Whoever decided that it was necessary to smush together breakfast and lunch and substitute Coco Pops and cheese butties for Bloody Marys and buttermilk pancakes is a bit of a legend. Brunch in Manchester has become an institution.
It’s a meal that brings together all that is good and honest in this world and gives you an excuse to drink before noon. Our city isn’t short on options but all too often the perfect brunch experience gets messed up by long lines, watered-down mimosas and substandard eggs. Ew.
But don’t despair, dear brunchers. We’ve done the hard work for you and chomped our way through some of the best brunches in town to put together an ultimate best brunch guide. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.
This is one of the finest brunches in the city, featuring all you can eat and drink of the finest cocktails and carbs in town, plus beach house Ibiza beats from a stellar DJ, sax, electric violin, bongos, and glitter face paint. There aren’t many places in town that put on a show quite like The Laundrette. You can choose from the £35 Spin Dry option which includes unlimited draught house lager, free flowing bubbly and house Bloody Marys or the aptly named Premium Wash – a stellar 40 quid bags you all of the Spin Dry drinks plus a selection of Laundrette cocktails. Yes, those cocktails that are taking Instagram by storm. Next one’s 1st October so get yourself down.
Known for its unbeatable Argentinian fare and a wine list longer than your arm, Gaucho has just unleashed a new brunch menu with enough sweet treats to make Mary Berry cry. The food at Gaucho speaks for itself. Everything is made to mouth-watering perfection, with real Argentine flair inspiring each dish. One of the sweet treats on offer is homemade dulce de leche. You’ll want to make the pilgrimage to Gaucho for this alone. Some of the flavourful food on the menu includes fried provoleta cheese with a caramelised onion chutney and oven baked chorizo sausage with plum tomato, eggs and mushroom. They have smashed avo toast of course (well, it wouldn’t be brunch without it) and fresh baked banana pancakes. Swoon. £45
The Malmaison brunch certainly is something to shout about. You’ll find a menu plush full of brunch-time offerings like the the Mal “Benedict” of soft poached eggs, sweet cured bacon on toasted English muffin and Hollandaise sauce and the absolutely mouthwateringly moreish mushroom and black truffle macaroni. You’ll be dreaming about these dishes for weeks after. It’s only £19.95 for a starter and main and you can add desserts for just £3.50 extra or unlimited prosecco for £15. There is also a healthy selection of Bloody Marys that can be added to any brunch situation. If you’re feeling adventurous, order yourself a Hairy Mary and thank us later. More info here
Curing a hangover? Fancy a bit of Asian flavour? Pop down to Chaophraya on Sundays between 11 and 3pm to try as many dishes as you desire, from Thai green curry to chicken pad thai for just £25 per person. Add bottomless prosecco for an extra tenner and Bob’s your uncle. Click here to book.
Great John Street Hotel and King Street Townhouse
Those fabulous folks over at Eclectic Hotels, owners of celebrity favourite Great John Street Hotel and the ever so plush King Street Townhouse, are offering a Bottomless Brunch to wash away the sins from the night before. It’s £20 for soft drinks or £40 including bottomless champers. If you’re looking to really push the boat out, book for your event at £55 per person. There’s a catch though. There usually is. It’s for groups of eight or more. Might be time to rekindle some of those old friendships.
For a brunching experience with a little Asian-inspired flavour, the Bottomless Ramen at Shoryu Ramen comes in four variations and is based around a choice of pork, chicken or vegetarian. Choose from exotic options like the Char Siu Barbeque Pork or Grilled Halloumi with Shimeji Mushrooms. It’s £38 per person but you definitely get plenty of bang for your bucks with bottomless beer, red and white wine, Kobai plum wine with soda, green tea and Calpico to kick back with. Spice up your life. Click here.
The guys at The Refinery Spinningfields believe that weekends really are for brunching and boozing. On Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 3pm you can order anything from the brunch menu and, for an extra £15, enjoy bottomless Bellinis and Bloody Marys. Dishes include a full English brekkie, smoked salmon and avo on sourdough. All the food is cooked to perfection and the drinks go down an absolute treat. To get this deal, best book in advance.
The likelihood is that if you’re looking to eat brunch instead of scraping together enough dosh to order a dirty kebab to cure your hangover, you’re going to be posh enough to head to Neighbourhood. £35 snags you a bottomless brunch decadence to put Liberace to shame. See if you can spot a few celebs whilst you’re there.
All Star Lanes
Not into the fancy-shmancy side of brunching? All Star Lanes have the perfect alternative. Head down to Great Northern and fill your boots with unlimited craft beer and all the fried chicken and waffles you fancy. They still have all the traditional Bloody Mary and Mimosa offerings as well, so you can relax. Brunch sorted. And only £19 for brunch and bottomless beers.
All Bar One intu Trafford Centre
When it comes to bottomless brunch, All Bar One will have you passing the hooch at the same time as filling up on all kinds of foodie goodness. You’ll be chowing down on eggs Benedict, buttermilk pancakes and handmade burgers at the same time as sipping on a glass of bubbly, a Bloody Mary and a couple of endless mimosas. It’s set back in a slick city bar with a classic interior featuring lots of wood, high ceilings and clean cut laminate flooring – the perfect backdrop for a bottomless Sunday brunch. It’s 25 quid a head here so you’ll be keeping your wallet happy too. By the way, if you’re lucky enough to look like a fresh faced youngster, you may need to bring ID as alcohol is strictly only served to those over 18. Sorry kids.
Other brunch menus to look out for
This brunch menu is on offer every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and it’s taking Manchester by storm. They serve up home-made porridge with banana, berries and honey and their eggs Benedict has been a breakfast favourite since 1894. Think crisp toasted English muffin, Yorkshire cured ham and a chucky, yolky, delicious soft poached egg. There’s all kinds of drinks on offer but the freshly squeeze orange juice and Chophouse Bloody Mary are sure to take your mind off those drunken texts you were sending to your ex the night before. Available 10pm till 3pm. Book here.
Roc and Rye
This cocktails and coffee outpost was recently launched by couple Maritza Haydon and Matt Bonner who used to be in events and marketing. They have worked hard to bring the place to life and it is now set to serve some of the best coffee and freshest food in the quirkiest of surroundings. They’re currently serving up simple sandwiches and humble pies but are soon to branch out to our brunching favourite, avocado toast with all the trimmings. Click here to find out more.
19 Cafe Bar
Tucked away off Tib Street, this snazzy outpost has bolstered the area’s brunch offering with a focused and fantastic menu, choc-full of all sorts of good stuff. No watery lattes or boring breakfast boulders here. Instead you’ll find pancake stacks the size of your head and some of the best avocado breakfast bagels this side of New York. The food here might not be bottomless but it’s well priced and delicious and that’s what really matters. Head down on a Friday and you can grab your flat white to go for just a quid. Yes, a barista style coffee for cheaper than a Maccy D’s. Click here to read more about it.