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The best January food and drink deals in Manchester for 2020

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Christmas is a great time of year, but it’s also the most expensive, and can leave your bank balance feeling as rough as your head on Boxing Day.

But fear not, if you’re going to have to budget in the New Year you can still have a good time – by taking advantage of some of Manchester’s biggest and best deals on food and drink.

As we’re feeling extra festive today, we’ve put together all of the best offers, deals and savings to be had in our city this January, so sit back, relax, and have a gander at these beauties.

Merry Christmas everyone:  

La Bandera – 50% OFF FOOD

Everyone’s favourite Spanish restaurant will be offering a whopping 50% off all food on their menu this January. It’s available from Sunday to Friday from January 2nd. All you need to do is book online (use the button below) and make sure you pop ‘MF50LB’ in the comment box. Book It

Cottonopolis5 Courses for £18pp

The Northern Quarter’s answer to Japanese cuisine has created a special menu for January which includes 5 courses for just £18pp. You have to book in advance and I’d do it quickly if I were you. The Set Menu is available Monday – Friday and booking is required. Book It

TNQ – 50% OFF FOOD

TNQ is offering 50% off their A La Carte menu from January 2nd until the end of the month. It’s available Monday to Friday from 12pm–10.30pm. All you need to do is quote ‘JAN SALE’ when booking Book It

BAB – 50% OFF KEBABS

This January, you’ll be able to get 50% off kebabs at BAB – from Monday to Wednesday. Get their Halloumi Chip Shop beaut down you – I promise it’ll be one of the best things you eat this new year. Book It

The Bay Horse Tavern – 50% OFF FOOD

Everyone’s favourite boozer, The Bay Horse Tavern is offering a massive 50% off food throughout January. As if you need an excuse to go in. It excludes Saturday and Sunday though – so don’t even bother asking for 50% off your bottomless brunch. They’ll also have a new menu out this Jan – so it’s the perfect opportunity to try some of the new dishes. Book It

Alberts Schloss – 50% OFF FOOD

The busiest place in the city, no matter what bloody time it is, Alberts Schloss will be offering up to 50% off their food this January. All you need to do is book it in advance and get half off. Available Monday to Friday all day from January 6th– 30th. Book It

Almost Famous – 50% OFF BURGERS

The dirtiest (and some would say best) burgers in the city will be half price this January – thank you very much Almost Famous. Available at both sites, in the NQ and the Great Northern. Monday to Thursday from January 6th– 30th. Just the burgers though – so dash the fries and have two instead. Book It NQ Book It GN

The Refuge – 6 dishes, carafe of wine & dessert for £20pp


The 2020 January Introduction offer includes 6 Voltini dishes from the chef’s selection, a carafe of wine and the iconic sharing Chocolate Fondue Dessert, all for £20pp.  The offer is available from 6th Jan–21st Jan, Mondays–Thursdays 12pm–2:25pm & 5pm–9pm and Fridays 12pm–2:45pm & 5pm–6:45pm. Must be booked online. Book It

Second Floor Bar and Brasserie @ Harvey Nichols – 3 Courses & a Cocktail for £23

January 7th sees Harvey Nichols launch their new menu with the choice of 2 courses and a cocktail for £19, or 3 courses and a cocktail for £23. The menu looks fantastic, and go for 3 courses so you can have some cheese at the end too. Book It

Crazy Pedro’sSlices for £2 / Full Pizza for £10 (EXTENDED HAPPY HOUR)Pedro’s will be extending their Happy Hour to include the FULL DAY, (well, up until 10pm). Which means you can get a slice for just £2 and an entire pizza for £10! Also – Pedro’s pizza’s are massive so you are in for a treat. Find Out More

Tattu – 30% OFF Food


Tattu is not only the place for a cracking Insta pic, but it also offers incredibly delicious food with a serious element of theatrical surprise. Throughout January they’re offering 30% OFF food, which means it’s imperative you opt for the decadent show-stopping dessert, the Chocolate Brownie Pagoda, layered with mascarpone and winterberry. Discount available Sunday to Thursday 12pm–10.45pm and Friday 12pm–4.45pm, on à la carte menu only and excludes all Wagyu Beef and Lobster dishes. Book It

