33. CH

    CHRISTOPHERP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 October 2021

    overall2food1service4ambience5

    Get there early or you won't be eating , we got there at tea time and there was no food left!!!!

  34. l

    lauras

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 October 2021

    overall3food2service2ambience3

    All food was Luke warm or cold. Staff all looked very unenthusiastic

  35. K

    Klee

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 October 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience5

    I love the ambience and the environment of the place but food quality to be improved.

  36. AM

    AlexM

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place to eat with variety of menu and dishes. Make sure you phone is charged .. we place 3 orders and tried 5 restaurants menus! Kebab is excellent, pizza is to die for. Best for end with ChooChoo or churros

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place! We went early around lunch time, not too busy and a nice relaxed atmosphere. Took our two girls and they loved it too. Great food and great service.

  38. HH

    HeidiH

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great night! Good tunes! Very welcoming staff. Thank you

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 October 2021

    overall3food2service1ambience5

    Need to get a grip with the drinks. Drinks are taken by other tables constantly.

  40. D

    Denblebee1

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 October 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Bit load but food and service was good. Good choice of food too!

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Escape to Freight Island is rated 4.3 stars by 2223 OpenTable diners

Not bookable

Online bookings at Escape to Freight Island can only be made directly on their website.

  • Cross Street

    Mayfield Depot

  • Area

    United Kingdom

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch
    Sat, Sun 10:00–11:30
    Dinner
    Mon–Fri 16:00–22:00
    Sat, Sun 12:00–22:00
    Bar
    Mon–Fri 16:00–00:00
    Sat, Sun 12:00–00:00

  • Cuisines

    International

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    There is an open air car park across the street, priced at £3 for 12 hours.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Gary Weir

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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