We’ve put our heads together to come up with our top 15 best places for brunch in the city centre and beyond. What do you think?
Quite possibly my favourite brunch in the city, not only is Cottonopolis’ range of dishes brilliant, they also serve up a mean Bloody Mary that will have you clicking your fingers like a very rude man every 10 minutes or so to get a top up. The choice of Brunch dishes is pretty extensive, with a ‘Waffles’ section and a ‘Specials’ section on the menu. Waffles are of course of the Belgian kind and come generously topped with a variety of sweet or savoury toppings. Similarly, the ‘Specials’ choice consists of more traditional Brunch fare, but with a Japanese-Cottonopolis twist. Basically, buy their Pork Belly & Poached Egg Waffles, bottomless Bloody Mary’s and have the best Sunday ever.
Cottonopolis, 16 Newton St, Manchester M1 2AE
Home to probably the best breakfast sausage I’ve ever eaten, TROVE is not just a Levenshulme institution, it’s a Manchester one. They make their own bread, cakes, brownies, tables, cutlery, eggs and everything else in between. They do an awful lot and it’s all very, very impressive. Popping into TROVE on a weekend morning is a revelation, and one that will leave you both satisfied and yearning to come back. Last time I visited I was in a good mood for the rest of the day, which is highly unusual and so TROVE should be commended for that alone. Get them a blue plaque or something.
Trove, 1032 Stockport Rd, Manchester M19 3WX
Federal on the edge of the Northern Quarter quickly became one of the cities hottest for brunch thanks to the team poaching, toasting and Instagramming their way into the heart of Mancunians. Open daily from around 7.30am (8am at the weekends) with brunch served all day, and breakfast before 12. Think banana bread with vanilla mascarpone, halloumi and shrooms, or eggs any way on toasted sourdough. The independent and locally owned coffee shop brings Antipodean café culture to the rainy city through its varied range of breakfast and brunch options.
Federal, 9 Nicholas Croft, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1EY
Alabama’s All-American Eatery
If you weren’t looking for it you might miss Alabama’s, since the eatery appears above street level and is up a small flight of stairs. Once inside it’s bright and airy and you’d be forgiven for assuming you’d walked on to a set of a Wes Anderson film, as the colour palette is evocative of The Life Aquatic, with bright yellow seating and aqua blue walls that are tranquil and calming. The menu offers Breakfast all day and lunch, and there’s plenty to choose from including fluffy American pancakes, and a big American breakfast that includes a steak. Most breakfast items are huge enough to see you through til lunch (next week).
Alabama’s All-American Eatery, 10 Newton St, Manchester, M1 2AN
Much like it’s Altrincham-based sister venue, Mackie Mayor is pretty much designed for brunch, with a varied offering from the many food establishments adorning the exterior of their interior walls. There’s the always reliable Honest Crust, La Cucina and of course Tender Cow all serving up absolute scorchers. The atmosphere is great here too.
Mackie Mayor, Eagle St, Manchester M4 5JY
Find yourself in Chorlton and gagging for some brunch – then a no-brainer has to be The Beagle on Barlow Moor Road. This place boasts a solid brunch menu featuring everything from the Beagle Breakfast, with sausage, maple bacon, & chipotle beans, to breakfast burritos and pancakes. There’s a lovely covered outdoor seating area for when the sun’s out but it’s still freezing, and with brunch served between 10am-2pm each weekend, and the option of a fantastic Bloody Mary on the side, there’s not much not to like.
Beagle, 456-458 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 0BQ
If you’ve managed to spend the whole evening in Schloss, dancing on tables and drinking pint after pint of Weissbier, then the only course of action in the morning would be to head straight back there for one of the city’s biggest and most impressive cooked breakfasts – featuring a fantastic German sausage as its centre piece. The on-site bakery also makes the best bread ever, and the best cronuts ever. Basically, anything from the bakery is a winner.
