Now that the days are lighter (and here’s hoping, sunnier), we thought we’d garner some of the city’s best hot spots for brunch in Manchester. From the traditional fry-up to the not-so-conventional menus, spring into action and treat yourself to some lovely foodie weekends.
Having opened the city’s first dedicated venue for afternoon tea with the Tea Room, The Midland is now shaking up its offering by adding a new menu to the fold – brunch. Providing the same classic experience, with the elegance of its Midland-branded bone china, white tablecloths and beautiful cake stands, brunch will offer up a twist to its afternoon tea counterpart, serving up mini portions of dishes such as waffle with crispy streaky bacon and maple syrup, baked eggs with chorizo, spinach and portabella mushrooms and Brioche French toast with cinnamon to name but a few. Brunch at The Midland will be available every day from May 13th, 10.30am-1.30pm, at £19 per person.
Not your conventional brunch, but completely delicious all the same. Zouk have recently announced their brand new brunch menu, offering Nashata; a traditional Indian breakfast. Available every weekend from 9am to 1pm, foodies looking for something different can expect authentic, hearty recipes, cooked up with a contemporary Indian twist. The brunch menu also features savoury plates (£6.95-£9.95). Brimming with eggs, seekh kebab, turkey rasher, spicy tomatoes, mushrooms, spiced beans and kulcha, this Indian equivalent to the full English is warm and heartening. With vegan spiced mushrooms flavoured with fragrant spices, and vegetarian-friendly Instagrammable Bombay baked eggs. If you’re hoping to avoid the heat, try the Virgin Eggs and Smoked Salmon, served spice-free. Zouk also offer sandwiches (£7.95) with eggs Benedict served on a toasted muffin and layered with sautéed spinach. To drink, there’s an array of breakfast smoothies and refreshing tipples, such as a Virgin Mary or Mimosa.
Still very much the talking point of Manchester, The Ivy Spinningfields serves up breakfast (until 11.30am Monday-Friday, 11am Saturday-Sunday) and brunch in Manchester (from 11am weekends), featuring quite possibly the most extensive menu we’ve ever tried to browse. As well as fresh pastries and toast, crumpets and preserves, the beautiful establishment also boasts The Ivy Full English Breakfast, complete with smoked streaky bacon, Cumberland herbed sausage, fried hen’s eggs, black pudding, roast plum tomatoes, grilled flat mushrooms and baked beans, and The Ivy Vegetarian Breakfast, featuring grilled halloumi, avocado, pached hen’s eggs, hollandaise, potato hash, flat mushrooms, roast plum tomatoes, watercress and baked beans. From eggs, any way you like them (we’re talking Eggs Benedict, Eggs Royale, Folded Ham and Cheese Omelette, buttermilk pancakes and eggs scrambled, poached, or fried), The Ivy also offer a light and healthy menu, with gluten free options, Caramelised Ruby Grapefruit and Kippers. And we haven’t even started on the weekend brunch menu, which features the likes of starters such as Crab and Avocado Tian, served with picked white crab, soft herbs, watercress and a Bloody Mary sauce, and Avocado and Spinach Benedict, with Chips (£10.95). With a menu as grand as this, it goes without saying
What’s more, The Ivy will also be running their ‘Sunday Series’; a new monthly installment which will see DJ takeovers, specials cocktails, sharing dishes and themed entertainment across the day.
One of our favourite new-comers to Mancheser, Dishoom have graced the city with a whole new breakfast and brunch menu. Served from 8am-11.45am on weekdays, and 9am to 11.45am on weekends, wake up and smell the spices with Dishoom Manchester’s cooked breakfast, which is said to be inspired by the Parsi bodybuilders – whose portraits still hang from the walls of Yazdani café. Choose from Kerjriwal (£5.90 – two fried eggs on chilli cheese toast), Parsi Omelette (a three egg omelette of chopped tomato, onion, coriander and green chilli), or if you’re feeling particularly ravenous, tackle The Big Bombay, laden with Akuri, char-striped smoked streaky bacon, peppery pork sausages, masala baked beans, grilled field mushroom and buttered, home-made buns (£11.90). It would be difficult to bring up Dishoom Manchester’s breakfast offering without mentioning their Naan Rolls, each of which are freshly baked by hand and contain either sausage, egg or bacon and egg.
Manchester’s most boho beir haus offers breakfast and brunch too, so you can start as you mean to go on. Served from 8am to 11am Monday-Friday, and from 9.30am-11.30am on weekends, Albert’s Schloss feature warming bakes, breads and breakfasts. Choose from a simple but delicious Coconut Porridge (£6), with jumbo oats, spiced apple, golden raisins, chia seeds, sour cherries, toasted coconut and walnuts, or a Royal Breakfast (£14), made up of kaiserwurst, treacle cured bacon, sunnyside eggs, portobello mushrooms, beans, grilled tomato, potato rosti, and sourdough toast. For the vegetarians out there, there’s also a Veggie Royal Breakfast (£12), made up of veggie black pudding, sunnyside eggs, portobello mushroom, grilled halloumi, smashed avocado, grilled tomato, potato rosti and sourdough toast. As well as the usual array of teas and coffees, Albert’s Schloss also offer a £5 shake, and you can choose between ‘mighty malt’, ‘strawberry’, ‘schokolade’ and ‘oreo’.
