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Everywhere taking bookings for outdoor drinking and dining in Manchester from April 12th

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Several venues across Manchester have confirmed they are now taking bookings or getting prepped for walk-ins on April 12th.

Following Boris’ unveiling of the roadmap out of lockdown, many restaurants are firing up the ovens and dusting off the chairs ready to welcome punters back in!

Here’s everywhere already taking bookings or walk-ins…

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Elnecot
One of the best restaurants in Ancoats will be opening up the terrace on Cutting Room Square again on April 12th. Expect their legendary brunch, Sunday roasts and everything in between.

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Dive Bar and Grill
Ready with a brand spanking new (and heated!) terrace, Dive Bar and Grill will be open from April 12th. Walk-ins are also welcome but pre-booking is advised.

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Dakota
You can now book a table for al-fresco dining and drinks on the heated outdoor terrace at the boutique hotel, Dakota. Reservations for accommodation and Bar & Grill visits can be made for after May 17th too!

Cane & Grain
Coming back with their large outdoor (and covered terrace) and a brand new menu including the likes of ribs, burgers and their fantastic mac and cheese.

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Alvarium
One of my personal favourite stomping grounds, Alvarium the garden-themed bar tucked away just off Tib Street will be back serving frosty pints and a delicious new food menu on their terrace. See you there.

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The Oast House
Famous for their massive outdoor terrace, it’s only right the Oast House are opening up on April 12th. I’d be quick though – when bookings were announced that many people tried their website crashed! 

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The Con Club
Altrincham favourite will be opening the ground floor and secret hidden terrace on April 12th for walk-ins only. 

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The Wharf
Enjoy some alfresco dining or just a frosty drink at the Wharf. You can either book or try your luck on the day. Any bookings made for after May 17th will be for inside tables only. 

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Hatch
Hatch is back baby! There’s plenty to choose from too from Grandad’s Sausages, FUKU and even Parmo’s from Parmogeddon. There are plenty of drinks too!

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Zouk Bar & Grill
The award-winning Indian Halal restaurant just off Oxford Road has bookings live for reservations on the terrace between April 12th and May 16th.

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River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel
Opening on April 15th, the large terrace that extends down the length of the River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel will be open for food and drinks.

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The Bay Horse Tavern
With thanks to the pedestrianisation of Thomas Street, Bay Horse can reopen in April instead of May. Bookings open on March 6th.

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The Refuge 
You will be able to have The Refuge experience in their hidden Edwardian courtyard. Spaces are limited. 

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NAM
Bookings are now live for Ancoats’ Vietnamese Bar and Kitchen. They’ve even just launched a brand new Sunday Dinner menu with doughnuts and pho gravy.

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Marble Tap Room
The Beer Yard at Marble breewry will be open from April 15th. Walk-ins welcome.

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Rudy’s
Both Peter Street and Ancoats sites will be out open so you can get your Neapolitan pizza fix. 

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20 Stories
With amazing views of the city and cracking cocktails – you’ve got everything you need for a mint April 12th.

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Crazy Pedro’s
You’ll be pleased to know that both the Northern Quarter and Bridge Street Crazy Pedro’s sites will be back open. The Bridge Street terrace has also just got an extension meaning it is now massive so even more people can enjoy the bottomless pizza and booze offering! 

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Wolf at the Door
The NQ favourite will be back serving up tacos and bao buns as well as cocktails, natural wines and plenty of guest beers too.

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Impossible
Catch up with your mates in Impossible’s massive outdoor terrace overlooking the Great Northern. You’ll have your spot for two hours. 

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Feel Good Club 
The cafe that makes you feel good will be opening their little outside terrace on Hilton Street so you can enjoy your coffee and cake and watch the world go by.

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Lust, Luck, Liquor & Burn
The NQ terrace will be open from April 12th for walk-ins only. Tuck into some massive burritos, nachos and plenty of margaritas. 

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Sugo Pasta Kitchen Altrincham
Everyone’s favourite pasta place is back – only in Altrincham though for now. You’ll have to wait until May for the Ancoats site. 

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La Bandera
The independent Spanish restaurant will be back for some alfresco tapas and sangria! 

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Dukes 92 
One of the busiest outdoor terraces in the city at the best of times will definitely be welcoming punters back on April 12th.

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Home Sweet Home
Open for all your sweet treat needs including Milkshakes, Cocktails, Cakes, Pancakes, Burgers and everything in between.

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Nibble NQ
The small cafe just outside Pop Boutique on Oldham Street serve up delicious brownies and brunch dishes. 

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Menagerie
The popular Instagram hang out spot will be swinging open the metaphorical doors of their terrace so you can enjoy some bubbly with your pals.

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Mecanica
On the corner at the top of Oldham Street, Mecanica will be opening their outside area from April 30th for walk-ins. 

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The Rose & Monkey Hotel
This hidden terrace is perfect if you’re after a night tucked in the corner, putting the world to rights. 

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The Botanist MediaCity
The massive terrace outside the Botanist will be open serving up their lovely grub and fantastic selection of beers.

