After a hard days shopping at the Trafford Centre in Manchester, you’ll probably want to treat yourself to something to eat. Whether you want a quick bite, some home cooking or a more formal sit down meal, there is so much to choose from that it’s hard to decide!
The main place to go is The Orient which is in the centre of the shopping mall at the front. The Orient is designed like the deck of ship with lots of features like a swimming pool in the middle and ropes around the edges. It also has a ceiling that is designed to reflect the sky outside; it is light blue with clouds during the day and it turns to a darker blue with glittering stars as it gets dark outside. It is quite a pleasant place to eat on the hole. On the ground floor, the edges are lined with fast food shops, including McDonalds, KFC, Harry Ramsden’s (fish and chips), Subway, a pizza place, a Chinese and an Indian. The centre of the ground floor is filled with tables. There are hundreds of places to sit although it does get very busy at lunch and dinner time, so it is worth eating outside of these times if you can.
Upstairs there are a number of restaurants where you can eat in. There is a lovely Thai buffet restaurant called Chaobaby where you can get very good food and friendly service for £15.85 per person. There are a lot of chain restaurants up here including Exchange Bar and Grill, TGI Fridays, La Tasca, Pizza Express and Cafe Rouge. With pretty much all nationalities of food covered there is something for everybody. The busiest tends to be Pizza Express which almost always has a long queue to sit down. All budgets are covered as well and you can get some good deals if you eat a little bit earlier –Exchange Bar and Grill does a good two course set menu for £9.95 if you dine before 6pm.
Throughout the shopping halls of the Trafford Centre, there are lots of coffee bars to take a break in. I find that they are conveniently spaced so you are never too far away from a nice break. There are also a number of department stores that have cafes inside them. At either end of the centre is Debenhams and John Lewis, both of which have restaurants offering traditional English meals. In the centre of the mall is Selfridges, which has a couple of dining options. You can choose something from their fresh food counters to take away or you can sit down at Yo Sushi!, which is a very popular choice and generally has a queue.
Just outside the entrance to The Orient is Frankie and Benny’s, where you can get a breakfast before the Trafford Centre opens, or you can get lunch and dinner later on. Again they have some good deals if you dine earlier on.
So, like I said, there is no shortage of choice at the Trafford Centre, whatever your taste or budget – the only problem is deciding which option you are going to go for!