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Alfresco Dining Spots to Enjoy in Manchester

Holly Eliza Temple

The roadmap out of lockdown is well underway, and supporting local venues has never been more important. With retail and outdoors hospitality set to open on 12th April, we’ve put together a few of Manchester’s restaurants and bars that we’ll be booking first, to enjoy alfresco dining after restrictions ease. 


Elnecot, Ancoats
Open outside from 12th April
A neighbourhood bar and kitchen in the heart of former textiles district Ancoats – now home to an eclectic mix of contemporary food and drink venues – Elnecot serves up a menu of small plates and mains celebrating British ingredients, as well as Sunday roasts. Reopening their outside seating on the bustling Cutting Room Square from 12th April, tables are available to book now via their website. Elnecot’s gastronomic brunch dishes include wild mushrooms on toast with goat’s cheese and black garlic emulsion, as well as an evening menu featuring Scottish lobster pancakes, baked prawns with gnocchi, and sirloin steak from retired dairy cows. 

Zitano, Chorlton
Outside terrace open from 12th April
Situated at the end of Chorlton’s quaint Beech Road, Zitano is a restaurant and bar offering a taste of the Mediterranean in Manchester. With an extensive menu boasting small plates and mezze platters, chargrilled mains and Neapolitan pizzas, the restaurant is opening up its sun-trapped terrace space from 12th April for bites to eat and drinks (take a look at their impressive cocktail menu here!). As it gets dark, you can even expect blankets, heat lamps and fairy lights for that holiday feeling that we’re all craving. Book a table for April onwards here.

Corn Exchange, Exchange Square
Outside seating from 12th April
Offering Edwardian grandeur with a contemporary twist, The Corn Exchange houses a diverse mix of restaurants and bars, to satisfy everyone’s tastes. Situated in the centre of the city on Exchange Square next to Manchester Cathedral, The Corn Exchange restaurants reopen their outside seating from 12th April. With food and drink from easy-pleasing favourites Pizza Express, Zizzi and Pho, as well as local stars like Delhi House Café, Mowgli and Tampopo, we can look forward to soaking up the Manchester sun (hopefully!) outside this grand, restored 19th century building. You can book a table with outside seating at The Corn Exchange here.

The Old Abbey TaphouseHulme
Beer garden open from 12th April
A “community hub in a pub”, The Old Abbey Taphouse is part of a community interest company carrying out important social projects in Manchester – as well as serving the city with classic good grub, drinks and grassroots events.  The Taphouse’s beer garden is back from April, cooking up pizzas, burgers and sandwiches as well as local beers and everyone’s new favourite tipple – natural wine. Book your table and support one of Manchester’s favourite community venues here

Withy Public Hall Institute, Withington
Opening TBA
Also a registered community interest company, WPHI have been transforming the neglected Withington Public Hall over the past few months, into what will be launched as a community venue for food, drink, creativity and activity. With the space’s launch postponed due to the latest lockdown, the team behind Withy Public Hall have been keeping local residents looked after with takeaway pizza from Basilico, local beer and houseplants. With the ease of lockdown only days away, we can’t wait to see what WPHI have got planned for the hall and outside space on Burton Road. 

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