You could eat out in the town every night for a month and you still wouldn’t run out of new places to try. Naturally, this makes picking the best places to eat in Macclesfield a difficult task. Fortunately, we like difficult tasks and have hand-picked a range of delicious eateries for you to try during your visit.
Places to eat in Macclesfield
Chestergate is one of the most vibrant streets in Macclesfield and is home to two of the favourite restaurants in the area. The first is Aristo, an authentic Greek taverna that is reaching legendary status amongst Macclesfield residents. The food speaks for itself (we recommend the Moussaka), but it’s the excellent service and atmosphere that takes this place to the next level. If you time it right, you may even get to see some traditional Greek dancing while you’re there.
The second is Chestergate Bistro. Here you can expect some high quality British cuisine which combines wonderful flavours with stunning presentation. The setting is intimate, so it’s probably not a bad idea to book ahead. Although it can be fairly pricey here, you can take advantage of their midweek deals where two courses will only set you back just over £20.
Heading over to Buxton Road, still in the town centre and easily commutable from our Macclesfield South West hotel, you’ll find Chilli Banana. This is a family run Thai restaurant set in the town’s old Merchants House, a stunning colonial style building. The flavours are so fresh and the wide choice is really impressive. If you want to play it safe, opt for a massaman curry and you won’t be disappointed.
Our final pick of the best restaurants in Macclesfield is Balti Kitchen on Park Green. If you hadn’t already guessed, this is an Indian. Not just any old Indian restaurant though, this one is said to be the oldest in the area, and we are pretty confident it’s the best. The service here is great, which is bound to be one of the reasons why Balti Kitchen has picked up a number of local culinary awards.
Restaurants in Macclesfield
Cafés in Macclesfield
If you fancy stopping for lunch or a coffee around Macclesfield, you won’t be short of cafés to choose from. One of the best is The Rustic Coffee Co on Churchill Way in the town centre. Opened in 2013 by owners Charlie and Adam, who have over 40 years catering experience, this is a great place to grab a coffee and a light snack. If you’re really hungry, their speciality ‘Rustic breakfast’ will fill you.
A short walk away is Cherry Blossom Bakery on Church Street. They make stunning cakes for weddings and special occasions, which you can awe at when you visit, but they also have a lovely little tearoom serving up some of the best afternoon tea in the area. It’s reasonably priced and includes finger sandwiches, scones, slices of cake and cupcakes, as well as a nice cup of tea served in vintage china.
Housed in the old Post Office building in Prestbury is Henry’s Café. Initially set up to help provide a safe working environment for those with disabilities, this has become a popular spot to go for lunch or a grab a coffee. Everybody and their dog is welcome, and Jayne, the chef, rustles up some cracking food. If you’re staying at our Macclesfield North hotel, Prestbury is just a few minutes up the road.
Back in the town centre, and centrally located on Market Place is Plums Kitchen. You probably won’t find a husband and wife team more passionate about food. The quality and presentation here go beyond what you would expect from a café. Their menu includes classics such as the full English, and more adventurous sandwiches like the slow-cooked lamb, hummus and tzatziki.