This year I’ve resolved to get out and see more of the UK; so I’ve kicked off my pledge with one of the North’s most buzzing cities!
This was very much a flying visit, so we didn’t manage to do a great deal outside of shopping and eating, but I’m sharing my recommendations of places worth visiting if you’re having some time in #manchester
Where to stay
We stayed at Ibis Styles Manchester Portland which is about a 5 minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly station one way and directly opposite Piccadilly gardens and a short walk to the shops the other.
The hotel has been recently re-styled in typical quirky Ibis ‘styles’ as well as looking fun it also gently pokes fun at the city’s penchant for wet weather…starting with the handles on the front door!
Our bedroom was decorated in blues and yellows, and an adorable Daisy print carpet (which it was just too dark for me to get a cute pic of!
The shower was a great size and had a lovely waterfall shower head, as well as this cute little ‘mist drawing’ on the screen.
Breakfast was served in the adjoining Jamboree which may be one of the coolest spots I’ve ever had a hotel breakfast.
There was a good range of continental food options on offer that were presented in an equally quirky and thoughtful way for diners.
Where to eat
After being introduced by Alex a few years ago, I knew there was only one place I wanted to go for brunch; Home Sweet Home. Based in the Northern Quarter, it offers awesome brunch (they’re also open for lunch and dinner) and some of prettiest cakes on the planet!
Eggs Benny Macho, followed by a mahoosive slice of cake (I *may have had to take this back to the hotel for later)
For lunch, I’d recommend trying some of the street food at the Arndale Centre Market. We stumbled upon it a little by accident but are very pleased we did! There’s a whole host of cuisines to try – ranging from Greek, Indian, Italian, Vietnamese and even a healthy gym kitchen.
I opted for Indian (the Mr had Greek, but ate too much of it before I could get a pic. To be fair, he did let me try some and it was yummy) and got a generous helping of curry, rice and salad bar for £4 which is AMAZING value in any city centre!
(images in this section courtesy of Google, as no photos were allowed at this venue)
As big comedy fans, we decided to check out the famous The Comedy Store, based in the Deansgate area which means there’s plenty of places to start and end your night around.
There were three comedians and an MC advertised on the bill, however a couple of extras were added for shorter ‘new talent’ slots so at £18 for a ticket it was good value for money. The comedians were largely unknown but all good (it’s not often I say that at a place like this) particularly the female MC Mandy Knight who is an absolute scream.
The only criticism I have is that the staff weren’t very organised at getting people in from the bar and into their seats; the show started 30mins late and the interval was an extra 15mins. It wouldn’t put me off going again, but I would have my expectations firmly managed to expect this.
I hope this has given you a great little bit of inspiration for your next visit to Manchester and I can’t wait to see where my UK travels will take me next. I hope you’ll be joining me on my adventures!
Thanks for reading,