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There’s really nothing better than dining out in a truly inspiring setting. Restaurant interior design can be often overlooked, but it is a fundamental aspect of a commercial business that requires serious consideration. The choice of furnishings within any hospitality venue plays an important role in how your customers feel towards your restaurant, cafe or bar.

In a recent article, we’ve explained why interior design is pivotal to the survival of hospitality businesses. We predicted that following lockdown, customers would be craving the opportunity to connect with others, in a space which puts their health and safety first. Read our article, Increase your business ROI through interior design, here to find out more. We suggested that three key priorities are a focus on the business branding, putting the customer first and creating a unique sensory experience. We have put together the following recommendations with these factors in mind.

As restrictions continue to loosen, there’s no better time to visit and support your favourite hospitality venues. Take a look below at our top 5 Manchester restaurants with truly inspiring interior design.

The Refuge by Volta

The Refuge by Volta, Manchester | Interior Design by Michaelis Boyd

Interior designer: Michaelis Boyd

Boyd describes the design choices for Refuge, as well as the Principal Hotel in which it operates, as inspired by ‘local industry’ and ‘Manchester’s lively past’. Acknowledging the breadth of talent in Manchester and the surrounding areas, Boyd also chose to take advantage of local artisans and designers in this project.

The Refuge by Volta, Manchester | Interior Design by Michaelis Boyd


Dishoom, Manchester | Photography by John Carey | Interior Design by Macauley Sinclair
Dishoom, Manchester | Photography by John Carey | Interior Design by Macauley Sinclair

Interior designer: Macauley Sinclair

Photography: John Carey

The story behind Dishoom’s interior design is so inspiring. Macauley Sinclair were able to take inspiration from Bombay’s freemasonry for the seventh Dishoom location. Housed ‘in part of Beaux-Arts-style Manchester Hall, a Grade II listed masonic lodge building designed in 1929’, they were able to retain ‘many of its beautiful existing finishes… including the majority of the parquet and marble floor and a listed door with a re-glazed stained glass transom window.’ To read more, head over to the Macauley Sinclair website.

Dishoom, Manchester | Photography by John Carey | Interior Design by Macauley Sinclair
Dishoom, Manchester | Photography by John Carey | Interior Design by Macauley Sinclair

Mowgli Street Food

Interior Architect: R2 Architecture

The concept behind Mowgli, for the food and the interior, was to throw out preconceived ideas of the typical curry house. R2 Architecture created a stripped down contemporary interior and brand with elements of playfulness.

Mowgli was created as an antithesis to all of those tired clichés that spring to mind when thinking of indian restaurants.

Mowgli, Manchester | Interior Architecture by R2 Architecture

Evelyn’s Cafe Bar

Interior designer: Central Design Studio

Central Design Studio took inspiration from ‘the informal vibrancy of the Lower East Side and Brooklyn areas of New York’ to create Evelyn’s as a local hub. We think it’s extremely effective, and can’t wait to visit again.

Evelyn’s Cafe Bar, Manchester | Interior design by Central Design Studio


The interior design at Elnecot taps into the industrial past of the Ancoats area of Manchester. Taking advantage of the exposed pipe, the concrete flooring, the pop of orange from the soft furnishings, and the simple wooden tables and benches, the industrial yet sleek look is incredibly effective for customers.

Elnecot, Manchester


Interior designer: Edwin Interior Design

The vision behind Tattu, Manchester is to take customers on a journey from East to West, both through the food and drink on offer, and the design of the restaurant. As well as being a fusion of places, the food and interior both combine tradition with the ultra-modern. See this modern restaurant interior design for yourself!

Tattu, Manchester | Interior design by Edwin Interior Design

We would love to know what you think about our choices of Manchester-based restaurants with inspiring interior design. Is your favourite restaurant not part of our collection? Let us know!

Are you planning a commercial project? Contact us today to book your free consultation and discuss how we can help with your commercial interior design project. You can also see more of our work over on our portfolio page.

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