Manchester Dining With a View
There are many benefits to be had from eating or drinking somewhere with an amazing view. A beautiful view would obviously make for a romantic date but it also offers a focal point, which can help break the ice or avoid silent moments later on, particularly during those awkward first few dates when you’re still getting to know each other. Alternatively, if things aren’t going well at least you’ll have something nice to look at instead.
As an industrial city Manchester may not be an obvious choice when planning such a date but there are surprisingly plenty of options that combine great food or drink with stunning views.
Manchester Restaurants With Great Views
There are few places with better food than Manchester House, celebrity chef Aiden Byrne serves high-end, fine-dining dishes from the restaurant. But before eating, guests can enjoy drinks with spectacular views of the city from the 12th floor bar. The view is particularly impressive after dark.
In the summer one of the best places to eat and drink is the sun-drenched terrace of The Mark Addy restaurant & pub. Their traditional British food can be enjoyed whilst taking in the peaceful, tranquillity of the river Irwell.
One of Manchester’s hidden gems is surely the roof top garden and lounge above Great John Street Hotel. Lucky hotel resident’s benefit from the hot tub and sun loungers but the remainder of the roof garden is open to the public to enjoy al fresco cocktails in a unique setting. The view even includes the Coronation Street set!
The 2nd Floor Restaurant in Harvey Nichols department store is one of the glitziest and most glamorous on the inside and has a view to match. The light, open dining room offers beautiful panoramic views of Exchange Square and Manchester Cathedral, which are even more impressive at night. Dining options range from elegant modern European to a more casual brassiere style menu.
The French, recently reopened by two Michelin starred celebrity chef Simon Rogan is located within the iconic Midland Hotel. Though it’s not the scenery that’s impressive here, the restaurant itself doesn’t even have any windows. But the stunning, globe-shaped crystal chandeliers are the centrepieces of a beautiful and opulent dining room. They’re every bit as impressive as a city or river view, with many guests finding them simply mesmerising.
On Cloud 9
The ultimate view has to be at Cloud 23, named after its location on the twenty-third floor of the Deansgate Hilton hotel. The north side overlooks the city and out to the moors while the south side looks across the Cheshire Plain. On a clear day you can even see the peak of Mount Snowdon in Wales! As if the view wasn’t enough, their cocktails are amongst the best in the city too.
So whether you’re going for a romantic date, looking for something to distract yourself or just want a bit of alone time there are plenty of places to do it with a lovely view.
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Shaun is a self-confessed food geek. He thinks about food most of the day and may be addicted to dining out. In the couple of years that he’s been writing about his experiences he’s reviewed over 150 restaurants, the majority of which are in Manchester and the North West area. But his ever growing list of places to visit is just as long.