The best 3-course Christmas dinners in Manchester for skint students


What student wants to slave over the oven all day, searching for the giblets in a turkey and peeling potatoes until you get a cramp in your hand? Not me, that’s why I’ve found the best 3-course (because, why not?) Christmas meals Manchester has to offer. You're welcome.

The Blue Pig

Situated in the heart of the Northern Quarter, The Blue Pig is famous for their traditional roast dinners and offer local meat produce. Their menu includes a pulled pork and hickory-smoked maple bacon terrine, thyme and smoked garlic roast Lancashire turkey, and sticky toffee and pear pudding; there is no doubt that their Christmas lunches will be desired across Manchester.

Price: £22.95 for three courses

Where: 69 High Street, M4 1FS

The Grill on New York Street

Specialising in ‘no-nonsense’ food, The Grill on New York Street offers three courses for just over £30 and, if you book between 20th November – 27th December you receive free welcome drinks for you and the rest of your party!

Their menu options are a little on the flamboyant side to match their slightly higher price, including a Tiger Prawn Salad, sirloin steak, and spiced plum frangipane for dessert. Of course, they serve a traditional turkey dinner too.

Price: £30.95 for three courses

Where: New York St, Manchester M1 4BD

The Alchemist

Everyone knows the Alchemist for being a place of wonder, and every time those cocktails change colour it just takes your breath away, no matter how many times you’ve seen it before. Their Christmas menu features classics with a twist, and we would expect nothing less from the Alchemist!

Their menu includes celeriac soup, turkey roulade, and even a traditional Christmas pudding.

Price: £28 for three courses

Where: 3 Hardman Street, M3 3HF

Hard Rock Café

Not everyone wants to eat the traditional Christmas Dinner; some want to leave that for the multiple plates they will have when they head home for Christmas. If this is you, then Hard Rock Café have your back!

Their diverse menu includes arugula salad, a rack of ribs, mac 'n cheese, and a Christmas pudding cheesecake.

Price: £26.95 for three courses and a welcome drink

Where: Exchange Square, M4 2BS

There you have it – four delicious and overdraft-friendly Christmas Dinners for you to choose from which mean you can skip the washing up of every pot and pan you own.

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