Manahatta – 50% OFF FOOD (+ Double your Tab)

Deansgate destination spot Manahatta is offering 50% off the main menu Sunday to Friday throughout January. Not only this but they’ll also be offering to DOUBLE YOUR BAR TAB (Sunday to Friday). All you need to do is pre-order your bottles and they’ll double up your bar tab – can’t say fairer than that. Book It

Noi Quattro – £10 Lunch Deal

This Northern Quarter favourite are bringing back their £10 Lunch Deal this January, where you can get yourself a pizza, salad and a drink for just a tenner. Only available at lunchtime 12pm – 3pm, Tuesday – Friday. View Menu

Seed + Cherry – 50% OFF FOOD

Fantastic Northern Quarter coffee shop Seed + Cherry will be offering 50% off their food menu during weekdays from 2nd Jan until the 24th Jan. They’ve got a brand-new menu coming out in Jan too, and there are some outstanding dishes on there. In particular their Pulled Brisket, and their Turkish Eggs. View Menu

Restaurant MCR – 20% OFF ALL FOOD

High-end Restaurant MCR is offering 20% off all its food this January, well, from the 14th (when they re-open) until the 7th Feb. You can get 20% off both their a la carte and tasting menus. It excludes Saturdays and all you need to do is let them know that you saw the deal on Proper Manchester when booking. Pop it in the comments section. Book It

Dakota Grill – 3 Course Meal for £25

Dakota will be offering its fantastic Prix Fixe menu this January, where you can get yourself 3 courses for only £25 per person. You can get 2 courses for only £20 too, but you’re going to want 3 really, let’s face it. Available all through service Monday to Friday – just make sure you pre-book it in advance. Book It

Tast Catala – £15 Set Menu

Tast are offering a set menu this January, available from 12pm – 4pm, Tuesday to Friday. Each day there’s a different option available, such as the Burger Tast on Tuesday, Pork Ribs on Wednesday, Poussin Chicken on Thursday and Squid and Rice on Friday. Check their website and socials for more information. Book It

Bill’s Spinningfields – FREE Main Course

That’s right, you can get yourself a FREE Main Course this January courtesy of Bill himself. All you need to do is order two main courses and the cheapest one will be free. It’s available from 5th Jan ’til the 30th Jan and runs Sunday to Friday. Just click the link below, pop your details in and you’re all set. Book It

WOOD – 2-4-1 on 5 and 7 Course Tasting Menu

WOOD is going all out this January, offering a brilliant BOGOF deal on its Tasting Menus. Choose either 5 course or 7 course and you can get 2 for the price of 1 – all you need to do is make sure you book it in advance and it’s between Tuesday and Thursday (all day) or Friday lunch time. From Jan 2nd – Jan 31st. Book It

Three Little Words – 50% OFF FOOD

Brand-new gin distillery, bar and restaurant Three Little Words is offering a very welcome 50% off food this January. Just book in advance and make sure it’s during the week and not the weekends. Lovely. Book It

Hawksmoor – 3 Courses & a Cocktail for £35

Not the cheapest January Deal on this list but it’s Hawksmoor, so you just know you’re going to get a good deal no matter what. You can choose either 2 courses and a cocktail for £30 or 3 courses and a cocktail for £35, and the menu includes their stunning 35 day dry-aged rump and chips. Book It

Common – 25% OFF FOOD (+ £2.50 FREE)

They’re launching a new app at Common – called the Common & Co App – which will give you a FREE £2.50 credit when you download it. This can be used in Common, The Beagle, Port Street Beer House and The Pilcrow Pub. That’s not all though. It’ll also give you 25% off food this January – Monday to Friday. More Info

Dive NQ50% OFF food

This year saw a kitchen takeover at Dive NQ by Zumu, and it proved so popular that they’re here to stay. And you can bag yourself 50% off food throughout January, meaning you can get Chicken Katsu Curry for under £5. What’s more, there’s the fantastic happy hour continuing throughout Jan, where you can get £15 bottles of Prosecco, 2-4-1 spirit mixers and plenty more. AND you can even get £5 knocked off all-inclusive drinks tickets on Saturday club nights. What you waiting for!? Book It

