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Some of the best Manchester restaurants doing takeaway and collection during lockdown

Everything you need from Gooey to Hawksmoor

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As Lockdown Part III grinds ever onwards, most of us are missing restaurant quality food and drink, and the general experience of going out for a meal.

While it might be a while before we can do that again, luckily our great city is chock-a-block with high quality food venues who are still serving up top scran for takeaway and collection.

As such, these are some of the best places in Manchester offering takeaways, collections or at home kits throughout Lockdown 3.0…

Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza

Now available nationwide, the Ancoats-based pizza restaurant that was once voted as one of the best in the world is available at home. You can either get hot, ready-made pizza delivered, or opt for their Bake at Home pizzas so your dinner is as fresh as possible. 

Federal

Easily one of Manchester’s best-known brunch spots is Federal. You can pick up your freshly poached eggs or avocado on toast fix between 8am – 4pm in the NQ.

Dunkin’ Burgers

New to the Arndale, Dunkin’ Burgers combine big fat juicy burgers with a whole pot of gravy to dunk your burger in. Delicious, and seriously Northern. 

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Gooey

Be sure to pre-order your Gooey cookies and doughnuts as they pretty much always sell out. You can choose delivery or collection!  

Zouk

Available on Deliveroo or for collection Zouk has got you covered for all your curry needs, including vegan and vegetarian options. 

Nell’s Pizza

My personal saviour for Lockdown 1.0 was a whopping great 22″ pizza from Nell’s when they were popped up in Common. For now, you can still get your hands on a giant slice from the Beagle in Chorlton. 

Hawksmoor

For the nights when you want to be a little bit posh you could opt for the Hawksmoor experience at home, including their Rib-Eye box which features 35-day dry-aged rib-eye, ultimate oven chips, creamed spinach, bone marrow gravy and sticky toffee pudding.

Bundobust

Bundobust

Fantastic vegetarian Indian food delivered right to your door. What’s to complain about?! 

Northcote

Possibly the poshest option on the list, a Northcote delivery means you can have Michelin-starred cuisine at home. 

Six by Nico

If you’re thinking to yourself ‘one course isn’t enough’, then look no further than Six by Nico’s six-course slap-up, Home by Nico. Perfect for a boujee night in or a special occasion. 

La Bandera

If you fancy a taste of the Canary Islands so you can pretend you’re somewhere hot with a nice cocktail in hand, La Bandera’s got you covered. 

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Blue Caribou Poutine

Sometimes (all the time) you just need chips loaded with cheese and gravy and that’s ok. Blue Caribou have started up their delivery service again which also includes their range of Poutine Kits all straight to your door.

South Manny Flavas

Your one-stop shop for some PROPER fried chicken. You won’t be disappointed.

This & That

A Manchester institution now offering their famous ‘Rice & Three’ for pick up at their Northern Quarter location. 

Viet Shack

With delivery from both their Arndale Market and Ancoats locations you’ve got no excuse really. 

Wholesome Junkies

Entirely plant-based junk food available on UberEats, Deliveroo and even DIY Home Kits in case you fancy something to do. 

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Ciaooo Pizza

Seriously naughty pizzas, my personal favourite is the We Mamma with tonnes of mozzarella, Parma ham and a burrata in the middle. 

Zumu Sushi 

For those of you who like fresh and delicious sushi, Zumu has a massive menu plus sides, and hot mains including a fantastic Chicken Katsu Curry.

Honest Burgers

Available for delivery or click and collect on all juicy burgers including their bacon gravy special. Plus their rosemary chips are mega. 

Northern Soul Grilled Cheese

You can either opt for their ‘Grill It Yourself’ kits which comes with everything you need to create your own basic grilled cheese (you can add anything you want that you can find in your fridge or kitchen cupboards) or you can of course, simply get a takeaway! 

Great North Pie Co.

Some of the best pies available in town now available for delivery. They’re all baked fresh and delivered in chilled packaging for the freshest pie!

Blue Eyed Panda

Seriously impressive traditional Chinese dishes, including dim sum plus a good range of vegan and gluten free options. They also do a Salt & Pepper Platter which is fantastic. 

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

Who’s excited?

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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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There’s a forgotten Japanese Garden hidden in the hills of a popular Lancashire walking spot

This is stunning!

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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 have been open throughout the pandemic, however staff have called for the public to take their litter home, including dog waste bags, or to use the bins provided in all the car parks. 

The workers point out that by dropping litter in the middle of a pandemic you are putting staff and volunteers at risk who have to pick it up. 

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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Full list of Manchester restaurants doing 50% off from Monday

Now to decide where to go!

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The government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme comes into effect from August 3rd, and there are some cracking deals to be had! 

The deal gets you 50% off your food and any non-alcoholic drinks up to a total of £10 per person when you dine-in at a restaurant.

The discount is available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between August 3rd and August 31st 2020.

You can also go as many times as you like within those dates so fill your boots!

Full list of Manchester establishments taking part: 

Almost Famous

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Easily one of the best views of the city and a specially curated three-course menu for the cause!

Almost Famous
Everyone’s favourite burger spot and they’ve got a brand new burger available on the deal. It’s called the ‘2020 stk’ and is stacked full of a double juicy cheeseburger, wonder buttered peppered steak, smashed tots, chorizo, bacon ketchup, peppered mayo and dijon mustard. Delish.

Archie’s 
Famous people love it here. Great if you have a pink theme on your Instagram.

Asha’s
Delicious and high-end curries available!

BAB
Gloriously fancy kebabs that you’ll want to savour. There’s also amazing greek fries, yum.

The Bay Horse Tavern
Best chips in the city. Hands down. Also – cracking pies.

