Four top brunch spots in Manchester

If you don’t already know from my instagram, I am a huge foodie. I always look up menus before my visit, stalk the Instagram of new places and read magazine or blog articles before I visit a new place. So what better way to relaunch my blog than to write about a personal favourite… brunch!

Manchester’s food scene has really come on in the last 5 years, new coffee shops and restaurants popping up all the time, for both the health conscious guest but also for the more indulgent occassions. The increase in coffee shops has meant that brunch offers have also been increasing too.

With so many good offers around it is hard to whittle it down to only 4 but these are the ones I have been recommended as well as stumbled on myself and just completely fell in love with.

 

Another Heart to Feed – A brand new opening.

Inspired by the Melbourne, Australia brunch scene this is somewhere I was very keen to try. My boyfriend lived in Melbourne for a couple of years so I took him along too and he absolutely loved it.

I went for the Acai bowl (with banana, kiwi, berries, almonds, sesame seeds, coconut shavings, honey and granola) whilst my boyfriend opted for the smashed avo with feta, poached eggs, seeds, dukkah, beetroot hummus on sour dough bread and then we shared Pulled pork slow cooked with apple juice, maple syrup, served with chilli jam & slaw on a bagel (we were spoilt for choice so the third option was none negotiable)

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The service was amazing with a genuine interest in your day and how you found the food, the décor was cool and laid back and on a miserable March day it was somewhere to chill, listen to good music and enjoy really good food. With porridge, eggs, acai bowl and bagels there is a good selection available. Drinks wise we had coffee and ginger and lemon tea but they have a great selection of Australian beers and wines available too. I will definitely be returning soon!

This week Another Heart to Feed have launched a Yoga morning on Saturdays – it is £15 for a 45 minute Vinyasa class followed with an acai bowl and fresh OJ, be sure to try it out if you’re around.

 

Federal Bar and Café

Gaining a great name for itself and being recommended this by a friend I couldn’t resist. I have been a few times now and loved it each time. Federal is inspired by the Australian and NZ scene and has a laid-back feel (even though every time I have been people are queuing out the door to try it out!) and serves in my opinion great food and coffee. My personal favourite here is the halloumi & Shrooms (pan fried halloumi w/garlic & thyme roast mushrooms, free range poached eggs, spicy tomato relish, hazelnut dukkah mix with rocket on sour dough toast) I crave it so much I try and remake it at home but it never tastes the same… (I need the tomato relish recipe please!) The menu changes every month so if this is on I would definitely recommend! Also, don’t forget to give the homemade banana bread a try with their amazing flat white coffee!

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All Bar One

All Bar One has developed an amazing brunch menu and have just launched a bottomless brunch in participating sites which I am very excited to try but the classic brunch dishes I have tried do not disappoint. The new item ‘poached egg pot’ launched in February which is a big favourite of mine, check out my blog for All Bar One here.

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All Bar One also do an amazing brunch board for two with smoked salmon, eggs, avocado, beetroot hummus, feta, mushrooms – the list goes on and on. I love this idea as I can never decide on just one dish and being able to share all of my favourites with a friend seems the perfect way to do brunch.

 

The Refinery

The Refinery was originally launched by Drakes and Morgan in London. They have recently opened a Refinery in Manchester, Spinningfields and with a competitive bottomless brunch on offer it would be rude not to take my mum to this for a belated Mothers Day treat!

The weekend brunch menu has a good selection of pastries, pancakes and waffles, full English breakfast and a variety of eggs dishes such as; eggs benedict, smoked salmon and scrambles eggs and avocado on sourdough with poached eggs.

I went for the avocado on sourdough with poached eggs and my mum went for the full English Breakfast, both dishes were delicious.

We of course opted for the ‘bottomless brunch’ which is an extra £15 each for unlimited Bloody Marys and Bellinis (for two hours) – it was an occasion after all! The service was absolutely amazing and the cool, modern decor was really impressive and stylish! Topped with a great location and even better food it was a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

 

And Finally…

I know I said top 4 but I had to include home cooking in this too (I mean I am Manchester based after all). I love being in the kitchen at weekends and taking some time out to make dishes I may have been too busy in the week to make helps me relax.

Brunch is something I make every weekend, nothing too fancy just the standard poached eggs, smashed avo, tomatoes, mushrooms on wholemeal or sourdough bread goes down a treat in my house especially with a side of homemade OJ or a latte! Here is my attempt…

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Have a lovely weekend!

Sarah x

*Disclaimer alert* this blog is a little fun and from my personal experiences. I am not recommending these dishes as a Registered Nutritionist, this is purely written with my foodie hat on.  


The start of my yoga journey and some top tips for beginners.

Hi guys, this is a new one for me – my first yoga blog so any feedback is welcome!!

Yoga is a great form of exercise not only for your body but also for your mind. When I have been driving from meeting to meeting, or had a day with my head in a spreadsheet, yoga has helped me clear my mind purely focusing on breathing and a lovely yoga flow.

 

 

 The beginning of my yoga teacher training journey:

I have practised yoga on and off for around 4 years now but in August 2016 I decided to deepen my practise and start my yoga teacher training (eeek) I am now two thirds of the way through, hoping to be qualified in early summer 2017!

I was a little nervous at first I must admit having put it off for around a year thinking I wouldn’t be good enough and that it was too far out of my comfort zone, basically making excuses. However, since starting my course I have learnt that yoga is not all about mastering every pose or being the most flexible person in the room, it is much more than that. It has helped me learn to switch off from my busy lifestyle for at least an hour a day, it has taught me in high pressure situations the beauty of our breath and how it can calm us down and reset our thoughts, it has taught me to leave my ego at the door and look past the hand stands and splits and learn to trust my own unique journey.

 

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Below are a few top tips if you are thinking of starting yoga, if you get butterflies going to a new studio, always put your mat where the least amount of people can see you or feel disappointed when you lose the flow or fall out of a balance then read on!

 

  • Find a great studio that is highly recommended by someone you know or has excellent reviews. Facebook is a great platform for sharing experiences so see if they have a facebook page or review section on their websites. If you are in the Manchester area HotYoganics is the best I have come across by far.
  • Give the studio a call before you go, find out what you need, when is the best time to come and even share your current yoga experience with them to see if there are different level classes.
  • Drink plenty of water before the class and try and eat a couple of hours before. There is nothing worse than feeling dehydrated, especially if it is a hot yoga practise.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to arrive, especially if you haven’t been to the studio before. Get familiar with the surroundings, maybe even have a chat in the reception to the yoga teacher to get an idea of what the class will be like before entering the studio room.
  • Connect with your breath and try not focus on other people – it is very easy to compare yourself to others but remember everyone’s body is unique, know your body and your limits. Remember, in the western world people practise yoga for different reasons, whether it be strengthening, meditation or to improve flexibility, enjoy sharing your practise together but do not assume they are there for the same reasons as you.
  • Take sips of water and rest when you feel overwhelmed, a good teacher will always let you rest if you need to but they will motivate you to carry on just the same.
  • Practise at home once you have been taught how to get in and out of poses correctly by a qualified teacher then I find going home and practising that in the comfort and privacy of your own home quite fun and great for building confidence.
  • Enjoy the practise, Enjoy the music, Enjoy the Shavasana and the experience of yoga, don’t be put off if people are in headstands and you aren’t, if that is where you want your yoga practise to take you then the key word there is practise, trust the journey and your body.

 

I will be keeping you updated on my yoga teacher training journey with future blog posts but if there is anything you want to see specifically then please get in touch.

Namaste x