Alvarium – 50% OFF Food

Calling all vegans, there’s an entirely dedicated vegan restaurant tucked away in the Northern Quarter and they’ve got you covered for January offers! They’re offering 50% OFF food, all day, every day. And what’s more, there’s a dead happy Happy Hour alongside which includes 2 for £10 cocktails, 2-4-1 bottles of beer and even a house bottle of wine for £9. Bargain! The Happy Hour is available Sunday – Friday (4-8pm). Book It

River Restaurant and Bar – 3 courses & wine for £23.99


The newly renovated River Restaurant and Bar in The Lowry Hotel has a delicious set menu on offer throughout January with 3-courses starting at Lowry Hotel £19.99 and 2-courses with a glass of wine for £19.99. Dishes include Scorched Mackerel or a Merlot Roasted beetroot to start, Slow Cooked Chesire Farm Beef or Frankie Bird’s Chicken Breast for a main and Sticky Toffee Pudding or a cardamom Panna Cotta for dessert. Book It

Volta – Dinner for 2 for £25


Throughout the year, Volta created 3 specials every single week. To treat their customers to an extra special January they’re offering everybody’s favourite specials throughout the year in a Volta Dining Experience. The menu includes 6 Voltini dishes, enough for dinner for 2 for just £25. The menu includes Meat, Fish and a Vegan option. Available Monday – Friday. Book It

Dog Bowl – 50% OFF Food


Get hot dogs HALF PRICE! No need to say anymore is there really? Everyone loves hot dogs. Get weird, get creative and definitely try the 100% pork sausage dog topped with peanut butter and caramelised sliced banana. Is it a dessert, is it a main, is it m-essert? Who knows! Book It

Banyan Bar & Kitchen50% OFF Food & Double your Drinks

Double your money and drinks this January at Banyan. All you need to do is pre-pay your bar tab and Banyan will double it for you! If that’s not enough you also get half-price food. What a bloody treat! T&Cs apply. Book It

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Alston Bar & Beef2 Course Meal and any Gin for £15

You can opt for 2 courses or go all out and get 3 for just £18. On the menu is a range of signature dishes included mushroom risotto to start and plenty of steaks to choose from including Tweed Value 250g D-Rump Steak. Available from 6th January, Monday – Friday 12pm – 6pm and on Saturday 12pm – 4pm. Book It

Cibo – 50% OFF FOOD

Try some of the most authentic Italian food you can get in Manchester at Cibo. Throughout Jan they’re offering 50% OFF the A La Carte menu. So if you’re after real deal Italian, get to Cibo. Book It

BLVD – 50% OFF FOOD

Spinningfields’ newest addition BLVD is offering 50% off its a la carte menu from the 2nd until the 31st January. You can get involved from Sunday to Thursday – all you need to do is book in advance with the code ‘BLVD50’. Book It

Thaikhun – 40% OFF food

Thai food is one of the best cuisines out there – that’s just a fact. Thaikhun in Spinningfields is offering 40% off your a la carte food bill between Thursday 5th January and 30th January 2020. All you have to do is book a table and eat delicious food for 40% cheaper. Offer is subject to availability and to the manager’s discretion, so make sure you’re nice. Maximum 6 guests per table. Book It

Home Sweet Home50% OFF food

Whether you’re going to go all out for brunch or treat yourself to some American diner style chicken, burgers or sandwiches, there’s something for everyone at Home Sweet Home – and throughout January there is 50% OFF food. T&C’s apply. Book It

Brasserie Abode – £15 Set Meal

They’ve come up with two separate set meals this January at Brasserie Abode, both of which are just £15. There’s the ‘Behaving’ menu of healthy dishes including a glass of non-alcoholic bubbles, Poached Scallop with a crisp apple and celeriac salad, Healthy Fish Pie and cauliflower mash, and a Guilt-free Chocolate Mousse. The ‘Misbehaving’ menu consists of a glass of Prosecco, Baked Scallop ‘Coquilles St. Jacques’, Braised Beef Bourguignon and a Rich Dark Chocolate Mousse. It’s available daily for lunch and dinner until 7th Feb. Book It

