We've put our heads together to come up with our top 23 best places for brunch in the city centre and beyond. What do you think?
Seed & Cherry
“Small Plates Brunch.” Not quite tapas, not quite full monty. What it is, is a strong selection of brunch staples, like Brioche French Toast and Acai Bowls, all under the £5 mark. Their menu has been curated by a Michelin-starred chef – and it shows. Seed & Cherry is the best place in Manchester to get luxury breakfast plates without the price tag (and in a much more chilled environment). And, you’d NEVER KNOW that the food you’re eating is health-focused. As a big calorie-fan, I have great respect for food that makes me forget how healthy it is. Props to you.
Seed & Cherry, 20 Church St, Manchester M4 1PN
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 Maple Kurobata Pork Katsu Sando enough. 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
If you’ve exhausted every single Full English in town, consider going Turkish. KAI’s Turkish Breakfast includes a sharing platter consisting of sucuk, houmous, halloumi fritters, cacik, cilbir and a selection of cheeses. How do you say ‘yes please’ in Turkish? Plus, if you don’t fancy drinking much, KAI hosts a Bottomless NO-secco Brunch where you can enjoy their Menemen and Yumurta the sober way. It’s the perfect, delicious alternative for the serial brunchers amongst us.
KAI, 82-84 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2ER
In the relatively short time that it’s been open, I have visited and re-visited CULTUREPLEX more times than some venues that have decades behind them. Their ‘Fruity Brunch,’ is particularly attractive. Not only is their food consistently top-tier, but they throw in Manchester’s best DJs, screenings in the Mini-Cini and guest hosts such as legendary drag queen Cheddar Gorgeous. Both the quality of the food and the ridiculously cinematic surroundings make me feel like I’m robbing the place blind, as I’m not sure my bill went far over £15. Don’t they know how brilliant they are???
CULTUREPLEX, Ground Floor, Warehouse, Ducie St, Manchester M1 2TP
Food at Evelyn’s aims to be as healthy as possible and so if you head here for brunch you’re not going to be piling on the pounds like in most other places. They don’t sacrifice on the flavour though as pretty much every single dish is a little work of culinary art. I always seem to end up with their Shakshuka, which is by no means a bad thing at all.
Evelyn’s Cafe Bar, G18 Tib St, Manchester M4 1NB
Ezra & Gil
Another Northern Quarter brunch and coffee staple, Ezra & Gill is a proper smart neighbourhood hangout with a simple but excellent food menu and a long list of coffee, tea and smoothies on hand to perk you up in the mornings. Their brunch offering is served all day and features everything that you’d expect but done brilliantly. Their Classic ‘E&G’ Breakfast is a must-try as if the Smashed Pumpkin on Toast – a twist on a true classic.
Ezra & Gil, 20 Hilton St, Manchester M1 1FR
Bottomless Brunch, but make it Spanish. If tapas tickles your tastebuds, La Bandera offer 3 authentic Spanish dishes and unlimited Cava for only £25 per person. Take your pick, from the likes of Patatas Bravas, Tortilla Española, Cod fillets, Croquetas, Chorizo in rioja red wine plus much, much more. When everything on the menu tastes as good as La Bandera’s, you’re extra grateful for the choice of 3 plates. I wonder how many bottomless brunches it would take to get through the whole menu…
La Bandera, 2 Ridgefield, Manchester M2 6EQ
I love a proper sausage. And Black Dog delivers the greatest of the Full Englishes: Albert pork sausage, thick cut bacon, soy and garlic mushrooms, homemade hash browns… the list goes on. If you fancy cleaning your act up a bit, the Vegan Full English is just as seductive, without the souls of animals weighing heavy on your mind. Whichever team you play for, you’re promised total satisfaction. And with bottomless drinks for £25pp? You just can’t refuse.
Black Dog Ballroom, 52 Church St, Manchester M4 1PW
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.
Zouk Tea Bar & Grill, 5, The Quadrangle, Chester Street, M1 5QS
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
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 if you’re in the area.
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.
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
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, Burritos and a brilliant Jumpin’ Jack Hash. You can’t really go wrong here, and if you can manage to finish off their Large 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
The Pen & Pencil
Definitively the most ‘bottomless’ of all bottomless brunches ever. No bottoms whatsoever. The Pen & Pencil generously offer as much food and drink as you can stomach in return for £40. It’s silly, really. On the last Saturday of every month, you have from 10am – 1pm to fill your boots and day-drink to your hearts content. Plus, their pancakes with bacon, maple syrup and pecans is unrivalled on the Manchester brekkie scene. And, of course, the Bloody Marys, Amstel, Prosecco and Mimosas are free-flowing. A word of advice: wear your most forgiving joggers, or face the food-baby.
The Pen & Pencil, Fourways House, 57 Hilton St, Manchester M1 2EJ
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
If you’re celebrating something, or just fancy a very extra weekend, Flight Club has one of the most exciting brunches we’ve ever seen. Not only does every group get given a bottle of Prosecco PER GUEST, but the team will keep the pizza paddles flowing til you’re filled. And, of course, a designated sesh on the dart boards. Prosecco, pizza and darts doesn’t sound like the average Sunday, it sounds like a bloody mint Sunday. At £25 per person, you get way more than you give, and unlimited pizza really is the gift that keeps on giving. What else are weekends for?
Flight Club, Ship Canal House, 98 King St, Manchester M2 4WU
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