As if running a pair of south Manchester brunch-time institutions was’t enough, not to mention the charming Caffeine & Co cafe at Longford Park, in 2023 Blanchflower expanded its operations from the twin Trafford towns of Sale and Altrincham to include a third eatery in Chorlton. A neighbourhood that has long been known for its abundance of food and drink establishments, Little Blanchflower — the name referencing its intimate premises, once home to the beloved Creameries — builds on the success of its sister sites with an elevated offering to customers.
At first glance, the differences between this place and its siblings may not be overly pronounced — guests arrive to find a minimalistic dining room with simple wooden furniture and a pastel colour scheme, nodding to other locations in the group. Decor and design aside, though, a quick look through the menu reveals the unique factors. Simply put, Little Blanchflower moves the team’s story on to more ambitious dishes, capturing the spirit of elegant, modern dining. A place where contemporary British meets timeless Italian.
As with its counterparts, Little Blanchflower works seasonally, so the options for what to eat change on the regular. Examples betraying what you can expect include the lamb ragu with pappardelle, cured cod ceviche, and tortelli stuffed with mascarpone and pancetta served alongside light chicken broth topped with shavings of green and yellow courgette. Although this barely scratches the surface of what’s plated up for daily lunchtimes. Meanwhile, evening dinner is served on Fridays and Saturdays only. No matter the time of day, legendary breads and other baked goods that people long-since fell in love with Blanchflower for are here, so to say the desserts are a must would be an understatement. Add a swoon-worthy wine list, and clearly there are more reasons to make a beeline for Chorlton than ever before.