Best restaurants in Knutsford

Our collection of the best restaurants in Knutsford has everything you could possibly wish for. This small market town in Cheshire lies just outside of Manchester, and has plenty of charm that oozes into its culinary offerings. Whilst Knutsford is a rather laid back, old school town, the restaurants here definitely don’t lack imagination or creative flair. You’ll find both cafes serving healthy brunches and special occasion restaurants on this list to cater to all dining needs. A visit to this town wouldn’t be complete without dinner at one of Knutsford’s best restaurants, now would it?

Updated on 14 June 2024

Most restaurants in Knutsford fall into the mid-range price category, so you don't need to break the bank (though you’ll find some high-end options that are well worth your time). Although the population of Knutsford is relatively small, the restaurants here aren’t lacking. There is plenty to explore when it comes to Italian cookery, seasonal British menus, bohemian cocktail bars, and warming gastropub fare. Considering the close proximity to Manchester, it’s perhaps not so surprising that the top places to eat in Knutsford demonstrate diversity. However, Knutsford has retained its historic charm with narrow streets and red brick houses, Princess Street and King Street being the prime examples.

There is plenty to do in this charming Cheshire town - whether you love visiting museums, shopping, hiking, or cycling, there's something for everyone. Knutsford was the town that acted as the inspiration for Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford, as the author lived here for many years, and is buried in the churchyard of Brook Street Unitarian Chapel. If you find yourself in Knutsford with some spare time, pay a visit to Tatton Park Country Park, say hello to the Gauntlet Birds of Prey, or spend a weekend strolling through Knutsford Makers Market.

The Restaurant and Bar at Cottons Hotel and Spa

The Restaurant and Bar at Cottons Hotel and Spa

Manchester Road , Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0SU

The restaurant at Cottons Hotel is just as exceptional as the 4-star hotel itself. Borne out of established relationships with local suppliers, the kitchen produces vibrant brasserie-leaning dishes, breakfasts and Sunday lunches, along with dainty afternoon teas.

£30 - £49
British
The Lost & Found Knutsford

The Lost & Found Knutsford

Old Town Hall, Princess Street, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6BY

Styled as a free-spirited getaway from the tumult of modern life, Lost & Found offers an escape for the senses. Expect imaginative cocktails inspired by botany along with brunches, starters, mains, and afternoon teas designed to satisfy any appetite.

Bars
International
Giovanni

Giovanni's Knutsford

Giovanni's Knutsford 125 King Street, Knutsford, WA16 6EH

A local favourite for light lunches and relaxed dinners, Giovanni’s has nailed the formula for neighbourhood dining: wholesome Italian cookery, delicious wines, and a warm atmosphere emboldened by characteristic Italian charm.

£30 - £49
Italian
The Plough and Flail

The Plough and Flail

Paddock Hill Lane, Mobberley, Cheshire, WA16 7DB

A classic country pub in Mobberley, The Plough and Flail offers a cosy spot to relax and enjoy hearty British dishes. A welcoming atmosphere makes it ideal for a family lunch or a post-walk pint.

£30 - £49
Pubs
British
Piccolino - Knutsford

Piccolino - Knutsford

95 King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6EQ

Located on the high street, Piccolino is an upscale restaurant with contemporary character and a menu of classic Italian dishes. It’s an impressive space, ideal for romantic terrace lunches, social evening dinners, or cocktails at the bar.

Mediterranean
Italian
The Merlin

The Merlin

Wilmslow Road, Alderley Edge, Cheshire, SK9 7QL

Found in Alderley Edge, The Merlin represents the best of classic-meets-modern pubs. Whether it’s a romantic evening or a lively lunch with friends the beautiful interiors, a garden terrace, and a menu of comforting seasonal fare are sure to satisfy.

Under £30
Pubs
British
April

April's Kitchen

37 Regent Street, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6GR

The motto at April’s Kitchen is ‘casual dining done elegantly’ and that is exactly what they deliver. Whether it's a quick sando, an indulgent brunch, or a healthy lunch, the gloriously nutritious menu is sure to satisfy.

Under £30
British
The Cheese Yard

The Cheese Yard

69 King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6DX

A charming little cheese shop and cafe, The Cheese Yard serves a menu of soups, sandwiches, salads, and cheese. Why not treat yourself to an afternoon cheese platter, or an evening of wine and cheese pairings?

Under £30
Cheese
British
Afternoon tea

Looking for somewhere to celebrate a very special occasion? Simply elevate the drama for a night to remember with a bespoke evening in the privacy and seclusion of a private dining room in Knutsford.

Looking to narrow down your search a little further? We’ll admit that although many of the best restaurants in Knutsford offer vegetarian dishes, the choice isn’t always extensive. So if meat-free dining is what you’re after, we’ve rounded up all the best vegetarian restaurants in Manchester. Alternatively, if you’re after laughter and excitement, consider our collection of bottomless brunches in Manchester.

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