Albert’s Schloss, 27 Peter St, Manchester M2 5QR
All the Shapes
All the way over in Prestwich, All the Shapes has been making ripples on the brunch front for a while now, so it’s probably about time you went to check what all the fuss is about. They serve Brunch from Monday – Saturday until 4pm and their menu is extensive. They have all the usual hits such as Poached Eggs, Smashed Avo, Bacon – all done with an attention to detail which leaves many city centre establishments in the dust. But there’s also a few ‘wildcard’ additions which shouldn’t be ignored. Of course, Huevos Rancheros should be sampled, as well as their fantastic Chorizo Hash or Corn Fritters. It’s all good really, you won’t be disappointed.
All the Shapes, 8 Warwick St, Prestwich, Manchester M25 3HN
A Manchester institution, Koffee Pot at the top of Oldham Street have been serving the great hungover masses of Manchester for absolutely ages now and they’ve got it down to an art. They have plenty to choose from including their massive Floppers (£16) breakfast, which even the fattest brickie would struggle to finish. I personally go for their Scottish brekkie but that’s because I love haggis more than most things in the world. Team it up with a tin of Irn Bru or Tizer and you’re sorted.
The Koffee Pot, 84-86 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE
Zouk have just recently started offering brunch, which is a bit of a revolution if you ask me and something I’d never have thought I wanted – Indian brekkie. They offer a range of dishes, all with an Indian twist, including the Maharajas Breakfast and their Bollywood Benedict. My personal fave is their Mumbai Breakfast Bun – a fried egg sandwich with chorizo and sautéed spicy potatoes served in a brioche bun. Amazing.
Zouk Tea Bar & Grill, 5, The Quadrangle, Chester Street, M1 5QS
Served from 10am till 3pm every day, the Common Brunch has received many accolades in the past including being mentioned in The Guardian’s ’50 Best Breakfasts in the UK’ and The Sunday Times’ ‘North West’s Best Brunch Spot’. The menu is rather impressive, with a slight Mexican twist that includes Tostadas, Frijoles on Toast and a brilliant Potato Hash. You can’t really go wrong here, and if you can manage to finish off their ‘Stephen Fry’-up and not feel like going back to bed for 2 days, you’re a better person than I.
Common, 39 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HW
Another Heart to Feed
Another Heart To Feed is an absolute gem in West Didsbury that takes over West Village by day to serve up some brilliant Melbourne-inspired dishes. Smashed avocado is a speciality here, topped with a perfectly poached egg and a smattering of beetroot hummus. They’ve also got some great new dishes on their menu including a fantastic Falafel number and an excellent posh Chorizo Beans on toast. A class act all round.
Another Heart to Feed, 220 Burton Rd, Manchester M20 2LW
An absolute institution in itself, Trof is always a very safe bet when it comes to food – especially brunch. Served until 4pm, you can scrape yourself out of bed any time and still get that order in and when looking at the menu, you’re going to be damn happy you made the effort. Their English Brekkie is fantastic and comes in both Veggie and Vegan variations too. I’m a massive fan of their Chorizo Hash which is good enough to make even the most miserable drunkard happy. Trof is always a great place to sit, relax and chat, eat some good food, slurp some cocktails and listen to some great tunes.
Trof NQ, 8 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1EU
They’ve only recently started doing Brunch at Volta but they’ve already managed to pretty much nail the whole thing firmly on the top of the head. First of all, their Bloody Mary’s are out-of-this-world good, with a scale of 1-10 of hotness that just gets better and better the higher up the scale you go. In addition, the menu is simple yet exciting, with a Lamb Shawarma Hash which should be eaten by everyone, and a melt in the mouth Sticky Chorizo and Baked Egg dish which I could just marry. Get yourself out on the terrace and go wild.
Volta, 167 Burton Rd, Manchester M20 2LN
Since opening Fress has been blasting every restaurant in the area out of the ball park with their selection of seasonal dishes and award-winning brunch. Sitting down with their Smashed Avocado with some crispy bacon and an ice-cold Bloody Mary is pretty much better than sex – mostly because when you’re hungover, the idea of flopping around while sweaty and naked definitely doesn’t appeal – but stuffing your face does. I don’t know anyone who has ever said anything bad about the food here at Fress and with good reason – it’s fantastic.
Fress, 62 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE