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Higher Ground, Manchester, Greater Manchester

Higher Ground

4.8
4.8
542 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 an 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 twelve 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 15 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 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Bar Wed, Thu 5:30 pm–11:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    0161 236 2931
  • Payment Options
    Cash not accepted
  • 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
    Gluten-free Options, Vegan

What 542 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
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseEnergetic

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Best Overall

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Best Food

  • 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

542 Reviews
  1. JonH

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, service and staff. Quick lunch delivered superbly

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second visit and not disappointed. First visit, had no expectations - my wife researched and said excellent reviews. I’m adding to those excellent reviews again. Food - Fantastic, different menu and surprising. Service - Great, friendly, attentive without being over the top. Atmosphere - Cool and relaxed. Beautiful food, beautiful night all three of us enjoyed it. See you soon.

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  3. SarahC

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really enjoyable meal. Sat at the counter which gives a great insight into the cooking and plating. I went with the £55 taster menu and all courses enjoyable and tasty. Also just the right amount of food. Their wine list is also v impressive. Would recommend.

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  4. LynseyMc

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great night with friends, made perfect by great service, which was very friendly but not at all intrusive, and delicious food.

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  5. SMNott

    Nottingham

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good location, nice vibe - unusual drink options (no standard options) - interesting menu - some dishes really nice, others not so - rather mixed experience.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Lunch, nice place, the Turbot dish was superb

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  7. MikeH

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff are incredibly pleasant and knowledgeable. Made to feel very welcomed. Had the lunch tasting menu with the food coming in nicely timed order. The dexter beef at the end was especially amazing. Been to many Michelin restaurants and this one blows a lot of them away. Can’t wait to come back to Manchester and book here. Great value for money. Also the local manchester lager was a winner. Absolutely nothing wrong with this restaurant. Thanks to everyone. M&M

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, even better service. Daniel is the best

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional meal last night. What great hospitality should feel like. Recommended.

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  10. LucyW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic and friendly staff. Great atmosphere and delicious food.

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  11. Kevin

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service, amazing food. Doesn’t feel pretentious which is a really big plus for us. Felt very welcome and well looked after. Set menu was also good value.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First visit here, read some of the glowing reviews and it certainly didn't disappoint, fabulous food and experience. Attentively looked after by Joseph and Richard who made our wedding anniversary celebration very enjoyable. Sat at the kitchen bar area, really great. We will be back 100%. Thank you to ALL the wonderful staff. Keep up the great work

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  13. NickyB

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent quality and beautifully executed, a real treat. Thank you

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice vibe and lovely staff Bit on the pricey side

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Eguneko menua hartu genuen. Tokiko jatekoak eta garagardoak. Gazta-sorta interesgarria.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was lovely and the service was great. Would recommend the lunch sharing menu. The restaurant also accommodated a change to the menu, from beef to fish

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  17. MHW1950

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    HIGHER GROUND, MANCHESTER. A very professionally run establishment. It was apparent that all the staff were well trained and seemed happy to be working there. Not cheap, but value for money. All the many customers appeared to having a good time. Keep up the good work!

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  18. Dewy25

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was the best, really made to feel part of the family which is hard to achieve. Dinner with a friend and had the surprise menu plus oysters all amazing Well done team

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  19. FionaM

    Manchester

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and service. Vegetarians were well catered for. Highly recommended

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  20. TalithaT

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the shared tasting menu which was lovely. The food and service was of a high standard. The wine recommendations were spot on.

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  21. Flaneur

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Flawless , innovative dishes lovely wine selections no hangover at all

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tasty food, excellent service. I'm vegetarian and was not disappointed!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lived the creativity and seasonal use of ingredients. Our waiter explained everything well and all were very very attentive and engaging throughout. Loved the open kitchen. Wine list absolutely amazing so I will be back when I am not driving!! Excellent all round. Thanks to everyone

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff were welcoming and very attentive. We loved that each dish was presented by the chef who prepared it and everything felt well thought out. We had the pescatarian set menu and were pleasantly surprised by the dishes and flavours. Great atmosphere and huge selection of drinks available. All in all a great night and couldn’t recommend highly enough!

