Widely considered to have overtaken Birmingham as England’s second most influential city after the capital; Manchester is a hotbed of entertainment, restaurants and activities. With many global franchises opening flagship outlets in the northern city, there is cuisine from every corner of the planet. Here, I will discuss how best to use one day to enjoy Manchester’s finest food offerings.
Breakfast – Home Sweet Home
Located on a side street adjacent to the bustling Northern Quarter; Home Sweet Home is a barely contained secret of the city. The breakfasts range from the traditional full breakfast to the sweet and devilish donut French toast. However, the stand out choice on the breakfast menu is the Sun Devil Scrambler, a potent mix of potato, onion, salsa, eggs, peppers, chorizo, cheese and sour cream. A simmering way to start your food adventure in Manchester.
Lunch – Soup Kitchen
With three more meals to follow after this, the lighter options offered by soup kitchen are ideal for this food-a-thon. The ever changing list of home-made and homely soups keep punters coming back for more. Throw away all preconceptions you have about soup borne from the can – fresh ingredients make for a fantastic, wholesome meal. The pea and ham soup (it’s basically pea soup with strips from a gammon joint thrown on top) is a particular highlight.
Afternoon Tea – Rosylee
One of the newest additions to the Manchester food and drink culture; Rosylee is a charming tea house on Stephenson Square. The afternoon tea menu eschews the boring fare offered by Manchester’s hotel scene and offers unique sandwiches and homemade scones. The interior demonstrates a modern twist on a classic English style and is complete with a function room upstairs. Rosylee scores an extra point for employing the prettiest waitress in Manchester – an unfortunately nametag-less brunette.
Dinner – Nawaab
Manchester’s culinary offerings would not be complete without a visit to an Indian restaurant; the city boasts a full mile dedicated to Indian cuisine. However, venturing a bit further out of town will serve you better when visiting Levenshulme and the iconic Nawaab restaurant. Serving upwards of 500 diners a night, Nawaab employs a vast team of chefs dedicated to keeping everybody happy. The Nawaab kitchen team are also available for external events for those wishing to add Indian authenticity to their parties.
Supper – Sugar Junction
For something sweet at the end of a hard day eating, look no further than Sugar Junction. Employing four bakers to craft beautiful and delicious cakes and gateaux; Sugar Junction is the late night stop for something sweet. The hazelnut hedgerow is exceedingly advisable.