Nine of the best brunch spots in Manchester.
It’s taken me a while to get on board with brunch. There’s just so much I don’t like about it. I don’t like how expensive it is, I don’t like how it’s somehow managed to eclipse the wonder that is the all-day breakfast and I certainly don’t like the small portions (if I’m so rough that I’ve slept through breakfast then avocado on toast is not going to do anything for me).
Thankfully, when brunch hit Manchester our fair city did what it does best and took a ridiculous concept and made it bigger and cheaper. These eateries have shown me the error of my ways and turned me into everything I swore I’d never be; a lady who brunches.
1) Bottomless Brunch River Cruise, Pier 8, The Quays
Summer is well and truly upon us and there’s all kinds of good weather heading our way. And as tempting as it is to park ourselves in a beer garden until we sizzle, weather like this calls for something a bit more…celebratory. Like a boat!
On August 3, Fever is inviting brunch fans to meander down the Irwell on its first-ever brunch cruise! Bottomless bubbles will be flowing for an hour after departure and guests will be able to chow down on a selection of mini-bagel sliders, with meat and vegetarian options*, provided by Eat New York. All while taking in the beautiful sights over the historical canal. Head over to Fever to book your tickets and make it an afternoon to remember.
*Vegetarian guests must select the vegetarian ticket option when booking.
2) Porky Pig, Copper Street
Porky Pig has come up with the ultimate hangover cure, a full English breakfast served in a Yorkshire pudding! The ‘meal’ consists of a giant Yorkshire pudding filled with sausage, egg, bacon, hash brown, mushrooms, grilled tomato and beans and is available all day every day; now that’s our idea of brunch. 7 Cooper St, M2 2FW
3) Platzki, Great Northern
The restaurant offers a modern fusion twist of flavours from Poland. The concept was created by two food fanatics who took a humble Polish potato pancake and turned it into a taste fest. And with breakfast being arguably everyone’s favourite meal of the day, Platzki’s brunch menu is perfect for those who are tired of eating the same old avocado on toast. Platzki is open from 12pm every Wednesday to Sunday. F, 255 Deansgate, M3 4EN
4) Moose Coffee, Central
The modern diner serves American-style breakfasts and 25 different brunch dishes, from pancakes to potato hashes, including seven choices for eggs benedict alone! Known as Manchester’s worst kept secret, diners should expect to wait for a table any day of the week but can enjoy one of their life-changing coffees while they wait. Moose is open from 8am every day. York House, 20 York St, M2 3BB
5) Pieminister, Northern Quarter
BRUNCH.PIES. Yes, for £20 diners can choose from their range of brunches, including pies and skillets (with vegan options, of course), and enjoy 90 minutes of unlimited Prosecco, Aperol Spritz, Bloody Marys or Mimosas. Brunch is served every two weeks on Saturdays between 11am – 12.30pm or 3pm – 4.30pm. To book a table, click here. 53 Church St, M4 1PD
6) The Koffee Pot, Northern Quarter
Koffee Pot has been serving up hearty breakfasts and other much loved British classics to the good people of Manchester for more than ten years and prides itself on its no-nonsense attitude to food. Their fry-ups are famed for their hangover curing properties and their Smoked Kippers, Haddock Rarebit and Haggis have made the Koffee Pot the go-to-caff for the best brekkies (and brunches) in Manchester. Brunch is served Monday to Friday 7.30am-4pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm. 84-86 Oldham St, M4 1LE
7) The Beagle, Chorlton
Popular with locals and visitors alike, The Beagle offers the typical tasty fry-up, which can be made vegetarian or vegan, and even a kids brunch. And for those who want their brunch with an exotic twist, there’s the mouthwatering breakfast burrito or smashed avocado and frijoles on toast. Or go bottomless for £25 per person and enjoy unlimited Bloody Marys, Mimosas, Schofferhofer or tea and coffee. Brunch is served on Saturdays 9.30am- 3pm and Sundays 10am-3pm. 456-458 Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton, M21 0BQ
8) Brewski, Mosley Street and Chorlton
The self-proclaimed home of North American comfort food, Brewski’s brunch menu is simple and very satisfying. With the option for a Full-English or American breakfast as well as deep-fried avocado and steak and eggs, there’s only one way you’ll be leaving Brewski and that’s FULL. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays 10am-2pm. unit 1, 58 W Mosley St, M2 3HZ and 537-539 Wilbraham Rd, M21 0UE.
9) Evelyn’s, Northern Quarter
If you want to kill your hangover with kindness, Evelyn’s is just the place. The cafe, bar and restaurant serves all the usual suspects for breakfast, lunch and tea but with a touch of the Asian continent. Their veggie-heavy brunch menu includes a health-giving green bowl with kale, spinach, quinoa but also offers pancakes and a mini fry-up because sometimes quinoa just won’t cut it! Brunch is served Monday – Saturday from 9am-5pm and on Sundays 12pm-late. Halal-friendly options are available here too. G18 Tib St, M4 1NB.
9. Banyan, Spinningfields
Banyan gives brunchers the chance to indulge themselves with a dish from its selected brunch menu and receive unlimited Prosecco, Coors, Bloody Marys and Aperol Spritz. And on Sunday, they roast! Diners can upgrade their bottomless brunch to a beautiful roast dinner and unlimited red wine for and extra £5 per person. Choose from half roast chicken or roast beef, served with Fluffy roast Maris Pipers, crushed swede and carrot, seasonal greens, Yorkshire pudding and, of course, gravy. Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday 11am – 3pm. Click here to book. Vantage Point, Ground floor, Hardman Street, M3 3PL.
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