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Oké Poké
One of the smallest terraces on the list – but at least it means you can enjoy some fresh poke! 

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VietShack 
It looks like VietShack are opening up a brand new terrace on the new pavement on Great Ancoats Street just in time for April 12th. Perfect.

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Eastern Bloc
The perfect sun trap in Stevenson Square and the one everyone flocks to when there is a glimmer of summer, Eastern Bloc will be up and running for April 12th.

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Cocoa Cabana
Opening up with a couple of new tables out on the front so you can satisfy all your sweet cravings. 

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Seven Brothers Middlewood Locks 
The new Seven Brothers will be opening up the veranda so you can enjoy a few cold ones in the new Middlewood Locks development.

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Scene Indian Street Food
Down on Spinningfields, Scene has a huge terrace perfect for April 12th’s shenanigans. 

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The forgotten Japanese Garden hidden in the hills of a popular Lancashire walking spot

If you fancy a stroll this weekend…

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There’s a beautiful and tranquil Japanese Lake hidden in one of Lancashire’s top walking spots.

If you’ve ever ventured up Rivington Pike you’ll know just how busy that place gets, especially if the sun makes an appearance! 

Tucked away around halfway up the path to the peak is one of Britain’s best lost gardens (according to Countryfile in 2014).  

The Japanese Lake is part of the Rivington Terraced Gardens built by the founder of the former Lever Brothers company – now known as Unilever – Lord Leverhulme, inspired by one of his trips to Japan. 

Constructed between 1905 and 1925, The Terraced Gardens were originally filled with Japanese tea houses, lanterns, and exotic plants, and had two gorgeous waterfalls. 

In the unexpected tranquil oasis, only the lake and stone bases of the tea houses remain, but it is still a gorgeous stop on a walk! 

The Gardens are part of 45 acres of hillside between Rivington Pike and Rivington Hall Barn, which has a number of interesting features. 

You’ll find the Pigeon Tower – once home to Lady Leverhulme’s sewing and music room on the top floor. The second and third floor housed dovecotes. 

You’ll also find Lever Bridge at the northern end of Rivington Terraced Gardens, crossing Roynton Lane – the main pathway through the gardens. 

The bridge is based on one Lever saw on a trip to Nigeria. It’s known as the Seven Arch Bridge with one large arch crossed by six smaller ones. 

The Rivington Terraced Gardens remained open during the pandemic, with staff asking the public to take their litter home, including dog waste bags, or to use the bins provided in all the car parks. 

There are three main entrances to the gardens; Belmont Road, another at the former Bolton Lodge and the third at the north-west corner of the gardens with a path leading across the meadow from Rivington Hall. 

The main way to the gardens is via Roynton Lane, which runs through the middle of the site. 

The garden is split into two distinct areas, the eastern area is more formal with lawns and lakes and contains vegetation from ornamental planting, including species such as Berbeis.

The other side is slightly more steep with trees such as Chestnut and Beech. Between the two areas is a terrace bath with irregularly-shaped flags. 

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The best tapas restaurants Manchester has to offer

Who you taking to try some of these, then?

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Petite Spanish dishes – or Tapas, to the rest of you – have boomed in popularity these last few years, and it isn’t difficult to see why.

Long gone are the days of painstakingly ordering one dish (or maybe two at a push) from a tantalisingly good menu – with tapas, you can load up on pretty much everything the menu has to offer, and you won’t get judged for it at all.

So, here’s a list of Manchester’s most highly regarded tapas joints – you’re welcome.

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Bar San Juan 

To start the proceedings, we have Bar San Juan, a fantastic Chorlton gem that serves up arguably the best tapas dishes in the whole country.

The owners recently forked out to have an extension added, so there’s plenty of space to sit and enjoy some authentically Spanish tapas – oh, and they have a cracking wine list, too.

Bar San Juan, 56 Beech Rd, Manchester M21 9EG
www.barsanjuan.info

La Bandera

Located smack in the middle of town, this King Street icon has some seriously good tapas on offer, alongside some more unheard of Mediterranean dishes – the lamb skewers and scallops and chorizo dishes are undeniable stand-outs.

La Bandera, 2 Ridgefield, Manchester M2 6EQ
labandera.co.uk

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El Gato Negro

Every Manc will recognise this award-winning King Street haunt – owner Simon Shaw has spent years perfecting the menu at El Gato, which serves a delicious variety of meat, cheese, fish and vegetarian dishes. 

The restaurant has won an abundance of awards over the years and, once you’ve sampled their menu, it isn’t difficult to see why.

El Gato Negro, 52 King St, Manchester M2 4LY
www.elgatonegrotapas.com

Abeja Tapas Bar

Abjea actually stands for ‘bee’ in Spanish – a subtle representation of the connection the owners of Abeja Tapas Bar wanted to create with the people of Manchester.

The Oxford Road gem is a space where people can enjoy art exhibitions and cultural activities while also indulging in a food sharing experience from Andalucía cuisine.

Abeja Tapas Bar, Hatch, Oxford Rd, Manchester M1 7ED
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Porta Tapas Bar

We’re well and truly spoilt for choice with two Porta Tapas Bars to choose from – one in Altrincham and one in Salford.

