Last week I headed to my favourite city ever, and ok I’ve not been to many cities in the grand scheme of things… But out of them all, Manchester is the one for me.
It all started on Tuesday, I arrived for a two day intensive course on cancer and cancer treatments (for my job). Knowing it was going to be quite intense I planned to catch up with friends around this and also booked an extra day off so I could spend some time up north.
On Tuesday evening after arriving in Manchester I headed to meet the wonderful Lizzy. I hadn’t seen her in almost a year because of leaving. It was great to catch up! For once there are no food pics of this, although I can say that The Refuge is incredible. I really enjoyed the meal and chatting with my friend – the perfect first night away!
On Wednesday, the first day of the course was over. I grabbed a wonderful friend of mine when he finished work (he works where I used too in Manchester) and we headed to our favourite pubs. Having bonded over beer when we first met this was perfect. We started at Joshua Brooks working our way round via other pubs including Gas Lamp, finishing at Cask. Now Cask is one of my favourite pubs in Manchester, it has a great beer selection including Magic Rock Brew Co (my faves). But they also let you bring in fish and chips from next door – perfect for me!
When the course finished I went to stay with Ms M (who regularly writes for me). On Thursday evening we went to All Star Lanes (more on that next week). Friday brought another fun day though, another guest blogger regular (Dr C) and I met up after I had an immense breakfast at Takk Coffee. Heading up Northern Soul for our lunch – these grilled cheese toasties are the one! Then 57 Thomas St for beers followed by Pie and Ale for more beers – the perfect day. We finished up with pizza at Ply – delicious.
On the Saturday I headed back to Worcester in the evening. But that didn’t stop me from meeting up with the wonderful Clare before this. We headed to Grub at Mayfield for a wonderful street food lunch and a catch up. We finished with some champagne at the Australasia Moet Pop Up. Nothing like a glass of fizz for the onward journey.
So yeah, it was a crazy few days, but much a needed escape to the city. I saw good friends, got hugs from my favourite people and was distinctly reminded that I must go back to Manchester more often. So with that, I’ll be back soon Manchester!
Do you love Manchester as much as me? Where should I check out on my next visit? Let me know in the comments,