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A little Manchester break – brunch, books and Gotham

I’ve lived in the UK all my life and it took me 28 years to make it to Manchester. I know. But I got there in the end and it was lovely! It’s taken me a while to write this post but a few months ago we decided to take a little overnight trip somewhere.

We had a Secret Escapes voucher from Christmas to use, so to be honest that was the deciding factor on where we went! BUT, we both realised we’d never been to Manchester before and decided it was the perfect time to go. Read on for our little Manchester break, from a Lancashire newbie…

Where we ate

I’m not going to lie. I bloody love cake, and sweets and anything sugary. So when we pored over the menu at Teacup Kitchen on Thomas Street, there was only one thing for it – a giant heart-shaped scone.

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Look at that beast! It was delicious. As soon as I finished eating though I kinda wished I’d had something savoury before, like eggs benedict or a cheese toastie. Simon chose poached eggs on rye bread and I was a little bit jealous, but then I ate the rest of my giant scone and decided I got the better deal.

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Read more about our visit to Teacup Kitchen.

In the evening we were in a bit of a rush so nipped into Vapiano for an endless bowl of pasta, but I did get recommended Northern Soul Grilled Cheese and Moose Coffee (which apparently has the best American pancakes you’ll ever eat in England).

Where we shopped

Friends also told me that Manchester is a haven for vinyl fans, so we spent most of our time browsing all of the music stores.

Vinyl Exchange
Eastern Bloc (who also have great coffee)
Piccadilly Records

We also walked past a shop blaring classical music outside, so went inside to explore what the racket was about. It turned out to be a bizarre little bookshop full of sci-fi comics and graphic novels amongst the classics and psychology textbooks.

I found a stack of vintage Bunty and Jackie magazines so set about trying to find one from the year my mum was born (I’d managed to find a comic from my dad’s year of birth in Vintage Magazine before), but no luck. Maybe next time!

Where we stayed

The best part of our Manchester break was the hotel. I mean it’s in the top 3 hotels I’ve ever stayed in, that’s how good it is! Gotham Hotel Manchester is a proper treat. I was so pleased we’d got a Secret Escapes voucher for Christmas because that’s really what spurred our little trip.

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Look at the bed! The carpet! The curtains!

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The whole place is just beautiful. And the rooms are super comfy. We managed to bag a Gotham Suite for the night, which included breakfast. The hotel used to be a Midland Bank building, so it’s got that really intimidating Art Deco look about it. It could literally be part of the Gotham TV series set, it’s got that look about it.

Read more about our stay at Gotham Manchester.

I’ve decided that when we’ve finally bought our first house, I’m getting a carpet just like that one and practically recreating the bathroom tile for tile.

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Charley is a professional copywriter and tea-lover currently living in Leeds. She writes about city living and city travel (with a few cats thrown in).