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Bem Brasil
All you can eat meat that travels around on swords.

Blue Eyed Panda
Top notch Cantonese scran.

BrewDog
Classic beers (not included in the deal) but you can get some cracking burgers, wings and platters.

Brewski
Pure food porn. Guarantee you’ll be taking pictures of your food here.

Bundobust Manchester
Nothing better than Indian Street food! Okra Fries is a must-order.

Cane & Grain
Ribs! ’nuff said.

Canto
Fabulous Mediterranean Tapas right in the heart of Ancoats. How fancy!

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Chakalaka
Incredible South African delicacies. I highly recommend trying the Creme Soda drink, it tastes like a green fizzy refresher.

Ciaooo Pizzeria
Cheesy, cheesy, pizza.

Cottonopolis
Slap-up Asian inspired food. Delicious.

Crazy Pedro’s NQ
Huuuuuuuuuuge pizzas and an even bigger party.

Don Giovanni
It’s the oldest independent Italian in Manchester, so you know you’re in good hands.

Döner Haus
A fancy new kebab house in the Corn Exchange.

Ducie Street Warehouse
Everything you could need inside four walls. Including donuts.

El Capo
A huge Mexican fiesta, including tacos, burritos, burgers and tequila.

El Gato Negro
Super popular tapas spot down on King Street.

Elnecot
Everyone’s favourite spot in Ancoats and there’s a brand new menu that features Lamb Testicles (and they’re actually really tasty).

Evelyn’s Cafe Bar
The perfect spot for brunch and an Instagram photo op.

Evuna
Known for tapas and wine – what’s better?!

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Flight Club
Darts, pizza and Prosecco all in a fairground theme. You could die happy after visiting here.

Flok
The best spot for after-work drinks in the sun with Mediterranean-inspired small plates.

Franco Manca
New pizza joint from London, tucked away in Piccadilly Gardens.

Ginger’s Comfort Emporium
Ice.Cream.

Gino D’Acampo
The offer is available at all Gino’s restaurant including the Pizza and Prosecco bar, yum!

Greens
Veggie restaurant from Simon off the TV box.

Hard Rock Cafe
You already know what’s good with this one.

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Home Sweet Home
Brunch but with milkshakes and huge cakes.

Kabana
Seriously good kebabs and curries.

La Bandera
Glorious tapas, and the best rose sangria in the city.

Lily’s Vegetarian
Head to Ashton for an amazing (and award-winning) veggie Indian feast.

Luck Lust Liquor & Burn
Seriously good Tex-Mex grub.

Mamucium
Amazing food near Victoria Station. You can eat three courses for £10pp on the ‘Chancellor’s Menu’.

Moose Coffee
Known for (massive) pancakes. Good hangover food spot.

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Mowgli
Indian food made for sharing. Dead good.

Night and Day Cafe 
An institution that also serves up food.

Noi Quattro
More pizza! Never enough!

Oké Poké
Fresher than fresh Poké bowls and delicious smoothies. Health is wealth.

One88 Whitefield
It’s well worth the trip, serving up everything from chicken wings to bottomless brunch.

Pasta Factory 
You can never eat enough pasta! Only available Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Peru Perdu
South American all-day dining restaurant, Peru Perdu, is offering Picanha steak and a side (worth £22) for £10.

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The Pen & Pencil
The Mad Men-inspired NQ bar with real good grub.

Piccolino
Delicious, quality Italian food right here in Manchester. Deal available at all Piccolino restaraunts.

PLY2
Simply put, PIZZA!

Porta Wine & Tapas Bar
It doesn’t get better than wine and tapas, does it?!

The Refuge
Huge city centre bar with music and an amazing restaurant. The Refuge will be back open from August 5th with a brand spanking new menu.

The Restaurant Bar & Grill
Available at Manchester, Alderly and Chester!

Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza
Quite literally in the top ten top pizzas in the world. A must.

Shoryu Ramen
Ramen in Piccadilly Gardens, perfect!

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Sicilian NQ
Independent eatery in the NQ serving up seriously good and authentic Sicilian food. Including a Gelato Brioche Sandwich, you have to try.

Solita NQ
Absolutely humongous burgers. Not for the faint-hearted.

Soul Coffee
Coffee, brunch and gelato!

Tariff & Dale
Modern British Food and sourdough pizza all served until 10pm.

Tast Catala
The taste of Catalonia in beautiful and tasty small plates.

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Tattu
One of the most beautiful restaurants in Manchester with incredibly tasty, contemporary Chinese food.

The Alchemist
Really beautiful and theatrical drinks and food including plenty of sharing options, burgers and brunch.

The Oast House
Absolutely delicious hanging kebabs and a legendary beer garden – perfect social distancing spot!

Three Little Words
A one-stop-shop with a bar, restaurant and distillery – that all looks gorgeous! Get 50% off (up to £10) on food and unlimited soft drinks or opt for a £15 for two courses, side and a proper drink. Opt for a Manchester Gin & Tonic – you know you want to!

TNQ Restaurant
Go for the best roast in the city or a three-course express menu for £10.

Trof
They’ve got a cracking deal on which includes main, starter or pudding, any size and a drink for £10.

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V Rev Vegan Diner
Incredible vegan food, including mega burgers.

Viet Shack
The best place for amazing Vietnamese street food.

Wholesome Junkies
Vegan food but dirty!

Yang Sing
One of the most popular Chinese restaurants in the city that is an absolute must-try.

Yard & Coop 
Clucking good chicken.

Zouk
Famous for full roast lambs and incredible curries. Try something new on the deal, if you’re a fan of Chicken Tikka go for Chilo Kebab or if you like it hot, try Laas Maas.

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