The Beagle – 25% OFF FOOD (+ £2.50 FREE)

Just like Common, The Beagle is using the new Common & Co App, which will give you a FREE £2.50 credit when you download it. This can be used in Common, The Beagle, Port Street Beer House and The Pilcrow Pub. That’s not all though. It’ll also give you 25% off food this January – Monday to Friday. More Info

Salvi’s, 40% OFF Food

One of Manchester’s best Italian spots is offering 40% OFF food throughout January. So forget about that whole ‘diet starts in January’ spiel and get involved with some delicious pizza and pasta. You know you want to. T&C’s apply. Book It

Mamucium – 3,2,1 Deal for £40

Tucked away in Hotel Indigo right next to Victoria station, Mamucium is a belting restaurant that offers a great menu of modern British dishes. This January they are putting on a ‘3-2-1’ deal for £40. That’s 3 courses, 2 people and 1 glass of wine each – all for just £40. £20 per person (if you struggle with maths). Book It

Yard & Coop – £1 Prosecco

Let’s just all take a moment to absorb that information. £1 Prosecco. With every main meal in January, you can get Prosecco for just £1 a glass at Yard & Coop. That’s not even just one drink either folks, that’s every glass you purchase while eating your main meal! In the spirit of responsible drinking, your drink will be replaced once finished. The offer is available all day, every day, you just need to book and quote. Offer not valid on lunch menu, doesn’t include Monkey Balls, Wings, Hot and Cold Sides or Fries as a main meal. Book It

Mughli – 50% OFF Curries

Just picture how cold and grim January is going to be, the only way to make it cheerier is with a dead good curry. And what better place to treat yourself than Mughli, who are offering 50% off any dish from the ‘curry menu’. Offer is available any day between 1st and 31st January 2020 and is limited to one curry per paying guest. Book It

Grand Pacific 50% OFF food

An opulent venue on King Street is offering 50% off your food bill. so long as you book between 2nd January and 31st January and dine with them any time Thursday or on Friday and Saturday until 4:30pm. The offer excludes the Sunday roast menu and afternoon tea but other than that you can tuck into some delicious food for half the price. Book It

Canto 3 dishes for £15 all-day

The offer includes a menu of a number of Canto’s signature dishes in a menu of 3 for £15 all day, every Sunday to Thursday, throughout the month of January. The menu includes an array of Mediterranean tapas including Peri Peri Chicken, Crispy Fried Squid, Jamóm Croquetas a large selection of desserts and plenty more. Book below! Book It

Cocoa Cabana – 50% OFF brunch

Who says you can’t continue having chocolate for breakfast in the New Year?! The lovely chocolate shop in Ancoats, Cocoa Cabana are offering up 50% off their brunch menu on weekdays throughout January. Book It

The Daisy 50% OFF drinks

Everybody’s favourite hidden drinking spot in the Northern Quarter are offering up 50% OFF drinks before 10pm from Thursday to Saturday throughout January. And they have an impressive selection of Absinthe based cocktails that you must try. Enquiries

Evelyn’s50% OFF food

I’m sure you’ve been to Evelyn’s to try brunch, but have you had their evening menu? Well, apparently it’s dead good – and throughout January you can get it for half price so it’s definitely worth a try! There’s 50% off their evening menu Monday to Friday throughout January. It has to be booked through their own website and not a third party, however. Book It

Gusto – 50% OFF FOOD

From 2nd January to 31st January, Gusto is offering 50% off food on their a la carte menu. The offer is available from 12pm Thursday to Sunday closing time every week, and if you sign up to a Gusto Gold Rewards card you can get access to the sale all day Friday and Saturday too! Book It

Trof NQ – 50% OFF FOOD

NQ staple and all-round bloody good place to eat and drink Trof will be offering us jammy bastards a full 50% off food this new year. Available all day, Monday to Friday from 7th Jan to 7th Feb when booked in advance. Book It

Tariff & Dale – Dinner for 2 for £35

Treat yourself to a 2 course meal and a bottle of wine to share for just £35 in the basement restaurant of Tariff & Dale. The first course includes a choice from the Pastry or Little Menu and the second course is anything from Large/Burgers/Pizza Menu. The wine is either a bottle of house red or white and the deal is available Monday – Thursday at any time. Book It

