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

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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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The beer gardens and outdoor terraces accepting walk-ins in Manchester

Our city is set for another nice weekend

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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.

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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

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.

Alvarium

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.

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Bunny Jackson’s

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.

Common

Open from 1pm until late, Tuesday through Sunday accompanied by massive Nell’s pizzas. Only walk-ins.

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Clubhouse

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.

Crazy Pedro’s

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

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.

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Edinburgh Castle

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.

Erst

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.

Federal NQ

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!

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GRUB

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

Hatch held back 50% off its tables for walk-ins so get yourself down and get involved.

Impossible

Walk-ins are available during the week and potentially on Sundays at Impossible.

Lawn Club

Complete with a brand new expanded outdoor terrace, Lawn Club will be accepting walk-ins.

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Piccadilly Tap

The craft beer house on Piccadilly approach is doing walk-ins from 1pm most days.

Rudy’s

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.

Tampopo

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.

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Trof

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

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.

YES MCR

Operating with walk-ins only, YES is back with two ground floor beer gardens and roof terrace. Open noon til late every day.

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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. 

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. 

Book

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. 

Book

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. 

Book

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

Book

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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