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  25. Ceebeeby

    Manchester

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for partner's birthday dinner. Opted for the tasting menu (all dishes are a surprise) and a pre course of 6 oysters and 2 scallops. The scallops were divine! As we made our way through the dishes, we were delighted with the variety of flavours and colours. My partner loved the carrot dish. I loved the cold green 'soup'. Beautiful consistency and depth of flavour. The pasta dish is so tasty. We enjoyed it all, but if I was to say my least favourite, I'd say dessert. I'm not big on sponge and although there are only a few bits under a very light yoghurt, it just wasn't my type of dessert. Service was wonderful and we particularly enjoyed chatting with George, his guidance on choices and his attentiveness - not overbearing but there when you wanted him. Highly recommend Higher Ground.

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  26. Aleksandar

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The tastiest British cuisine restaurant we have tried, combined with a great wine selection! Will visit again!

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  27. Francesca

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about this place is delectable. The food, the ambiance, the service. Understated excellece, can’t wait to return.

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  28. DavidL

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I've been to many, many Michelin star and guide restaurants and this was really nothing special. The food generally was quite average and the restaurant extremely noisy. The real insult though was the £34 beef dish, cooked medium rare, but the beef was way too chewy. The waiter noted it and it was still left on the bill with the comment "The chef cooked it how HE wanted it." Shame it wasn't how a customer wanted it! Very poor show.

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  29. GlynnM

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we received a warm welcome and had both menu options explained to us. we opted for the sharer menu and it did not disappoint. all six dishes were fabulous the atmosphere was very chilled. The food was excellent each course was described clearly & concisely. 10/10

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it, four of us with a varying dietary needs went for the £35 pp sharing lunch. Five courses, all absolutely amazing, in particular leek and potato soup and the rhubarb and custard dessert! Complemented by lovely orange wine. Will absolutely come here again, and would highly recommend!

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  31. Bagpuss1

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this restaurant, the food is amazing and the service is excellent. I would recommend the tasting menu as you get to experience lots of different flavours and dishes you might not normally go for. Great wine list and great atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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  32. daddio

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really good food at reasonable prices, staff where attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. I sat at a bar seat and it was interesting seeing the food being prepared.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the, if not the best dining experience we have had. Myself, wife and daughter loved the food, friendly atmosphere and more importantly the love and knowledge that went into all the dishes. We will be returning very soon.

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  34. MariaF

    Manchester

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is the friendliest and loveliest of the new wave of Manchester’s high-end restaurants. The food is out of this world, but I think the extremely relaxed and lovely welcoming vibe is what really sets it apart from the rest. Not pushy with any part of the ordering process, no over indulgent speeches about what we are eating, no interruptions to our conversation. Just helpful and responsive service sensitive to our needs and wants. An extremely special evening all round. Loved it and will be back (we are also telling all of our friends to go!).

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such an amazing place. Top-notch service, stellar taste, beats Michelin!

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  36. MATT

    Manchester

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding, food and service is impeccable. All the dishes were superb, great wine, amazing venue.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect from start to finish. Amazing food, atmosphere and wine. Loved it

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  38. PatrickC

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An enjoyable lunch! We chose the £35 per person lunch menu and added some wine by the glass. Initially wanted to be seated at a table but now I’m really pleased we were sat at the bar as it was more atmospheric. Food was tasty and interesting, only one very small niggle….wish I had not been seated next to a column as the view was restricted somewhat

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  39. EdwardW

    Birmingham

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 18 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow what a great restaurant experience. Super friendly team and v good wine food combos

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  40. Dave

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    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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Higher Ground is rated 4.8 stars by 542 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 15 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 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Bar Wed, Thu 5:30 pm–11:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–12:00 am
  • 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
    Cash not accepted
  • Executive Chef
    Joseph Otway
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options, Vegan
  • 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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