Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Erst

Silver Award

Industrial-chic Erst is a restaurant and bar from the people behind Trove bakery, whose original site is in Levenshulme with a recent opening nearby in Ancoats.

Erst’s focus is on simple seasonal food, natural wines and craft beers. The decor is stripped back and simple – concrete floors, abstract artworks on the walls and a stainless steel-topped bar with an open kitchen. The concise, confident menu of snacks, small plates and sharing dishes focuses heavily on the grill, while the wine list features vintages from small producers using organic and often biodynamic processes.

Leavened flatbread is made in-house with an addictive char and served with whipped lardo to deliver, crisp, light, chewy and salty mouthfuls. Soft, oozy ricotta dumplings are dressed with Swiss chard, whey and nutty Parmesan and drenched in wild garlic butter.

A larger plate of buttery-soft picanha steak, charred outside and juicy pink within, is full of robust beefy flavours and comes with bitter red chicory leaves dressed with pungent anchovy. Lamb’s heart, flash seared and served in tender slices, comes with earthy beetroot, creamy labneh and mint.

Fish dishes are just as diverting. Anchovies come dressed simply with a woodsy, aromatic Middle Eastern za’atar spice blend and fragrant bergamot. Salt cod is light and healthy-tasting with segments of sharp blood orange, salty olives and capers and oregano.

This bold new addition to the burgeoning Ancoats scene deserves to thrive.

Photo credit: Jordan Michael

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cool, Fun, Lively
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Child friendly, Dates
Food Hygiene Rating


Erst is located on Murray Street, Greater Manchester and is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 1pm. Erst is described as a natural wine bar and restaurant, the menu is seasonal and dishes are served as small plates that are designed to share.

The restaurant is modern and light, with a mix of seating and a small bar area. There are large windows to one side and soft contemporary lighting.

The menu changes regularly reflective of local supply and seasonality, however you will find dishes such as sea bream crudo with blood orange and chilli, and steak tartare served with tonnato. Other small plates may include braised potatoes with white wine and herbs and beetroot with ajo blanco and green chilli. You will also find tempting side dishes on offer, such as grilled flatbreads served with gremolata, or even with beef fat, urfa chilli and onion. Diners are encouraged to order a selection of plates to share and enjoy.

Desserts may include chocolate sorbet with olive oil and sea salt, or a rhubarb fool with meringue.

You can order wine by the glass or bottle. Natural wine is produced using simple and traditional techniques, and is made without the use of any pesticides, herbicides or additives. You will also find a good selection of beers and spirits on the menu, all of which have been thoughtfully selected.

Erst has been recognised most recently by the Manchester Food and Drink Festival, receiving three nominations including Restaurant of the Year, Jay Rayner also described his experience at Erst as “one of the best meals of the year.”

Erst holds a number of events throughout the year, look out for their Summer wine tasting events, and their New Year’s eve celebration menus. Booking is essential when visiting Erst.


Is there a set menu?

The a la carte menu is comprised of small plates that are made for sharing

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Can you book a table?

Yes, you can book via the site or by emailing the restaurant directly

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Does it offer gluten-free options?

Yes, although we do work with flour in the kitchen

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9 Murray Street, Ancoats, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 6HS

0161 547 3683 0161 547 3683


Opening Times

All day
Mon Closed
Tue 13:00-22:30
Wed 13:00-22:30
Thu 13:00-22:30
Fri 13:00-22:30
Sat 13:00-22:30
Sun Closed


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