Passionate about coffee and with a breakfast/brunch menu which is vibrant, colourful and tasty, Pot Kettle Black is tucked away in one of Manchester’s most beautiful little hideaways; Barton Arcade. Their menu provides a traditional take on breakfast, with scrumptious offerings, such as Eggs Florentine (£8.50), Chorizo and Scrambled Egg Tacos (£10.00) and Merguez Eggs (£10), made up of spiced lamb, tomatoes and poached eggs with feta, parsley and mint, and a house flatbread. For lunch, which is served from 12pm-4pm, Pot Kettle Black also offer Wild Mushroom Flatbread (£9.50) and a Vegan Poke Bowl (£9.50), with rice noodles, pickled carrots, avocado, edamame beans and a rice vinegar dressing. They’re not only one of our best places for brunch in Manchester – they’re also one of our best kept secrets.
Pot Kettle Black
A well-established Mancunican institution, Koffee Pot sits at the top of Oldham Street and serves up breakfast and brunch. With bennies, pancakes and fry-ups (known to cure even the most horrific of hangovers), catch the weekend menu (from 9am-3pm) featuring recipes from all four corners of the UK. From the English corner we have the nation’s favourite KP Full English (£8.95), while from Scotland we have the Big Yin (£10), made up of dry-cured bacon, sausage, MacSween Haggis, black pudding, square sausage, free-range egg, totty scone (kudos to those who know what that is), grilled tomato, and a slice of fried bread. From the Wales, Koffee Pot offer a Welsh Breakfast (£10) with a twist on the classic fry-up, featuring pork and leek sausage, Penclawdd cockle and laverbread cakes, and from the Emerald Isles, there’s the Ulster Fry (£9) featuring potato cakes, black and white pudding and soda farl – even extra points for knowing this one. For vegetarian/vegan diners, guests can enjoy The Vegan Royale (8.95) with two ‘Good Life’ award winning sausages, hash brown, grilled tomato, mushrooms, roasted peppers and butternut squash, baked beans, vegan black pudding and two slices of toast. Definitely one of the best spots for brunch in Manchester.
Ah, sweet Alabama’s. Having been closed for too long, we’re more than happy to welcome this beauty home. With an enviable breakfast/brunch menu and buildable sides, Alabama’s is a staple destination in our definitive guide. As well as a collection of indulgent shakes and cocktails, for breakfast, we’d recommend trying the Breakfast Burger (£9.50), which comes in the form of a breakfast muffin with a sausage patty, smoked streaky bacon, fried egg, hash brown, homemade relish, hollandaise and chipotle mayonnaise. With over five different ‘Benedicts’ to choose from, we’d opt for the Eggs Royale (£9), with two soft-poached free range eggs, smoked salmon, hollandaise and parsley. Alabama’s also offer hot plates and light bites, but we can’t name drop this institution without mentioning their ‘sweet stacks’, which can be delivered as either three stacks of buttermilk pancakes or four vanilla waffles, served with a choice of toppings, although we’d recommend the PBC (£9) – smooth peanut butter, chocolate sauce, chocolate flakes and Chantilly cream.
If you’re looking to brunch in Manchester, head to Lawn Coffee. Just on Princess Street, Lawn Coffee is a beautiful little corner, offering all sorts of fabulous brunch temptations. From Smashed Avo (£6), served on sourdough with a choice of eggs to Steak and Eggs (£15) served with 6oz Sirloin, egg, hashbrown and bernaise sauce, Lawn Coffee also provide a selection of wraps, sandwiches and sweet treats. We’d recommend the Belgian Waffles (£7) served with caramelised banana and toffee sauce with vanilla ice cream.
Weekends in the city call for brunching, and few hotel restaurants do it better than Mamucium, sat beautifully just within Hotel Indigo Manchester. Offering a selection of brunch dishes, served with hand-crafted cocktails, guests can choose and brunch dish and bottomless drinks for just £19.95. With a tempting selection of hearty breakfast dishes, Mamucium offer diners a choice of sweet and savoury dishes, such as crushed avocado on freshly baked sourdough – tossed oyster mushrooms and sumac, Manchester smoked salmon on American pumpernickel with cream cheese, eggs Benedict with parma-ham on a Lancashire oven-bottom muffin. You can even upgrade for an extra £4.50, conquering the steak and Burford Brown eggs, padron peppers and hand-cut chips, finished with avocado oil. For those with a sweet tooth, there’s also a decadent French toast with maple syrup and fresh berries.