I don’t know about you, but I bloody love brunch. For those that don’t know brunch is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a meal usually taken late in the morning that combines a late breakfast and an early lunch”. What is better in this world than having a time for food between breakfast and lunch. Previous to brunch 11am had no purpose except to remind us how long along ago breakfast was and how far away lunch still is, then some clever so and so went… WAIT… we could be eating right now and so brunch was born!*
Since realising the joyousness of brunch I have dedicated myself to discovering the best brunch joints in Manchester. Now the way the restaurants seem to come and go in Manchester my work is never truly done, but I wanted to share my top three picks so far and to invite you to maybe join our new Manchester Brunch Club?
1. Cottonopolis – something a little different
I adore Cottonopolis, normally reserved for date nights of tuna tartare and sake, so when I found out they were going to be breaking into brunch I knew I had to be a part of it.
The key things I love about the Cottonopolis brunch? It’s something different. The sophisticated decor of deep blues and copper mix well with the exposed brickwork, metal doors and chains. Mix that industrial vibe with some Asian inspired brunch and it’s a winner for me. It doesn’t stop there, if you choose a brunch option from the “Waffles” or “Specials” you can also include the option to bottomless drink either Prosecco, Bellinis or Bloody Mary’s for a mere £12.50 extra… talk about getting the Manchester demographic right?
I had the “Crispy duck leg and fried egg” waffles that at £14 was one of the pricier choices of brunch. It was gorgeous though, there is nothing in this world that a duck egg won’t improve. The duck leg was crispy (as advertised) and delicious, I couldn’t eat it fast enough. I think it was the quietest of table of 9 partially tipsy and naturally loud diners could be.
So if you’re looking for something different for brunch then Cottonopolis is calling your name.
Mini shout out to the “Beef and quail egg nigiri” 🙌
2. Koffee Pot – something a little classic
Back to basics, that’s why I love Koffee Pot. It reminds me of the old cafes my Mum is fond of going to for a proper brekkie and brew. Koffee Pot is that and so much more. The walls are adorned with it’s history and with cool art work done by local independent artists. As well as their staple red booths that hark back from the Stevenson Square days.
I love Koffee Pot, it’s a hustle and bustle kind of place that knows it’s own self. It also serves breakfast all the live long day. So it’s perfect for a brunch time (well or any time).
So my recommedation? Easily the “Irish Breakfast” which consists of sausage, bacon, Bury black pudding, white pudding, tatty cake, beans, fried egg, hash brown and grilled tomato. I didn’t even know white pudding existed until this… thank you Koffee Pot!! Also this is only £8.95 including a coffee or tea and a round of toast. Certainly a more purse friendly brunch option. I don’t know what I can say other than it’s just a really good fry-up.
Again (must be something about Manchester) You have the option to make it a boozy fry-up with with a Bloody Mary for only £4.50 or even a Pickleback £3.50 (whisky shot & pickle juice chaser)… I don’t know what kind of day you’re in for with the Pickleback kind of brunching but I really, really want to find out.
So if you’re looking for a cool twist on a classic kind of brunching then Koffee Pot is it.
3. Beastro – something a little (ok a lot) meaty
I cannot praise the Beastro team enough for bringing all that is good and meaty to Manchester, more specifically Spinningfields. They do everything from Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch to Dinner… and it’s all superb. They are a quadruple threat in the food industry of Manchester.
However, I’m here to talk just about their brunch. I had the “Steak and Eggs” that come with potato hash, chimichurri and grilled tomato, and of course I had to add some of their black pudding. SO MUCH FOOD. The steak was cooked to juicy perfection, the eggs running through the meat to the potato hash and black pudding below, and then the pop of sweet cherry tomato… take me to heaven I’m done. A proper brunch dish to keep you going for the rest of the day, for all this it’s only £10 and that is good going, especially with this kind of a portion.
The other thing I love about Beastro is it’s so beautiful in there, a gorgeous deep green with a sweet (uncooked bacon colour?) pink and rose gold and dark wood. It’s a slice of beauty in a VERY corporate part of town. It takes you away for a little bit. Especially with such fun, engaging staff that from the open kitchen you can see create the dish about to come before you.
So if you love meat for brunch and love it done as best as it possibly can be, then Beastro is out there, just waiting for you to discover.
Mini shoutout to the “Manchester Egg” 🙌
Manchester Brunch Club
Good news brunchers, we now have a “Manchester Brunch Club” so get involved. It’s around every 6 weeks, and usually city centre.
Join our Facebook Group MANCHESTER BRUNCH CLUB
Got any recommendations? Tweet me @Miss_CherylHill
*I’m sure brunch has actual historical origins but you get the idea