Support your locals this spring.
It’s been a long, long road (around six months, to be precise), but Manchester’s restaurants are set to fling open their doors and fire up the kitchens once again. Injecting a little bit of life in the city centre’s streets this spring, many of our favourite foodie spots have transformed the front of their venues into summery outdoor terraces, allowing customers to drink and dine in the open-air. It’s become something of a novelty for us Mancs after our glorious Mediterranian summer last year – which saw bustling alfresco dining across the city – and we’re ready to re-welcome the concept all over again with open arms. From casual drinking spots, to the perfect places for a special treat this spring, here are just some of the best outdoor terraces in Manchester to check out this April (you might want to book them fast!).
1. The Oast House
Re-opening their fantastic all-year-round outdoor space this April 12th, The Oast House is back – with ample seating and their wonderful food and drink menu. From burgers and hanging kebabs to cocktails and an array of beers, guests will be able to enjoy the bar and restaurant’s usual offering while soaking up the Manchester sun. Bookings are open now here. The Oast House, The Avenue Courtyard, M3 3AY.
2. Crazy Pedro’s
Crazy Pedro’s has created two wonderful outdoor terraces to enjoy this summer, one on Bridge Street and one in the Northern Quarter. Serving up a new bottomless menu, the much-loved pizzeria will be offering up endless slices of pizza, red cups of margs and beers this summer, with bookings open for both Manchester restaurants now. Crazy Pedros, Short St, M4 1AA | 55-57 Bridge St, M3 3BQ.
3. El Gato Negro
‘Tapas on the Terrace’ is here, providing a little slice of Spain right here in Manchester city centre. Creating a gorgeous new terrace on lovely King Street, El Gato Negro is now taking bookings for their brand new outdoor dining space, serving up a specially curated menu of signature tapas dishes, wines, desserts and more. Book here. El Gato Negro, 52 King St, M2 4LY.
Canto created their lovely outdoor terrace just last summer, and it’s set to return this April. The Portuguese tapas restaurant will be serving up a seasonal menu of beautiful tapas dishes, with cocktails, wines, beers and more on the menu, too. Bookings are open now, and you can secure your table here. Canto, Cutting Room Square, Blossom St, Ancoats, M4 5DH.
Brand new to Swan Street, Ramona is set to open its doors IRL for the first time ever this April, with a seriously cool beer garden, campfire and margarita bar. At the outdoor space, guests will get to enjoy their saucy Detroit pizza, which is already a huge contender in Manchester’s ever-competitive pizza scene. Stay tuned for updates on their Instagram here. Ramona, 40 Swan St, M4 5JG.
6. Escape to Freight Island
Last summer’s biggest new opening is returning on April 12th, with their huge outdoor space welcoming guests back for food, drinks and entertainment. Visitors can enjoy NYC-style pizza with Voodoo Rays, tasty burgers at Patty Queen’s and ice cold pints with Camden Town Brewery, as well as a roster of live entertainment which is set to return this summer, too. Book here. Escape to Freight Island, 11 Baring St, M1 2PZ.
7. The Refuge
Expanding their restaurant outdoors for spring, The Refuge has given their alfresco space a revamp for their reopening, with a specially curated menu of dishes to enjoy. Think meat and fish sharing platters, a number of the Voltini classics and their famous Sunday roasts. Book here. The Refuge, Kimpton Clock Tower, Oxford St, M60 7HA.
8. The Ivy
Launching a botanical heated terrace especially for this spring, The Ivy Manchester will reopen on April 12th, with a limited number of tables for outdoor dining. Guests will be able to enjoy their Brasserie menu ahead of their wider restaurant reopening in May, with both food and drink available to enjoy. Book here. The Ivy, The Pavilion, Byrom St, M3 3HG.
If there’s one place we’ve missed deeply, it’s Rudy’s. Re-opening their pizzerias this spring, guests will be able to take advantage of their lovely Mediterranian-style terraces, which are complete with outdoor heating and ambient lighting. Rudy’s has outdoor terraces at both Ancoats and Peter Street, and you’ll, of course, still be able to takeaway if you prefer. Book here. Rudy’s, 9 Cotton St, Ancoats, M4 5BF | Petersfield House, Peter St, M2 5QJ.