The longest day has been and gone, so I’m pretty sure that means summer is over and it’s all downhill from here. Or maybe not. July and August are often some of the warmest months over here in the UK, so there’s plenty of time to find great places to eat and down while enjoying the sun, whether that’s a rooftop bar or a snazzy new restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows.
The past month has given us plenty of new launches across the North, with bars in Liverpool and some fantastic high-end venues in Manchester. This month we have Korean BBQ in Stockport, Italian food in the brand new (and set to be huge in the coming months and years) Deansgate Square, news about the sure-to-be-excellent upcoming Craft Beer Festival, wine tasting and showy bars in Liverpool and a lot more.
As ever, eat, drink and happily enjoy some of the best food and drink in the whole of the UK.
Here are our picks
Manchester Craft Beer Festival returns to Manchester in all its glory this summer. On 22 and 23 July, you can celebrate craft brewing at Freight Island in the Depot Mayfield, by sampling a selection of beer from over fifty breweries.
Maray x Track, Unit 18 Piccadilly Trading Estate, Manchester, M1 2NP - Visit now
Award-winning Middle-Eastern-inspired Liverpool restaurant group, Maray, are about to venture into Manchester with a new restaurant this summer. Ahead of this, they’ve partnered with Mancunian local heroes Track Brewery to create a delicious new light, fresh beer titled Maray Pale.
Treehouse Manchester, Blackfriars Street, Manchester, M3 2EQ - Visit now
A Treehouse hotel is coming to Manchester, featuring a rooftop bar that offers stunning views of the city. The developers’ goal is to make guests feel like they are in their own ‘secret forest’ and if our visit to Treehouse London is anything to go by, the people of Manchester are in safe hands.
Three Little Words, 12-13 Watson St, Manchester, M3 4LP - Visit now
The roasts here are prepared by some of the city’s most talented chefs and come in a variety of options: slow-cooked pork belly, roasted topside of beef, chicken supreme with crispy golden skin or the weekly vegetarian special.
Mamasan Liverpool, 24 College Ln, Liverpool, L1 3DS - Visit now
The latest venue joining the rooftop bar hedonists is Mamasan, itself a relative newcomer to Liverpool having opened its doors in May 2021. This year, they’re making the most of their roof terrace with The Roof Garden experience, taking place every week, from Thursday to Sunday.
We are lucky to be spoilt for choice when it comes to fresh, delicious and independent food choices in the centre of Manchester. Nowhere is this presence felt more than in the Northern Quarter. Join John Ryan on this taster walk as you eat your way through the back streets learning about the local history and culture as you go.
Learn about the different styles of gin and distil your very own bottle with Gin School at the Spirit of Manchester Distillery.
Join gaffa Katie for a tasty venture into Nomadic Beers vegan brewery where you’ll learn about the brewing process as well as sampling the final products.
Learn a series of healthy, cheap and heart warming dishes in this new series of cooking sessions based in Wakefield.
Sample the best artisanal ciders, (and an intriguing Perry) Leeds has to offer in this new Craft Cider Tour.
Expect everything from community feasts, vintage markets, water sports, live music and performance, right across MediaCity and Salford Quays this September. A new free festival for everyone.