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)
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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…
Have a lovely weekend!
*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.