7 of the most Instagrammable outdoor dining destinations in Cheshire and Manchester

View from lavender fields of The Swettenham Arms in Swettenham

The Swettenham Arms is next to a picturesque lavender field - Credit: swettenhamarms.co.uk

From chic pastel pink backgrounds to stunning lavender fields, we’ve rounded up some of the most picturesque outdoor dining spots ensuring you can still get that perfect Instagram picture on your next booking. Be sure to check if they’re accepting bookings or if it's walk-ins only.


San Carlo, Hale, outdoor, covered terrace, with large blossom tree, surrounded by dinner tables

San Carlo have created an Italian inspired terrace - Credit: sancarlo.co.uk/restaurants/fiorentina-hale

San Carlo Fiorentina, Hale
Step into a tranquil Italian garden, right in the heart of Cheshire, where San Carlo Fiorentina in Hale has been transformed into a stylish escape inspired by the beautiful Amalfi Coast. A highlight is the 14ft blossom tree surrounded by sculptures and elegant florals, which really captures the essence of Italy. The outdoor terrace is sheltered and there are heating lamps to make sure that the English weather doesn’t dampen your experience.

Sunset by Australasia, Manchester  
The pastel colours and floral walls of the outdoor terrace here make the perfect picturesque backdrop for your next Instagram post. Currently on offer is a popular afternoon tea — delectable sweet and savoury bitesize treats that can be paired with a frozen pornstar martini, or a glass of wine or fizz. There's also an extensive cocktail list, making it the ideal place to catch up with friends. Just be sure to get that picture taken. 

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The Pheasant Inn, Tattenhall 
In Cheshire we are incredibly lucky to have some beautiful viewpoints, and when a dining destination takes advantage of that, they’re on to a winner. The Pheasant Inn is tucked away in a rural part of the countryside and combines delicious AA Rosette-awarded dining with delightful vistas. On a clear day you can enjoy magnificent panoramic views stretching across the Cheshire plain to the Welsh hills. A winning combination in our eyes. For those who enjoy countryside walks, The Pheasant Inn is the perfect ending point. From May 17, you can also soak up the relaxing atmosphere in one of the 12 rooms. 

Heated and lit up outdoor canopies at The Swettenham Arms in Swettenham at night

The Swettenham Arms have set up heated canopies - Credit: swettenhamarms.co.uk

The Swettenham Arms, Swettenham 
As well as going the extra mile for each diner, the team here has also transformed the area behind the pub into an outdoor dining space with heated and lit canopies. The biggest draw to this country pub? The stunning lavender fields next door. Not only do these emit a soothing aroma, reminiscent of times spent abroad, but they also make for fantastic photography.  Visitors from all over visit the vibrant two-acre field. Take in the picture-perfect scenery with a cocktail; if you can, book for sunset. We promise you won’t want to miss it. 

Lilac Cottage have created a secret garden

Lilac Cottage have created a secret garden - Credit: lostincheshire.co.uk

Lilac Cottage, Prestbury 
There is nothing better than discovering a hidden gem, and Lilac Cottage’s secret garden has to be one of them. The outdoor area has been transformed into a garden, with colourful florals, string lights and fires creating a warm and inviting space. Each table has its own heating, meaning you can enjoy authentic Mediterranean tapas and a glass of sangria with friends and not stress about being cold.

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Refuge by Volta, Manchester, outdoor terrace

Refuge by Volta have created a secret terrace - Credit: refugemcr.co.uk

Refuge by Volta, Manchester
One of Manchester’s favourite hangouts, The Refuge has unveiled a beautiful outdoor area in the courtyard. The heated and covered outdoor area is filled with plants, string lights and sound-tracked by some of the city’s finest DJs. It’s the ideal place to catch up and enjoy al fresco dining in the city. The Refuge has curated a selection of new dishes, including meat and fish sharing platters, and has also welcomed back their popular Sunday roast dinners. Tucked away in a side street, this is Manchester’s worst-kept secret. 

The Black Dog, Chester 
Thinking outside of the box is what the people behind The Black Dog have done. With plenty of outside space in the stunning countryside, they have taken socially distanced dining to a new level with amazing all-weather domes. The clear domes are an experience that needs to be tried and documented - how many people can say they've dined in a dome? Combined with the new summer menu, it's an experience to look forward to. 

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