Escape to Freight Island launches new al fresco brunch menu with breakfast buns and cocktails

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Colourful, cool and laid back, outdoor food market Escape to Freight Island has become one of the city’s success stories this summer.

Part of the £1.4bn regeneration of Manchester’s Mayfield district, the socially distanced space is home to top tacos from Madre, whopping 22″ pizzas from Voodoo Ray’s, burgers from Patty Queen, vegan doughnuts from Krum, and grilled meats, fish and vegetables charred over the fire from Baratxuri.

And this weekend, they’re launching a brand new brunch menu with online ordering and full table service.

Photo: Jody Hartley

From this Saturday, you can choose between brunch classics including Patty Queen’s breakfast bun with double sausage patty, egg and cheese on a brioche bun; puttanesca baked eggs with Napoli sauce, artichoke hearts, Nocellara olives, cherry tomato and grissini soldiers; or a vegan flatbread with avocado, grilled portabelllo mushroom, coriander, soft herbs and pickled cucumber.

Other options include a smashed cannellini bean pizetta with nduja, Cumberland sausage, red onion, kale and Fior di Latte cheese, or crispy grilled bacon or a sausage patty on a grilled potato brioche bun.

Prices range from around £4.50 – £8, and you can add on extra hash browns for £3.

There will also be a new range of brunch cocktails available, including Escape to Freight Island Mimosas, Classic Bloody Marys, Green Snappers and Harvey Wallbangers, all at £5. Bottles of prosecco are £22, and beers around £5.

And in case you’re worried about sitting outside now the sun seems to have disappeared, they’re also installing shiny new heaters this week ready for the autumn/winter frost. Although with it being an outdoor venue, they do still advise wrapping up warm.

All you need to do now is reserve a table. Since Escape to Freight Island a covered yet fully outdoor space, they’re able to accept bookings of up to a maximum of six people from multiple households in compliance with government guidelines.

The brunch menu will be available every Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 12pm at Escape to Freight Island, Mayfield. 

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