The restaurants take heavy inspiration from small independent bars in Madrid and Barcelona, with their menus bursting with delicious fresh meats and fish. 

Porta Tapas Bar, 50 Greenwood St, Altrincham WA14 1RZ
216 Chapel St, Salford, M3 6BY
www.portatapas.co.uk

Nueve Tapas

Described as a little taste of Barcelona in Didsbury, Nueve Tapas can be found – quite unexpectedly – nestled between a tanning salon and a butchers.

Their menu boasts an impressive selection of tapas, as it does with wine and that all-important sangria. They’re also offering a brunch menu, a must-have for those hungover weekends.

Nueve Tapas Bar, 9 Barlow Moor Rd, Didsbury, Manchester M20 6TN
www.nuevetapasbar.com

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The best places to treat your dad in Manchester this Father’s Day

Father’s Day? Completed it

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Father’s Day is on the horizon, and to say that the nation’s dads are in dire need of some serious pampering would be an understatement. 

It’s been one hell of a year, so all those dads and father figures out there definitely deserve the best – but if you’ve left your plans to the very last minute (guilty), worry no more, because I have devised a list of some fantastic Father’s Day ideas to do here in the city.

You’re welcome. 

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Hawksmoor

Let’s start with an obvious one. If your dad loves a good steak and a glass of posh vino (because whose dad doesn’t?), treating him to dinner at one of Manchester’s most popular steakhouses would be a great way to show your appreciation. 

The restaurant has also put together an array of Father’s day boxes and gifts so, if you’re unable to leave the house this year, you can enjoy the elusive Hawksmoor experience from the comfort of your own home. They are offering three different gift boxes – a traditional Sunday Roast, a family Feasting Box and a Fillet.

For bookings, prices and more information on their Father’s Day gift box, check out their website.

184, 186 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WB
0161 836 6980

The Refuge

The Oxford Road staple is pulling out all the stops for Father’s Day this year – not only are they dishing up banging Sunday roasts, they’re also hosting EATMCR’s street food takeover, which will see a whole array of pop-ups and local breweries.

Clampdown Records and Deadstock General Store will also be hosting pop-ups, where you can grab yourself some last minute Father’s Day gifts. There will also be music from the finest local DJs to keep the celebrations going throughout the day.

Visit their website for more information and bookings.

Oxford St, Manchester M60 7HA
0161 233 5151

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TeamSport Go Karting 

Fancy thrashing your old man on the race track? 

TeamSport are open and taking bookings for all those wanting to celebrate Father’s Day with a bit of good dose of old-fashioned racing rivalry. 

At TeamSport Manchester, you’ll get the opportunity to race around a state-of-the-art indoor track on electric karts, and even take part in an award ceremony at the end of each race which will, of course, provide some great bragging opportunities.

TeamSport are taking bookings only for Father’s Day – visit their website for more information.  

AO Arena, Victoria Station, Hunts Bank, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M3 1AR
01252 732300

Dusk Til Pawn

Perfect for all those dad-rock lovers out there, this Northern Quarter icon will act as a great venue for some celebratory cocktails with dad.

With a fantastic jukebox selection and an even more impressive cocktail list, you and your dad can spend some quality time drinking, dancing and putting the world to rights. 

Pay their website a visit for more information.

Stevenson Square, Manchester M1 1DN
0161 236 5355

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Flight Club

Let’s face it, all dads love a good game of darts, so what better way to demonstrate how good of a job they did raising you by showing off your skills on the board?

This venue is taking bookings only, and gives each group their own private space to drink, laugh, and land plenty of 180s. Pre-ordered drinks will be ready and waiting upon arrival, and food can be served throughout the booking. Members of staff can be summoned at the touch of a button, too.

Visit their website here to book your own booth.

Ship Canal House, 98 King Street, Manchester, M2 4WU
0161 537 7250

Hotel Football

For footie-mad dads (most of them, then), Hotel Football is offering an exclusive package with former Manchester United defender, Wes Brown.

The package includes class of 92-themed toiletries & complimentary retro treats in the mini bar, a Q&A withWes Brown himself in the Stadium Suite, screening of the Portugal v Germany in Heaven, a two course dinner in Café Football with screening of Spain v Poland game and afternoon tea on either the Saturday or the Sunday. Overnight accommodation is also included. 

To make a booking or enquire for more information, visit their website and drop an email to reservations@hotelfootball.com.

Old Trafford, 99 Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester M16 0SZ
0161 751 0430

Lowry Hotel

The Lowry Hotel

The Lowry Hotel have launched their Father’s Day @ HOME, a unique afternoon tea perfect for all those dads out there.

The afternoon tea includes the likes of miniature prime beef burgers, BBQ pulled pork, glazed stilton, chicken and bacon pies, three cheese and pancetta scones accompanied by smoky bacon jam and chive sour cream – and two bottles of Morretti to wash it all down.

Click here to make your own booking.

50 Dearmans Pl, Salford, M3 5LH
0161 827 4000

 

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