4 Must Visit Hidden Gems North of Manchester

A lodge in the Guardian's 'top 10 takeaway picnic spots' that sells a 200 year old Lancashire pie, a re-purposed textile mill serving up giant French toast, and luxury ice cream on a canal that draws huge crowds.

By Manchester's Finest | 28 April 2021

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We recently sent our boy Matt White out of the city on an adventure using new app THE OUT to discover some of Greater Manchester’s best hidden gems. Powered by Jaguar Land Rover, THE OUT has made it their mission to take the stress out of car rental, by creating a hassle-free experience where one of their premium cars is delivered and collected to any location of your choice in an M postcode within 3 hours.

There’s F-Type Jags, the newest Defender and Range Rovers to choose from – Matt went with their luxury Range Rover Autobiography and headed to the first gem on his hit list…

Buckhurst Lodgeside, Bury

A pop-up timber cabin near Ramsbottom that recently featured in the Guardian’s top 10 places to buy a takeaway picnic in the UK. A real haven for wildlife that’s been serving walkers and passers-by refreshments throughout lockdown. It’s surrounded by stunning countryside, and they’ve even got their very own man-made beach! Whilst there Matt tried one of their Cissy Green pies – a hand raised, meat-filled delight that was apparently loved by Winston Churchill. Whilst there Matt tried one of their Cissy Green pies – a hand raised, meat-filled delight that was apparently loved by Winston Churchill.

Diggle Lock, Diggle

Then it was just a swift trip in the Range Rover, over to Saddleworth where Matt stumbled upon Diggle Lock, a re-purposed textile mill serving breakfast and brunch, whilst showcasing local artisanal products, including a Saddleworth soap and bread made just ‘over the hill’ in Marsden. They’re well known for their French Toast, a HUGE doorstop of bread that’s topped with an outlandish array of sweet toppings – with enough to feed 2 hungry people, easily.

Grandpa Greene’s, Diggle

Just a stone’s throw from Diggle Lock is Grandpa Greene’s Luxury Ice Cream, a canal side shack serving up homemade desserts and sweet treats. It’s pretty much the go-to spot in the area whenever the sun’s out, drawing in huge crowds for their award-winning ice cream. Watch Matt get stuck into two of their Easter egg hot chocolate specials loaded with Mini Eggs and Creme Eggs, and tell us you don’t want to head there immediately!

Castleshaw Reservoir, Oldham

After a brief stop to take in some stunning views by Castleshaw Reservoir in Oldham, it was time to head back to the city to drop the car off. THE OUT will pick your vehicle back up from any M postcode, so Matt aligned this with a meetup with another new local business who also do drops to their customers within the city.

Vin De Bodega (back in the city)

Four lads passionate about natural wine, who curate a weekly selection of small-batch wines from all over the world, and then deliver them directly to wherever you may be in the city. These guys have only been doing this a few weeks but have already quickly gained a bit of a cult following, seeing their drops sell-out each week, fast.


Get THE OUT of Manchester

This trip was powered by THE OUT. There are no hidden costs with THE OUT. Prices start from £144 per day, based on a three day rental driving a Land Rover Discovery Sport and everything you need is included in the fixed price – Unlimited mileage, additional drivers and fully comp insurance are covered plus you can choose from a selection of additional extras such as bike racks.