Black Dog – 50% OFF Food


With just about something for everyone on the menu – from pizzas to chicken wings to burgers, hot dogs and even salads – whether you’re partaking in a January diet or not, you can be sure you’ll find something delicious at Dog Bowl. Book It

The Pilcrow Pub – 25% OFF DRINKS (+ £2.50 FREE)

Just like Common and The Beagle, The Pilcrow is using its new Common & Co App which will give you a FREE £2.50 credit when you download it. This can be used in Common, The Beagle, Port Street Beer House and The Pilcrow Pub. That’s not all though. It’ll also give you 25% off drinks this January – Monday to Friday. More Info

Red’s True BBQ – 51% OFF FOOD

Looking to go ONE further this year, Red’s True are offering 51% off their main menu food, available all day Sunday to Thursday. You’ll need to book using the link below – no other bookings will get this discount. Enjoy lots of meat and have a couple of Pickle Backs on us. Book It

Iberica – 50% OFF FOOD

Spinningfields tapas restaurant Iberica will be offering 50% off food Sunday to Thursday this January. You’ll need to reserve in advance and there’s a maximum table size of 8 peeps. Not valid with any other offer and excludes drinks, deli items, paella, ribeye & crispy cabrarroca. Book It

The Alchemist – 50% OFF FOOD

Head to any of the three Alchemist branches this January and you can get yourself 50% OFF your total food bill. It’s available all day – all you need to do is book in using the link below. What a treat! Book It

Foodwell / Firefly – 50% OFF Food


Stick to your new year’s resolution and enjoy 50% off every day. Foodwell, the Californian inspired mindful Restaurant serves healthy brunch from 10am – 2pm and lunch from 11.30pm – 5pm. From 6pm onward, the space is transformed into Firefly where their indulgent evening menu is served in the restaurant, and small plates are served in the bar area. This offer is excluded from any food ordered from 5pm onward on Saturdays. Book It

Gorilla – 50% OFF FOOD

Famed for their gin, their awesome roast dinners and of course for putting on some of the best gigs in the city – Gorilla are treating us all to 50% off food this January if you book in advance. It’s available Monday to Friday, all day from 7th Jan to 7th Feb. Book It

20 Stories – Two-courses for £18.50, three-courses for £23.50 (including aperitif)


With their ‘Beat The January Blues’ offer available from Monday to Friday, celebrate this January somewhere high with Manchester’s best view. Enjoy Salmon Tartare, Braised Beef Short Rib and Crème brûlée from their exquisite set menu, and their delicious aperitif alongside. Available for groups of up to 9, the offer is available on weekdays from 12pm – 3pm and 5.30pm – 6.30pm. Book It

The Pen & Pencil – 50% OFF FOOD

Northern Quarter favourite Pen & Pencil are offering a whopping 50% off their food menu this January, and you can take full advantage of it from Monday to Friday. Book It

The Deaf Institute – 50% OFF FOOD

Much like their neighbours over at Trof and Gorilla, The Deaf Institute will be offering 50% off food this January – all day, Monday to Friday from 7th Jan to 7th Feb. The difference? Only their massive (and brilliant) dedicated veggie and vegan menu that’s full of some choice delights indeed. Book It

Australasia – 30% OFF FOOD

Book in at Australasia this Jan on the link below and you’ll get 30% off your food. It’s not available for walk-ins and on Friday or Saturday nights. The discount also doesn’t include black cod, lobster dishes, oysters, Wagyu steak, surf & turf. Book It

The Jane Eyre – 25% OFF FOOD

Ancoats favourite and multiple award winner, The Jane Eyre’s offering is very simple this January. They have 25% off food all month, Monday to Friday. There’s not even any need to book. Just walk in and get eating away. View Menu

Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn – 50% OFF Tacos and Burritos

Fans of Cali/Mexican mash-up filthy food rejoice! Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn are offering 50% off their tacos and burritos this January. Running from Monday to Thursday from the 6th Jan – 30th Jan. Please note: it’s all about the ‘Well Fit’ Burrito. Book It

