It’s officially the season of drinking. As soon as it gets cold, there’s no point shivering your tits off in bed, what you must do instead is get absolutely steamo so you can’t feel anything and pass out. It’s also the festive season which means everyone and their nan fancies an ice cold Bailey’s on a Friday night.
And with this, unfortunately, comes the dreaded hangover. I myself suffer horrifically. Loads of people in the office just seem to cope, I on the other hand literally feel like I am going to die.
Until I have some seriously greasy and salty food I am absolutely dead to the world. But I know everyone is different, so here’s a bit of something for everyone…
The Classic Fry Up…
The Koffee Pot
Could we have really popped a hangover round up of Fry Ups out into the world without including The Koffee Pot? No. No we could not. It’s an absolute institution that even got its fans to follow the caf 10 doors up the road on its move a few years back. They serve up every kind of fry up you could dream of English, Welsh Scottish, Irish and even veggie and a vegan one. Depending on how much meat you want you can go full out Haggis vibes or stick to vegan black pudding and roasted butternut squash. If you’re feeling up to it, treat yourself to a Bloody Mary too, it’s only right.
The Koffee Pot, 84-86 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE
When you finally wake up, this is the first thing you need to do. Just look at it and know that the almighty Brunch Board will fix all of your sins from the night before. Unfortunately, it can’t make you forget the fact you did the worm on the floor of 5th Ave (trust me I’ve tried and tested it). But it can make you feel full enough to get home, crawl into bed and sleep for a whopping, undisturbed 27 hours. Deep breath here while I real off everything you will be graced with… flat iron steak, sausage patties, streaky bacon, house hash, black pudding, beans, poached eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, crispy kale with fluffy pancakes and maple syrup, and BREATHE.
Brewski, 1, 58 W Mosley St, Manchester M2
If you just need meat…
The Hangover Tray
Cane & Grain
I mean this does exactly what it says on the tin and it is a massive combination of everything your hungover brain could dream of. It’s a huge platter of meat, including half a roast chicken, smoked beef brisket, a cup of mac and cheese, loads of crispy potatoes, greens (if you think you can stomach them) and the cherry on top – GRAVY. The only problem? It’s only available on a Sunday.
Cane & Grain, 49 -51 Thomas Street, Manchester M4 1NA
I mean really, chicken wings, say no more. Whether you go for the wings that are hotter than the sun is up to you. Personally I’d recommend keeping it simple but getting a hell of a lot of them. The best thing is they start at 10p at Bunny’s so even if you spent everything you own last night, including selling your shoes for a few more pints, I can guarantee you can find enough loose change in your sofa to get a decent meal. And what else can you ask for?
Bunny Jacksons, 1 Jack Rosenthal Street, Manchester M15 4RA
Spice up your life…
Wrestler’s Naan Roll
Okay so this isn’t the spiciest thing on Dishoom’s menu, but there’s a fair kick to this fantastic breakfast naan that will give you a serious jolt and get your head in gear. The naan comes loaded with smokey streaky bacon, peppery pork sausage and a runny yolky egg. It’s fantastic. If you’re actually looking for something spicy though – have my favourite – the Keema per Eedu; a dish of spicy keema mince with chicken livers and a fried egg on top. Wowzers.
Dishoom, 32 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BT
What might just be the best thing about this on your hangover is how chilled out, simple and no messing this restaurant is. You can get your spicy fix and eat from paper plates, throw them away and leave to crawl back into your bed. And what you must do because I’m pretty sure your brain isn’t working is sit down and choose the combo for 2 deal. Filled with the best dishes you and your pal can much away, happily in silence so your head doesn’t hurt anymore.
Bundobust, 61 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2AG
Roast Dinner Platter
The Refuge / Volta / Electrik
If you find yourself either in the city centre, Chorlton or West Didsbury on a Sunday and you’ve got a stonking headache – fear not – one of these establishments has your back. Head on over to The Refuge, Volta or Electrik and you can tuck into their fantastic Roast Dinner Platter, a huge plate with 3 meats, all the veg, Yorkshire puddings, fantastic roasties and lashings of gravy. If one of these doesn’t sort you out – forget it. Just head straight to the morgue instead.
Hair of the Dog…
An Ice Cold Pint
The Bay Horse Tavern
Sometimes the only way to get over a hangover is to go full steam a head and get another pint. The possibilities for this are endless but I’m gonna guess you need somewhere that is chilled out, maybe a few comfy sofas and a fire crackling in the corner. Well here we have The Bay Horse Tavern. There’s even a little outside beer garden for the moment when it all gets to much and you need some fresh air. Give yourself 5 mins and get another pint down your gob. They also offer Bottomless Brunch on the weekends – perfect for getting right back on it.
The Bay Horse Tavern, 35-37 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1NA
Truly Bottomless Boozy Brunch
Pen & Pencil
The last Saturday of every month sees a bottomless duo to compete with everything; bottomless FOOD and bottomless BOOZE for two hours. Or if you’re lucky enough to have 9 friends, they do this for groups of 10 at any time. Unfortunately, I do not have the luxury of that many friends, I don’t even have that many friends on Facebook..so strategically plan my social life to coincide with being able to do this at the end of the month.
The Pen & Pencil, Fourways House, 57 Hilton St, Manchester M1 2EJ
Health is wealth…
If you wake up on a hangover and listen to your body’s request for vitamins, fruit and all things green and good for you, then I can only applaud you. Foodwell offer up bottomless detox juices including Garden which is packed full of kale, parsley, lime, celery, ginger and cucumber. One of these and you’ll be tip top again by the sounds of things. For food, I recommend a superfood brioche bun stuffed with Cumberland sausage pattie, organic eggs, grilled cheese, crispy onion and a delicious Korean spiced ketchup.
FoodWell, Suite 2, Ground Floor, One New Bailey, Stanley St, Salford M3 5JL
Superfood Juices & Shots
The Counter House
Sitting outside in Cutting Room Square soaking up the winter sun, coffee in hand and a delicious brunch on the way is a hangover fix on it’s own. But The Counter House also have plenty of Cold Press drinks and smoothies and health shots of your choice. There is something for everyone’s taste and everyone’s level of hangover. If you can handle the heat, opt for a ginger shot, if you can’t go for some Gut Love and help detoxify your life of all your sins. Either way, they’re all packed full of nutrients and good stuff that will fix everything. Almost everything anyway.
The Counter House, 35 Blossom Street, Manchester, M4 6AJ