Hospitality is back open for outdoor service and the weather has been kind to us as we return to beer gardens and outdoor terraces.
If you’ve not booked anywhere ahead of what is forecast to be another sunny weekend, fear not, here’s a handy list of the places offering walk-ins for thirsty Mancunians.
The cocktail bar terrace will be keeping spaces for those just wanting to swing by for a cocktail. Walk-ins will be available every day operating on a first-come, first-served basis.
Almost Famous is back up and running complete with cocktails courtesy of Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn. It’s operating entirely on a walk-in basis.
Another on the walk-in list is vegan NQ joint, Alvarium. They’re open from 3pm-11pm Tuesday to Thursday and from 12pm-11pm on Friday and Saturday.
The Bay Horse Tavern
Both bookings and walk-ups are available down at Bay Horse so you can tuck into a lovely pie and pint whenever the desire comes over you.
Open seven days a week from 12pm until 3am serving up wings and pints, Bunny Jackson’s is operating on a walk-in basis only. They’ve also got loads more seating than usual as well.
Cane and Grain
Open from midday for walk-ins only, Cane and Grain are serving up all the usual good stuff, like rum, ribs, bourbon and beer. Plus there’s a shiny new cocktail menu too.
Open from 1pm until late, Tuesday through Sunday accompanied by massive Nell’s pizzas. Only walk-ins.
A brand new addition to the Left Bank area of Spinningfields, Clubhouse is serving up cocktails covered in toffees and seriously spicy shots. Walk-ins only.
One of the city’s best pizza joints, Crazy Pedro’s has plenty of space for walk-ins so you can get all your pizza and Hooch needs.
Crown & Kettle
Newly renovated, Crown & Kettle is back with a brand new outdoor seating area open every single day from noon till 10pm. It’s dog-friendly, people-friendly and strictly NO bookings.
Dukes 92’s bookings system filled up pretty quickly but they’ve saved some tables for walk-ins too that are not undercover. They’ll be filling them up on a first come first serve basis weather permitting.
Ancoats pub, Edinburgh Castle will be leaving some tables aside for walk-ins but if you want to get involved with bottomless brunch you’ll have to book.
Open Thursday to Saturday from 2pm until 7pm serving up wine by the glass, bottles and a small selection of plates of oysters, cured meats and cheese. Tables are only available for walk-ins and will be weather dependent. Bookings will be available from 18th May.
Ezra & Gil
Back with a brand new terrace in the corner of Stevenson Square, Ezra & Gil are operating on a walk-in basis only for all your brunch, coffee and evening pasta needs. Open daily from 8am to 8pm.
Outdoor dining is available at Federal NQ where there are no bookings, only walk-ins. You can still grab all the good stuff via Deliveroo from both NQ and Deansgate sites, plus coffee and treats from the cart in Altrincham.
Feel Good Club
No bookings needed to enjoy yourself at Feel Good Club’s new outside addition. They’ve got pints, coffees, crumpets and everything in between – and plenty of smiles!
Two-thirds of the entire space down at Grub has been reserved for walk-ins so you can swing by even if you’ve not got a booking!
Hatch held back 50% off its tables for walk-ins so get yourself down and get involved.
Walk-ins are available during the week and potentially on Sundays at Impossible.
Complete with a brand new expanded outdoor terrace, Lawn Club will be accepting walk-ins.
The craft beer house on Piccadilly approach is doing walk-ins from 1pm most days.
Rudy’s has held back 50% of its tables at both sites (Peter Street and Ancoats) for walk-ins only. Both restaurants tend to get pretty busy so expect to leave your name and head back after a little wait.
Seven Bro7hers Ancoats
There will be some walk-in tables available in Cutting Room square. You’ll still be able to get your hands on take out drinks too.
The Oast House
As one of the city’s biggest beer gardens, The Oast House’s booking system filled up within a matter of days but they have confirmed they’ve reserved space every day for walk-ins.
The legendary Eastern food joint has a great (and sunny) terrace outside in Exchange Square – perfect for slurping some noodles with a beer while watching the world go by.
Operating with strictly walk-ins only tables, Trof is back for all your drink needs. Open from 4pm to 11pm on Friday and from 12pm until 11pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Trove has reopened their outdoor area in Ancoats so you can bob down for coffee and brunch. No bookings.
Wolf at the Door
Complete with a newly revamped outdoor space, Wolf at the Door is back with walk-ins only from 12pm until late every day. They’ve also got £1 tacos and bao buns!
Yard and Coop
The fried chicken restaurant on Edge Street is back and is holding back some tables each day for walk-ins.
Operating with walk-ins only, YES is back with two ground floor beer gardens and roof terrace. Open noon til late every day.
The forgotten Japanese Garden hidden in the hills of a popular Lancashire walking spot
If you fancy a stroll this weekend…
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.
The best tapas restaurants Manchester has to offer
Who you taking to try some of these, then?
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
The best places to treat your dad in Manchester this Father’s Day
Father’s Day? Completed it
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.
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 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
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
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
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
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 email@example.com.
Old Trafford, 99 Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester M16 0SZ
0161 751 0430
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