Heaton Park's Scenic Summer Lakeside Dining Domes on Manchester's Only Boating Lake

Manchester’s largest park with its 18th-century Grade I-listed Heaton Hall, has revealed their summer Lakeside Dining Domes and Summer Picnic menu...

By Manchester's Finest | Last updated 9 August 2022

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Fitted with shaded glazing and air conditioning to keep guests cool, the Lakeside Dining Domes are available to book for a unique Afternoon Tea experience and a soon-to-be-launched summer evening menu. The Lakeside Dining Domes will soon be opening up a later booking slot throughout the summer so guests can dine in the evenings up until 7pm.

The Lakeside at Heaton Park is the perfect destination to spend the warmer and longer days with family and friends. For those who want to get out on the water and explore the lake and its scenic surroundings, Heaton Park Boats offer a range of hire boats, from the family-friendly Swan Pedal boats to traditional rowing and all-new Electric craft, for a more leisurely cruising experience.

With stunning views of the lake and park surroundings, Afternoon Tea in the Lakeside Dining Domes is the ultimate treat. The private dining dome’s Afternoon Tea menu features several afternoon tea choices, including a Vegan Afternoon Tea, all carefully curated by Heaton Park Cafés to offer the perfect balance of quintessential classics, and some imaginative variations of all-time favourites.

The traditional signature menu includes a Classic Afternoon Tea with a selection of delicious sandwiches, a free-range Heaton Scotch Egg and a Homemade Signature Sage and Onion Sausage Roll. Sweet offerings include indulgent Chocolate Brownie with Salted Caramel Ganache, Homemade Victoria Sponge, House Scone with Homemade Jam and Vanilla Chantilly and a Baked Meringue with Pineapple and Passionfruit.

The Vegan Afternoon Tea features Homemade Vegan Scotch Egg with Red Pepper Centre, Homemade ‘Not so Sausage Roll’, Pulled Barbecue Jackfruit and Crisp Lettuce Sandwich and Tofu and Watercress Mayonnaise Sandwich. Desserts include Homemade Vegan Victoria Sponge, Pistachio Carrot Cake, Vegan Scone with Homemade Jam and Plant-based Cream and Fruit Jelly with Pineapple and Passionfruit.

The Afternoon Tea menus are £23.95 per person and served with a pot of English breakfast or speciality tea or regular hot drink, such as a barista-crafted coffee made with the unique Life Café Blend Coffee Beans. The Dining Domes can seat up to six.

For little ones, there’s an exciting Children’s Afternoon Tea served on a decorative wooden boat – children can choose from fruit juice (apple or orange) or a Babyccino. To eat, they can enjoy a Manchester Bee Sandwich, Sausage Roll, Mini-scone with Homemade Jam and Cream, Homemade Victoria Sponge and Chocolate Brownie Bites.

In the evenings, they also offer the Heaton Park Summer Picnic package which includes a Roasted Cauliflower Mac & Cheese with a molten Camembert, a Free-range Heaton Scotch Egg and a Homemade Signature Sage and Onion Sausage Roll. There is also a selection of delicious salads, from Mediterranean Pearl Couscous salad, Classic Caesar salad and the Harissa Chickpea and Orange salad. Sweet offerings include indulgent Chocolate-filled Churros – with Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Orange Sauce and Cookie Crumble, plus a Homemade open Sconce with Vanilla Clotted Cream and Champagne Strawberries. There is also a vegan offering and children’s menu available.

Heaton Park is a historic area on the edge of Manchester and is the perfect setting for a family day out. There’s something for all ages with an Animal Centre to a Tram Museum, play areas, bowling greens and delicious food and drink options curated by The Stables Café and The Lakeside Café.

Also this Summer, Heaton Park will be offering a 10% DISCOUNT on their boats using a promo code between 28th July 2022 and 5th September 2022…

  • SWANBOAT22 – Valid on Swan Pedal Boat bookings on Monday-Thursday only.
  • ELECTRICBOAT22 –  Valid on Electric Boat bookings on Monday-Thursday only.


To make a reservation for Afternoon Tea…

Book A Dome

Book boating here…

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For any queries about reservations or anything else with the Heaton Park Dining Domes ring this number: 0161 706 1253