8 Eggsceptionally Cracking Places For Brunch In Manchester
Sunny side up?
Brunch. A delicious word, isn't it? That mouth-watering combination of your two favourite meals - but fancier than breakfast and more exciting than lunch.
The decadent fayre tends to be served anytime from 10am, and the best bit is it’s perfectly acceptable to add a nice bit of booze into the mix.
And as long as there are eggs on the menu, I'm in.
So, bloody mary or mimosa?
Spooning the Northern Quarter, this independent coffee shop serves brunch until 7pm. So even if you don’t get up til late there’s still plenty of time to achieve your brunch goals.
Bringing a bit of antipodean (that's Australia or New Zealand influence, to me and you) café culture to the Northern Quarter the Halloumi and Shrooms (£10) is the one go for here, even if you're not a veggie. Pan fried halloumi with garlic, thyme roast mushrooms, free range poached eggs, spiced tomato relish, hazelnut dukkah (Egyptian spice) mixed with rocket on sourdough toast and (meat eaters rejoice!) crispy chorizo if you choose.
Wash it all down with the tingling spice of a Bloody Mary (£6) and you’ll be ready for Emily’s Banana Bread, served toasted and dripping in butter (£4). It's pretty eggsceptional.
Brunch at Federal is served Mon-Friday 7.30am-7pm, Saturday 8am-7pm and Sunday 8am-4pm.
7. Pen and Pencil
Sitting on the corner of Hilton and Tariff Street this bar and eatery is inspired by the infamous bar in New York which was visited by the original ‘Mad Men’.
Eggs Pen and Pencil (£8) finds its foundations in a sourdough muffin layered with sausage patty, streaky bacon, two poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and pancetta crisps. For vegetarians the avocado and feta sourdough muffin is equally (almost as) desirable (£7.50) and both are served with crunchy hash browns.
The Hawaiian Homewrecker is the cracker of a cocktail (£8) to get your mitts on here - it's made of Warner Edwards gin, triple sec, blue curacao, lemon juice, sugar and egg whites.
Go on, whisk it...
Brunch at Pen and Pencil is served every day 10am-4pm.
A Manchester institution in the Northern Quarter, serving beer to beards from the beginning of time (well 2004). After a major refurb in 2015 Common's interior has transformed from scruffy comfort to indie-arthouse but the vibe is as relaxed and informal as ever.
Looking to make up for alienating folks on Twitter, The Stephen Fry (£11) makes an appearance at Common - the brunch menu's crowning glory, it's a hearty feast of sausages, bacon, eggs, black pudding, beans, mushrooms, hash browns and toast. There's also a very tasty alternative featuring veggie sausages and current hippie-favourite - the avocado (£8).
And amazingly there’s fifteen beer lines including thirteen kegs and two casks to choose from. In the end I went for a Thomas Dakin cocktail (£5) containing orange peel, coriander, red cole, orange and Fever-Tree tonic.
This is the gin version of a Bloody Mary and I have to say it was eggsactly what I was looking for.
Brunch is served 11am-3pm Tuesday-Friday and 10am-3pm weekends.
5. The Koffee Pot
Famed for its hangover brekkies and two for one cocktails, my personal favourite is the Rarebit (£6.50). Smoked haddock on sourdough toast, with tabasco tomatoes and a soft poached egg.
The Manx Kippers are also worth a go (£6), served with grain mustard butter, sourdough toast and a poached egg, it gives you the same comforting feeling as a hug from your nan.
Follow either option with a Boozy Milkshake of Clattered Caramel (£6), containing creme caramel ice cream, Jack Daniel’s and crushed lotus biscuits - the whole thing will leave you feeling eggstraordinary. A milkshake, pudding and cocktail in one.
Brunch is served Mon to Fri 7.30am-4pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm
4. The Hideaway by The Sponge Sisters
This place started at Urmston market as a stall selling traditional homemade cakes but they were so successful they had to expand, hence The Hideaway.
The Hideaway is located just outside of Urmston on Church Road - but the trip out will be worth it purely for the Vegan Brunch (£5.50). I know what you're thinking, but my god...
Homemade falafel patties, scrambled sweet chilli tofu, oven baked tomato, field mushroom, homemade potato cakes and Heinz baked beans with toast is the order of the day.
Alternatively - two eggs done any way with either homemade potato cakes or white or granary toasted bread is just £3.95.
Their 'Jasmine Green Tea' (£3.50) is actually a low alcohol beer and sweet and refreshing after brunch bevvy.
Brunch is served 10-5 on Sundays.
3. Moose Coffee
This American influenced cafe on York Street offers 25, yes 25 different brunch dishes with eggs and that includes seven choices for eggs benedict alone. Try a different one each day?
Although hard to choose The New Brunswick Eggs Benedict (£7) caught my eye. The dish is two free-range poached eggs served on a toasted bagel with slow-cooked salt beef brisket, corned beef and potato hash, topped with their famous homemade Moose hollandaise sauce, it's an absolute winner.
Moose also serve premium espresso-based coffee (double shot £1.80) and treats such as Chocolate and Peanut Butter milkshakes (£3.50).
If you really need an old hair o’ the dog then Browns, the converted Athenaeum is just a bit further up York Street. Grab an egg-squisite ‘British Royal’ cocktail (£7.50) containing Black Cow vodka, rosehip and rhubarb cordial and topped with prosecco, and sit back and enjoy the Edwardian baroque architecture while your brunch settles.
Moose Coffee brunch is served Mon-Fri 8am-5pm Saturday 9am-6pm Sunday 9am-4pm.
2. The Beagle
Very popular with the Chorlton locals, this relaxed pub offers a kids’ brunch menu as well as vegan and gluten-free options.
The Breakfast Burrito (£7) is mouthwatering: Mexican chorizo, omelette, beans, salsa, pico de gallo and hot sauce on the side. The perfect accompaniment to this (obviously the Bloody Mary) is on offer for £5 when ordered at brunch time (usually £7.50.)
Make sure you try the Churros (£4.50), these are traditional Mexican sticks of donuts dipped in chocolate sauce and they're not to be missed, seriously. Don’t eggnore me on this.
Brunch at The Beagle is served every Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm.
For an alternative brunch head to Tib Street for a neighbourhood cafe bar in the heart of the city.
Evelyn's Green Bowl (£7), containing kale, spinach, herbs, avocado, puy lentils, soft boiled egg and citrus flavours really does gives you a sense of superiority once eaten, and it’s very tasty too.
If that’s just too healthy then the Buttermilk Pancakes (£7.50), with blueberries, real honeycomb and butter are also - you guessed it - eggscellent.
To drink I went for the Murviedro Fauno Viura Sav Blanc (£3.60) - it's an uplifting peach and citrus accompaniment and was very refreshing - eggceeded if not surpassed eggspectations.
Brunch is served every day from 9-5 and 9-3 on Sundays.
That’s all yolks!