What better way to enjoy a socially-distant cocktail than 20 floors up looking out over the skyscrapers of Manchester?!
We’ve hand-picked the best rooftop bars for you to enjoy your favourite tipple from a height away from the riff-raff. Cheers!
The Ivy Spinningfields
Kick it off with a good one shall we!? Massive, eccentric and stunning even if the decor is a bit like a crazy grandma’s house. You know you’re in for a treat.
The Ivy Spinningfields, The Pavilion, Byrom St, Manchester M3 3HG
King St Townhouse
Let’s keep things boujee with a big ol’ swanky hotel, including infinity pool (although that’s not open right now, thanks, COVID). A cracking Instagram picture is guaranteed.
King Street Townhouse, 10 Booth St, Manchester M2 4AW
0161 667 0707
If like me the sound of a three quid pint makes you slowly turn your head, raise your eyebrows and lick your lips – this is the place for you. There’s also a pink room and pizza available but we all know you’re after that New York-style roof terrace. Plenty of live music too, you’re guaranteed a cracking (and messy) night.
YES, 38 Charles St, Manchester M1 7DB
Back to the fancy, head 20 floors up and you’re gonna get one of the, if not the best, view of the city. Perfectly Instagrammable you’ll find real trees up there on the 20th floor and plenty of men in blue Ralph Lauren shirts.
20 Stories, No 1 Spinningfields, 1 Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3EB
0161 204 3333
We’ll keep it fancy for a bit with Cloud 23. Not technically ON a roof but it’s bloody high so we’re keeping it in this list. If you’ve never been then I’m not sure what you’ve been playing at for all these years. Get up there with a cocktail.
Cloud 23, Beetham Tower, 303 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LQ
0161 870 1670
Lower Turks Head
Right back to the pub, a proper boozer and a cracking roof terrace while it’s at it. Also, it’s a corker of a sun trap, if we’re lucky enough to be graced with the sun again this year.
The Lower Turks Head, Shudehill, Manchester M4 1EZ
Perhaps you want a burger while you’re slightly off the floor (it’s only one flight up this one) or maybe you’re after those delicious rosemary salt chips – whatever reason you’re in for a good time. Especially when you can see Pedro’s over the road.
Honest Burgers, 36 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BT
Club Brass at Hotel Gotham
You’ve gotta be actually staying at the hotel to be treated with a seat on this rooftop but once you’re up there it’ll be worth it. Put your glad rags on, though, it’s a posh one.
Hotel Gotham, 100 King St, Manchester M2
0161 413 0000
Bit of a newby on the block, BrickHouse Social is tucked away off Oxford Road near Font. They’ve got posh kebabs, pizzas, brunch and of course a fantastic rooftop terrace. Which also has a cover for when it inevitably rains.
BrickHouse Social, 11-13 New Wakefield St, Manchester M1 5NP
0161 236 4899
While there may be a seemingly never-ending amount of outdoor options down in the Village, head straight to G-A-Y rooftop terrace. Now the view has been spoiled by some flats it’s the best spot for people watching.
G-A-Y, 63 Richmond St, Manchester M1 6JB
0161 228 6200
The Deansgate Tavern
A lively spot for a chilled pint and packet of crisps or pork scratchings. If Cloud 23 isn’t your bag, this is the one for you.
The Deansgate Tavern, 321 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LQ
0161 839 5215
Great John Street Hotel
This will have to be one you pop on your to-do list for now as it’s undergoing a massive renovation, which does mean it’ll be all swanky and new for when you do get the chance to have a cocktail some time next year!
Great John Street Hotel, Great John St, Manchester M3 4FD
0161 831 3211
You can now buy Angel Delight ice cream and it’s the ultimate nostalgia dessert
Our childhood dreams have come true!
Out of all the nostalgic childhood sweets in the world, Angel Delight undisputedly reigns supreme.
While no one is certain as to what Angel Delight actually is – it isn’t mousse and it certainly isn’t custard – the smooth and sweet dessert has proven to be a massive hit over the years, whether it’s devoured as a treat after tea or just as an afternoon snack straight from the pan.
But now, fans of the iconic dessert will be delighted (no pun intended) to hear that Angel Delight has been reimagined as a soft serve ice cream.
Money saving Facebook page Money Saver By Dansway was one of the first places to alert people of the revolutionary new ice creams, writing on its page that they ‘look and taste amazing’.
You’ll be able to find the ice creams at frozen foods retailer Iceland, who is selling 800ml soft serve versions of the popular strawberry and butterscotch flavours, both of are priced at just £3.