Firebird Hope – Vegan Burger + Fries for £5

In both their location at YES and in their pop-up in the Arndale, Firebird Hope will be offering up their outstanding vegan burger and fries for only £5. All the time. Just go on down and get your hands and mouth on it all. See Menu



Get Chucked – 50% OFF Burgers

Urmston favourite and quite possibly the best burgers this side of Texas, Get Chucked will be offering a whopping 50% off their burgers from Sunday to Thursday this January. You’ll have to book in advance to take advantage of the offer – so just click the button below and get enjoying some dirty burgers ASAP. Book It

Masons Restaurant Bar – 50% OFF FOOD

Masons on Bridge Street will be offering 50% off their a la carte menu this January. It’ll be available if you book online (or on the phone) and quote ‘Happy 2020’. They’re doing it from the 2nd Jan – 31st Jan and it’s not valid on any other menus or after 6pm on Saturdays. Click below to book. Book It

Foundry Project – 50% OFF FOOD

From the 2nd Jan until the 31st Jan, between 12pm and 9pm you can enjoy 50% off food at the Foundry Project in the Northern Quarter. All you need to do is book in before and you’re laughing. Have yourself a pint of Estrella in there too while you’re at it. Book It

NAM – 30% OFF FOOD

Ancoats Vietnamese street food venue (with one of the best sound systems in the city in the basement) will be offering a rather attractive 30% off food this January. All you need to do to take advantage is book 24 hours in advance and use the code ‘NAM30’. Book It

Lawn Coffee – 25% OFF Brunch & Afternoon Tea

Hidden away in Princess Street Hotel, Lawn Coffee serve up some very impressive (and tasty) brunch dishes – which you can enjoy with a lovely 25% off this January. They’re also offering 25% off their Afternoon Tea too, as well as 15% off a hot drink when bought with a pastry or cake. Book It

Sunset by Australaisia – 2 FREE COCKTAILS with Afternoon Tea

They’ve got 30% off food in Australasia, while at Sunset they’ll be offering 2 complimentary cocktails with their Exotic Afternoon Tea when booked through their website. It’s available from 2nd Jan – 31st Jan. Perfect for treating your mam. Or dad. Or anyone really. Don’t discriminate. Book It

Port Street Beer House – 25% OFF DRINKS (+ £2.50 FREE)

Just like Common and The Beagle and The Pilcrow, Port Street Beer House are using their new Common & Co App which will give you a FREE £2.50 when you download it. This can be used in Common, The Beagle, Port Street Beer House and The Pilcrow Pub. That’s not all though. It’ll also give you 25% off drinks this January – Monday to Friday. More Info

The Botanist – 40% off food 

The Botanist Deansgate, MediaCityUK and Alderley Edge is doing 40% off food from Sunday to Friday, including its new Vegan Hanging Kebab, hearty pies or cheesy garlic bread basket.

From Low Alcohol, Alcohol Free and Vegan beers, amazing Vegan dishes – include the Vegan Hanging Kebab (made with Tofurkey Sausage) or classic cocktails that are also available alcohol free, let us help you stick to those new resolutions!

Check out The Botanist website here.

The Oast House – 40% off food

The Oast House is doing 40% off food for members of The Oast House email database. Simply show your discount email when ordering at the bar, running from Tuesday 7th-January 31st Sunday to Friday.

Or get involved with ‘Try January’ and weekly drinks discount. This is running from Sunday to Friday from Sunday 4th to Friday January 31st and includes:

Week 1 – BOGOF Ale Anthology (cheapest free)
Week 2- BOGOF Spritz Cocktails (cheapest free)
Week 3 – BOGOF House Classics (cheapest free)
Week 4 – £19.95 House Prosecco

Collect a Friend of The Oast House loyalty card to tick off each offer and if you manage to tick off each week, you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 voucher to spend at The Oast House.

Sign up to The Oast House email here.

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So there you have it, the very best the city has to offer in January – don’t say we never treat you to owt.

Enjoy!

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

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Alvarium & Bay Horse

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.

Book

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. 

Book

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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.

Book

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.

Book

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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.

Book

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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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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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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