Just a little post to kick start the new week, dedicated to five new places I’m loving in Manchester. As most of you will know, Manchester is my hometown and I love sharing lots of bars, eateries and shops with you all as I discover them. Today’s favourite five aren’t exactly new places in the city, but however some of them are places I haven’t visited before and have impressed me up to now. And the others? Well they are just firm fave’s!
1. Yard and Coop
This is a fancy fried chicken place, if ever I have seen one before! When I first heard a dedicated buttermilk fried chicken restaurant was opening next to Common on Edge Street in the Northern Quarter, I couldn’t help but picture a shabby-chic cafe style eatery. Instead, Yard and Coop have impressed everyone by opening a rather cool, modern and chic place to dive into baskets of battered chicken. Wooden tables, fairy lights and metal stools all gather together in a large, open and airy restaurant, with a busy vibe yet a chilled out atmosphere at the same time. The buttermilk fried chicken comes in baskets of breast or thighs, stacked high in burgers, or tossed into delicious salad variations. There is also crumb coated Halloumi variations for those who don’t just want chicken. I visited here today, and tucked into the chicken breast basket with sweet potato chips and an Italian tomato and basil sauce. I have to say – as a battered chicken lover – it was delightful, and totally non greasy. I also spied some incredible milkshakes and deserts on the menu which I didn’t get round to trying. Next time!
2. Wagamama, Trafford Centre
Officially the biggest Wagamamas in the UK, the Trafford Center is now home to the pan-Asian favourite. The new restaurant seats up to 300 people, and boasts the new menu which launched not so long ago, ready for the Winter season. I’ve always been a Wagamama fan, but the new menu boasting a number of updates to the ramen and curry dishes was definitely needed, and I enjoyed a lovely beef masaman (which is usually one of my thai dish favourites!). I also spied a new beef ramen dish on the updated menu, which is joined by fried gyoza dumplings, seafood ramen, spicy firecracker curry and edamame beans. A lovely new restaurant to The Orient.
3. Wooly Knit Cafe, Saddleworth
A much more quieter and ‘countryside’ addition to my list is the Wooly Knit Cafe, nestled inside Saddleworth Industrial Estate in Diggle. Myself and my sister wanted a nice cosy coffee and lunch catch up, in which she took me to this place – and I would never normally have discovered it. It’s actually a wool shop, where handmade knitted jumpers and other wooly garments are made and sold at reasonable prices. The Wooly Knit Cafe sits at the back of the shop, where I indulged in the nicest hot chocolate, whipped cream and marshmallows, along with the fattest jacket spud with prawns and marie rose sauce. It reminder me of the cutest place to take your parents or grandma is venturing up to the scenic village of Saddleworth.
OK so this is one of my existing favourite places to go for food and drink, and is much more of a classy affair so to speak. I headed down to Artisan, in the middle of Spinningfields, to experience the new menu, which comprises a lot more of sharer style dishes for that ‘tapas’ type feel. I was happy to see that they kept the range of popular pizzas on the menu, but equally as happy to see lots of new starters and sharing plates/small dishes. I had some delicious sliders as my main meal – three burgers with different fillings and a side portion of american style chips, and myself and my guest selected a handful of small plates to share for our starters.
I genuinely love this place for it’s ambiance and vibe – a bustling place in a uber modern setting – and of course has the most tastiest cocktail menu! Oh and I forgot to add that the Sacchetto red wine we ordered too was ridiculously tasty too…
5. San Carlo Fumo
There is no point in me repeating myself about this place as I actually put together a post about San Carlo Fumo on a blog post here. If you love Italian food and you love tapas dishes, then there is nothing to dislike about this place. The marble tables and bars help the place look super classy and high-end, the authentic Italian waiters are attentive and helpful, and the food is just simply divine. From pizzas, pastas, sea bass, pork, steak and salads, there is an Italian twist to every culinary delight. Read about my thoughts over on my other blog post and check out some of the photos of the lovely food!
A side note from talking about food, although related to the mention of Yard and Coop, is that I am also so excited to share with you all that I’ll be taking my boutique to it’s third blog event this year at the end of November! Taking place in Yard and Coop, there will be an exclusive Bloggers Bazaar event held by The Press Tent, which will see myself and 4 other Manchester bloggers who have their own retail brands set up stalls and showcase our stock to the blogger crowds. The below is the advertisement graphic – I’m so excited for this! More information to follow, but I just wanted to add this in really quickly.
I hope this post has gave you a little bit more Manchester inspiration for November…