And better yet, the supermarket is currently flogging the ice cream tubs under its exclusive ‘two for £5’ offer, so you can stock pile the desserts to last you all the way through until summer.
Daniel Jalapour, Desserts Brand Director at Premier Foods, said: “The response we saw from shoppers when the Mr. Kipling and Ambrosia ice creams were announced was phenomenal.
“Iceland saw a 785% increase in shoppers searching for the products on their website before they were even in stores so we know fans will be delighted they can get their hands on the tubs all year round alongside our new Angel Delight Soft Serve Ice Cream tubs.
“Angel Delight has long been considered a classic nostalgic dessert and we wanted to give fans a modern and cool twist on the iconic taste.”
Andrew Staniland, Trading Director at Iceland, added: “Following the outstanding success of the Ambrosia and Mr. Kipling flavours reimagined into ice creams, we wanted to deliver yet another iconic brand into the mix, Angel Delight.
“We’re confident customers will be heading straight to Iceland’s ice cream freezers as soon as they launch next week to try out those old-time favourite flavours once again.”
COMING SOON: Traditional Chinese hot pot restaurant to open in the Corn Exchange
Hot pot is one of the most popular meals in China
Manchester’s Corn Exchange is set to get an exciting new addition in the form of HaiDiLao, a restaurant dedicated to the humble Chinese hot pot.
While the warming, potato-heavy Lancashire answer of a hot pot may immediately spring to mind, over in China they do things a little differently; a Chinese hot pot (火锅 huǒguō) consists of a simmering pot of soup and a selection of raw ingredients – usually meat, seafood, vegetables, tofu, and starches.
Diners then sit around the soup and add whatever ingredient they like to be quickly cooked within the boiling liquid. They then retrieve the cooked food items from the pot with wire ladles or chopsticks, and flavour them with individual dipping sauces.
The Chinese hot pot is believed to be over 1,000 years old and remains today as one of the most popular meals in China, as well as a fantastic means of getting the family together to share and enjoy some delicious food.
Well, Mancunians will soon be able to enjoy the novelty of a Chinese hot pot dinner thanks to the arrival of HaiDiLao, one of China’s most popular hot pot restaurant chains.
The restaurant was founded in Jianyang, Sichuan Province in 1994, by Zhang Yong, who started out working in a factory to make ends meet.
His restaurant came to life in a malatang booth with only four tables and an investment of 10,000 RMB, but was quick to grow in popularity.
Fast forwarding over two decades, and HaiDiLao boasts over 450 branches in countries including mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, and Japan, as well as Canada, Australia, and America.
Not much is currently known about Manchester’s debut HaiDiLao apart from the fact it will be taking over a spot in the Corn Exchange very soon. The London venue also operates as a delivery and takeout service, so we can expect similar things for its Manchester venture.
An opening date is also yet to be announced.
To stay posted with news and updates, however, head over to the official HaiDiLao Instagram page.
Cadbury unveils Orange Twirl Easter egg made entirely from orange chocolate
Yes, we’re writing about Easter eggs in January…
While most of us continue to recover from the vast amount of chocolate consumed over Christmas, Cadbury is wasting no time in preparing us for the next big chocolatey event…
Because believe it or not, Easter is creeping up on the horizon, so you’ll soon start to notice the supermarket shelves filling up with those delicious chocolate eggs.
And, not ones to waste any time, Cadbury is well ahead of the game with the unveiling of its Orange Twirl Easter egg.
The Easter egg is made up of a deliciously zesty milk chocolate and wrapped up in a gold and orange foil for optimum freshness.
And, better yet, the egg comes accompanied with two Orange Twirl chasers. Now that’s what Easter is all about.
The Cadbury Orange Twirl Easter egg is available to buy in Tesco and Iceland stores now.
Cadbury has a whole range of other Easter eggs on offer this year, including Creme Egg, Cadbury Fingers and the iconic Easter favourite, Mini Eggs.
And if Easter eggs aren’t really your thing, fear not! Because Cadbury has just launched its very own éclairs, complete with Dairy Milk chocolate and fresh cream.
The tasty treats, which are already been spotted in supermarkets by a number of excited Instagrammers, are described as being, ‘Choux pastry eclairs filled with cream and topped with Dairy Milk chocolate topping decorated with a Cadbury’s Flake.’
Yep, they even come with a Flake.
You can now buy a two-pack of Cadbury Chocolate Eclairs for just £2 in all Asda stores now.