Eat New York Bagel Shop Manchester Northern Quarter

Eat New York Bagel Shop Manchester Northern Quarter Review: February 2018

The Eat New York brand is based around the street food scene and with over 10 years’ experience, these guys have a lot to bring to the table.

The Bagel shop is a slice of the big apple minus the airfare and brings the New York vibe right in the heart of Manchester’s eclectic Northern Quarter.  With arty boards, tiling, neon lighting which gives the overall place an industrial identity.

#Mouthwatering mains included the vegetarian lovely Little Italy Bagel Breaded mozzarella, with Cal’s tomato sauce, red onion, fresh tomato, rocket, fresh pesto, garlic butter and lashings of gorgonzola mayo.

Grab yourself a slice of sandwich heaven and Rock up the Reuben, a hot stacked pastrami with swiss cheese, sauerkraut loaded with Russian dressing.  The American brisket is used as the cattle are fed, so to retain its flavour and signature meat marbling.  Then the meat is cured for two weeks, spiced up and smocked for 15 hours in good Old Buddy.

Sensational sides included, skin on French fries, angel fries with tasty truffle oil, parmesan and parsley, the house salad with cucumber, mixed green leaf, red onion, Sun blushed tomato, croutons, sesame seeds, olives, balsamic dressing and fresh oregano.

Crank up the notch and bring on the sweet treats including the Cherry hot pie sundae and the fried tempura apple pie.  All washed down with non-alcoholic Root Beer vanilla and cola with sarsaparilla cordial with a float and a perfect peachy ice tea made fresh daily onsite.

Danny had bags of personality and his passion really shone through and made our visit extra fab.  Grab yourself a slice of Manchester’s New York and start spreading the news…

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx




Breakout Manchester High Street Most Wanted

Breakout Manchester High Street Most Wanted: January 2018

Located in the cool, quirky, eclectic northern quarter hub is the brilliant Breakout Manchester.  Prepare to motivate your mind to find clues and solve a serious of puzzles, to unlock padlocks.  Do you accept the challenge, can you Breakout, can you escape?

Howdy partners, us cowboys rode up to the wild west aka Manchester Breakout for a show down like no other.  We entered the Saloon bar, not to wet our whistle or hoe down to the sound of the piano keys, but in search of the loot – Yee-ha!  However, we got to get a skedaddle on, things just got wild, as there is a new sheriff in town who recognised my partner and I from our wanted posters.

A shoot out signalled that the 60-minute countdown had begun in this duel room game with twists and turns around every corner.  Milly our third partner in crime and our brilliant Breakout game master guided us bounty hunters through the wild west to try and aid our escape, so she too could take her cut of the riches.

Take a gamble and collect as many poker chips, as possible for a chance to gain a place on the coveted “Most Wanted” leader board, but be warned this is a secondary task, so don’t let this distract you from getting that darn loot and escaping.

Our horses were watered and waiting, ready to giddy up and ride off into the sunset, but alas the jig was up and our game had been sussed, so ya’ll better go before the Sheriff throws you in this cell with us, as Breakout Manchester’s Most Wanted!

Ride on up to play Breakout Manchester’s Most Wanted game to see if you can conquer the Wild West, take home the loot and gain a prized place on the coveted “Most Wanted” leader board.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Cottonopolis Manchester Northern Quarter Review

Cottonopolis Manchester Northern Quarter Review: January 2018

The Japanese inspired Cottonopolis restaurant is located in a gorgeous grade II listed building in the heart of Manchester’s Northern quarter.  Boasting Manchester’s iconic symbolic Bee, as their logo, which is proudly etched on the buildings windows.

The name Cottonopolis, that means a metropolis focused on cotton trading that serviced the cotton mills, has been inspired by Manchester’s historical past, as the international centre of the cotton trade during the 19th century.  This too is reflected in the choice of bespoke décor which combines traditional with the contemporary while remaining sympathetic to the buildings original features.

Exposed brick work, industrial chain features, cast iron columns, plush tan leather seating & booths, original floorboards, cool copper light fittings which add warmth along with the natural light.  A cool, chic and classy grown up hub to hang out in and the open kitchen created a calm yet buzzing hive of activity.  Owner and architect Nick Muir really has done an outstanding job.

Hot of the press was my “off menu” berry mocktail made up with love and tasted even lovelier.  All the way from the royal brewery of Krusovice near Prague in the Czech Republic is the Krusovice tank beer which boldly rests in huge copper tanks above the bar.

