The Best Spots for Al Fresco Dining This Season on King Street

As the weather warms up, there’s no better way to enjoy the outdoors than by dining al fresco. King Street offers an array of delightful spots perfect for an outdoor dining experience. Here are the best spots for al fresco dining this season on King Street.


Welcome to El Gato Negro, an award-winning tapas restaurant and bar located in a historic, converted three-story townhouse on King Street, in the heart of Manchester city centre. Chef patron Simon Shaw and his team craft acclaimed tapas, blending modern and traditional Spanish flavours and techniques. Their seasonally-influenced dishes are made from the highest quality ingredients, often sourced locally. Complement your meal with a superbly-chosen range of Spanish wines, sherries, spirits, tonics, beers, and cocktails. Enjoying a meal at El Gato Negro is a truly immersive experience in Spanish cuisine, perfect for a summer evening out.


With the growing Catalan community in Manchester, Tast brings the high-quality food and culinary expertise of Barcelona to King Street. Opened in July 2018, this modern, contemporary restaurant offers three distinct dining experiences under one roof: a bar, a casual restaurant, and fine dining. Chef Paco Perez and his team provide a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere where the minimalist decor allows the food to take centre stage. Whether you’re looking for a casual bite or a sophisticated dining experience, Tast offers a delightful taste of Catalonia, perfect for summer evenings.


At Franco Manca, good food takes time. Since opening their first pizzeria in Brixton Market in 2008, they’ve championed slow-rising sourdough pizza and properly sourced, seasonal ingredients from small suppliers. Each pizza is a testament to the philosophy that small farms equal big taste. When dining at Franco Manca, you’re not just enjoying a meal; you’re supporting sustainable farming practices and enjoying ingredients that are close to the land. It’s a perfect spot for a laid-back, delicious al fresco dining experience.

This summer, treat yourself to the best al fresco dining experiences King Street has to offer. From the vibrant tapas at El Gato Negro to the sustainable sourdough pizzas at Franco Manca and the sophisticated Catalan cuisine at Tast, there’s something to satisfy every palate. Enjoy the warm weather and the culinary delights that await you on King Street.