Manchester Travel

Escape to My Favourite City | Manchester

June 21, 2017

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.

The Refuge Manchester

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!

Wednesday Night in Manchester

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!

Friday Fun in Manchester

Manchester Northern Soul Grilled Cheese - Hawaii Five O

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.

Manchester Northern Quarter Street Art

Manchester Grub at Mayfair

Moet at Australasia Manchester

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,


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  • Reply Ellie June 25, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Loved this! I live in Manchester and there is always something new & exciting to do!

    • Reply MissPond June 26, 2017 at 10:47 pm

      There always is! That’s what I love about the city 🙂

  • Reply Old Fashioned Susie (@OldFashionedSus) June 25, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Ah you know I love Manchester! We are spoilt for choice here with food and drink places for sure!

    • Reply MissPond June 26, 2017 at 10:49 pm

      Manchester is the best city 🙂 Yeah there’s always so much on offer in the city!

  • Reply Sharon June 22, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Manchester is my nearest city and its where myself and mates always go for treats . Hopefully we will all get together there rhis summer. 🙂

    • Reply MissPond June 22, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      Hope you enjoy your time there this summer! You should check out some of the places we went 🙂

  • Reply Hannah Gilroy June 22, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Aw love this post 🙂 as a Mancunian it’s really nice seeing where people like to go when they visit manchester. Although I’m slightly disappointed because I was hoping to try those Holy Crab balls!

    Hannah x

    • Reply MissPond June 22, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      I imagine Holy Crab will be back at Grub soon, if not they do loads of pop up events. I miss living in MCR there’s always SO much to see/do/eat!

  • Reply Angela June 21, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    I’ve never visited Manchester. It sounds like you have a lot of love for it. It’s great to catch up with friends you haven’t seen for ages isn’t it.

    • Reply MissPond June 22, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      I lived there for almost 10 years and it played such a huge part in my life. If you get a chance to visit you should, it’s a wonderful city 🙂

  • Reply Rhian Westbury June 21, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    I’m heading to Manchester for a day for the first time later this year and I am so excited. I really want to go to All Star Lanes though x

    • Reply MissPond June 22, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      It’s such an amazing city – I hope you enjoy your day there! There’s always so much to do 🙂

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