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Restaurant Bar and Grill, Manchester

Whether you’re looking for end-of-the-day refreshments, evening cocktails or simply some al fresco food, Manchester’s Restaurant Bar and Grill has a place set for you on its rooftop terrace - a stunning spot overlooking a quiet street.  

Still concerned about the weather? Don’t be. There’s a retractable awning to protect you from the rain, and blankets and heaters available to keep the cold air at bay, so the only things that are chilled are the drinks.  

Dining is a very cosmopolitan affair, with traditional British cuisine joined by US-style street food and Asian-spiced seafood dishes. As you’d expect from a grill restaurant, there’s a superb range of beef dishes, including chateaubriand, 55-day-aged steaks and surf-and-turf.  They’re a superb treat for a romantic night out or celebration, but there are two-course lunches for £15 too.  

Do try to leave some room for pudding - baked cheesecakes are a speciality amid various seasonal wonders on the sweets trolley. 

There’s space for 80 and the terrace is open all day, so whether you fancy a coffee in the morning, lunch or dinner, there’s a great opportunity to enjoy the weather and fragrant, jasmine-lined rooftop.  

In a country where we supposedly can’t control the skies above, The Terrace goes a long way towards remedying that problem. Evoking a city garden, it’s a little spot of green amid the bustling city. That it happens to serve some of the best food and drink in the city means it’s one outdoor treat the weather can’t spoil.

Secret Garden Cinema, Liverpool

Snuggling up for a movie with a partner is romantic enough. But combine that with a night under the stars and you’ve got the recipe for a perfect evening. Liverpool’s Secret Garden Cinema is not only giving film-lovers the opportunity to watch a range of rarely-seen classics on the big screen, but it’s doing it all in a secret space in Liverpool city centre. Oh, and did we mention that there’ll be a wood-fired pizza oven?

Using reclaimed spaces - and giving film buffs a more immersive experience than they might expect at their local multiplex - is increasingly popular. Instead think deck chairs and views across Liverpool’s impressive skyline.  

Already scheduled for September are nostalgic classics such as The Goonies, Grease and Dirty Dancing among more gritty celluloid, including Reservoir Dogs and Taxi Driver. It’s not just the stuff you might remember from your childhood either - Oscar-nominated Birdman and The Imitation Game are also playing. Gemma Morrow of Secret Garden Cinema says Liverpool hasn’t previously seen anything like it.  

“Everyone has a favourite movie, one that you can watch over and over again so why not join us for this unique film experience, take in the spectacular views and watch your favourite classic movie under the stars? Whether that is enjoying a Hollywood blockbuster with friends or cuddling up to a rom-com, Secret Garden Cinema has a movie for everyone.”  

“Because we can’t guarantee the weather, ponchos and blankets are provided and you don’t have to worry about comfort. Luxury deck-chairs are provided and the area is turfed. Plus, to ensure you hear everything in crystal clarity, there are headphones to cut out the sound of the city.”  

Be ready to be in your seats by 7.30pm to make sure you get a good spot as films start by 8pm. There are walk-ups on the night if there’s spare seating, but booking is advised.

The venue is literally within a stone’s throw of Liverpool Lime Street, so you can grab a pre or post-movie bite to eat.

Bridge Tavern, Newcastle

There are plenty of nightspots with rooftop gardens in Newcastle, but few of them boast quite the location of The Bridge Tavern. Nestling right underneath the city’s iconic Tyne Bridge, this smart pub and micro-brewery is a great place to meet friends or enjoy an evening for two.  

Jog up the stairs to find a second bar and a terrace with heaters. While the streets below are busy, this space is a surprisingly tranquil oasis and a great place to start your evening of adventure.

Of course, there are plenty of reasons to stay put. The venue has a growing reputation for serving good food. The bar snacks - know here as bar bait - certainly reel you in. Pork fried peanuts and Lindisfarne oysters served raw or beer battered will whet the appetite.

One of the charms of this place is that it retains the authenticity of a proper pub. This is a superbly social space, a fact reflected in that menu once again. Sliders-to-share feature prominently and there’s a plank for most tastes and dietary requirements.


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