Mancs don’t ordinarily need much of an excuse to sit outside. As soon as the sun pops out from behind the clouds, we obediently take a pew outside the pub and bask in the rare rays for as long as possible.
But on Monday, Mancs will be flocking to beer gardens come rain or shine.
April 12 signals the reopening of outdoor hospitality in England – meaning hundreds across the city will be searching for Manchester’s suntrapscome closing time on Monday evening.
Ahead of the grand reopening, one local company has begun listing the best outdoor spaces in town.
Arlo Wolf has launched an interactive map featuring the beer gardens in Manchester that get the most sunshine.
Located in the railway arches of Deansgate, this industrial-style bar serves over 500 different types of gins from all across the globe – boasting a south-facing beer garden that invites in the sunshine.
A splendid canalside bar with a beautiful south-facing patio, Dukes has become a firm favourite with the Castlefield crowd and attracts big crowds every summer.
Dukes 92’s handsome neighbour The Wharf is also home to a large sun terrace that overlooks Castlefield Basin – with a huge selection of drinks and food available.
BrewDog, Peter Street
All the recent talk in Manchester has been about the upcoming BrewDog Hotel, but right now the top place to sip a pint of Punk IPA is on Peter Street – which has a small yet nicely-shaped outdoor terrace that catches plenty of rays.
The Corn Exchange & Oyster Bar
From Banyan Bar & Kitchen to The Cosy Club, The Corn Exchange’s restaurants will go al fresco from next week. The south-facing square is always a guaranteed hit in the summertime. There’s also Oyster Bar nearby – which has been firm favourite with locals for decades.
Scene Indian Street Kitchen
Located in the heart of Spinningfields and overlooking the River Irwell, Scene Indian Street Kitchen is relaunching next week with its sun-drenched outdoor terrace. Great-tasting grub and mouth-watering cocktails will all be on the menu.
The Oast House
Arguably Manchester’s most popular beer garden ever due to its size and stature, The Oast House is also apparently one of the likeliest places to get some sunshine. It’s going to be busy this summer, that’s for sure…
Impossible is home to a long, stretching outdoor terrace on the other side of Peter Street – and the venue is all set to relaunch on April 12 with a brand new menu. Bottomless brunch is also returning.
Welcome back, Manchester!
Incredible misty drone footage shows how Manchester earned its ‘Manctopia’ nickname
Drone footage captured from way above Manchester shows just how quickly the city has grown – and proves that our hometown is well on its way to earning its ‘Manctopia’ nickname.
Cast your mind back just a few years and you’ll remember that Beetham Tower stuck out like a sore thumb, towering many storeys above the next tallest building.
In fact, until just four years ago, the next-tallest building here was City Tower, which was a good 17 storeys shorter than Beetham Tower.
Then along came Renaker with visions for an entirely new skyscraper neighbourhood – Deansgate Square.
This group of skyscrapers now completely dominate the Manchester skyline, with the tallest building a massive 65 storeys tall.
South Tower is not only the tallest building in Greater Manchester, it’s also the 10th tallest in the entire UK, and the biggest outside of London.
It’s all led to Manchester being coined ‘Manctopia’, the name of a BBC documentary that followed property developers Capital & Centric as they redevelop buildings around the region.
One local photographer has managed to capture the unbelievable scale of our new, ultra-modern city skyline, with drone footage soaring among the skyscrapers.
Known on Instagram as @lef_tsotour, they shared a video taken on a misty Manchester morning.
It captures both Deansgate Square, with sun glinting off the many windows of the towers, and the now-dwarfed Beetham Tower.
You can also see the railway lines snaking through the city centre, cars nipping around the ring road, and the comparatively small apartment blocks around Castlefield.
Commenting on the video, one person said: “This is mint.”
Another wrote: “Fricken love this!!!!”
Featured image: @lef_tsotour
Question Time audience stunned as first-time buyer says mortgage quote DOUBLED
Thursday night’s Question Time audience could be heard audibly gasping after a fellow crowd member revealed that her mortgage quote had doubled followed the recent mini-budget.
Taping in Manchester on 29 September, the current events and politics programme was discussing property when would-be first-time buyer Rabia revealed that her mortgage offer had jumped from an initial amount of 4.5% interest to a shocking 10.5% in just a matter of days.
As you can see in the incredible clip, both the audience and the panel are taken aback at the revelation.
The Greater Manchester resident said she is desperate to know what the government’s plan for mortgages is as following the latest revision, she says she simply cannot afford to put the money down on her first home.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer weighed in on the social media reaction, quote tweeting the clip from his party’s own account and stating that “the Tories must get back to Parliament and reverse their kamikaze budget” as the current economic mess is being “paid for by working people”.
To make matters worse, Rabia was given no clarification from her lenders, only that they were pulling her offers. Conservative MP and Minister for Local Government, Faith and Communities, Paul Scully had little information to offer her either, simply stating it is a short-term effect and that the market will stabilise.
Scully was subject to an entirely different reaction from the audience as well after his blind attempts to defend Prime Minister Liz Truss and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng were met with laughter. Conversely, Richard Bacon was met with applause after he labelled the mini-budget “absurd”.
As if the anti-Tory sentiment wasn’t already at a high, the chancellor’s mini-budget – which saw the corporations, bankers and the generally wealthy benefit ahead of the working class – has seen fresh calls for a general election to be held as soon as possible.
Beyond declaring a so-called £2,500 limit on energy bills (which many have warned isn’t a guaranteed cap), there was seemingly very little in the way of policy that
For those still unclear as to what was announced in the divisive mini-budget, here is a quick summary:
Speaking in a speech at the Labour conference in Liverpool on Tuesday, Starmer said that the government “haven’t just failed to fix the roof, they’ve ripped out the foundations, smashed the windows and now they’ve blown the doors off for good measure.