From the renowned Where the Light Gets Into smaller neighbourhood eateries, it turns out that Stockport restaurants are among some of the best in the north west
In recent years, Stockport restaurants have started to become well known and, for all the right reasons, a spotlight is now being shone on some of the best eateries in the area. With such an array of different cuisines and so many places pushing the boundaries of good food and on-trend restaurant aesthetics, there really is something for everyone in Stockport. From trendy restaurants in Heaton Moor to gastro pubs and Instagram-friendly eateries, you’ll never be short of delicious options. Seeking out good places to eat can be a full-time job though, so we wanted to spare you the time and let you in on a few local secrets and favourites.
BEST RESTAURANTS IN THE HEATONS
If you ever find yourself craving proper, traditional Spanish tapas, La Cantina is a brilliant option for sharing small plates, laughing over sangria and lapping up a warm and friendly atmosphere. Situated in the heart of the Heatons, you’ll find all the Mediterranean staples here, from favourite dishes such as patatas bravas and boquerones, to calamares and croquetes. In the warmer months, they’ve got a lovely outdoor terrace, which is perfect for soaking up all the Spanish vibes in England and a great spot for sundowners. Plus, you won’t be disappointed by their drinks options either, with Spanish gin and refreshing imported beer and wine on offer. With takeaway available too, they’ve got all bases covered. So, what are you waiting for?
113 Heaton Moor Road, Heaton Moor Road, Stockport SK4 4HY; cantinatapas.com; @lacantinahm
The Easy Fish Co.
When you don’t live by the sea, it can be hard to come by fish and seafood restaurants doing it really well – until you find yourself in The Easy Fish Co, that is. As number five of Trip Advisor’s Top 10 Stockport Restaurants, clearly the long-running eatery is doing something very right. The Heaton restaurant hits a real sweet spot of being both a trustworthy neighbourhood fishmonger, as well as an impressive restaurant too, so you can expect freshly cooked catch, all cooked within an open kitchen and with a focus on local provenance and produce. Stockport restaurants might have been around for a long time but in so many ways, this particular establishment was ahead of its time and paved the way for authentic local restaurants that know exactly what their audience wants and for impeccable food delivery services.
117 Heaton Moor Rd, Heaton Moor, Stockport SK4 4HY; theeasyfishco.com; @theeasyfishco
Feed General Store
Thanks to its incredible Sunday Roasts, Feed General Store is now one of the most popular places to eat in Stockport. But it’s certainly not only the traditional Sunday Roast that this place does well – far from it! Feed General Store is just across the road from Stockport Serviced Accommodation, and after many a flat white, Sunday Roast and everything in between, we can hand on heart vouch for its brilliance. Owned by the wonderful Maya Rigby of Wolfhouse Kitchen, the Mackie Mayor and The Rose Garden fame, Feed runs as a café and general store serving local produce and seasonal food and it’s another place that is fantastic at championing artisanal values. As well as its amazing food on a Sunday, the eatery has become very well known for its brunches and as an indulgent coffee and cake stop. Plus, it’s trendy too and the large space that used to function as a music shop gives off all those warehouse-y, but rural and wholesome feels. If you’re someone who likes to appreciate good design with your dinner, then this is the place for you.
393 Manchester Rd, Stockport SK4 5BY; feedgeneralstore.co.uk; @feedgeneralstore
This rotisserie, craft beer and woodfired pizza restaurant has taken the locals of Stockport by surprise and wooed them entirely. It’s perhaps not surprising, given that woodfired pizzas and craft beer are up there with two of the most popular foodie trends to have come out of the last few years, but it’s also because they do it really well for a really reasonable price. It sits on the site of the famous Damson restaurant, so has an awful lot of reputation to live up to, but local interiors magicians, Agapanthus Interiors, well and truly worked their magic. With its cool and simple interiors, industrial lighting and exposed brick walls, it’s doing very well at attracting everyone from families, millennials to couples on date nights. From fried buttermilk chicken, loaded fries and sourdough pretzels, to crafty pizzas and unique topping selections, there’s something for everyone at Roost.
115 Heaton Moor Rd, Heaton Moor, Stockport SK4 4HY; roosthm.com; @roost_heaton_moor
Located in the heart of Heaton Moor, Leoni’s is an Italian restaurant with a very big heart – and a very big piece of the local’s hearts too, it would seem. Ask anyone around the Heatons about their favourite restaurants in Stockport and they’ll be sure to mention Leoni’s as, not only the best Italian restaurant in the area, but also as one of the best restaurants full stop. With a stylish and contemporary interior, the authentic Italian is a lovely spot for an evening meal and perfectly balances a friendly service approach with a buzzy atmosphere. If you’re into your wine and like to try wine produced by small vineyards, Leoni’s specialises in serving wine from Italy, but particularly from natural bottles from small producers. The do offer a takeaway service too, so if you want that restaurant quality at home, this is a good bet.
110 Heaton Moor Rd, Stockport SK4 4NZ; leonisheatonmoor.co.uk; @leonis_restaurant
Providing takeaway too, A Tavola is a Sicilian restaurant in Stockport that is authentic, as well as being small, relaxing and modern. It takes the fourth spot just ahead of The Easy Fish Co in Trip Advisor’s Top 10 Stockport Restaurants, and it’s easy to see why. Award-winning chef Alessio Muccio and his partner Nicky established the intimate eatery, which seats only 25 diners at a time, and locals love it for its rustic vibe and traditional Sicilian style. Think plenty of indulgent Cannoli filled with fresh ricotta, and Sicial artisan sausage alongside fresh fish and ravioli and you’ll get a pretty good idea of what to expect in your head. Love nothing more than dining out somewhere that feels as though it transports you to another country, somewhere much more exotic? If that’s a yes, A Tavola is well worth a visit.
