Anyone who’s been for brunch in Manchester knows there are SO many places to choose from.
The Northern Quarter is littered with them. Pretty much every corner you turn, you’re sure to see a menu serving their own rendition of an avo brunch, or some kind of freshly brewed coffee.
But if you venture further afield (around a ten minute walk from the NQ) you’ll find a newly-established gem serving up some fresh and tasty brunch food, speciality coffee and a hefty selection of sweet treats.
H&V on Princess Street, Manchester city centre
Hampton & Vouis may have only been open for two and a half weeks, but you wouldn’t know it.
The slick interiors (designed by Niko ‘Vouis’ of Hampton & Vouis) play on minimalism, making for a bright, open and warm space that would rival any of the coffee shops in London (and the NQ).
Could this beeeee a coincidence?
Pentagon shelves behind the counter immediately make you think of Manchester bee hives, but Bury-born co-owner Nicky Hampton says the connection is pure coincidence.
Hampton & Vouis’ menu features freshly made, locally sourced food and coffee that’s an Instagrammers DREAM.
The tricolore salad on toasted sourdough
We ordered the polenta, sweet corn, avocado and tomato salsa on a durum wheat wrap (delicious); the poached eggs on toasted sourdough with prosciutto, minted peas and goats cheese (DE-licious), and the tricolore salad on toasted sourdough, served with tomato, avocado, mozzarella and basil oil (DELICIOUS).
Poached eggs on toasted sourdough – prosciutto, minted peas and goats cheese
As soon as the plates arrived, it was obvious we’d be getting some good piccies for the ‘gram.
The colours of each dish were magnificent and were clearly thought out. Each plate had its own aesthetic and it was obvious it had been made with care.
But presentation isn’t EVERYTHING when it comes to good food, right? Obv. The main reason us Mancs spend hundreds of pounds a year on food is for the deliciously, mouthwatering flavours that we can’t get enough of – and Hampton’s brunch menu didn’t disappoint.
The salsa on a durum wheat wrap
One thing that stood out was how fresh everything tasted. There was no doubt in our minds that this food hadn’t been thawed out overnight from a freezer in the backroom, left to air out, and then re-arranged half-heartedly on the plate.
And we weren’t sitting there waiting for hours either. Our coffees were prompt after ordering (great if you’re on the go before work – their entire menu is available to take-away) and the food wasn’t long to follow.
Whole spice Chai Latte
Their speciality coffee menu is standard for a brunch place. The usual faves are on there – macchiato, flat white, cortado, mocha – but I opted to try the whole spice chai latte, something I’d never normally pick as my coffee of choice.
And I’m happy to say it tasted just as fresh as the food (and may be a new favourite).
They have a wide selection of vegan and non-vegan cakes
Raw protein balls
Their vegan brownies are handmade and locally sourced
Their location on Princess Street by Manchester Town Hall is ideal for offices in the adjacent buildings, and as their menu is also available to take away, Nicky says they’ve had breakfast orders from local workers daily since opening.
But it’s Manchester, ‘simple’ fresh food, and speciality coffee that’s at the heart of Hampton & Vouis.
Open Monday to Friday, 7am – 7pm | Saturday, 9am – 6pm | Sunday, 9am – 5pm.
Feature Credit: Hampton & Vouis