The Trove mini-empire carries real clout in our town, first opening doors in 2011 and quickly establishing its name as a go-to for high quality food, coffee and cocktails. All sites are great, and among the best options for brunch in their respective areas, but Trove Marble Street arguably makes the biggest impact. Situated inside Bloc, an office development focused on workplace wellness principles, enter through a doorway hemmed by high-tech living wall to find a stunning modern interior packed with greenery, Trove waiting to be discovered on the ground floor.
As with the other locations, the bread here is legendary, with white and wholemeal sourdough, bloomers, and rye and fennel made each morning using organic flour and wild yeast. All the better for classics like French Toast, Eggs Florentine and Benedict, and generous breakfast butties, although the granola and porridge are equally ideal for kick starting the day in the right way. A range of seasonal options are also available, which switch up regularly. Highlights from recent visits include the amazing Kimcheese — a grilled cheese sandwich incorporating the renowned house made kimchi to spice things up.
Asparagus, hash brown and taramasalata continues with the global theme on the menu, and Fennel Sausage with butter beans and tomatoes sourced from the Isle of Wight combines British staples with continental zest. The baristas also do a stellar job, serving the usual coffee options and a range of iced variations, including tea, alongside some more bespoke offerings. Sweet toothed customers will likely gravitate towards the Trove Blends, which feature sea salt hot chocolate and malted hot chocolate, in addition to spiced chai, matcha and turmeric lattes. And, while the focus at Trove Marble Street isn’t really on booze, it’s good to know the Kimchi Bloody Mary is belting, and Espresso Martinis are up there with the finest you’ll find anywhere in Manchester, and a small but well-chosen selection of wines is available, too.