We love summer in Manchester. Our city might not always be basking in blue skies and sunshine but, according to a recent BBC weather report, it was hotter than Spain last weekend.
Next week we’ll probably be back to soggy hair and dodging puddles but these past few glorious days of summer weather have got us thinking about basking in the sunshine, Pimm’s and lemonades and sticky BBQ fingers.
So if you fancy kick starting the warmer weather, here are the best barbecues in the city for you to get your grill on.
King Street Townhouse – Posh Nosh
Rooftop terraces rarely disappoint, especially when they offer stellar views, optimal sun exposure and an air of exclusivity. The south terrace at The King Street Townhouse is perfect if you’re booking out the place for a friends reunion, family gathering or an office summer party. Plus, they’ve just brought out a sizzling new BBQ menu. Why not skip the iced latte queues in Starbucks and opt for a complementary glass of ice cold Pimms or glass of bubbles to toast to the glorious Manchester sun. There’s room for 150 patrons, so go ahead and bring your friends and followers too. You’ll be able to watch the sun set over the Manchester skyline as your food crackles on an open fire. The space transforms into a garden of Eden in the late afternoon, tempting you with BBQ jerk chicken and champagne instead of apples.
£40 per person
Dukes 92 – The Popular One
Converted into a bar in 1991, Dukes 92 is the perfect spot for a BBQ in the summer months. When the weather gets warmer, drinkers and diners of all ages-within reason- from Dukes or its sister restaurant Albert’s Shed, popped down for a sun sesh at this pristine canal side location. With optimal sun exposure, sleek stainless steel decor and a lively crowd, the terrace always makes for a good time. The gallery space upstairs and balcony can be cordoned off and made available for private hire. There are two outdoor cooking stations so you can watch your food being grilled fresh whilst you sip on a champers or two. Amazingly, for a terrace that has 4730 seats, you’ll be lucky to find one without a bum come summer.
Average £12 per person
Great John Street Hotel – The Adults’ Playground
This place’ll give any BBQ a feeling of VIP. If you really want to push the boat out, there’s an exclusive area on the rooftop terrace that can be booked out. Do it like the Beckhams and take a dip in your own private hot tub whilst sipping on a glass of prosecco and noshing on a gourmet burger. For those of us who don’t have that kind of cash straight off the bat, the regular terrace is pretty top notch and there’ll be plenty of BBQs come the summer.
£40 per person
Manchester Smokehouse and Cellar – The One for those Rainy Days
What do you do when you fancy heading down to the park with your booze and disposable tray and it’s raining (well, this is Manchester). What do you do? Take inspiration from the Yanks over the water and bring the barbie indoors. Manchester Smokehouse and Cellar takes flavoursome food, award winning beers, live music and blends them all perfectly to create a sticky pork shoulder, smouldering beef brisket, tantalising rack of ribs kind of experience every time you visit. It’s the place to go for a real taste of the American south – arguably the birthplace of BBQ.
Average £15 per person
Big Smoke £38 for two
The Liquor Store – The One to Start the Weekend
Setting up a barbecue and outdoor bar on their terrace every Friday from 4pm, The Liquor Store invite all you hard workers and busy grafters of Manchester along to enjoy some damn fine barbecued food, cocktails, beer pong and the usual quality selection of tunes. Wash away the stresses of the working week with plenty of Moretti and a handmade bacon cheeseburger from the open BBQ. The Liquor Store boasts a cracking outdoor patio with laid-back decor and all-day sunshine when the weather’s good. You’ll even get a tan. Maybe.
Average £10 per person
Reds True BBQ – The Super Meaty Smoky One
Ever walked down Lloyd street and noticed that smell? It’s the smell of smoked meat that permeates the walls of Reds True BBQ. Step through the imposing wooden doors of the former shipping agent’s building and be transported into a twisted fairground of meaty worship. The whole place is inspired by U.S. BBQ road trips and deep southern flavourful food. Each dish is smoked fresh by award-winning pitmasters and it’s this smoking process that makes the place so unique. They’ve mastered an authentic smoky BBQ flavour which is as delectable in each mouthful of pulled pork and beef brisket as the smell is through the building. Their BBQ trays like the baby back ribs and BBQ wings are perfect to order take away, pop them in the back of the car and drive out to make the most of the Mancunian sunshine.
Average £15 per person
Platt Fields Park – The One to DIY
If you’re a little strapped for cash, you’ve not got your own back garden, or you just fancy an escape from the city’s innumerable skyscrapers and construction zones, then this is one green space that’s got you covered. The park includes a couple of basketball and tennis courts, a BMX track, and a well-equipped skate park if you’re feeling active. If you’re feeling romantic, there’s a large boating lake to set sail and seal your love. Or, if you just fancy kicking back on the grass with your DIY disposable BBQ, there’s plenty of room for that, too.
£ Whatever you choose to pay