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The best restaurants in Manchester for an extra special date night

The absolute best dining experiences you’ll find in and around the city.

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Ranging from no-fuss casual to fine dining Michelin Star cuisine, we’ve compiled this list based on what we reckon are the best spots you’re going to find in our fine city for an extra special date night.

Mana

Of course we have to start with the restaurant that gave Manchester it’s first Michelin Star in over 40 years. Everything on the menu is sourced from our rainy shores and all is prepared and delivered through an open kitchen. Gastronomic delights include dishes like wild trout roe, oysters poached in chicken fat, monkfish liver and a caviar and sea urchin chawanmushi.

Where The Light Gets In

Based in an unassuming loft space that was once an old coffee warehouse in Stockport Old Town, these guys don’t have a fixed food offering, but instead their guests are invited to experience their ever-evolving  menu which changes day to day – all results in how we respond to changes in the weather and conditions at sea.

Wolf At The Door

Spread over 3 floors this relaxed Northern Quarter spot takes a laid back approach to fine dining and delivers it at a cost that won’t break the bank either. The basement space houses their ‘Innovation Room’ right next to their kitchen where you’ll find chefs and bartenders exploring flavours and techniques alongside their guests.

Tattu

Taking a contemporary approach to Chinese cuisine with western flavours and techniques sprinkled in for good measure, Tattu has been Spinningfields’ best spot to dine by miles ever since they opened their doors back in 2015 . Theatre is very much present in this impressive space, with a huge cherry blossom tree taking centre stage, and an evolving wall of live tattoo art.

Bar San Juan

Hands down the best spot you’ll find for authentic Spanish tapas anywhere in Manchester. They don’t take reservations and other than its bright red and yellow facade, this tiny restaurant on the bottom of Beech Road in Chorlton is pretty low-key. This is one for the bucket list, if you don’t mind waiting for a table that is.

The French

Despite what the name might suggest, The French focuses on modern British cuisine with locally sourced produce. Set in a truly exquisite Grade II listed building , you’ll struggle to find a more appropriate setting in Manchester for a fine dining experience. 

Erst

A sophisticated but relaxed neighbourhood spot that concentrates on seasonal small plates and natural wines. It’s a place for all occasions – pop in for a drink or a couple of dishes at the bar or sit down in the restaurant for a special occasion with friends and family, neither scenario will leave you feeling out of place.

Hawksmoor

Widely regarded as Manchester’s number one go-to steakhouse, Hawksmoor’s reputation is well deserved and a tough one to beat. They source their meat ethically from carefully reared British cattle breeds and deliver an indulgent menu inside a stunning Grade II listed courthouse.

Baratxuri

This family-run tapas restaurant over in Ramsbottom serves up an ever-changing menu of Basque country delights. In recent years its been the driving force bringing an influx of foodie fans to the town.

Enxaneta

A fine dining experience located above Tast on King Street designed to take you on a culinary journey across Catalonia.

The Creameries

It’s all about bread, cheese and wine at The Creameries with a heavy zero waste policy. Expect carefully curated dishes using locally sourced ingredients fresh from the market at this Chorlton-based restaurant.

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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!

Alex Watson

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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

20 Stories
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.

Tattu

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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The Manchester restaurants open for bookings from July 4th

Not long to wait now…

Alex Watson

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We’ve made a list of the restaurants, bars and pubs that are set to open this weekend on July 4th.

Under the new rules, it’s likely things are going to look a little different when we get there! 

Be warned though, if you’re planning a trip out for dinner or a pint, you can only meet with one other household with a maximum of six people indoors.

For beer gardens and other outdoor spaces, the rules are similar with a six-person capacity on a group however they can be from more than two households.

Deansgate

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Cloud 23
Bar and restaurant bookings are available from July 6th.

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Manahatta
Accepting pre-bookings on July 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th.

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Spinningfields 

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20 Stories 
Bookings are available from July 4th. 

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The Ivy 
The Brasserie, Ivy Asia and the Roof Garden will be open from July 4th.

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Oast House
Indoor & outdoor bookings are available from July 4th.

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The Alchemist
Bookings are available from July 4th. New York St, Spinningfields & Media City, however, there will be a reduced menu with some new items too.

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The Refinery
Bookings are available from July 4th.

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Banyan
Bookings are available from July 4th.

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Crazy Pedro’s
Opening July 4th. No bookings required.

Ancoats 

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Mana
Bookings are available from July 4th.

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Elnecot
Bar and restaurant bookings available from July 4th.

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Jane Eyre
Bookings are available from July 4th. Each table will have a two-hour time slot.

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Edinburgh Castle
Bar and restaurant bookings available from July 4th.

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Rudy's/Facebook

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Rudy’s
Restaurant bookings are available from July 4th. Going live on July 1st.

 

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Erst
Bar and restaurant bookings available from July 15th.

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NAM
Bar and restaurant bookings available from July 4th.

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Peter Street 

Asha's/Facebook

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Asha’s
Restaurant bookings are available from July 4th.

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Three Little Words
Bar and restaurant bookings available from July 9th.

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Albert's Schloss/Facebook

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Alberts Schloss
Cook Haus and Bier Palace bookings available from July 4th.

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Almost Famous

Almost Famous
Bookings are available at Great Northern from July 4th. NQ site to follow in coming weeks but dates are to be confirmed. 

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Peter Street Kitchen/Facebook

Peter Street Kitchen
Bookings are available from August 1st.

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Northern Quarter

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Ciaooo Pizzeria
Restaurant bookings are available from July 4th.

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The Bay Horse Tavern
Bookings are available from July 4th.

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Cane & Grain
Bookings are available from July 4th.

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Trof NQ
Bookings only policy. Available from July 4th.

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Cottonopolis
Bookings are available from July 4th. New Brunch & Evening Menus. Not offering Bottomless Brunch deal yet. £10 deposit per table.

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Yard & Coop/Facebook

Yard & Coop
Restaurant bookings are available from July 4th.

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Brasserie Abode
Bar and restaurant bookings available from July 4th.

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BAB
Restaurant bookings are available from July 8th.

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Common
Restaurant and bar bookings are available from July 4th.

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The Pen & Pencil
Restaurant bookings are available from July 8th.

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Crazy Pedro’s
Opening July 4th. No bookings required.

 

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Dakota Grill & Bar
Restaurant and bar (and hotel) bookings available from July 4th.

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Tariff & Dale/Facebook

Tariff & Dale/Facebook

Tariff & Dale
Restaurant and bar bookings are available from July 4th.

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Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn
Bookings are available from July 4th. Reduced menu. 

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Seed & Cherry
Open to sit in from July 4th.

 

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The Foundry Project/Facebook

The Foundry Project
Restaurant and bar bookings are available from July 4th.

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Albert Square 

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Tampopo/Facebook

Tampopo
Restaurant bookings are available from July 4th.

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Hampton & Vouis/Facebook

Hampton & Vouis
New dishes are available. Dining bookings available from July 4th.

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First Street 

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Wood Restaurant Group/Facebook

WOOD
Restaurant and bar bookings are available from July 4th.

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Bunny Jacksons
Not taking bookings. First come, first served from July 4th.

Victoria

Mamucium/Facebook

Mamucium/Facebook

Mamucium
Restaurant and bar bookings are available from July 4th.

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Oxford Road 

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Zouk
Taking bookings from July 4th.. 1.5 hour time slots available.

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The French
Taking bookings from September 1st.

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Don Giovanni
Restaurant and bar bookings are available from July 4th.

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Chorlton 

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Zitano
Restaurant bookings are available from July 4th.

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Bar San Juan
Walk-ins are available from July 4th.

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Henry C/Facebook

Henry C
Open from July 9th. Booking recommended.

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The Font Chorlton/Facebook

The Font Chorlton/Facebook

Font
Open from July 4th. Booking recommended.

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Didsbury

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Alberts Didsbury/Facebook

Alberts Didsbury
Bar and Restaurant bookings available from 5th July.

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Greens
Restaurant bookings are available from July 4th.

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Another Heart to Feed/Facebook

Another Heart to Feed/Facebook

Another Heart to Feed
Now taking reservations for July 4th & 5th.

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Folk Cafe Bar/Facebook

Folk Cafe Bar/Facebook

Folk
Bar and Restaurant bookings available from July 4th.
WhatsApp: 0161 445 2912

 

The Metropolitan/Facebook

The Metropolitan/Facebook

The Metropolitan
Bookings are available from July 4th.

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Proove Pizza West Didsbury/Facebook

Proove Pizza West Didsbury/Facebook

Proove Pizza
Restaurant bookings are available from July 4th.

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Piccolino Restaurants/Facebook

Piccolino Restaurants/Facebook

Piccolino
Bar and Restaurant bookings available from July 4th.

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Altrincham

Victors Hale/Facebook

Victors Hale/Facebook

Victors Hale
Restaurant bookings are available from July 4th.

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The Con Club/Facebook

The Con Club/Facebook

The Con Club
Restaurant bookings are available from July 4th.

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Withington

Wilderness Record Store/Facebook

Wilderness Record Store/Facebook

Wilderness Record Store
Opening up from July 6th.

Salford

Vero Moderno/Facebook

Vero Moderno/Facebook

Vero Moderno
Restaurant bookings are available from July 4th.

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Worsley

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George’s
Bookings are available from July 4th.

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