Get ready with the chopsticks or a good old knife and folk, if your chop stick skills are some what lacking, and prepare yourself for a taste of foodie heaven.  The masterful mouth-watering menu is sectioned into categories of Ice, Fire, Steam, Oil, Sugar and Sides.

Dishes are sensational, sophisticated and served up with style. Prawn crackers with the avocado dip were delightful our only regret was not ordering one each.  The vegetable futo maki was fresh and fabulous.  The lovely lightly battered vegetable tempura was yummy.

The amazing asparagus yakitori with a soy and mirin glaze, sesame seed and shoryu yolk shows off their fresh quality ingredients and worked well with the sticky sesame rice.  Stand up for the brilliant bao steamed buns stuffed with salt and pepper tofu served up with sensational sesame mayo.

The detail in the desserts dishes was incredible, both the coconut panacotta with a shiso, mango and coconut macaroon and the Yuzu & lime cheesecake with a gingerbread base and yuzu pearl, looked and tasted super scrummy.  Yasmin our lovely server looked after us throughout and was knowledgeable, professional and friendly.

Delicious dainty food made with high quality ingredients and presented with finesse and style, that can be enjoyed in beautiful surroundings, for me this place was a real winner.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


Newton Street, Manchester, M1 2AE.

0161 236 5144


The Bay Horse Tavern Manchester Northern Quarter Review

The Bay Horse Tavern Manchester Northern Quarter Review: January 2018

The three brains behind the Bay Horse Tavern, Jobe Ferguson, Ross Mackenzie and Lyndon Higginson have brought this brilliant British boozer into the 21st century.  There was an eclectic mix of clientele, as you would expect in the NQ, who visit for a pub experience with a grown up sophisticated edge.

Now all spruced up, but still retaining its original charm, the decor theme is a mix of navy, subdue lighting, Victorian style tiles, parquet flooring, brass, copper and marble fixtures and fittings. The tanker display, featured the likes of the legendary fab four Beatles. The fire place provides a cosy spot to catch up over a cask ale or two or perhaps spend some time simply reading the day’s news.

Forget the packed lunch instead pop into the bay horse tavern NQ for a slice of the action, as their bread is freshly made daily onsite! We tried their classic chunky chips alongside proper sandwiches, thick slices of bread heaven filled with fish finger & tartar sauce and the halloumi, avocado, tomato, rocket & balsamic, all came with a side serving of crisps.

Why not bang on a dessert and enjoy a pint and a pudding.  We opted for the sensational sticky toffee pudding and tasty tart tatin which went down a treat.  Customer service was spot on, Lydia and Olivia, our wonderful waitresses, both looked after us throughout.  If you are looking for a good honest homemade hearty meal, in warm surroundings with an even warmer welcome get yourself down to the Bay Horse Tavern – a proper pub!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


35 – 37 Thomas St, Manchester, M4 1NA

0161 669 5799

Nibble Northern Quarter Manchester Review

Nibble Northern Quarter Review Manchester: October 2017

Nestled on Oldham street in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter is the friendly and unpretentious Nibble.  A cute café with a chilled vibe where the focus is about personalised customer service and staff engaging in genuine conversation.  The décor is relaxed with cosy cushions, quirky light fittings, retro outdoor tables and chairs, planters and various greenery which gave the place a secret garden feel.  A lovely local little hub to catch up with friends, family or simply relax and watch the world go by.

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The English Lounge Manchester Review

The English Lounge Manchester Review: June 2017

Smack bang in the heart of Manchester’s bustling Northern Quarter, the English Lounge, offers a selection of wines, spirits, cocktails, cask ales, gin’s and foodie delights, clearly this is a pub that pulls everything excellent together.  We rocked up to an inviting entrance with some rather cute hanging baskets, nice lantern light features and the English Lounge branded swinging sign. Once upstairs a warm welcome awaited us from the lovely Phil, who was fab, personable, professional and looked after us fantastically the whole evening. Also, another lovely server Emma did a cracking job at making sure we were having a fab time.

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Oké Poké Manchester Northern Quarter Hawaiian Street Food Review

Oké Poké Manchester Northern Quarter Hawaiian Street Food Review: June 2017

Put the Hawaiian shirt and hula skirt away, as at Oké Poké Manchester you will already feel like you are in the heart of Maui, a Hawaiian Island Paradise, as Luau awaits – a traditional Hawaiian feast, which is delivered authentically, simply and of course with heart & soul.

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