14 Broadstone Rd, Reddish, Stockport SK5 7AE; atavolasicilianstreetfood.co.uk; @atavolasicilianstreet
BEST RESTAURANTS IN BRAMHALL
Yardbird is a great option in Stockport for families with children because, let’s face it, what child doesn’t like a bit of chicken and chips? The restaurant is modern and airy inside, with contemporary furniture, lots of warm wood and comfortable seating. With lots of space on offer, it’s not surprising that it’s popular with families in the area and Bramhall is a lovely little spot to head to for an afternoon explore too. With an American diner inspired menu, there’s plenty on there to cater to all sorts of tastes, so if you’re looking to eat out in a group, this is a brilliant option. It’s also a great spot to head to for evening drinks on their terrace, and they offer a really good selection of cocktails, world beers and affordable wines.
9-11 Bramhall Ln S, Bramhall, Stockport SK7 1AL; yardbird.restaurant
Bombay to Mumbai
When it comes to Bramhall restaurants, Bombay to Mumbai is something of a local legend. The Indian restaurant comes in at number six on Trip Advisor’s Top 10 Stockport Restaurants and has been a long-running favourite of Stockport residents. With a focus on outstanding service and a mission to make every guest become a friend, you can be sure that you’ll feel welcomed at this eatery and that your food will be cooked and delivered with love. Their menu is designed to really take you away to somewhere more exotic and the authentic Indian dishes showcase real skill and talent from the team in the kitchen. If you like a modern twist on Indian food, then this is the place to book. They do delivery too, so if you’d rather a takeaway in the comfort of your living room or in our serviced accommodation, just drop them a line instead.
10 Fir Rd, Bramhall, Stockport SK7 2NP; bombaytomumbai.co.uk
BEST RESTAURANTS IN STOCKPORT TOWN CENTRE
Where the Light Gets In
Arguably thought of as the best restaurant in Stockport (perhaps even the best restaurant in Manchester), this Instagram favourite would be a tough one to wrestle away from the top spot. Let’s face it, for The Guardian to write that ‘it serves the most exciting food [they]’ve had in years. And it’s not in London, Copenhagen or Portland, Oregon; it’s in Stockport’ means that it must be on to something good. The Manchester Evening News has given the restaurant its fair share of high praise too, so it seems to be a winner with both locals and visitors alike. It’s not really difficult to see why, to be honest. It’s achingly cool, refreshingly forward-thinking and, with no menu, it truly showcases the best in seasonality and eating local. Chef/owner Sam Buckley has taken what everyone has asked for over the last 10 years and presented it right here in Stockport.
7 Rostron Brow, Stockport SK1 1JY; wtlgi.co; @arestaurantwherethelightgetsin
When it comes to restaurants in Stockport Town Centre, people often think of places to eat in the Redrock instead of exploring too far outside of it. But, if you take a trip a little further down the road, The Midway is one of the most popular pubs in Stockport, and when it comes to gastro pubs, it really does come out top. The contemporary pub does home-cooked food brilliantly, and it’s all served up in a lovely, modern and trendy environment. They’ve been winners of The Stockport Pub Guide’s Pub of the Year, Stockport’s Best Sunday Lunch, and regional finalists in the City Life Pub Of The Year, so clearly, people love what they do here. Think gastro takes on dishes such as traditional fish and chips, chilli con carne and pan fried duck breast and you’ll get a pretty good idea of what to expect from The Midway.
263 New Bridge Ln, Stockport SK1 2NX; themidway.co.uk; @themidwaystockport
BEST RESTAURANTS IN MARPLE
Libby’s Bread and Wine
This is one of those Stockport restaurants that really does stand out from the crowd, potentially because it’s something of a three in one. Libby’s Bread and Wine runs as an incredible bakery and coffee shop throughout the day, with a great lunch menu too, before turning into an intimate and sumptuous small plates restaurant on an evening. Everything that is produced here looks unbelievable – it’s clearly one of those places that truly puts their heart and soul into everything they do. They were featured as number three on Total Guide To Manchester’s Reasons to Visit Marple, and it is well deserving of this top spot. Plus, with lovely picturesque canals and aqueducts too, Marple is a really nice day out and a perfect place to head to for a little touristy mooch around.
1-3 Town St, Marple Bridge, Stockport SK6 5AA; libbysbreadandwine.com; @libbysbreadandwine
BEST RESTAURANTS IN DISLEY
The Rams Head
Another one of the most popular pubs in Stockport, this restaurant in Disley had a gorgeous makeover in 2019. If you’re after a traditional country pub vibe, but one with a real contemporary feel to the interiors, then The Rams Head would be a brilliant choice. Close to the National Trust spot, Lyme Park too, Disley could be a good option for a trip out and a nice spot to stretch the legs. The food is superb and, although they focus on modern takes on traditional pub food, they also have an incredible vegan menu too. If you’re looking for somewhere cosy to sit with a nice drink and some nibbles, it certainly serves this up well too. With a really gorgeous and green beer garden too, The Rams Head is a lovely place to head to year-round.
Buxton Rd W, Disley, Stockport SK12 2AE; theramsheaddisley.co.uk; @theramshead_disley