We've put our heads together to come up with our top 19 best places for brunch in the city centre and beyond. What do you think?
Quite possibly the best 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 person every 10 minutes or so to get a top up. The choice of dishes is pretty extensive, and there’s the obligatory Bottomless booze option available for an extra £15. Out of all the options available to you I cannot recommend the Duck ‘English Breakfast’ enough which comes with duck sausage, duck bacon, confit tomatoes and a crispy duck egg. It’s possibly the best dish you can eat in Manchester and certainly well worth the trip into the NQ on a weekend.
Cottonopolis, 16 Newton St, Manchester M1 2AE
Zouk have been offering a fantastic Indian brunch for a while now and you really should get yourself down there to check it out.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. As well as this they’ve also recently started offering a fantastic Mezze Brunch where you can all tuck into a range of eggs, meats, breads and sweet stuff – all with a Zouk twist of course.
Zouk Tea Bar & Grill, 5, The Quadrangle, Chester Street, M1 5QS
The Counter House
New to the Anocats scene is The Counter House- an all-day dining venue with a stylish interior and menu which suits every need. From fresh pressed juices, to cocktails and coffee there is really something for every moment at The Counter House. The brunch menu is definitely worth shouting about too, and it has quickly become one of my favourites in the entire neighbourhood. Dishes include the likes of eggs royale with hot smoked salmon, French toast and the delectable spiced dhal with poached eggs. Delicious.
The Counter House, 35 Blossom St, Manchester M4 6AJ
The Bay Horse Tavern
Proper boozer The Bay Horse has quickly become my favourite NQ haunt, most noticeably because of their fantastic range of beers, huge selection of crisps and quite possibly the best chips in the entire world (or even the universe). They also serve up a range of breakfast and brunch classics every day until 4pm – so you can have a Full English on a Tuesday afternoon with a pint and be the happiest person in Manchester. On the weekend they offer a brilliant Bottomless Brunch option where you choose a dish and then get all the drinks you can muster for just £27.50. Have something with sausage in it – they’re fantastic.
The Bay Horse Tavern, 35-37 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1NA
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
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. Their additional (and larger) site on Deansgate is well worth a visit when it opens in the next few weeks.
Federal, 9 Nicholas Croft, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1EY
Home to probably the best breakfast sausage I’ve ever eaten, TROVE is not just a Levenshulme institution, it’s now become an Ancoats one too. 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.
5 Murray St, Manchester M4 6HS
1032 Stockport Rd, Manchester M19 3WX
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, so bring along your little kids, that £2000 dog and enjoy yourself for the whole day.
Mackie Mayor, Eagle St, Manchester M4 5JY
If you want to keep your brunch experience in the guilt free zone, then Manchester’s latest answer to LA-inspired wellbeing might be the place for you. Not only do they have an entirely separate menu solely dedicated to plant based cuisine, they have a stunning brunch menu which is going to have you weak at the knees I’m sure of it. A few stand out stars are the ricotta hot cakes with banana, blueberries and maple syrup or the outrageously tasty steak and eggs which is perfectly washed down with a superfood cocktail or GRIND coffee.
FoodWell, Suite 2, Ground Floor, One New Bailey, Salford M3 5JL
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
The Koffee Pot
A Manchester institution, The 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 a range of British brekkies available from the traditional Full English to a Scottish, Irish and even a Welsh breakfast to tuck into. So grab yourself a huge ‘Bin Yin’ Scottish breakfast (with haggis and square sausage) an Irn Bru and you enjoy your weekend. You deserve it.
The Koffee Pot, 84-86 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE
Eat New York – The Bagel Shop
Not only do the gang over at Eat New York create quite possibly the greatest sandwich known to man in the guise of their Ruben, but they’ve also recently jumped on another New York institution – that of getting breakfast. You’re not a real New Yorker if you don’t devour a huge bagel on the way to work and so the Bottomless Brunch option at Eat New York is perfect for transporting you straight to Time Square (except without the annoying buskers and thieves). The special Brunch menu features some serious beauties including their fantastic All Day Breakfast Burger which even Rik Waller would struggle to eat all in one.
Eat New York – The Bagel Shop, 64 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE
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
The always impressive Gaucho offer quite possibly the most extravagant and indulgent brunch offer in the city wherein you can get yourself UNLIMITED food and drink for 2 hours – all while listening to some top-notch DJs spinning some Latin and Balearic beats. It comes in at a pretty hefty £49.95 per person (£59.95 for premium) but for that you get a unlimited food dishes that include Eggs Benedict, Smashed Avo, Bacon Butties and even Steak & Eggs, as well as unlimited booze such as the classic Bloody Mary, lager, sparkling wine and even the always welcome Aperol Spritz.
Gaucho, 2A St Mary’s St, Manchester M3 2LB
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