July marks the start of graduation season, and probably the first time graduates have been able to celebrate their successes in summer since the start of the pandemic. The class of 2022 have undoubtedly had one of the most dysfunctional university experiences ever, with concurrent lockdowns, Zoom glitches and hampers of microwave meals dominating the so-called ‘best’ years of their lives.
But, despite this, many will graduate this month with A LOT to be proud of and it’s imperative that they bring Mum and Dad along to pay for a slap dash meal and a few glasses of fizz to celebrate!
This year, Manchester Metropolitan University’s graduation season runs from 19th – 28th July, The University of Manchester from Monday 11th – Friday 22nd July and The University of Salford from 18th – 22nd of July, and, if you’re looking for somewhere to toast your achievements, there are plenty of places to choose from across the city.
From free bottles of Prosecco, to overnight stays in some of Manchester’s very best boutique hotels, the Manchester venues listed below have got you covered!
Free Champagne and £30 Food Credit at The Alan
One of Manchester’s newest boutique hotels is offering graduates some sweet deals to celebrate their grades this year! With rates starting from £114 a night, The Alan is offering a free bottle of champagne in your room on arrival, and £30 food and beverage credit to spend on breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
You don’t have to stay over to reap the rewards either, as graduates will receive a complimentary glass of champagne when dining in the hotel’s restaurant. To redeem the stay-over offer guests must show a valid student ID at check-in, and if you’re just dining your booking must be for a minimum of four guests. A valid student ID for the year must also be presented on arrival. The offers are available on bookings up to Thursday 28th July and the dining offer starts at 5pm.
FREE Booze for Graduates at Zouk
Throughout July, Zouk will treat graduates to a glass of Prosecco, a bottle of Kingfisher, a house cocktail or mocktail when dining in its restaurant. The Indian eatery is just a stone’s throw away from Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Manchester, so it makes a great space to stop off for a celebratory graduation feast. To claim the free drink just include a note saying ‘Graduate’ in the special requests box when booking, and you and any other graduates in your party will be entitled to a free celebratory drink on Zouk with any main course.
Graduation Lunch Vouchers at WOOD
To celebrate the start of a very bright future, WOOD, Simon Wood’s flagship restaurant is offering Graduation lunch vouchers which graduates can exchange for a glass of bubbly on arrival at the restaurant, as well as the Masterchef winner’s Tasting Menu and nostalgic ‘sweet shop’ style dessert. The voucher is available to use Friday and Saturday between 12pm and 1:45pm. You must purchase one voucher per guest to redeem the offer and it expires on the 30th September 2022.
FREE Bottle of Prosecco at The Black Friar
Salford University graduates, this one’s for you! The incredible reimagined Salford pub, The Black Friar is offering free bottles of prosecco for graduates dining in this summer. The offer is available Monday – Friday this week and next and to redeem all you have to do is quote ‘Graduation’ in the booking notes when making a reservation.
Complimentary Champagne, 20% OFF Food at Bull and Bear
Located in the heart of Grade II listed Stock Exchange Hotel, The Bull & Bear by Chef Tom Kerridge is inviting graduates to celebrate their achievements on what was once the old trading floor of the Manchester Stock Exchange. The Bull & Bear team are offering a complimentary glass of champagne for the full table when booking a celebratory meal as well as 20% off the food bill.
Graduation Overnight Packages at Stock Exchange Hotel
Steeped in history at the Stock Exchange Hotel, guests can book to stay over if family and friends are travelling for the occasion. Graduation packages start from £280 and include a one-night stay for two including breakfast in The Bull & Bear, a set menu in The Bull & Bear for two and a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival. This offer will run between 12th – 29th July (Tuesday-Friday only) and ‘Graduation’ will need to be quoted upon booking.
50% OFF a 2nd Room at The Lowry Hotel
To mark graduation season in Manchester The Lowry Hotel wants to help you celebrate your achievement in style! The venue has put together a package to help you share your pre-and post-ceremony excitement with your nearest and dearest.
Book into any of its rooms in July or August and receive 50% off a second room (subject to availability)! This is a great deal for a luxury stay for both the graduate and their families wanting to celebrate the major milestone together. The Graduation package includes; two rooms, a Full English breakfast for three adults, and the option to add on discounted drinks (15%), dinner (15%) or Spa packages (£20%) – which must be pre-booked. Each booking will also receive a bottle of Champagne on arrival and the Graduate will receive a complementary congratulatory amenity from the hotel.
Bookings can only be made via phone call at 0161 827 4000, and you must ask for the Con-GRAD-ulations package.
Gift Cards & Exclusive Cocktails at Tattu
In honour of the class of 2022 graduating, Tattu is turning its majestic serve, the Celestial Dragon, from green to pink. The transformation is to represent all the students passing their studies with flying colours! The cocktail is also available for pre-order upon booking. As well as this, if you’re looking for a graduation present, you can grab a gift card for the award-winning, contemporary Chinese restaurant online.
Complimentary Glass of Fizz at Canto
Ancoats’ esteemed small-plates eatery, Canto is giving all graduates a free glass of fizz when dining at its restaurant this month. The restaurant is renowned for its Mediterranean-style tapas menu, which reflects the owner’s heritage and uses the freshest, seasonal ingredients sourced from local and continental suppliers. It also offers a specially curated selection of wines, spirits and beers to accompany its food. To claim the graduation offer you must call the restaurant on 0161 870 5904 and quote ‘graduation’.
FREE Bottle of Prosecco at Smithfield Social
Graduating this week? Smithfield Social is offering all graduates a free bottle of Prosecco when dining in its restaurant! Known for its great selection of small plates alongside twists on traditional pub grub, there’s plenty for everyone in the family – even the fussiest eaters. They’ve also recently launched a FROZEN Aperol Spritz, which will go down beautifully if you’re dining alfresco on Thomas Street in this delightful weather.
FREE Glass of Cava at La Bandera
Manchester’s dedicated Spanish restaurant, La Bandera is treating all graduates to a free glass of Cava this month. The award-winning restaurant’s menu is steeped in tradition and is based just behind Deansgate serving well-known Spanish classics, alongside family recipes and huge plates of paella that were made to be dined alfresco. To celebrate your success with a free glass of Cava, all you have to do is quote ‘Graduation’ in the booking notes when making a reservation.
FREE Bottle of Fizz at Elnecot for all Graduates
Ancoats’ neighbourhood bar and kitchen, Elnecot is generously giving graduates a free bottle of fizz this month when choosing to spend their evening at the restaurant. Known for its locally-sourced hyper-seasonal small plates menu, its open kitchen showcases the stylised talent of its chefs to an intimate room of no more than 100 people, who seem to come back time and time again to sample their well-crafted food. With everything from Crispy Pork Belly to Monmouthshire Coppa and Cornicons on its menu, it’s a great place to indulge after a day of celebrations.
Congratulatory Dessert at Firefly
Graduates can grab any dessert for FREE from Firefly’s dessert menu to celebrate graduation this year! The restaurant has an amazing menu of sweet treats to end your evening on a high, with all tastes catered for on the menu. The space comes to life at night with DJs and performers, too, making it a great place for a big graduation celebration complete with amazing food and drink.