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A Gluttonous Weekend | A Foodie Guide to Manchester

December 1, 2017

If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll know I lived in Manchester for quite some time and I’ve never really stopped loving the city despite moving away. Often returning for weekends with friends and this was much the same as usual. Except it was Dr W and I’s anniversary so we were exceptionally gluttonous.

I had a list, as usual I managed naff all on the list, but who cares! I’d have needed another week or so really (and an huge pay rise!) to eat everywhere I wanted too… But what were the highlights of my latest visit? Let’s see in my latest Foodie Guide to Manchester.

View of Mackie Mayor Market Hall - Foodie Guide to Manchester

Mackie Mayor Beer and Baohouse Bun Collage - Foodie Guide to Manchester

Mackie Mayor

Number one on the to visit list was Mackie Mayor. At first a suggestion for my Friday lunchtime arrival with my good friend James. But I fell in love within seconds of being there and when Dr W arrived on the Saturday it became our lunchtime venue. The market hall has been done up by the same team as the Altrincham Market. There are some amazing food venues all under one roof and a bar run by local brewers Blackjack Brewery. You can’t go wrong really. Meat eater, gluten free, vegan, pescatarian, coffee lover, it’s all here.

Tender Cow Steak Sandwich - Foodie Guide to Manchester

Tender Cow Triple Cooked Fries - Foodie Guide to Manchester

Tender Cow Beef Shortrib Open Sandwich - Foodie Guide to Manchester

It was incredibly busy on both of my visits and the quality of the food tells you why. On my first visit I had an incredible bao from Baohouse. On my visit with Dr W we headed straight for Tender Cow, where the steak looked insane. I had the steak sandwich and Dr W the beef shortrib open sandwich. Honestly words cannot explain how incredible these were. Of course we had fries with these and they were also seriously good! Next on our list to check out is the pizza from Honest Crust, but that will have to wait for our next Manchester visit.

Yard and Coop Manchester

Yard and Coop*

I’ve already written a post on how awesome Yard and Coop are. But honestly the chicken is fantastic and well worth trying if you haven’t. When Dr W and I lived in Manchester, it was often our NQ dinner venue of choice. Partly because they serve cherry aid… and I just can’t get enough of it! They cater for veggies too so it’s not all chicken.

Cloudwater Brew Co Taproom - Foodie Guide to Manchester

Cloudwater Brew Co Taproom

Our Saturday wandering around Manchester involved a little trip to the Christmas Markets, then we headed towards Piccadilly. It would seem that loads of breweries are popping up little taprooms under the railway arches and it’s all rather exciting! Best of all. My favourite Manc brewery, Cloudwater Brew Co have popped up their own. I LOVE Cloudwater and I’m so glad we headed here for a beer. The Mosaic Pale and Citra Simcoe were wonderful beers. I was a happy Pond here. With it’s close proximity to the station, I will definitely be back on future visits.

Siop Shop Donuts and Coffee - Foodie Guide to Manchester

Siop Shop

Last but not least. Dr W and I’s anniversary was the Sunday of our Manchester visit. Being the weirdos we are, we got up early and headed into Manchester ahead of our brunch date with the others. Dr W wanted donuts and I’d discovered Siop Shop had recently opened. We headed straight for opening time to be greeted with warm donuts (oh my it was wonderful) and Black Sabbath on vinyl (epic music choice guys!) Washed down with a latte and Yorkshire tea, we didn’t really want to leave, but brunch was calling. Siop Shop we will be back for more!

Blawd Co Raspberry Jam Donut - Foodie Guide to Manchester

Blawd Co Pecan Donut - Foodie Guide to Manchester

So have you tried any of the places in my Foodie Guide to Manchester? Or do you plan too? Let me know in the comments,


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P.S. *PR opportunity. Full details linked in blog post.

P.P.S. Mackie Mayor is located at Eagle St, Manchester M4.

P.P.P.S. Cloudwater Taproom is located at 13 Sheffield St, Manchester M1 2ND.

P.P.P.P.S. Siop Shop is located at 53 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LS.


  • Reply Bethany Jane December 21, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Absolutely all of this looks delicious, I’ve heard quite a bit about Mackie Mayor and it looks lovely. Those donuts look unreal though, yum! Hope you guys had a lovely anniversary!
    Beth x

    • Reply MissPond January 9, 2018 at 11:03 pm

      You definitely need to check out Mackie Mayor and Siop Shop. I’m already planning my next Manchester trip to get a fix 🙂

  • Reply Cate December 2, 2017 at 11:44 am

    So much food porn!

  • Reply Jasmin Charlotte December 1, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Ohh I need to get trying some of these places! I really like Yard and Coop but I just know there’s so many places in Manc that I haven’t tried yet!

  • Reply Dannii December 1, 2017 at 10:30 am

    We are going back to Manchester tomorrow and I haven’t been to any of these places. I am going to have to check out the donut place.

  • Reply Missy December 1, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Oh my goodness. I’m a dohnut queen! Going to have to try out Siop Shop. Glad you enjoyed Mackie Mayor, I’ve heard lots of mixed reviews but really want to try it out. Also, happy anniversary to you and Dr W!

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