International Women’s Day (March 8th), Women’s Equality Day (Aug 26th), Galentine’s Day, (yes, that’s actually a thing, Feb 13th), sometimes it’s nice to celebrate being a guy. And if you’re gonna do it, we think you should do it in style at one of the UK’s best man food restaurants.
StagWeb fired up the Quatro and went in search of the finest guy-stronomy. We grabbed our tasting forks and put on our stretchy pants, in order to bring you the best of the best. So, all rise, as we present, the kings of cuisine… the UK’s 25 best restaurants for guys!
The Joker – Brighton
Nothing to do with Batman’s nemesis and everything to do with amazing food and an outstanding selection of hand-picked craft beers. Upstairs you’ll find a cocktail bar and games room with top quality cocktails. Downstairs is where the foodie magic happens, a selection of wings, burgers, manwiches, fries and more.
2 Preston Road, Brighton, BN1 4QF
Bloo 88 – Sheffield
If you want the finest pizza da action that Yorkshire has to offer, then head to Bloo 88. They’re not reinventing the wheel here, they do the best things and do them brilliantly with no fuss and nonsense. Amazing stone baked pizzas, ice cold cocktails, quality beers, all served with love. They even do a FIVE hour happy hour. We love these guys!
182 West St, Sheffield, S1 4ET
Monty’s Lounge – Bournemouth
We once met a guy who hadn’t been to Monty’s, we sat and cried softly with him after we told him about their simply outrageously good, gooey burgers, like the ‘Red Hot Chilli Burger’ or ‘Mac ‘n’ Cheese Burger’. But that’s not all, there’s tater tots, dippers, fries, dogs, crackling, great beers plus their giant ‘Freak Shakes’. Go there now, don’t be that guy.
39 Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth, BH2 6DP
Pastels – Blackpool
Heaven is a place called Pastels. Seriously, one of their ‘Jose Burgers’, a side of halloumi fries, with a cold Desperado to wash it down… if that’s not Nirvana then you might as well put us in a heart shaped box now. If you’ve still never been to Blackpool, then Pastel’s is all the reason you need to jump in the campervan. A true class act.
2 Cedar Square, Blackpool, Fy11BP
Chester Bar & Grill – Belfast
Grab the guys, there’s somewhere you need to be. Chester’s. Is. Awesome. A live lounge with top class bands and ceilidhs, but first you need to get to the restaurant. This is MAN food, big steaks, fajitas, burgers and the ‘Maryland Chicken’ is immense! It’s a great night out that all starts with exceptional food. Exactly how life should be.
466 Antrim Road, Belfast, BT15 5GE
The Church – Chester
This really is the promised land, man food so good it’s down right spiritual. As the name suggests the venue is a grand church, with great acoustics for live bands (Thurs to Sat), the drinks menu is impressive and the food epic! Surf and turf, burgers, skewers, pies, all with a modern twist, and puds so good you’ll be converted. ‘Can I get a hallelujah?’
Newgate Street, Chester CH1 1DE
50s American Diner – Derby
A genuine US of A diner which started life serving the people of Massachusetts. This is the most genuine deli experience you’ll get this side of the Atlantic with staff in 50’s costume and cool décor. The food is pure Americana – ribs, meatballs, wings, burgers, meatloaf, dogs, sundaes, shakes, with US beers and even root beer. “Y’all gonna have yo’selves a good time”.
Church Gresley Derbyshire, DE11 8EJ
Pint Shop – Cambridge
“Meat. Bread. Beer.” Life can be that simple and at the Pint Shop, it is. Even the name is simply brilliant, it’s a shop that sells pints, it just happens the pints are amazing and the food is off the chart good. The food wizards have taken some of the world’s best dishes and flavours, given them a shake up, and turned them into the kind of food you’d sell your granny for.
10 Peas Hill, Cambridge, CB2 3PN
Northern Soul Grilled Cheese – Manchester
Not all man food is created equal. Northern Soul have taken the soul food classics and taken them to the next level, big eats, killer beats, you get to enjoy the finest food with sweet soul music. It’s exactly the kind of foodscape you always wished existed, well it’s real brothers and it serves giant food and ice-cold beer. Start the car!
Church Street, Manchester, M4 1PN
Mowgli – Manchester
Inspired by the bustling street food of India, this fantastic eatery takes the best regional dishes and brings them together in one amazing menu. Created by curry evangelist Nisha Katona, this isn’t just street food, this is some of the finest Indian food you’ll find anywhere! The fact the venue looks as cool as it does and the staff are so great just makes it better!
16, 37 Corn Exchange, Manchester M4 3TR
Yard & Coop – Liverpool
Like their sign says, ‘Booze & Chicken’. Throw in some tunes and a good night out doesn’t need much more than that. The premise here is simple but genius. You pick your chicken portion, choose one of their amazing sauces, pimp your fries, add more chicken or a side and share with friends. If only all life was this simple, this tasty and this damn good.
Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3dN
The Herb Garden – Newcastle
Like a lot of great art, the real masters often started in Italy. Proper pizza is a thing of beauty, and if you want to see how it should really be done head to The Herb Garden. This is the real deal, no deep pan, no pineapple, no fakery. Pizza as pizza should be, made the Italian way. The menu is as good as the venue is funky, and check out the lunch deals.
Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SA
Tony’s Pizzeria – Glasgow
Everything at this award-winning pizzeria just sings, bada-boom, bada-bing! From the breakfast pizza, giant calzones, pulled-pork and amazing burgers. Then there’s the unbelievably good brownies or Nutella pizza (hello!). However, the biggest cheer goes to the 27-inch pizza challenge, one and a half hours to take on this mahoosive man vs food challenge.
136 Fenwick Road, Glasgow, G46 6XW
Ocean Beach – Southend
Sitting in prime spot on arguably the best stretch of seafront to be found in Essex (take that Clacton!) is without doubt Southend’s finest eatery. Offering a diverse, international menu, there is something for every man from breaded langoustine scampi, oriental duck to ham, egg and chips. It’s bright, it’s breezy, it’s good food made easy.
Eastern Esplanade, Southend, SS1 2YG
Fistral Beach Bar – Newquay
“Never waste a moment doing anything important when there’s a sunset you should be sitting under.” That sums up what is one of the best restaurants in Cornwall. Sitting outside, with the superb food, made with local ingredients, be it a giant breakfast or fully loaded burger, Fistral Beach Bar makes life taste good.
Headland Road, Newquay, TR7 1HY
The Burger Joint – Bristol
The ‘Three Meat Monster’: 60z prime beef, grilled chicken breast, cheddar, Monterey Jack, bacon, pulled pork, onion rings, mayo, BBQ sauce… We could tell you about the rest of The Burger Joint’s incredible menu, the great drinks, chilled atmosphere, but there’s no point. We’ve already said too much. Shhhh, let’s just share this moment.
83 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2NT
Annie’s Burger Shack – Nottingham, Derby, Worcester
In our humble opinion, you haven’t experienced life until you’ve experienced Annie’s Burger Shack. Bold statement? Bold burgers. Annie’s have grabbed the concept of burgers and taken it somewhere very special. You’ve never seen burgers like this. Hell, they even have burgers in honour of Johnny Vegas, Elvis Presley and Lemmy! Now that’s man food!
5 Broadway, Nottingham NG1 1PR
Friary Street, Derby, DE1 1JF
11 St Nicholas Street, Worcester, WR1 1UW
Man vs Food – Middlesbrough
The name says it all. Warm up, slip into something stretchy and take on some of the greatest food challenges in the UK. The ‘Ultimate Burger’, two whole chickens, the terrifying ‘6 Meat Oven Tray’. Come and have a go if you think you’re lard enough, or just sample the brilliant burgers, burritos, briskets, and other options not beginning with B, but just as amazingly tasty.
300 Linthorpe Road, TS1 3QU
Calabrisella Cardiff – Cardiff
Even in a country full of great Italian restaurants, Calibresella is a little bit special. This is fabulous Italian food, cooked the right way, with love, passion and big shouty men who cry at football and look like extras from The Sopranos. The atmosphere is fun, the food fantastic and it’s all served with an excellent choice of Italian beers and desserts. Perfetto!
154 Cowbridge Road East, Cardff, CF11 9ND
Original Patty Boys – Birmingham
StagWeb regulars will know we’re long time admirers/worshipers of the self-proclaimed “Purveyors of Filth”, The Patty Boys. We once had a mate who went to Brum and didn’t try one of their burgers. He’s not our friend anymore, that’s how seriously we take what is without doubt one of the finest burger restaurants in the UK!
9 Shaw’s Passage, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5JG
Oink – Edinburgh
The finest pulled pork sandwiches in the UK and if anyone says otherwise we’ll stone them with sausage rolls. You choose your bread, they fill it with succulent pulled pork, you choose your stuffing, then they’ll add your choice of sauce. Forget JK Rowling’s local scribblings, if you want some real Edinburgh magic, head to Oink and order a ‘Grunter’.
34 Victoria Street, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW
Hache – London
Hache Burger Social does exactly what it says on the tin – a great place to eat sophisticated burgers with your best friends. While the drill is familiar and the atmosphere is easy, there’s something just that little bit more grown up about Hache’s burgers. We don’t want to stick the word “fancy” around their neck but these burgers definitely feel posh and we love them for it.
329-331 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9QL
Man v Roast – Leeds
Man v Roast is a roast revolution, their mission is to bring the people the finest meat laden sandwiches and they don’t hold back. Each carvery box and roast sandwich is fully laden with succulent roast meat, which you can team with a selection of traditional sides. But their real genius is, they deliver to your door! Yes, life is that good!
144c Cardigan Road, Leeds, LS6 1LU
York Roast Co – York
Imagine your favourite roast dinner served in a bun, or better yet, in a giant Yorkshire pudding… Well stop dreaming and start living with a visit to the York Roast Co. Don’t forget to add from their cracking selection of extras like stuffing balls and their incredible crackling. There’s even a Yorkshire pudding wrap, it’s like they’re looking right into your heart!
78 Low Petergate, York, YO1 7HZ
Piecaramba! – Southampton
You may have noticed there is only one pure pie company in our top 25, that’s because nowhere else comes close to the absolute fun filled genius and baking skills of Piecaramba! It’s like two blokes sat down and said, “Let’s do a restaurant… What do we like…?” And filled the whole place with the best man stuff then started serving truly epic pies.
30A Carlton Place, Southampton, SO15 2DX